AWS Startup Day Hong Kong

 

(Registration starts from 9:15am)

20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Designed for startup founders and technical staffs, the AWS Startup Day Hong Kong is a free full-day event focused on delivering technical and business content to enable and accelerate startup innovation and growth.

You can choose your learning path from a combination of sessions focused on product innovation, technology applications, and the business of startups. There'll be opportunities to speak one-on-one with mentors, learn more from startup pitches and get introduced to AWS go-to-market programs specifically designed for startups. You'll also get to hear from fellow entrepreneurs and challenger brands around how they've been addressing customer needs through use of the AWS platform. You will gain business and technical insight through seminars, hands-on workshop, exclusive enterprise pitch and mentor sessions.

So whether you're a new startup looking to launch, or an existing startup looking for ways to scale and grow your business, we'll provide the knowledge and learning opportunities to inspire you to take action.

AWS Activate

AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS. Activate currently has custom Portfolio and Portfolio Plus packages for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and startup-enabling organizations.

 
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  • Startup business and technical founders, and developers who are eager to learn how to run lean and scale fast to build their next big thing.
  • Development teams, engineers, architects and system administrators from startups who are eager to learn how to deploy applications in highly available, scalable architectures.
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Herbert Yang has been a senior executive in multiple high-growth startups and MNC in technology, media and finance and a serial Internet entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of leading innovation and accelerating growth. Herbert builds startup ecosystem for AWS, works with investors and startups to discover and enable the next generation of unicorns.

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Paul Duffy leads world-wide Solutions Architecture efforts at Amazon Web Services for Startups, ensuring that early-stage companies can get the right technical architectural guidance at the right time as they build their products. Other roles at AWS since joining in 2011 have included leading the Startup Marketing team, building the Product Marketing team from scratch, and managing a team of Solutions Architects in New York. Outside of Amazon, recent roles have included leading product marketing at Stripe and product at Runnable.

 

 

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Reeve Kwan is the Co-Founder of GOGOVAN. In this role, Reeve oversees various functions in Hong Kong including strategic planning, daily operations, business development and customer relations. Reeve also assists in developing new products and expanding new businesses for the company. In addition to optimizing the existing products, Reeve has successfully promoted “GOGO Business”, contributing to a promising growth of GOGOVAN in B2B area.

Prior to shifting his focus on the Hong Kong operations, Reeve expanded the business of GOGOVAN to five regions outside of Hong Kong, turning the company into a regional delivery enterprise.

Graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010, Reeve was named one of the “30 Under 30 Asia: Manufacturing & Energy” by Forbes Magazine. He was also bestowed Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Sing Tao Group’s “2017 Leader of the Year” award.

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Michael Copeland helps run editorial efforts at AWS focused on startups around the globe. Before joining AWS, he was a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, a senior editor at Wired managing business coverage, and covered the VC and tech world as a senior writer at Fortune and Business 2.0.

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Fritz Demopoulos has been an entrepreneur and investor within the media and internet industries for over 10 years. He co-founded Qunar.com, China's largest travel internet company; and Shawei.com, China's largest sports internet company. Fritz also had senior positions at Netease and The News Corporation.

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Andrew Young has over 34 years of executive experience in senior positions, including Director of Partnership Development for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Science   & Technology Parks Corporation. In his current capacity as Associate Director   (Innovation) for Sino Group, he has     overall responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies        for application in the Group and explore  investment opportunities in technology  ventures. 

            

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 David Kwan is currently responsible to     drive proof-of-concept projects in DBS Bank. With experience in technology and banking, moving fast and breaking the      right things is his business as usual. From identifying business problems, sourcing unique solution to project management,     he delivers proof-of-concept initiatives end-to-end in DBS Bank.

HONG KONG CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

 

Lawrence Fong was appointed General Manager Information Technology     Solutions in June 2016, currently responsible for IT solution delivery, IT      Risk & Security Management, Enterprise Testing, Enterprise Architecture,     Innovation and IT Partnership of Cathay Pacific Group’s IT Department.

Prior to his current position, Mr Fong was General Manager IT Governance &     Planning from 2013 to 2016 and responsible for strategy and planning, governance, portfolio management, performance, procurement as well as security and risks management of Cathay Pacific.

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Teddy Liu currently oversees three core teams at his role, namely corporate development for planning, promoting      and managing corporate change     initiatives, development and talent trainingas well as internal audit. Mr. Liu   has served New World Group for over 20 years with diversified experience in     business management and corporate controllership functions.

Prior to joining New World, Mr. Liu had worked for  PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years with major focus on statutory audit, due diligence, merger and    acquisition, and tax planning.

