Disruptive Innovation by Alumni Entrepreneurs: "Capturing the Virus, the Technologies, or the Opportunity?"
In business theory, a disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market. How about in reality?
On 21 Oct (Wed), HKUST alumni Hans Paul (SBM) and Mark Mak (SENG) will tell us their startup journey — from interest into entrepreneurship development, from ideas into actions, and from challenges into opportunities.
Hans (MBA) co-found a disruptive restaurant technology solutions company offering mass personalized experiences to diners using Artificial Intelligence, its user-friendly solutions help F&B companies to drive sales with higher efficiency and lower costs.
Mark’s (ECE & ELEC) robotics technology firm has dedicated its resources to fighting COVID-19, developing a body temperature-checking robot and a UV light robot which offers a safer and more thorough alternative to manual disinfection at a low cost.
The event will be moderated by our SENG Faculty alumnus Prof Yeung Sai-Kit (CPEG, BIEN, ELEC). Sai-Kit previously founded a startup that offers an innovative interior design software to help people come up with ideas on how to best arrange their furniture.
Join this HKUST Alumni Entrepreneur Lunch Sharing and be inspired.
(In alphabetical order by surname)
Mark Mak, MPhil(ECE), BEng(ELEC)
Mark is a robot enthusiast since his childhood. He invented the Motion Control Humanoid Robot “ME” and its algorithm. In 2017 he found Roborn Dynamics Ltd with his business partner, Eden Lu. In 2018, Mark led the team in establishing strategic partnership with ZTE and China Mobile, and further turned “ME” to a 5G compliance motion control humanoid robot, which is the first 5G motion control robot in China. Currently Mark is the Co-Founder and Director of Roborn Group and Roborn Technology Limited in charge of technology development and strategies.
Mark held a Master of Philosophy degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He also held an MBA degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Hans Paul, MBA
Hans is the Co-Founder of Aigens, a leading disruptive restaurant technology solutions company. With a vision to create a digital concierge that can offer mass personalized dining experience, Hans and his friend Peter Liu founded Aigens in 2012. Hans spearheads the Company’s business development in Hong Kong and other Asia Pacific region including Singapore and Malaysia. Under Hans’ leadership, Aigens not only prides itself as the market leader in Hong Kong, it also consistently profitable with significant year-on-year revenue growth. Before founding Aigens, Hans spent 10 years in the US as a software consultant, specializing in enterprise integration and content management.
Hans holds an MBA degree from HKUST and a bachelor degree in Statistics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Sai-Kit spent several years as an Assistant Professor in Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) before returning to teach in the newly established Division of Integrative Systems and Design (ISD) at his alma mater in 2018. His expertise lies in the areas of computer vision, computer graphics, and computational design. While in Singapore, Sai-Kit founded SKY Optimum Technology (SKYOPT), a company specializing in interactive immersive technology. SKYOPT started out with an innovative interior design software that was also used to design the Singaporean Prime Minister’s office. Sai-Kit and his team then moved on to develop wheelchair simulators for hospital training as well as AR apps including AOH 17, the official mobile app for the Army Open House 2017, and NDP Jalan, an augmented reality mobile game for the 2018 National Day Parade.
Kindly contact the Business School External & Alumni Relations (EAR) Team.
13:00 - 14:00 (Please sign in at 12:50)
Online via Zoom