Archiparties 2016 – Seeking Inspirations and Connections in Building

Highlights of edition 1 of the “Archiparties” Series – 26th May 2016

Quarry Bay, May 26, 2015 – Archiparties 2016 (archiparties.latticespace.com) opened its doors in Berkshire House, Tai Koo Place for more than 200 corporate leaders and startup disrupters from construction, design and architecture industry in Hong Kong.

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The organizers wish to build a synergy across the construction, design and architecture industries. The “Archiparties” Series was introduced in a bid to unveil subtle business ventures, better capitalize on niche markets and seize potential synergies initiated from the event. 9 startups from Swire Properties’ Blueprint accelerator programme were featured at this inaugural event.

Pre-drink networking session brought the atmosphere alive and brightened up the arena, followed by multimedia seminars prepared by stellar and knowledgeable forerunners from multiple industries throughout the event. Representatives from Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Microsoft Hong Kong, Maker Lab Hong Kong and 3D Forge, DJI and Arup have shared their insights on how to force evolution through the use of technology.

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Above: Adrian Poon from Swatchcloud (organizers of Archiparties), Karbi Chan from archiparti (organizers of Archiparties) and Francesco Grillo from Steel Available with 5 guest speakers: Mr. Andy Cheung (Microsoft Hong Kong), Mr. Mark O Clift (Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited), Mr. Jan Gasparic  (DJI), Mr. Harvey Chung (Maker Lab Hong Kong and 3D Forge) and Ms. Anna Lan (Arup).

“Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark O Clift, Chief Operating Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. “This behavior is even more prevalent among smartphone owners with three in five accessing social media each month, highlighting the importance of apps and the enhanced functionality of smartphones to social media usage on mobile devices.”

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Above: Mr. Mark O Clift (Chief Operating Officer @ Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited) giving the opening speech.

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Above: Mr. Andy Cheung (Partner Business Evangelist @ Microsoft Hong Kong) stressed “Digital business will redefine traditional industry and market boundaries and will lead to industry-blurring disruption and reinvention on a scale never seen before.”

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As our name suggests, we intend our events to be fun, and to have fun we need interesting people with their opinions and their ideas. “Archiparties” has brought dedicated speed networking sessions, panel sharing, exhibitions and product demonstrations to our ever-growing industry shapers and rule breakers.

Participating Blueprint Startups

archiparti – Intelligent solution & marketplace to free the next generation of independent architect/interior designers.

SwatchCloud – An online visual material library for architects and interior designers.

Steel Available – A smart sourcing platform for the heavy industry, matching buyers with the right manufacturers and available inventories.

actiMirror – a new generation of smart mirrors delivering data analytics and targeted media content to the retail, hospitality and real estate industries.

SnagR – replacing error-prone paperwork with a site inspection and defect management system for engineers.

PopScout – Book retail spaces for your pop-up shop as easily as a hotel room.

Block Dox – Enhancing building management with real-time data from loT sensors and predictive AI; via an award-winning software platform and mobile app.

Green City Solutions – A Germany-based biotech and loT startup revitalizing urban environments with smart plant units designed to absorb air pollution.

TingPark – Revolutioning car-parking facilities to improve efficiency and attract physical traffic.

To recap videos and photos of the night, please visit https://www.facebook.com/archiparties/