Source:
Thursday
27 Apr
2017

非常法國非凡創新展開幕
2017-04-27 來源:香港商報

  【香港商報網訊】記者曾美玲報道:第三屆「非常法國,非凡創新」(So French So Innovative)展覽昨日假中環California Tower的LOFT22隆重開幕。作為今年「法國5月藝術節」的活動之一,為期3天的展覽吸引了22家參展商,數目為歷屆之最。法國駐香港及澳門總領事館總領事栢海川介紹,展覽最精采的主題包括人工智能、機器人及網絡安全等。

  法科技企業佔港一成

  擔任主禮嘉賓的創新及科技局局長楊偉雄出席開幕典禮時表示,現時香港創新科技初創企業的數目比年前增加了24%,有大約2000間,40%由海外企業家或歸國人員創立,來自法國的企業家就佔了一成。香港是亞洲其中一個最大的法國社區,法國許多公司的信息和通信技術部門設於香港,同時我們也見到香港有越來越多由法國企業家創立的初創企業;相信香港與法國的合作一定能幫助香港成為卓越的創新科技中心。

 

  栢海川說,許多人說起法國,就會聯想到美食、奢侈品及生活藝術,但除此之外,法國也代表了創新,從2014年起舉辦的「非常法國,非凡創新」展覽,也是為了讓大家見識到法國是一個非常高效、創新及具有精湛技術的國家。他續稱,創新是未來發展的主要推動力,香港在創新科技方面有雄心勃勃的戰略,目標成為亞洲重要的技術中心,法國可以成為其重要的合作夥伴。

  機器人Nao展強大潛能

  他介紹說,22家參展商帶來的創新技術可以幫助香港成為一個智能、技術先進的城市;最精采的主題包括人工智能、機器人、智能城市、網絡安全及數字化銷售等。參展商將在會議及專題研討會上展示他們的產品和服務。

  展覽上,由法國Aldebaran機械人公司研發、現為日本Softbank公司旗下的機器人Nao也來到現場。據系統分析師蔡丹蘋介紹,零售價7.8萬元的機器人Nao現時主要用於大學研究用途,今年將會引入對自閉症兒童的特殊教育中,機器人Nao可以為自閉症兒童繪聲繪色地講故事,教他們與人打招呼的18種手勢等。

  另一位「能歌善舞」的機器人Pepper也引得參觀者紛紛拿起手機拍攝錄影。蔡丹蘋說,Pepper將於今年年底正式推出市場,主要可應用於客戶服務中,例如在咖啡廳接待顧客,了解顧客的喜好並為其推薦產品。

  萬能包可為多個設備充電

  另一引人關注的技術來自clim8公司,首席技術官Pierre Mouette介紹,他們可以在衣服中植入超小傳感器進行監控,通過App分析穿戴者周圍的環境、活動及皮膚溫度,使衣服能在我們感到寒冷的時候發熱,讓人體一直處於舒適溫度中。

  OUI公司聯合創始人Bruno Lin向記者介紹了他們帶來的Moovy書包,堪稱萬能充電器。書包的底座是內嵌式充電器,充電5小時即有25000毫安。只要把手提電腦、平板電腦、手機等放入相應的位置就可以為這些設備充電。

  本屆「非常法國,非凡創新」是由法國駐港澳總領事館、法國商務投資署(Business France)及法國對外貿易顧問(the French Foreign Trade Advisors)共同主辦,展期至28日。

Source: http://www.hkcd.com/content/2017-04/27/content_1045855.html

Source:
Wednesday
26 Apr
2017

SALON - So French, So Innovative, top départ !
 

Ce mercredi matin a été marqué par l’ouverture du salon So French, So Innovative, à Central. Pendant trois jours, firmes et startups françaises vont exposer leurs dernières créations. Des ateliers et des conférences rythment cet événement autour de l'innovation et de ses défis.

Le forum So French So Innovative est organisé pour la troisième fois dans le cadre du French May et rassemble des entreprises françaises autour du thème de l’innovation. Ce matin, le coup d’envoi de cette édition 2017 était donné conjointement par Eric Berti (Consul général de France à Hong Kong et Macao), Business France, Jacques Boissier (Président de la section Hong Kong des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur), la Chambre de Commerce et de l'Industrie, la French Tech et Nicholas W. Yang (Secrétaire à l'Innovation et la Technologie de Hong Kong).

