In this 10th issue of CAL newsletter, we put together some exciting new development during the summer semester 2014/15. Since May we have been using a new co-working space in G1301, which consists of two floors. The ground floor is mainly used by the maker team, the ROV team and the design team, whereas the first floor is used by the CAL software team and the operation team. Thank you very much for the support from College of Science and Engineering (CSE).
For the coding initiative, we have successfully launched 10 consecutive monthly Hour of Code HK campaign. Starting in Oct 2015, we recently received the generous venue sponsorship by the HK Science & Technology Park for HOC-HK. This summer was a very busy season running multiple coding sessions, including exchange students from Mainland China, Chengdu, Taiwan, and we are pleased to have reached over 10,000 coding hours. For the Sino Go Code program, together with Sino Group and WebOrganic, the 300+ students feedback are mostly positive, and we have scheduled the graduation ceremony in Jan 2016.
How can we use the mobile phone to automatically generate a customized resume? CAL has worked closely with the University Student Development Service for the Career App. Let’s give a try! I am also very impressed by the summer project workshop led by Nelson. One of the teams has developed an Instagram App within 4-weeks time for both iOS and Android. These students are all very passionate and self-motivated. We are fortunate to recruit them to the CAL project team.
HKU has organized two Startup Weekend events, and incredibly the two champions both consist of CityU CAL members. We hope to bring Startup Weekend event to CityU with KTO, EDGE and Innovation Commons, and create inter-institutional collaborations amongst different local Universities. With the support from Ambassador School Program (ASP), we have recruited 20 IT-focused secondary and primary school generating huge synergy in this community. Nevertheless, the 3rd DBSxCAL Talk was another great success, and we may organize the 4th one at the Vault in DBS. We welcome you to join us!
Dr. Ray Cheung
Heart disease is the third leading cause of death in Hong Kong. Every year, around 3400 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which results in death within minutes but is potentially reversible if treated early.
In view of this, I am leading a technical team of CityU Apps Lab in collaboration with the Hong Kong Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) Prevention Program, coordinated by Dr. Kit Chan, Associate Consultant and Cardiology Specialist of Ruttonjee and Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals. Our aim is to design a real-time rescuing system using mobile phone technology and mobile positioning system to:
1. Locate and display local AEDs locations;
2. Disseminate group broadcast to nearby lay rescuers;
3. Recruit nearest lay rescuers to provide bystander CPR;
4. Recruit nearest lay rescuers to reach AEDs for defibrillation.
Mobile phones are the most ubiquitous modern technology nowadays. With about 17 million mobile service subscribers as of March 2015, Hong Kong has one of the highest penetration rates in the world at about 233%. Owing to their wide availability and advanced capabilities, mobile phones possess a strong potential for lifesaving, emergency dispatch and rescue network. Our devoted team has been working on this project for the last two months and hopefully the system will soon be available for private testing. If you find this project meaningful and want to be part of it, either contributing your technical knowledge or joining as a volunteer tester, please drop me an email and we are always happy to hear from you.
Mr. Van Ting
CAL Associate Director