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About Digital Pioneers
Digital Pioneers Winners Announcement
Opportunities Offered to Digital Pioneer Finalists
Eligibility
Selection Process
Programme Highlights in Hong Kong
Advisory panel, judges & endorsers
Events
Digital Pioneer Exemplars
FAQs
Parners,sponsors & supporting organisations
Advisory Panel, Judges & Endorsers

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Prof Bee-Leng Chua

Professor Bee-leng Chua

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bee-Leng Chua is with the Department of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), teaching in the MBA and undergraduate programmes on management principles,human resources management,entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour, ethics and social responsibility in business.

Currently, she is the project coordinator and is responsible for the Hong Kong study in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), a consortium that studies entrepreneurial activity worldwide. She is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at CUHK. Bee-Leng started the Booz Allen Hamilton Social Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2004, a programme that promotes values of social responsibility among MBA students. While being Associate Director of the MBA Programmes from 1995-1999, Bee-Leng launched the Asia Moot Corp® Entrepreneurship Competition in 1998, a business competition for leading business schools in Asia.

She serves on the Hong Kong Cyberport IncuTrain Centre Advisory and Vetting Committees and is an assessor to the Small Enterprises Research and Assistance Programme (SERAP), Innovation and Technology Fund, HKSARG. Bee-Leng is a member of the Zonta Club of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association, and serves on the Entrepreneurs Group Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

Bee-Leng earned her B.Sc. from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, her MA and Ph.D. at Ohio University, Athens. Originally from Singapore, she now resides in Hong Kong since joining CUHK in 1989. She was Deputy Head, Survey Research Branch, Personnel Research Dept, at the Ministry of Defence, Manpower Division, Singapore from 1983-1988.

Current research interests are in the areas of career decisions, entrepreneurship education, micro-enterprises and poor entrepreneurs, and pro-social behaviours in the community and workplace.

Robert Chua

Mr Robert Chua                                    Chairman/Founder, The Interactive Channel Co Ltd

Born in Singapore, Mr. Robert Chua studied and worked in the television industry in Australia before making Hong Kong his home in 1967. He is a respected veteran in the television industry, carving out a colorful and enormously successful 42-year career spanning Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

In 1979, he became the first media person in the world to enter the Chinese TV market.  The satellite channel CETV he founded in 1994 secured AOL-Time Warner as his partner in 2000 to extend internationally into the television arena as a Hong Kong based Chinese TV station.  He sold his entire CETV stake to Time Warner in late 2003 to concentrate in pioneering the world’s first ‘cross media’ 24/7 interactive channel TIC (“The Interactive Channel”) that was launched on 12th December, 2004.

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Desmond Hui

Professor Desmond Hui

Director, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Hong Kong

Desmond Hui is now Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, Master of Graduate House at the University of Hong Kong, and advisor to the UNESCO on cultural industries in Asia and the Pacific.

He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, Master and Doctor of Philosophy from University of Cambridge.  Presently member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and registered architect of Ontario, Canada (Ontario Association of Architects) and Hong Kong (Hong Kong Institute of Architects), he has held appointment as Research Fellow of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, Guest Scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal and now holds Associate Professorship at the Department of Architecture, HKU.  He has been awarded the Institute of International Education Scholarship, American Institute of Architects Student Certificate and Commonwealth Scholarship.

Hui has served as Adjudicator for the 2004 HK Interior Design Association Annual Awards and 2003 HK Art Biennial, Art Advisor for the HK Arts Development Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Accreditation Panel Member of the HK Council for Academic Accreditation and Member of the Antiquities Advisory Board of the HKSAR Government.  He has directed the Baseline Study on HK’s Creative Industries (for the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government), Public Art Research and Academic and Financial Study on West Kowloon Cultural District (for the HK Arts Development Council), Heritage and Architectural Walk Study (for the HK Tourism Association) and the Territory-wide Survey of Pre-1950 Buildings in Urban HK (for the Antiquities and Monuments Office).  His work includes The Culture of Space (published in 1999).  His current research includes Study on the Relationship between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong’s Creative Industries (for the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government) and A Study on Creativity Index (for the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government).  He has recently been invited to sit on the planning committee of the Creative Arts Centre project in Shek Kip Mei.

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Kin Ko

Mr Kin Ko

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, iNFoiSLIVE Corporation Ltd

Kin Ko graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Computer Engineering and dual minoring in Sociology and Government and Public Administration. In 2002, he acquired his MSc in IT Management from the same university. Kin also used to be a freelance writer for the telecommunications column of the Hong Kong Economic Journal. Kin now works at Beijing as the CEO of iiL.

iiL - iNFOiSLIVE Corporation Limited - is the holding company of MOffY
and Gameislive, which publishes and develops mobile entertainment
contents respectively. MOffY has been in mobile contents development,
distribution, publishing and consultant services since 1999. Currently, MOffY holds over 1800 games and application titles. Along with different types of mobile games, mobile games and applications are featured with famous characters, movie titles and celebrities. Gameislive specialises in making RPGs (role-playing games) and online games on mobiles. iiL 'mobilises' contents from entertainment and media partners and provides them to mobile operators in Greater China and S.E. Asia. iiL's shareholders include the management team,Mitsubishi Corp., china.com and others.

