Jointly established by Federation of Hong Kong Industries’ (FHKI) Hong Kong Startup Council and Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), the co-working space “INDEX” was officially launched today with Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung as the Guest-of-Honour.
FHKI Chairman Jimmy Kwok says in his opening remarks, “What differentiates INDEX from other co-working spaces is that it is a platform for gathering seasoned industrialists and experts from the business, R&D, academia, design and art sectors to share their invaluable insights to the youth. By pooling our experience and knowledge together, we strive to ignite youngsters’ interest in industry and innovation and technology (I&T), help materialise their creativity and pursue their dreams.”
SHKP Executive Director Christopher Kwok says, “SHKP is pleased to be part of the ‘Space Sharing Scheme for Youth’, teaming with FHKI to foster youth development and industrial innovation. We believe that young people are vital in keeping Hong Kong’s economy vibrant and the business sector can work with different stakeholders to create an innovative atmosphere for our local youth who are in search of career development and business opportunities. SHKP is a local conglomerate committed to nurturing our younger generation. We hope this adds vitality to the city’s economy and ushers in new era of prosperity.”
FHKI has been collaborating with SHKP in bringing INDEX, a project under the Government’s “Space Sharing Scheme for Youth”, to live. INDEX, a culmination of Industries, Innovation, Design and Exchange, offers a base for the youth to engage in I&T and creative industries. Provided free-of-charge by INDEX space sponsor SHKP, INDEX is located on 15/F of Infotech Centre in Kwun Tong.
A variety of I&T and art activities will be held at INDEX, lining up youngsters from different sectors for idea exchange. STARS Programme will also take place in INDEX, where startup pitching workshops will be organised for startups to boost their competitiveness. INDEX also aims to integrate technology and art, in a bid to inject new elements into industrial development. Not only are there various automated robotics as well as AR and VR equipment installed, artwork of local designers such as ceiling decorations, murals and furniture are also featured.