Emerging microelectronics technologies and growing demand in semiconductors will bring much room for expansion to players in the region – but also call for the need for more investments in upgrading critical research facilities and cultivating global talents to stay competitive.


These were among the strategies suggested by speakers in the 3-day Microelectronics Technology Forum co-organised by PolyU and the newly founded Semiconductor Nanotechnology Alliance held in early August.


The forum, conducted in both an online and in-person setting, fostered dialogue and the exchange of ideas among leaders in academia, industry and government.


“We are delighted to have this unique opportunity to synergise our expertise in advancing microelectronic technology and bringing significant impacts to society. PolyU has also established a strong connection with industry, bridging experts from academia and pace-setting entrepreneurs,” said Professor Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU.


Professor Tao Xiaoming, Chair Professor of Textile Technology and Director of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems (IWEAR), PolyU, was among the speakers and introduced various research projects that integrate the technology of microelectronics in intelligent wearable systems.


Participants also discussed the challenges faced by start-ups and international investors, such as access to smart manufacturing solutions and navigating local regulatory regimes.


Hong Kong SAR Government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Mr Alfred Sit Wing-hang attended the inauguration of the Alliance on the last day of the forum.