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Ian Livingstone, OBE

Mr Ian Livingstone, OBE

Product Acquisition Director, Eidos

Ian Livingstone is Product Acquisition Director at Eidos and a leading pioneer of interactive entertainment. In 1975 he founded Games Workshop Ltd with Steve Jackson and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe and the Games Workshop retail chain.

In 1977 he launched White Dwarf, the UK’s first interactive games magazine, and was its editor for 5 years. In 1982, again with Steve Jackson, he devised Fighting Fantasy, the series of interactive gamebooks that sold over 15 million copies in 23 languages. He wrote more than 20 books in the series including his best-selling Deathtrap Dungeon.

He has also invented many board games. In 1992 he became Deputy Chairman of computer games company Domark. In 1995 he was instrumental in the merger and flotation of Domark with technology company Eidos and served as Executive Chairman of the Board of the new interactive entity Eidos plc until 2002.  At Eidos - the UK's leading developer and publisher of video games - he has helped to secure many of the company's major franchises including Tomb Raider, Championship Manager and Hitman. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Abertay Dundee. In 2002 he was awarded the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry. In 2003 he was appointed Creative Industries advisor to the British Council.

In 2004 he was made a Creative Industries Luminary for London. In 2004 he was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Bright Things plc. In 2005 he was appointed Chair of the Computer Games Skills Forum. In 2005 he was appointed Non-Executive Director of Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries. He was awarded an OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to the Computer Games Industry.

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Bob Rayner

Mr Bob Rayner

Deputy Consul-General and Director of Trade and Investment, the British Consulate-General Hong Kong

Since 2002, Bob Rayner has been the Deputy Consul-General and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong. Since joining the Foreign Office in London in 1968, Bob has also been posted to take up diplomatic roles at various cities in Pakistan, Japan and Peru.

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Shane Walter

Mr Shane Walter

Director, onedotzero

Shane Walter established onedotzero limited as co-director of the project and company in late 1997 and has solely directed the organisation since 2001. the festival has become a global phenomenon, reaching over 60 cities worldwide and thousands of people.

He has drawn on his diverse background and experience as a producer and director across a range of media and industries from publishing and computer gaming to theatre and contemporary art to make onedotzero the leading organisation in the new moving image field in the world. He began in new media in the early 90’s and has worked on multimedia projects with such properties as Lara Croft and Tombraider for Eidos and 007 for MGM as well as producing award nominated online sites for The Edinburgh International Festivals and The London Marathon.

In addition to the festival Shane has produced and directed the standout TV series onedottv and the 12-part onedottv_global for the UK’s Channel 4. Other production work includes award winning short films, interactive media, installations and live AV event productions and commissions.

In 2001 he launched the onedotzero dvd label that now distributes and sells around the world. Shane produced and co-edited the top selling book and accompanying DVD, Motion Blur, graphic moving image makers published in the UK, Netherlands and USA in mid 2004. The book has now gone into a reprint with a new edition out September 2005.

He is currently researching and preparing new publications due in 2007 including motion blur2 book + dvd.

Shane’s previous photographic work has been published in national newspapers and specialist magazines including The Times, The Independent, Variety, and Time Out. For a number of years he was producer of critically acclaimed mixed-media theatre company 606, which spawned the multi-awarding winning comedians The League of Gentlemen.

He participates as a speaker, judge and presenter at many international events, festivals and arts institutions which includes: Victoria + Albert Museum London, SFMOMA San Francisco, Centre for Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Moderna Museet Stockholm, ICA London, and Taipei Golden Horse, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London, Flanders, Taipei, Vienna, Zurich and Melbourne international film festivals amongst others. He has regularly spoken at industry festivals and conferences too including Promax Europe and The Urban Space conference.

Victor Wong

Mr Victor Wong

Director, Menfond Electronic Art & Computer Design Company Ltd

Victor Wong graduated from the University of Washington in the US in 1989, majored in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is keen on visual art. To pursue his dream work he established the Menfond Electronic Art & Computer Design Company Limited in 1990 together with his brother Eddy Wong.

The combination of technology and art of Asian skills and western culture has successfully established Menfond as a premier digital visual effects and 3D animation production studio integrating state of the art graphics with virtual reality technologies. Mr Wong has more than 10 years’ experience in computer design and is equipped with excellent management skills. In the past decade, he participated in hundreds of commercials in the creation of special effects and received a lot of recognition in advertisement and computer animation, including in Hong Kong, the US and Japan. In addition, Mr Wong has directed many international TV commercials and Hong Kong music videos. Recently, he was appointed as the special effects director in more than 30 movie productions.