Pendant les discours d’ouverture du salon, lors desquels chacun des représentants a tenu son petit mot sur le thème de l’innovation, un mini-drone survolait la foule, ce qui en disait déjà long sur ce que ces derniers allaient pouvoir découvrir. A savoir qu'à Hong Kong, l'innovation est un enjeu réel puisque le gouvernement a alloué un budget de 18 milliards HKD pour construire un écosystème innovant, et compte aujourd'hui plus de 2.000 startups dans la branche, dont 10% sont françaises.

Au programme de cette matinée, quelques grandes firmes comme Capgemini, Vinci, Axa, ST (micro-électronique), Airbus, Parrot, présentaient leurs dernières démarches autour de l’innovation. Un peu plus loin, c’est une multitude de startups qui présentaient leurs dernières trouvailles :

Devialet conçoit des enceintes musicales tout-en-un et présentait pour l’occasion le modèle Gold Phantom, une baffle dotée d’une qualité de diffusion du son hors norme. Grâce à un logiciel de traitement de signal très puissant, ces enceintes compactes produisent un son d’une qualité studio.

Fairman présentait son outil Granada, permettant, dans un format B2B, de partager plus facilement des données concernant un ou plusieurs clients communs. Grâce à la technologie blockchain, des banques, par exemple, peuvent échanger en toute sécurité des données cryptées dans le cadre de la lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent.

WiZ conçoit des lampes connectées, personnalisables et contrôlables à distance. Grâce à l’implantation d’un logiciel dans des ampoules LED, la société française basée à Hong Kong propose un joli équilibre entre confort et écologie. Nous vous invitons à lire le portrait de l'entreprise, publié il y a quelques jours.

Loyal Wines est une application qui met en relation les acheteurs de vin (principalement des vins de renommée), directement avec les producteurs dans le but de réduire les coûts et éviter les intermédiaires. Avec son marché online, toutes les bouteilles achetées via la plateforme sont "pucées" chez le vigneron pour assurer  l’authenticité de la bouteille.

Clim8 met au point une nouvelle technologie pour les sportifs : un système qui mesure la température corporelle de la personne grâce à des capteurs thermiques glissés dans un vêtement et chauffe le tissu de sorte à ce qu’il soit toujours adapté à chaque sortie. Le système, qui n’est pas encombrant, est destiné à la vente B2B. Les concepteurs mettent l’accent sur trois points : flexibilité, lavage, respiration.

OUIsmart a dévoilé le prototype d’un sac, Moovy, disposant d’une batterie intégrée à sa base, permettant de recharger ordinateur portable, tablette ou téléphone, grâce à un système de magnétisation. La batterie est rechargeable sur secteur et, plus surprenant, grâce à un panneau solaire qui s’active dès lors que le sac est ouvert.

Air Serenity présentait un engin de purification de l’air. En l’espace de quelques dizaines de minutes, l’appareil est capable d’assainir l’atmosphère de pièces jusqu'à 50m2 grâce à une cartouche comprenant 3 filtres superposés : l’un captant les polluants, le second les particules chimiques, le troisième s’occupant de tuer les virus.

Softbank Robotics et ses robots humanoïdes NAO et Pepper ont fait le show. Le premier, s’il est davantage un robot ludique, a vu une partie de son code source être mis à disposition des développeurs, permettant ainsi de nombreux tests notamment dans les laboratoires. Le second est plutôt destiné à un usage familial : il est capable d’interagir avec les personnes, de tenir une conversation et surtout d’interpréter les expressions faciales pour mieux adapter son comportement.

 

Infos pratiques :

So French, So Innovative
California Tower, 22/F
30/36 d'Aguilar Street
Central, Hong Kong

Pour connaître le programme sur les deux prochains jours, consultez le site de l'évènement.

Antoine Vergnaud (www.lepetitjournal.com/hong-kong) - mercredi 26 avril 2017

Source:
Tuesday
17 Nov
2015

Following is the speech by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, at the Opening Ceremony of "So French So Innovative" Exhibition this evening (November 17):

Consul general, (Consul general of France in Hong Kong & Macau, Mr Eric Berti), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

     Good evening. It is my great pleasure to join you in this year's "So French So Innovative" (SoFSoI) exhibition. My warmest welcome to our friends from France. First of all, on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, may I again express our deepest sympathy on the loss of lives and injuries in last week's terrorist attacks in Paris and extend our condolences to the victims' families and the people of France.

     I would like to thank the Consulate General of France, the French Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong section of the French Foreign Trade Advisors for organising this wonderful exhibition for the second time since the great success last year. I am sure our citizens will be very impressed and our industry inspired by the very clever French innovations on show today, as much as they have enjoyed French cuisine, wine and fashion.

