Organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Computer Society, in collaboration with Cyberport, the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards kicked off at Cyberport on 5 December. The event attracted hundreds of delegates from 16 member economies of the APICTA. The award ceremony took place today, where Cyberport companies once again achieved outstanding results.
Among the 9 nominated companies, 6 secured a total of 9 awards across five categories: Business Services, Technology, Start-up for the Year, Consumer, and Inclusion and Community. Notably, Cyberport's community companies claimed 4 Winner Awards, making Cyberport the most awarded community in the Hong Kong region. Peter Yan, CEO of Cyberport, said, "The APICTA Awards is widely acclaimed as the 'Oscars of the Tech Industry' and highly recognised within the field. This year's awards received an overwhelming response, with over 250 entries across 24 categories. Cyberport's community companies have stood out among competitive Asia Pacific teams, securing 9 awards including 4 Winner Awards. These achievements showcase the outstanding prowess of technology enterprises supported and nurtured by Cyberport. As Hong Kong's digital technology flagship and incubator for entrepreneurship, Cyberport is pleased to witness continuous advancements made by start-ups in the information and communications technology sector, driving digital transformation of society and economy.
Cyberport remains committed to nurturing I&T talents, supporting digital tech start-ups, and facilitating proactive expansion of exceptional Hong Kong-based start-ups into overseas markets. With their innovative strength, our start-ups will strive to drive advancement of digital economy and smart city in the Asia Pacific region."
The APICTA Awards, an annual awards program organised by the APICTA, received an overwhelming response this year, with over 250 entries from enterprise and student teams competing for honours in 24 categories. Participating teams demonstrated their technological solutions to an expert panel of judges and underwent a rigorous evaluation process. The winners of each award category were selected by a panel of members from various economies.
As the flagship of the Hong Kong fintech industry, Cyberport's community companies excelled in the Business Services category of the APICTA 2023. TalentLabs Limited, through its leading tech learning and career platform TalentLabs, which provides full stack career service for people dedicated to joining the tech industry, received the Business Services - Professional Solutions Winner Award. Wizpresso, with its natural language processing technology and AI-powered legal review software "Wizpresso Factify," which helps financial institutions save time in reviewing and verifying initial public offering (IPO) documents, was awarded the Technology - Artificial Intelligence of the Year Winner Award. Wizpresso also won the Business Services - Finance & Accounting Solutions (Fintech) Merit Award. With its Web3 crypto payment solution HashNut, NUT Limited won Start-up of the Year Winner Award. Nut Limited also received the Business Services - Finance & Accounting Solutions (Fintech) Merit Award.
In addition, Maphive Technology, a comprehensive indoor geographic information system platform, won the Technology - Business Data Analytics of the Year Winner Award for its smart travel navigation tool designed for visually impaired individuals and those needing special assistance. KellyJohn Studio Limited, a game development company, received the Merit Award in both the Consumer - Marketplaces/Media & Entertainment/Tourism & Hospitality and Start-up of the Year Category for their gaming controller, which incorporates a motion-sensing technology, "KJ-Stick”. Dai3mimi Health-Tech, with its patented product "Dai3mimi," which assists individuals with hearing loss in regaining their hearing, was awarded the Merit Award in the Inclusion and Community Category - Health & Wellbeing (Group B).
Returning to Hong Kong for the third time after 2004 and 2013, the APICTA held a series of activities at Cyberport from 5 December, including the opening ceremony, welcome reception, and Hong Kong Night, providing valuable opportunities for participating teams, judges, and the executive committee to exchange ideas and promote Hong Kong as a center for innovation and technology, fostering regional collaboration and driving the development of information technology worldwide. During the event, Cyberport start-up MatrixSense showcased its 3D holographic imaging technology at the opening ceremony, providing a visual delight for the audience. Another Cyberport start-up, Ubivox, showcased a fusion of virtual and reality visual effects during the award ceremony using 3D scanning technology. They enabled the executive committee representatives of the awarded economies to virtually wear traditional costumes, presenting a captivating visual experience to the audience.