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Facilitate the Industry Development and Growth

In 2000, a group of mobile application developers came together and formed “WAP Developer Group”, which aimed to promote the adoption of wireless technology as corporate solution. Nevertheless, they found that it would not be an easy job – Air-time for connecting mobile network was expensive, mobile network operators were using different interfaces to build their network, manufactures were not keen to develop mobile devices for commercial use. There were too many barriers for individuals or parties to enter the field.

In view of the issue, the Developer Group decided to form an industry association, in order to promote the collaboration between different stakeholders in the mobile industry. That is the starting point of Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA).

Throughout the years, WTIA keeps on taking the role as a super connector in the industry, associating developers, service providers and government, and work together to expedite the development of wireless technology in Hong Kong. In these years, we established centers with the theme of wireless and mobile technology, and also numerous seminars, awards and projects to popularize the usage of wireless technology. In the future, we will continue to implement more practical works that will help to advance the industry.

2020

2020 – Asia Smart App Awards 2020

With funding support from Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Asia Smart App Awards (formerly known as Asia Smartphone Apps Contest) aim to promote Hong Kong as a capital of Smart App in Asia by gathering the top industry experts across the region. A regional contest for Smart App, the Asia Smart App Awards successfully gather 15 participating countries/ regions in Asia, namely the Cambodia, Israel, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mainland, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka ,Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, etc. with the support from more than 30 industry organizations in Asia.

2020 – Hong Kong ICT Awards – ICT Startup Award

Supported by Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and organized by WTIA, ICT Startup Award aims at discovering and recognising the outstanding local ICT startup companies which focus on software, hardware and social innovation areas and, reward their distinguished development based on its growth, innovation, creativity, functionality, market potential and performance.

2019

2019 – TechConnect Conference & Festival

With the advent of the 5G era, IoT has been the hottest topic in the world. IoT is the key to connect all things, it is next industrial revolution which is now changing the quality of living in many ways that were never imagined before. This technology is undoubtedly an economic driver in the new era and for all industries, but a new model of development.

To assist Hong Kong SMEs to connect with global industry and enhance their capabilities on IoT technologies, cyber security, related standards and regulation, WTIA had organised a full-day conference along 7 separate workshops, invited the most famous and reputable leaders in the cybersecurity & IoT industry to provide the relevant solving skill to Hong Kong SMEs about those technologies.

2019 – A 5G Revolution: What does it mean for me?

Hong Kong is actively deploying 5G Application in all areas. How will it affect the quality of life and improve the social efficiency in the near future? WTIA joined hands with The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), invited industry export to share and exchange views on 5G application, the latest global trends, 5G systems for new application and the new business models of 5G Era.

2019 – Asia Smart App Awards 2018/ 2019

With funding support from Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Asia Smart App Awards (formerly known as Asia Smartphone Apps Contest) aim to promote Hong Kong as a capital of Smart App in Asia by gathering the top industry experts across the region. A regional contest for Smart App, the Asia Smart App Awards successfully gather 13 participating countries/ regions in Asia, namely the Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mainland, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka ,Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, etc. with the support from more than 20 industry organizations in Asia.

2018

2018 – Taipei IOT Business Delegation Tour

Supported by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, WTIA organised the Taipei IoT Business Delegation Tour, with the aim to expand the cross-border networking and exchange IoT  knowledge between Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as providing a better understanding of Taiwan outstanding development on Smart City sector.  Learning the latest solutions on 5G, IoT and IoV is the key session of the trip, industry experts were invited to share the knowledge and experiences to delegates. The visiting delegates from Hong Kong consisted of web hosting providers, software vendors, hardware vendors, E-Commerce companies and Telecommunications Companies.

2018 – Meeting with YC Partner – Eric Migicovsky: “How to apply successfully for Y Combinator?”

In partnership with ZEROZONE, the Hong Kong’s startup base, WTIA and Zerozone have invited Eric Migicovsky, partner of Y Combinator to talk about how to get into YC. Y Combinator, also known as the “Fixed Point Combinator”, is the most prominent accelerator in Silicon Valley. Eric Migicovsky is the Founder and CEO of Pebble Technology (YC W11), which was acquired by Fitbit in 2016. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched Pebble on Kickstarter, where it became the most successful crowdfunded project in Kickstarter’s history. Pebble sold over 2,000,000 watches.

2017

2017 – Connected City Conference

WTIA organised the Connected City Conference and industry experts were invited to present their latest solutions on 5G, LoRaWAN, Sigfox and NB-IoT to build Hong Kong as a smart-city. This is the first Smart City event that centres on connectivity and the newest networks gathered in one setting to discuss IoT, data, security and all the essential ingredients for a truly empowering Smart Hong Kong.

