LU promotes Gerontechnology for better living
The LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project and Techstars, together with the Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, and the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, held the Startup Weekend Competition on 8-10 October 2021 with the theme “Gerontechnology for better living”.
Run by eight coaches and a gerontech ambassador, the students, the elderly, product designers, and retirees were divided into five teams to each design an innovative product or service for the “silver hair market” in 54 hours.
The Best Validation Award was given to the “Strong Knee Good Health” team, which designed an AI Knee Revitaliser that detects leg movements, and uses big data to analyse and develop an appliance which helps seniors to walk and even do exercises.
The “Artificial Intelligence for Life’s Wisdom” team received the Best Business Model Award for their “We Are Hear” app, which converts voice and photos into words and video respectively with AI technology.
The “I-CART” team received the Design and Execution Award for their elderly-friendly shopping cart, which uses AI technology to allow seniors to move heavy loads more easily.
Meanwhile, LU received the Partnership Award from Culture Homes in recognition of its contribution to joint projects promoting gerontechnology and social services.
Since 2019, the University has collaborated with Culture Homes and other organisations to promote the usage of gerontechnology by elder care services.
Photo: Ms Stephanie Law, Managing Director of Culture Homes, presents the award to Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of LU.