Multimedia Innovation Centre, School of Design

Serving as one of leading proponents in digital entertainment, MIC is strategically established to meet the opportunities and challenges of this exciting industry in Asia including Hong Kong, Mainland China and South East Asian countries.

Multimedia Innovation Centre The Multimedia Innovation Centre (MIC) was established in 1999 and integrated into the School of Design in 2005. Being a research centre in the internationally known HK PolyU School of Design, MIC’s uniqueness is the inter-disciplinary nature of its staff and their approach to applying technology and design in digital media products and services including games, animation, media production and human machine interaction.

MIC offers an exciting taught master program in multimedia and entertainment technology, which has emerged as one of the leading postgraduate programs in multimedia and entertainment in Asia.

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School of DesignWith over 1,200 students, the School of Design is at the forefront of applying Asian innovation to global opportunities. We are committed to sustain excellence in design education, practice, consulting and research; to harness the legacy and dynamism of Asian cultures in creating solutions for human needs; and to create strategic models for products, brands, and systems in local and global markets.

Our core values are humanistic design, mastery of making, strategic thinking, creative and critical engagement, envisaging design as processes, sustainability, sensitivity to history and culture, cross-disciplinary collaboration, clarity and conviction in communication.

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a university where innovation meets application.

PolyU has always soared to great heights by staying close to the practical needs of the community and the country. Bearing in mind our motto "To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind", PolyU takes pride in offering a wide range of quality academic programmes which nurture the much-needed professionals and leaders for our society. We have a long-established, application-oriented research culture, and we are keen to support our academics in conducting research that has impact and practical value.

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Speakers Series - Po Chi Wu - Uncertainties & Intangibles

A presentation in a series of talks focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology

7pm-8pm, March 23rd 2012, Room PQ002 (MIC Studio), Core P, Hong Kong PolyU

The Multimedia and Innovation Centre (MIC) continues its speaker’s series focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology. This speaker’s series aims to bring together students, alumni and inquisitive minds to discuss changes in media, technology, and the impact these have on our lives and the future.

Po Chi WuDr. Po Chi Wu is venture capitalist with over 30 years experience in both the US and Asia market. His particular focus is working with early and growth stage technology companies, where his unique insights and hands-‐on approach can help them grow. His understandings and insights regarding Greater China are critical for helping companies take advantage of the tremendous opportunities there. Po Chi is also an adjunct professor in the School of Business & Management and the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Previously, he co-founded DragonBridge Capital, was a co-‐founder and President of Allegro Capital, as well as a partner at Advent International Corporation. We welcome Po Chi as the latest speaker in our successful series of talks.

Download the flier for the talk here.

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Global Sustainable Development Initiative (GSDI) - First Forum: Sustainable Development and the Real Estate Industry

Date: Friday, 20 April 2012

M-Lab will host a forum on sustainable development and the real estate industry. From the organizers' website:

In our first forum we focus on buildings and look into related sustainable development (SD) issues as we spend 80% of our life in buildings. During our forum, guest speakers from various organizations and companies will share their insights into:

  • Building Energy Efficiency
  • Smart Home Solutions for Residential Customers
  • Low-carbon Buildings in Sustainable Communities
  • Cleantech and Eco-efficiency
  • Modern Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Awareness of Sustainable Development within the Financial Industry
  • Sustainable Investing and Redefining Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Shareholder Value versus Sustainable Development

For more information about the GSDI forum, the schedule and speaker breakdown, please visit: 

http://www.cleaninvention.com/gsdi.html
http://www.cleaninvention.com/first-forum.html
http://www.cleaninvention.com/enrolment-form.html

* The forum is free to attend for students.

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Speakers Series - Leon Ho - Passion: How It Helped Me Start Up

A presentation in a series of talks focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology

7pm-8pm, March 9th 2012, Room PQ002 (MIC Studio), Core P, Hong Kong PolyU

The Multimedia and Innovation Centre (MIC) continues its speaker’s series focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology. This speaker’s series aims to bring together students, alumni and inquisitive minds to discuss changes in media, technology, and the impact these have on our lives and the future.

Leon HoLeon Ho has a decade of global experience in technology and the internet. As manager of software engineering at Red Hat Inc., Leon led an international team of software engineers to add international support to Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux. Leon also founded lifehack.org, a blog committed to sharing what he had learned about productivity and personal development as the manager of a team of professionals spanning several continents. This blog was awarded as one of the top 50 blogs in the world in 2007. After leaving Red Hat in 2007, Leon moved on to build Steply, a photo app network, along with several iPhone photography apps such as Labelbox, Fusioncam and Actioncam. Leon was placed in the #4 spot of BusinessWeek’s Top 24 Young Asian Entrepreneurs. Influenced by both Asian and Western culture, Leon also has experience in product design, development, marketing, and holds a degree in Computer Science from Queensland University of Technology. We welcome Leon as the latest speaker in our successful series of talks.

