Welcome to the 9th issue of CAL newsletter, I am pleased to highlight some of the selected activities from CAL in the Spring Semester of 2014/15. One major comment that I heard is we have events everyday, and the postings on the CAL Facebook page are fantastic.
Advocating coding education in HK is the prime mission at CAL, there are three major activities developed including: (1) Hour of Code (HOC) HK, (2) We Can Code, and (3) Sino Care – Go Code Program. The HOC has been further expanded to 3 days in each month covering VTC, IVE Chai Wan institute. Coming up next, we have scheduled “Police Can Code”, “Executive Can Code” and “Prisoners Can Code” in Aug and Sept 2015. Please contact us if you have a designated group of people who would like to learn coding.
The collaborations with Sino’s Go Code Program have been a concrete, smooth, and fruitful adventure. We have expanded the classes from junior one, to intermediate classes, and also extended the class to the children of Sino Group. We hope that by creating this substantial group of learners, we can expand to more advanced classes, and also creating a large group of helpers who are eager to teach and share coding!
Engaging the CAL members in the University project activities is another prime mission at CAL, this summer we have arranged intensive training for our selected members. The application rate and feedbacks from our members are very positive. Let me tell you that for those who do not know how to code, can eventually become one of the CAL developers, the important point is that they need to take the first step to understand what is coding via the “We Can code” activities. Several projects have been deployed in the community and university, you can expect more good quality apps are coming.
As a closing, with the success of the 2nd DBSxCAL talk, we have compiled the video recap, and now in this summer, we are exciting to invite speakers and to prepare the logistics for the upcoming 3rd DBSxCAL talk. Please stay tuned and let us know how we can do better.
Dr. Ray Cheung
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in Hong Kong, which claims about 3400 victims a year.
The key of survival is timely defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and thus defibrillators and lay rescuers must be easily accessible within minutes. 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:
- locate and display local automated external defibrillators (AEDs) locations;
- disseminate group broadcast to nearby lay rescuers;
- recruit nearest lay rescuers to provide bystander CPR;
- 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