A wide range of kitchenware products designed by students of Department of Mechanical Engineering with support from the industry are being showcased at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, which is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 April 2012.
These innovative kitchenware products are all designed by ME students under the KitchenGala project, a unique industry-university project of the University and King’s Flair Development Limited. The booth was opened on 20 April by Mr. Alex Wong, Managing Director of King's Flair Development Ltd.; Ms. Gigi Wong, Account Manager of King's Flair Development Ltd.; Mr. Dennis Wong, Account Manager of King's Flair Development Ltd.; Prof. Timothy Tong, President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and Mr. Johnson Ng, Senior Manager of Exhibitions Department of Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
According to Professor Alan Lau, Project Coordinator of Department of Mechanical Engineering, the KitchenGala project aims to nurture the creative thinking ability of students in product design and development. This year, ME students have unleashed their creativity by developing these innovative kitchenware products which include I.Dry, FounCo, Bambread, Warmish, DipDish, Jalent pot, Air Ring, Wine Saber and X-celerator.
“This innovative project is a shining example of our ‘Outcome-based’ Education programme,” said Professor Lau. Apart from showcasing what the students have learned on product design and development, the Hong Kong Houseware Fair also provides an arena for students to hone their skills in marketing products to potential buyers from all around the world.
It is hoped that the KitchenGala project will set a model to encourage further collaboration between the industry and PolyU in grooming practical dreamers of tomorrow to better serve the needs of the market and the society. “This is a win-win situation and we hope that our graduates can help the development of the industry in the long run,” Professor Lau added.
This three-year project, financially sponsored by King’s Flair Development Limited launched in 2010, has an objective to encourage and enable more students to apply their engineering design knowledge into real product design and development. Participating students are required to complete this project all along from creating their own concept design through simulations to fabrication of prototype. Not only their designs have to be functional, but marketability is also an important concern. Under this project, a series of technical visits and seminars are organized. Also, meetings with different industrialists are arranged for participating students to brainstorm and discuss their ideas and prototype fabrication.