Breakout sessions are structured around 3 learning paths:

  1. Business
  2. Architecture
  3. Hands-on Workshops
  • Business Track

    9:15am - 10:00am

    Registration 

    10:00am - 10:05am Welcome Remarks -  Herbert Yang, Head of VC/Startup Business Development, Greater China, AWS
    10:05am - 10:25am

    Keynote Welcome to Day 1 Paul Duffy, Tech Leader, Startups, AWS

    More startups have launched on AWS than anywhere else in the world. There's a reason why the biggest names in the startup world have been building on AWS for the past 13 years. Startups take on enormous challenges with limited resources. They leverage the latest technology to make a team of 1 perform like a team of 10. 

    These startups have paved the way and have helped pioneer the technological path for the next wave of entrepreneurs. We've learned a great deal helping these companies reach their 100 millionth customer, process their first billion orders, or help get their first satellite into space.

    Learn how startups today are building on AWS, why now is the best time to start building, and why partnering with us will give your idea the best chance at becoming the next big thing.

     

    10:25am - 10:50am

    Confessions of a Founder

    Speaker: Reeve Kwan, Co-Founder, GOGOVAN

    Facilitator: Michael Copeland, Startup Strategist, AWS 

    “Inventing and pioneering requires a willingness to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” Jeff Bezos.

    Welcome to the life of a startup founder. It's all about building something the world has never seen, and then convincing the world it needs it, and wants it. For every founding team there will not just be misunderstanding, but endless advice. Pivot. Fail fast. Get lean. Raise as much money as you can. Iterate, iterate, iterate. It all sounds so logical, even easy, but as every founder will tell you, it never is. So what works, and what doesn't? Hear it straight from a founder who has been through it all, and has wisdom to share.

     

    10:50am - 11:15am How do Hong Kong-based Startups succeed in Foreign Markets? - Fritz Demopoulos, Founding Partner, Queen's Road Capital
    11:15am - 11:30am Tea Break
    11:30am - 12:30pm

    Before you Build: Customer Driven Development - Paul Duffy, Tech Leader - Startups, AWS 

    "Before you build anything, you should know who you're building for, in what market, and if your solution solves a problem they have.”

    This was Steve Blank's insight that later spawned the Lean Startup movement. In this session we'll look at the first two parts of Blank's methodology for discovering customers, and validating that enough of them will buy your product to create a viable business.

    12:30pm - 1:45pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:45pm - 2:45pm

    The Pitch: Essentials for Success, and Blunders to Avoid - Michael Copeland, Startup Strategist, AWS and Michael Wojcieszek, Program Director, Betatron

    There's no perfect pitch deck. However, there are elements every investor will be looking for, and that your deck better have. If you are in the school of, “Why do I need a pitch deck at all?” it's time to change your thinking. A spiffy series of slides won't magically get you investors, customers, or those critical early hires. But it's a way in, especially for novice entrepreneurs. In this talk we'll cover what’s critical to have in a deck, what’s best left out, and how to combine everything to tell a compelling story about yourself and your startup.

     

    2:45pm - 3:00pm

    Tea Break

    3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Enterprise Elevator Pitch 

    Panelists:

    Andrew Young, Associate Director, Innovation, Sino Group

    David Kwan, Senior Fintech Manager, DBS Bank 

    Herbert Yang, Head of VC/Startup Business Development, Greater China, AWS

    Lawrence Fong, General Manager, IT Solutions, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited 

    Teddy Liu, General Manager of Corporate and Talent Development, New World Development Company Limited 

    8 shortlisted startups will have the opportunity to pitch against a judging panel consist of industry experts from enterprises including DBS Bank, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, New World Development Company Limited and Sino Group. You may sign up for pitching or learn from others through their pitch. Outstanding startups will be selected and awarded with special awards

    Coffee/Tea Break
    Coffee/Tea Break
  • Architecture Track

    9:15am - 10:00am

    Registration 

    10:00am - 10:05am Welcome Remarks -  Herbert Yang, Head of VC/Startup Business Development, Greater China, AWS
    10:05am - 10:25am

    Keynote Welcome to Day 1 Paul Duffy, Tech Leader, Startups, AWS

    More startups have launched on AWS than anywhere else in the world. There's a reason why the biggest names in the startup world have been building on AWS for the past 13 years. Startups take on enormous challenges with limited resources. They leverage the latest technology to make a team of 1 perform like a team of 10. 

    These startups have paved the way and have helped pioneer the technological path for the next wave of entrepreneurs. We've learned a great deal helping these companies reach their 100 millionth customer, process their first billion orders, or help get their first satellite into space.

    Learn how startups today are building on AWS, why now is the best time to start building, and why partnering with us will give your idea the best chance at becoming the next big thing.