     Innovation is increasingly important for enterprises, cities and nations to build competitive advantages. Over the years, the HKSAR Government strives to provide a strategic environment for innovation and technology development through five core strategies, which include providing world-class technology infrastructure; offering financial support for research and development (R&D); nurturing talents; strengthening Mainland and international collaboration in science and technology; as well as fostering a vibrant innovation culture. And that's just the beginning. Development of a vibrant ecosystem with excellent software and hardware support for industry players to collaborate requires long term investment and collaboration amongst the Government, the industry, the academia, and the research sectors.

     To this end, we have Hong Kong Science Park and Cyberport, our flagship infrastructures which offer one-stop infrastructural support services to technology based companies and activities. We have a comprehensive programme of funding schemes under the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) to finance projects that contribute to technology upgrading in manufacturing and service industries, with a goal to reinforce the research culture amongst private companies. We also have implemented a number of programmes, such as incubation programmes operated by the Hong Kong Science Park and the Cyberport, the Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities, and the Internship Programme to provide funding support, training and exposure for nurturing our younger generations. To instil a stronger innovative culture, the Government organises a wide range of promotion activities to enhance public awareness of innovation and technology, including the yearly anchor event Innotech Month, which is on the show till December 5 this year.

     More inter-sector collaboration is possible in the near future, particularly in the light of the establishment of our new Innovation and Technology Bureau, this week, sooner, actually on Friday. The setting up of this new bureau, which is quite difficult, after three long years of hard work with the Legislative Council, signifies that innovation and technology are our strategic focuses in driving social and economic development and will be our growth engine for the decades to come. A new bureau also means the effort to promote innovation and technology development will now be steered by a dedicated high level leadership with stronger policy coordination, creating a more vibrant ecosystem that enables our stakeholders including innovators, entrepreneurs, industrialists and academics to capture the opportunities arising from advancements in technology.

     With our strong foundation, together with the more focused policy coordination by this new Bureau, I am quite confident that, very soon, Hong Kong will find its place as a major information, communication and technology hub in the region, if not the globe.

     The "So French So Innovative" Exhibition is very timely for Hong Kong, for all these French creative exhibits will vividly tell our citizens, how innovation and technology are adapted to create a smart and eco-friendly living environment for Hong Kong people, bringing about positive impacts on our daily life, and playing increasing important role in enhancing connectivity, sustainability and creativity. Indeed, our Government also shares the vision to make use of innovation and technology for improving people's lives and taking care of people's needs. To this end, we have therefore created a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund to support projects aiming at helping the disadvantaged. I believe that the rich collection of "So French So Innovative" exhibits, ranging from high-end communications technologies to advanced application to daily health items and security systems, and to how to teach our kids to read, will give us much inspiration.  

     By the way, I am pleased to note that most of the exhibitors today are companies based in Hong Kong and I have just been introduced to some of them. This is indeed a very wise move. As a matter of fact, according to our latest survey, the number of business operations in Hong Kong with parent companies overseas and in the Mainland climbed to a new record of over 7 900. Hong Kong has always been an attractive place for overseas business thanks to our geographical location, our close economic ties with the Mainland of China due to our unique status under "One Country, Two Systems", our respect for rule of law, an independent judiciary and constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms. Basically, Hong Kong has all the essential elements that overseas businesses are looking for.

     Collaboration on innovation and technology has no border. France is one of the world leaders in innovation. There are plenty of collaboration opportunities between Hong Kong and France on innovation and technology and I am looking forward to seeing more activities on this front.

     Lastly, may I wish the "So French So Innovative" exhibition every success. Thank you very much.

 

Ends/Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Source:
Sunday
16 Nov
2014

So French ‧ So Innovative  「非常法國‧非凡創新」展覽

 

 

日前參觀了在中環街市綠洲藝廊展出的 So French ‧ So Innovative  「非常法國‧非凡創新」展覽,讓我對法國創新科技有更多認識。相信不少人都會像我一樣,以為法國最棒的只有時裝,香水、藝術、美酒美食,直到看完這展覽後,才知法國的創新科技絕不比其他歐美大國遜色!而全球最具創意100間企業,有12間是來自法國,而法國連續3年全球排名第3,於歐洲則排名第1。

 

