PolyU Maker Fund Programme (the "Programme") aims to accelerate local hardware start-ups’ product development from ideas to production, leveraging the manufacturing capabilities of Shenzhen and other Greater Bay Area (GBA) cities.
Compared with software/app development, hardware development requires much more time and capital resources, specific knowledge and skills on electronic and mechanical engineering, and industrial design, etc. It also involves a long iterative process from idea to a marketable product. Hardware start-ups, usually with limited resources and few orders, have been facing tremendous difficulties.
In view of this, PolyU has tailor-made this Programme for Hong Kong young makers, by leveraging its own expertise and resources as well as partners’ network and through the support of the Youth Development Fund (YDF) (Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area) under the administration of Youth Development Commission of Home Affairs Bureau. (Please visit the website of 《青創同行We Venture》for more details).
All Hong Kong youths (can be PolyU or non-PolyU members), with or without a concrete idea for a hardware/product, are welcome to apply for this Programme. Applicants can join as an individual or in a group, and an individual Applicant can choose to form a team with other applicant(s) during the Hardware Bootcamp. The Applicant MUST fulfil the following criteria:
Basic requirements (as per YDF's requirements):
Project: Smart Helmet
We are a Hong Kong young tech company, aiming in providing industrial grade professional helmets with the integration of sensor technologies, to achieve optimized site-work efficiency and safeguard operators’ life.
- Chan Chi Leung
- Wong Hiu Lam
- Lee Man Ho
Demeter is an entry-level pesticide concentration meter. This concentration meter does not need to damage the surface of the food material and requires no troublesome steps. Customers are only required to place our device in the kitchen zinc pan when they are washing the vegetables, the pesticide concentration in the water is detected through the chemical substance sensor by Demeter. When washing the vegetables, customers can know whether the vegetables prepared at that time meet the edible standards.
- Leung Cheuk Ming
Project: Smart Building Emergency System
We are a startup company that sells fire services products and provides emergency system implementation. Our main target is to facilitate building egress in case of emergency by the integration of our innovative products and high technology system. We aspire to provide an advanced building emergency system to societies, to keep abreast of the dynamic building development, so as to offer a safer living and working environment to our next generation.
- Wong Ho Yin
- Leung Ka Kei
Project: AQUA CULTIVER Smart IoT Aquaculture System
Grand Blue Technology provides one-stop aquacultural technology transfer solution for indoor and outdoor fisheries. The solution contains features of real-time data monitoring, smart adjusting system which help traditional fishermen to achieve systematic production and reduce the workload of labor by technology.
- Ho Siu Lap
- Lee Yuen Sing Sunny
- Woo Wai Keung
Project: Sewer Vent Pipe Sterilizer
We dedicate to provide the best sterilizing and health protection solution to worldwide businesses and residential consumers. The company focusing on developing and continuously progressing on the state-of-the-art sterilizing technology. Non-contact optical UV sterilizing technology increase reliability and reduce the need of maintenance.
- Chiu Chung Chi
We set out to be a lifestyle product development company. Our current focus is the Halo project. With the ﬁrst to market headboard cushion design, Halo uses light therapy to solve sleep problems caused by the modern lifestyle and the disruption of the circadian rhythm. It uses bright light of speciﬁc lux to simulate the wavelength of the sun and reset your biological clock. Halo can let you sleep one hour more every night.
- See Jun Hong
We provide a one-stop pet health monitoring system to pet owners, including a hardware fresh food machine to provide daily fresh meals to pets and software to track pet health using our unique artificial intelligence algorithm. Our goal is to save owner times and safeguard pet’s health.
- Siu Chak Lam
- Pang Chin Wai Cherry
- Lee Tsz Kin
The allcareAl team is committed to create a future in which everyone can use clean toilets without barriers. Currently, inpatients rely heavily on medical staff to go to the toilet. allcareAl is developing a series of robotic toilets to empower inpatients' self-care abilities, and to protect patient care workers from injuries and infections.
- Woo Pak Fai
- Lee Lung Kong
Project: Robo Dynamix
Robo Dynamix is a Hong Kong-based robotic technology venture that designs and develops automated robots as the solution to tackle problems faced by society. We are spearheading our first product - Robo Dynamix - a multi-functional and automated patrol robot for better property management. The function of Robo Dynamix includes autonomous navigation, computer vision inspection and indoor air quality monitoring.
- Lau Hiu Fung
Project: Milky Assistant
We focus to design a smart milk bottle base for the baby's parents. It can automatically record the amount and time of milk intake of baby. All information will be synchronized to the parents' mobile phones using IoT, so that parents can check the baby's feeding records at any time and place through mobile App.
To accurately and remotely monitor baby’s feedings in smartphone, parents can observe the changes in the baby's feeding habits through the feeding history. Furthermore, it is also designed for caregivers’ collaboration to avoid missed feeding and multiple feeding.
- Wong Yik Wing
- Tong Man Po
- Ho Lok Yi
- Yuen Wing Yan
Project: Joy to the Mask
Stork Stork Design focuses on the research and development of reusable transparent face masks. A warm smile empowers us to move forward in the “new-norm” after the pandemic. With the unique functional patent, aesthetic and eco-friendly design of our masks, we hope frontline service providers can spread their smile again, and to allow the general public to enhance the social harmony.
- Yau Chit Kwan
- Yiu Hoi Tak Angus
Project: Pet Smart Music Synthesizer IoT Device
Zoo Gears team is mainly working in the product development, production and distribution of smart pet IoT products. The team is now developing innovative products that allow dogs to cultivate concentration through playing music. We use technology and data analysis to enrich the lives of dogs and strengthen their connection with humans in different aspects. Hope that every dog owner can use technology and specially designed training products to explore different potential of pet abilities.
- Dean Chan