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HKPC Metaverse Internship Draws to a Successful Close InnoTalent Geared Up to Boost Hong Kong I&T Development

(Hong Kong, 22 August 2022) – Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Summer InnoTalent Programme Graduation Ceremony was held earlier. Themed with Metaverse, the interns have dived deep to the popular Metaverse world during this summer internship, unlocking FutureSkills and sparking creativity potential.

During this innovation & technology (I&T) internship journey, our interns have visited the focal points of Hong Kong government, industry, academic and research sectors, including the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Towngas Headquarter and “Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub” Day Experience Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They have equipped themselves through the FutureSkills training courses and went on job shadowing with HKPC management to sample their work life. Lastly, at the Project Presentation Competition, they have showcased different novel ideas based on what they learned throughout the internship and received the valuable comments and review from HKPC management. These ideas include using Metaverse to simulate dangerous working environment for training, assessing slopes via drones to reduce risks, decomposing plastic with pyrolysis to relieving the stress of Hong Kong landfills and more, covering artificial intelligence, virtual reality, Internet of Things, big data analysis, etc.

At the Graduation Ceremony, interns interacted eagerly with Mr Donald Tong, GBS, Executive Director of Vocational Training Council and HKPC management, sharing the immense takeaway from the HKPC internship journey.

Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC, said, “Following the boost of the long-term development of I&T industry by Hong Kong SAR Government and the National 14th Five-Year Plan in promoting Hong Kong as an international I&T hub, HKPC is committed to strengthening local talent pool to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong. This year, HKPC is one of the local organisations hiring the most summer interns. 48 young elites from various tertiary institutions enjoyed the opportunity to experience metaverse in-depth and explore different application scenarios of R&D. The pandemic has accelerated digitalisation and the rise of metaverse has become the catalyst of the thriving emerging technologies, sparking boundless opportunities around the world. The vast experience and great support of HKPC in the I&T sector can definitely broaden the horizon of the young I&T talent and bring huge benefits to them. I wish all the interns, upon completion of our internship programme, can unleash their potential in the real and virtual world, becoming the InnoTalents of tomorrow.”

Ms Eliza Ng, Chief People & Culture Officer of HKPC, said, “We are very pleased to see the tremendous growth of our interns in just two months. The practical working experience at HKPC will certainly facilitate their future career plan. Furthermore, they have shown impressive talent and outstanding capability, which we believe will lead the Hong Kong I&T development to a new height in the near future.”

The next cohort of the Winter Internship Programme will start to receive application from October, 2022. Details will be announced in due course. Please stay tuned.

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HKPC interns gather at the Metaverse to unlock FutureSkills.HKPC interns gather at the Metaverse to unlock FutureSkills.

Interns received Metaverse-related training and visited the application scenarios of research & development (R&D).Interns received Metaverse-related training and visited the application scenarios of research & development (R&D).

Interns turned inspiration from the internship to novel ideas and showcased impressive creativity at the Project Presentation Competition.Interns turned inspiration from the internship to novel ideas and showcased impressive creativity at the Project Presentation Competition.

At the Graduation Ceremony, Mr Donald Tong, GBS, Executive Director of Vocational Training Council, joined Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC and Ms Eliza Ng, Chief People & Culture Officer of HKPC witnessed the 48 interns transforming towards InnoTalents of tomorrow.At the Graduation Ceremony, Mr Donald Tong, GBS, Executive Director of Vocational Training Council, joined Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC and Ms Eliza Ng, Chief People & Culture Officer of HKPC witnessed the 48 interns transforming towards InnoTalents of tomorrow.