2017 – Asia Smart App Summit cum Award Presentation Ceremony

With funding support from Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Asia Smart App Awards (formerly known as Asia Smartphone Apps Contest) aim to promote Hong Kong as a capital of Smart App in Asia by gathering the top industry experts across the region. A regional contest for Smart App, the Asia Smart App Awards successfully gather 11 participating countries/ regions in Asia, namely the Mainland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, etc. with the support from more than 20 industry organizations in Asia.

2017 Hong Kong ICT Awards – Best Mobile App Award

Supported by Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and organized by WTIA, The Best Mobile Apps Awards aims to honour the best local mobile and wireless technology and application development, also to encourage further mobile and wireless technology and application development with enhanced creativity, design and commercial value.

2017 – Develop Market Network of Internet of Vehicles (IoV) in Mainland China

Supported by BUD Fund, WTIA organised a series of events, including business networking event, public awareness seminar, study mission, to help Hong Kong enterprises capture opportunities to penetrate or expand business network across China.

2016

2016 – Asia Smartphone Apps Summit cum Award Presentation Ceremony 2016

To recognize the excellence of innovative smartphone applications development and provide a platform for top smartphone applications professions in the region to meet, share and learn from each other, WTIA started to organise Asia Smartphone Contest in 2013, 9 Asia Regions, including Israel, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan was the co-organiser of the Contest.

2016 – LegCo Information Technology Constituency Election Forum

To create a platform for IT voters to understand more about the candidates’ view for the
upcoming LEGCO Election IT Functional Constituency, Hong Kong Wireless Technology
Industry Association (WTIA), the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF),
and Professional Information Security Association (PISA) co-organized an Election Forum in
2016 before the legislative election.

2016 – SafeWiFi Campaign

In order to raise public awareness in Wi-Fi security, WTIA started SafeWiFi.hk and set up
the thematic website in 2001. SafeWiFi Campaign aim at investigating the WiFi usage,
assessibility, security and the knowledge of it in Hong Kong, which conducted annual WiFi
security survey and co-organize events to promote Wi-Fi security for the public.

2016 – “Building up Wi-Fi.HK through Collaboration” Pledging Ceremony”

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer together with the Hong Kong
Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA) held the "Building Up Wi-Fi.HK
Through Collaboration" Pledging Ceremony on 30 March 2016. The event called for the
active participation of public and private organisations in promoting free public Wi-Fi service
with the Government through the Wi-Fi.HK scheme to facilitate easy access to the Internet
by the public.

2015

2015 – SafeWiFi Campaign

In order to raise public awareness in Wi-Fi security, WTIA started SafeWiFi.hk and set up the
thematic website in 2001. SafeWiFi Campaign aim at investigating the WiFi usage,
assessibility, security and the knowledge of it in Hong Kong, which conducted annual WiFi
security survey and co-organize events to promote Wi-Fi security for the public.

2015 – Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015: Best Mobile Apps Award

Supported by Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and organized by
WTIA, The Best Mobile Apps Awards aims to honour the best local mobile and wireless
technology and application development, also to encourage further mobile and wireless
technology and application development with enhanced creativity, design and commercial
value.

2015 – Asia Smartphone Apps Contest & Summit 2015

To recognize the excellence of innovative smartphone applications development and
provide a platform for top smartphone applications professions in the region to meet, share
and learn from each other, WTIA started to organise Asia Smartphone Contest in 2013, 7
Asia Regions, including Israel, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan
was the co-organiser of the Contest.

2015 – The 5th Hong Kong International Mobile Film Festival and Awards

The Project hosted since 2007, with the funding support from Create Hong Kong of HKSAR
Government. With activities including production contest, seminar and workshops, the
festival aims to contribute to the industry development through
(1) Introducing local talents and their quality mobile videos to the international platforms to
encourage mobile contents developments;
(2) Broadening the horizons of local talents by facilitating the experience and culture
exchanges among excellent filmmakers around the world;
(3) Enhancing public awareness of using mobile devices for daily enjoyment

2014

2014 – Wi-Fi.HK

WTIA and Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) launched Wi-Fi.HK, a common Wi-Fi brand established to facilitate the public and visitors in locating and accessing the free public Wi-Fi services in Hong Kong. With the support from both public and private sectors, there are over 12,000 hotspots under the brand to provide easy access of free Wi-Fi services to the public and visitors.