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Vernie Yeung

Vernie Yeung

Director

Vernie Yeung was born in Hong Kong, though based in London since the age of 16, it’s somewhere he spends a lot of time working. Making movies is in his genes, his mother was a film producer and going to the movies was something he did from the word go, so it’s no wonder he created his first film at the age of 16: a drama called Yellow Tofu.

During his MA in Communications and Design at London’s prestigious St Martin’s College of Art and Design, he created two short films, the intriguingly-titled animation Chicken Bomb and Skyscape, shot in his native Hong Kong. When the band Radiohead was sourcing new directors for a project called Radiohead TV, he contributed both. It was a pivotal moment, both were used. He was then subsequently introduced by Dilly Gent, the commissioner of Radiohead to Ridley Scott’s Black Dog films and was signed immediately as a director.  His first music video Biting Tongues for Faultline was created while he was still a student at Central St Martin’s.

Naturally the work kept on coming, he was then spotted by Joel Chu from Communion W Hong Kong to create 5 spots for Citibank I.T. Visa card, his first TV commercials, which received 10 awards at HK4A Creative Awards. His artistry can be seen on commercials for Citibank, Canon, Netvigator Broadband, Diesel, Sony Bravia, Levi’s; music promo for Edison, Faultline, Josie Ho and Kylie.

The 28 year old director likes to mix real-life footage with computer-generated effects with dazzling results. He also edits all his work, and enjoys working closely with sound designers. As a result, in 2005 he received a Sound Design award together with DJ Tommy at BTA (British Television Advertising) Craft Awards for a TV commercial for Netvigator, a Broadband company in Hong Kong.

Dr Gino Yu - Chairman, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association

Dr Gino Yu received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively. After receiving is PhD, he taught at the University of Southern California where he worked with Max Nikias to establish the Integrated Media Systems Center.

In 1996, he moved to Hong Kong and taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he co-founded the Centre for Enhanced Learning Technologies. In 1999, he joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and founded the Multimedia Innovation Centre. He is currently the Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has spoken internationally promoting game development, digital entertainment, interactive media applications for business and integrating creativity into business and education.

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Hong Kong born British director Vernie Yeung graduated from St Martin’s College of Art and Design. The 28 year-old BTA Crafts Award winner claims that mentorship has been a key catalyst to his career development.


Digital Pioneer Exemplar - Vernie Yeung
Digital Pioneers
About Digital Pioneers
Digital Pioneers Winners Announcement
Opportunities Offered to Digital Pioneer Finalists
Eligibility
Selection Process
Programme Highlights in Hong Kong
Advisory panel, judges & endorsers
Events
Digital Pioneer Exemplars
FAQs
Parners,sponsors & supporting organisations
About Digital Pioneers
Application opens from 12 October 2006

Digital Pioneers objectives

We aim to identify and develop a network of young creative entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and the UK via international mentorship, overseas work placements, industry-specific capacity building activities and peer exchanges, we want to identify and develop a network of young creative entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and the UK. We also believe that Digital Pioneers will provide opportunities for creative industry focused entrepreneurial skills to take shape, build a sustainable platform for international business and creative collaborations to grow. We hope to identify talents in the market and support them in their journey towards becoming future leaders in the international creative industry marketplace.

How is Digital Pioneers different from the many awards and schemes which are already run in the UK and Hong Kong?

It offers candidates real international exposure by engaging them in professional visits and real job placements in the UK / Hong Kong
Mentors for Digital Pioneers are real pioneers and leading figures in the industry. Studies have shown that mentorship is one of the most effective methods in helping creative entrepreneurs develop personally and professionally. We aim to establish long-term and sustainable mentoring relationships which provide personalised industry advice and experience..
The parallel programme in both Hong Kong and the UK allows winners to exchange with their peers in another part of the world to build a real network which is going to be crucial in the development of future international collaborations in the industry.

Are you a Digital Pioneer?

Three entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and three from the UK will get the opportunity to meet leading industry figures, key companies working across the digital media industry from gaming to interactive TV/film to animation and much more. If you are from Hong Kong this opportunity will take place in the UK and if you are from the UK the opportunity will take place in Hong Kong.

Are you aged 21 to 35?
Do you work in the digital entertainment/media industry?
Are you passionate about what you are doing and prepared to have your existing practices challenged?
Do you want to gain exposure in the international market?
Are you interested in exploring the UK digital entertainment market?
Do you have a big idea for which you need advice on how it can be realised?

If you answer yes to the above questions, there is a good chance that you are the Digital Pioneer we are looking for. See our Eligibility section to find out what you should do next to become a Digital Pioneer.

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