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M-Lab Hosting Unity Introductory Seminar

Unity3DM-Lab is very happy to have hosted Unity Introductory Seminar led by Unity global product evangelist Carl Calleweart. Carl gave an overview of the award-winning Unity platform for creating games and rich 3D applications for the desktop, web, mobile devices and consoles. This first session covered how to create a 3D game and a 2D game from start to a final cross platform version for the iOS, Flash, Android, Facebook and Standalone.

Carl is a Unity product evangelist at the award wining company Unity Technologies. He has 10 years experience working in AAA and indie game development. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Unity expert, Carl has taught specialized courses on game development at leading companies and education institutes.

With an attendance of around 40 people, this was a very succesful event, and we're looking forward to hosting further Unity seminars in the future.

Unity3D Introductory Seminar at M-Lab     Unity3D Introductory Seminar at M-Lab

Unity3D Introductory Seminar at M-Lab

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Evolution of the Video Game Market: Asia vs USA. A talk by Jong Lee.

On February 3rd 2012, we welcomed RGL Holdings Managing Director Jong Lee to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus.

Jong, who runs an incubator and co-working space HK Commons, spoke about the evolution of the video game market and the key differences between the Asia and the USA.

Throughout his talk, Jong gave a passionate and entertaining presentation where he described the rivalries between companies such as Nexon and Zynga. The differences in their market, their business models, technological advances, etc. are all factors that play in to these companies futures, as well as ours.

We thank Jong for his spirited presentation and sharing with us his knowledge on the video game market in differing cultures.

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The Process of Raising Venture Capital. A talk by Justin Wohlstadter.

On January 20th 2012, we welcomed New York based venture capitalist Justin Wohlstadter to Hong Kong Polytechnic University to give a presentation during our weekly Speakers Series.

Justin, who has led and facilitated over a hundred investments in a wide range of companies, described the process of venture capitalism and the different types of investments that are made. Over the course of his talk, he gave examples of when to and when not to accept funding, as well as the things that one should be wary of when someone is looking to invest in your company.

Justin also shared a new project that he is working on with Enterproid, a company designing an interface that brings your personal phone and work phone together on one device.

We thank Justin for his advice and the insight he provided into venture capitalism and wish him well with his future projects.

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Speakers Series - Ranee Chung - Making Ideas Happen

A presentation in a series of talks focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology

7pm-8pm, February 24th 2012, Room PQ002 (MIC Studio), Core P, Hong Kong PolyU

The Multimedia and Innovation Centre (MIC) continues its speaker’s series on the 3rd of February focusing on the constantly changing world of media and technology. This speaker’s series aims to bring together students, alumni and inquisitive minds to discuss changes in media, technology, and the impact these have on our lives and the future.

Ranee ChungTonight's speaker is Ranee Chung of OpenBar. Ranee is a creative director in design and advertising, turned entrepreneur in new media app development. She has served Fortune 500 companies as well as helping start businesses from scratch. She launched the OpenBar app, a unique social platform targeting the nightlife industry. The app not only provides an interactive guide that helps people select venues and happy hours, it's OpenTalk feature makes meeting new people a fun adventure. Ranee will speaking on the subject of "Making Ideas Happen", which will focus on formulating ideas, the process of facing challenges, and taking products to market, etc. We thank her for taking the time to come and talk at Hong Kong PolyU.

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Making Toys. A talk by Charles Ip.

On the 13th of January 2012, Charles Ip spoke at Hong Kong Polytechnic University during our weekly Speakers Series on the future of the toy industry.

During his talk, Charles, the founder of Nippon Toys Ltd and JDH Toys, shared with us his experience within the toy industry, how he got into making toys, and the number of successful projects he has worked on (including bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the market).

Charles also went into how the digital media industry has shaped that of his own, and the direction of toys in the future. Similarly, he gave details on the advantages and disadvantages of licensing products, which provided great insight from someone that has worked directly in this area countless times.

We thank Charles for providing us with an entertaining and candid look into the toy industry.

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Building Androids. A talk by David Hanson.

On December 5, 2011, we had the pleasure of having speaker David Hanson present in our series. David is a specialist in creating androids - humanlike robots that exhibit intelligence and feelings.

During the talk, David gave us great insight into the field of androids and robotics, demonstrating the differences between the two while also taking us through his journey within the industry.

With video examples of robots he has worked on, including his famous 'Einstein Robot', David showed the great level of detail and work that goes into making robots seem life-like, so that people feel greater attachment towards them.

We thank David in giving this educational and captivating presentation.

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