2014 – Made in Hong Kong Smartphone Apps Project

In order to assist the local application developers to expand their business in Mainland China market, “Made in Hong Kong” Smartphone Apps Project was organized by WTIA to initiate a series of events. “Made in Hong Kong” Smartphone Apps Gallery is a platform that is specifically designed to promote applications that are developed by local developers to users in Mainland China. Over 500 applications are featured in the Gallery. Moreover, Seminar, workshops and visit to China were also held to facilitate business networking opportunities between local mobile app companies and potential clients in China.

2013

2013 – Asia Smartphone Contest

To recognize the excellence of innovative smartphone applications development and provide a platform for top smartphone applications professionals in the region to meet, share, collaborate and learn from each other, WTIA started to organize Asia Smartphone Contest in 2013.  7 Asia Regions, including Israel, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan was the co-organizer of the Contest.

2013 – Opening of Mobility Experience Centre at Cyberport

With the support of Cyberport, WDC is renovated as Mobility Experience Centre (MEC) in 2013. The establishment of MEC aims to provide a space for public to experience advanced mobile devices, and also highlights the illustrious accomplishments Hong Kong has achieved in mobile technology. Outstanding and award-winning applications and wireless technology-related products developed by local IT companies are showcasing in the Centre.

2007

2007 – Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival

WTIA organized the first Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival in 2007. With activities including production contest, seminar and workshops, the festival aims to nurture local youngsters’ interest and knowledge in mobile film productions and promote the awareness of mobile films appreciation among the general public.

2006

2006 – Hong Kong ICT Awards: Best Ubiquitous Award

Steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and organized by WTIA, Hong Kong ICT Awards: Best Ubiquitous Award established in 2006 to promote Hong Kong’s identity in providing quality mobile and wireless technology and application, and also honour the best local development in the field. The Award renamed as Hong Kong ICT Awards: Best Mobile Apps Award in 2013.

2005

2005 – Launching of Wireless Services Value Chain Cooperation (WSVCC) platform

WTIA established the Wireless Services Value Chain Cooperation (WSVCC) platform in the Pearl River Delta of Mainland China in 2005. Content localization services equipped with hardware and technical support were provided in the platform to simplify the process of launching mobile applications in China.

2005 – 1st Hong Kong Wireless Technology Excellence Awards

WTIA and Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) organized the 1st Hong Kong Wireless Technology Excellence Awards to recognize the best mobile and wireless applications developed by local companies.

2005 – Hong Kong International Wireless Conference 2005

Thousands of visitors from globe participated this international event organized by WTIA. The event consisted of presentation by reputable speakers and exhibition of 20 local wireless technology applications and solutions providers.

2005 – Launching of 3G Cyberport Project

Supported by Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), Cyberport and local 3G network operators, WTIA launched the 3G Cyberport Project. The Project consisted of awards, training, forum, and exhibition to promote the development and adoption of 3G applications and solutions in Hong Kong.

2005 – The 1st WTIA SMS Donation Campaign

WTIA and Internet Professionals Association (iProA) partnered with mobile network operators in Hong Kong to launch an SMS Donation Campaign, and raised HK $2 million for the victims of 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

2003

2003 – WTIA Partner with PISA to Conduct WLAN War Driving in Hong Kong

WTIA collaborated with Professional Information Security Association (PISA) to conduct War Driving survey for evaluating the strength of security measures performed by WLAN users in Hong Kong, and raise public awareness of the importance of WLAN security. The project later re-branded as SafeWiFi, and the War Driving transformed as a testing on the security level of Wi-Fi hotspot in Hong Kong.

2003 – The 1st WTIA Awards: J2ME Open 2003

Aimed to encourage development of wireless applications for consumers and enterprises, the contest J2ME Open 2003 was organized by WTIA. Over 300 teams participated the contest.

2003 – Opening of Hong Kong Wireless Development Centre at Cyberport

With support of HKSAR Government, Cyberport and more than 30 corporations, WTIA established the Hong Kong Wireless Development Centre (WDC) to showcase Hong Kong’s latest development and advancement in mobile technology . Feature of the Centre included testing hubs and technical consultancy for mobile application developers, and also demonstration of mobile applications and wireless products that are established in Hong Kong. TD-SCDMA Application Development Centre also set up in WDC and served as the only testing hub for TD-SCDMA network outside Greater China Region.

2002

2002 – The 1st WTIA Panel Discussion: Inter-Operator SMS

Representatives of mobile network operators discussed the feasibility of transmitting SMS between different operators in the panel discussion of Wireless Technology Forum organized by WTIA in 2002.

2001

2001 – Establishment of WTIA

The Inauguration Ceremony of WTIA was held at Hong Kong Productivity Council, with the exhibition Wireless Application Showcase. 20 companies showcased their latest mobile and wireless application in the Showcase.