Siemens nurtures innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship in local community
• Cooperating with Startup Weekend for its first maker edition in Hong Kong, Siemens leverages opportunities to enlighten employees and young people to generate innovative ideas and nurture entrepreneurship mindset in HK• In line with Siemens new brand claim “Ingenuity for life”, Siemens aims to drive a culture of innovation among local community
Harnessing the power of innovation, Siemens gradually developed from a small back building workshop in Berlin around 170 years ago to a global technology company. In recent years, the company has been intensifying its collaboration with startups. In Hong Kong, Siemens has provided keen support to Startup Weekend Hong Kong Maker, a program organized by Startup Weekend Hong Kong from Jun 17 to 19, with an aim to empower innovators to develop ideas and prototypes for Smart Cities and enable them making connections with the local community. This is also the first Maker edition of Startup Weekend in Hong Kong,
The Startup Weekend Hong Kong Maker, sponsored by Siemens, attracted 65 entrepreneurs, university students, hardware and software engineers, designers, as well as business developers across different industries to participate. Among the participants, 13 Siemens employees across Divisions joined the program. In addition, 20 colleagues from Siemens and their family members also joined forces as mentors and observers over the weekend. Throughout the 54-hour program, participants pitched their ideas to solve cities’ challenges, formed teams, and created prototypes with business plans backed by market validation, designing, coding and hardware prototyping. During the weekend, teams also received feedback from mentors to validate their prototypes and business plans. Final presentation was held on Jun 19 with C-level executives and local entrepreneurs as judges.
Mr. Eric Chong, President & CEO of Siemens Ltd. said, “I’m very impressed by the participants and the innovative ideas that came up. Innovation is the key for a company to succeed. Cities today faced many challenges raised by megatrends such as urbanization, climate change, demographic changes, globalization and digital transformation. It takes the right environment to transform idea into innovation to solve these challenges. Startup Weekend is an emerging global movement in Hong Kong, we’re excited to support the initiative and foster a culture of innovation in Hong Kong. We also leverage this valuable opportunity to engage our employees, their family members and university students, igniting new ways of thinking and developing their entrepreneurial mindsets. With our new brand claim “Ingenuity for life” in place, the program showcases our commitment to creating values to our society – by combining our innovation with know-how, and acting as a reliable and responsible partner for cities.”
Mr. Matthieu Bodin, Regional Manager Startup Programs – Greater China, Techstars Startup Programs (Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Digest), said, “In Hong Kong, the startup community has been growing rapidly and is thriving. We are very pleased to have Siemens’ support as our Signature Sponsor in our Maker edition, nurturing local entrepreneurs in Hong Kong.”
Developing talent is the key to the company’s continuing success. Participating in the challenge allows Siemens employees to inject a burst of energy and agility into their daily work, and feel the spirit of the fast, creative and result-oriented startup culture. The company actively encouraged its employees to join the program – with the entitlement of 2-day compensation leaves and sponsored admission tickets. Cooperation with Startup Weekend Hong Kong is part of the ‘Siemens Week’ program this year, aiming to nurture innovation in Hong Kong, other activities include cross-industries discussion on digitalization, exhibition, seminars and community services etc.
Since its establishment in 1847, Siemens has had a clear commitment to think and act for the interest of our future generations. The company will continue its course to explore new ways of thinking and drive innovation initiatives in communities around the world.
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