很多香港人亦不知道其實法國科技已融入我們的日常生活,是現今先進高效城市化生活的幕後功臣。像香港的電車,自2009年起便是由法國公共交通公司Transdev和RATP運作。另外,法國的Hologram Industries為打擊偽造鈔票、信用卡和各類証件提供高科技鑑證解決方案,深受各國政府和業界信賴。其他的參展法資機構還包括國際建築企業萬喜集團、專門生產供航空、國防及太空應用的高科技電池的Saft公司、空客直昇機公司 、物流企業Geodis Wilson、打造創新意念服務及數碼產品設計的Native Union及Cap Gemini公司等,為我們的美好生活提供多方面的法式解決方案。此外,還有領導歐洲的3D動畫創作公司AnimakitsStudio,特別於展覽現場設置了一個有趣的動畫selfie遊戲,讓大家進入3D動畫世界。AnimakitsStudio 專門製作立體動畫電影及電視節目,現己被多間亞洲及香港的學校採用,也為香港海洋公園製作現場動畫節目。

 

「非常法國 ‧ 非凡創新」展覽由法國領事館、法國對外貿易顧問及法中委員會攜手舉辦,展示法國於科技創新方面的非凡成果。展覽由即日起至11月23日於中環街市綠洲藝廊舉行,展覽透過多媒體如:  觸碰螢幕、影片,以至創意影象、動畫、影音效果等去闡述創新的意念,為參觀者創造一個互動的旅程。想感受法式創意,從高科技資訊中得到啟發,就要趕快去參觀喇!

非常法國 ‧ 非凡創新展覽

日期:﹕2014年11月10-23日

地點﹕:中環街市綠洲藝廊

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Source:
Thursday
13 Nov
2014

Holograms, 3D and all things French

The company behind the anti-counterfeiting technology on Hongkongers' home-return permits is one of a dozen French firms showing their wares at an exhibition that began yesterday.

"So French - So Innovative", at Central Market, incorporates multimedia in an "interactive journey" to promote the country's tech firms that are active in Hong Kong. It runs until Sunday.

"France is not only bringing what people know," said Arnaud Barthélémy, French consul general for Hong Kong and Macau, adding that the country tended to be known more for its food and wine than its technological innovation. Yet of France's €4.8 billion (HK$46 billion) of annual exports to the city, one-third comes from the industrial or tech sectors, Barthélémy said. And the volume of tech exports to the city has doubled in the past five years.

The exhibition was organised by the French consulate, the French Foreign Trade Advisers in Hong Kong and trade association Le Comité France Chine.

Among the exhibitors is Hologram Industries, which makes three-dimensional laser projections to authenticate identity. The company makes the anti-counterfeiting technology on China passports, as well as those on home-return permits used by Hong Kong and Macau residents when they visit the mainland.

Company representative Paul Clerc-Renaud said the firm's latest holograms were higher definition. "You can have a natural portrait [using the 3D imaging]. It's also more securely embedded."

The company is in talks with the local government to use its technology on Hong Kong passports, he added.

Meanwhile, XD Productions, which produces 3D animated feature films and imaging, has installed a "selfie" machine at the exhibition. Visitors can pose in front of the camera and see themselves interacting with an animated mouse character. "We target kids in malls and schools," manager Julien Peyrache said. The firm has made animated films of the Monkey King and penguins for educational use at Ocean Park in the last two years.

Barthélémy said the city was still attractive to French firms despite worries over the Occupy protests. "[Its] advantages lie in bigger security and proximity to the China market. These advantages are long-term."

 

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1638325/holograms-3d-and-all-things-french

Source:
Thursday
6 Nov
2014

To most people, France epitomizes culture, fine wine, gastronomy or glamour and luxurious lifestyles. Less known is that France is a real land of innovation, with high-technology developments in every industry. Most of us in Hong Kong are also unaware that French technology has long featured in our daily lives. <br/><br/>

The French Consulate, the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong and Le Comité France Chine join hands in presenting the “So French Ÿ So Innovative Exhibition”, illustrating some facets of French technological innovation. The exhibition will be held at the Central Market on 10-16 November 2014, featuring some French solutions to tackle challenges presented by a world that is becoming increasingly urban, connected and service-oriented.<br/><br/>

An interactive journey will be created for visitors through multi-media: touchscreens and videos will illustrate some of the innovations showcased, as well as creative images, animation, video and audio effects. <br/><br/>

Dedicating this exhibition to the Hong Kong community, five sections in the exhibition will each focus on the following themes: 1. Hong Kong Daily Life – how French technology has been adopted in HK daily life 2. So French,So Sustainable – for Sustainable Industries 3. So French,So Efficient – for Sustainable Mobility 4. So French,So Advanced – for Innovative Services and Design 5. So French,So Connected – for Information and Communication Technology <br/><br/>

Opening Ceremony Date: 12 November 2014 Time: 5.30 pm <br/><br/>

Officiating Guests Member of the Hong Kong Government (TBC), Mr. Arnaud Barthélémy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau<br/><br/>


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