Has Hong Kong’s innovative soil grown?

Editor’s note: This article is from WeChat public account “ brain pole body (ID: unity007).

In a recent series of news about Hong Kong, every time I mention the economic exchanges between Hong Kong and the mainland, there will be a consensus: the further economic growth that the mainland has relied on on the Internet, mobile Internet and AI in recent years has further widened. The distance between the two sides. Even the demand for shopping and tourism has begun to be replaced by Japan.

Is this statement objective? What is certain is that the development boom of the technology industry has indeed created a gap in the economic level between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Many people say that Hong Kong has been in the technology industry for 20 years and is constantly missing for 20 years.

The reason why it is “missing” is because Hong Kong is not without innovation. In the era of mobile Internet, Hong Kong’s first mainland has launched a Talkbox that is very close to the WeChat concept, but now it is completely replaced by Whatsapp; In the AI ​​era, the famous AI Unicorn Shangtang Technology was originally led by Tang Xiaoou to the team of the School of Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but soon Shang Tang chose to take root in Shenzhen. Not only that, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and other universities are also exporting a large number of talents to enterprises and academics every year. In other words, Hong Kong is not without innovation, not without innovation.

Where is Hong Kong’s innovative soil?

The failure of the Silicon Harbor project cannot be backed up

The development of Hong Kong’s technology industry is sluggish, and many people will blame the failure of the “Silicon Port Project” around 2000.

In October 1998, the then Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region proposed in his second policy address after his appointment that Hong Kong would develop Hong Kong into a Hong Kong-based international innovation and technology centre. It is proposed to build a Silicon Harbor (Silicon) in Hong Kong. Harbour) Electronic Technology Development Zone.

In that era, the demand for wafers and semiconductors transferred from East Asia to Europe and the United States was becoming mainstream. Taiwan’s well-known “Hsinchu Science and Technology Park” was also built in the same period. Data at the time indicated that the project is expected to add 195,000 jobs and HK$30 billion in production to Hong Kong by 2008.

But this project has not been able to advance, on the one hand because the government has a low voice on the land, and on the other hand, it also included the US restrictions on the export of semiconductor manufacturing equipment to Hong Kong. Without the land, no production equipment, naturally no technology park can be built. In addition, in 2000, the first Internet bubble burst, and Hong Kong, which has more financial functions, has a more obvious sense.