     

    10:25am - 10:50am

    Confessions of a Founder

    Speaker: Reeve Kwan, Co-Founder, GOGOVAN

    Facilitator: Michael Copeland, Startup Strategist, AWS 

    “Inventing and pioneering requires a willingness to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” Jeff Bezos.

    Welcome to the life of a startup founder. It's all about building something the world has never seen, and then convincing the world it needs it, and wants it. For every founding team there will not just be misunderstanding, but endless advice. Pivot. Fail fast. Get lean. Raise as much money as you can. Iterate, iterate, iterate. It all sounds so logical, even easy, but as every founder will tell you, it never is. So what works, and what doesn't? Hear it straight from a founder who has been through it all, and has wisdom to share.

     

    10:50am - 11:15am How do Hong Kong-based Startups succeed in Foreign Markets? - Fritz Demopoulos, Founding Partner, Queen's Road Capital
    11:15am - 11:30am Tea Break
    11:30am - 12:30pm Blockchain : Developing Ethereum Solutions with AWS and ConsenSys - Edmund To, Solution Architect, ConsenSys
    12:30pm - 1:45pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:45pm - 2:45pm Developing on AWS : Challenges and Opportunities of Deploying a High Performance Cryptocurrency Exchange on the cloud - Michael Wong, Chief Strategy Officer, AAX

    2:45pm - 3:00pm

    Tea Break

    3:00pm - 4:00pm  Databases : Choosing the right Database on AWS - Simon Lee, Business Development Manager, AWS
    4:00pm - 5:00pm  DevOps : Moving to DevOps the Amazon Way  -  Dickson Yue, Manager, Solutions Architecture, AWS
    Coffee/Tea Break
    Coffee/Tea Break
  • Hands-on Workshops

    9:15am - 10:00am

    Registration 

    10:00am - 10:05am Welcome Remarks -  Herbert Yang, Head of VC/Startup Business Development, Greater China, AWS
    10:05am - 10:25am

    Keynote - Welcome to Day 1 Paul Duffy, Tech Leader, Startups, AWS

    More startups have launched on AWS than anywhere else in the world. There's a reason why the biggest names in the startup world have been building on AWS for the past 13 years. Startups take on enormous challenges with limited resources. They leverage the latest technology to make a team of 1 perform like a team of 10. 

    These startups have paved the way and have helped pioneer the technological path for the next wave of entrepreneurs. We've learned a great deal helping these companies reach their 100 millionth customer, process their first billion orders, or help get their first satellite into space.

    Learn how startups today are building on AWS, why now is the best time to start building, and why partnering with us will give your idea the best chance at becoming the next big thing.

     

    10:25am - 10:50am

    Confessions of a Founder

    Speaker: Reeve Kwan, Co-Founder, GOGOVAN

    Facilitator: Michael Copeland, Startup Strategist, AWS 

    “Inventing and pioneering requires a willingness to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” Jeff Bezos.

    Welcome to the life of a startup founder. It's all about building something the world has never seen, and then convincing the world it needs it, and wants it. For every founding team there will not just be misunderstanding, but endless advice. Pivot. Fail fast. Get lean. Raise as much money as you can. Iterate, iterate, iterate. It all sounds so logical, even easy, but as every founder will tell you, it never is. So what works, and what doesn't? Hear it straight from a founder who has been through it all, and has wisdom to share.

     

    10:50am - 11:15am How do Hong Kong-based Startups succeed in Foreign Markets? - Fritz Demopoulos, Founding Partner, Queen's Road Capital
    11:15am - 11:30am Tea Break
    11:30am - 12:30pm

    Hands-on Workshop - Building Serverless Container Applications using AWS Fargate and CDK - Benson Kwong, Solutions Architect, AWS

    In this workshop, we’re going deploy containerized applications using Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) to orchestrate our containers on top of AWS Fargate using AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) to drive our development and deployment. The AWS CDK is a new software development framework from AWS with the sole purpose of making it fun and easy to define cloud infrastructure in your favorite programming language and deploy it using AWS CloudFormation.

     

    12:30pm - 1:45pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:45pm - 2:45pm

    Hands-on Workshop - Building Serverless Container Applications using AWS Fargate and CDK (Continued) Benson Kwong, Solutions Architect, AWS

    In this workshop, we’re going deploy containerized applications using Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) to orchestrate our containers on top of AWS Fargate using AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) to drive our development and deployment. The AWS CDK is a new software development framework from AWS with the sole purpose of making it fun and easy to define cloud infrastructure in your favorite programming language and deploy it using AWS CloudFormation.

     

    2:45pm - 3:00pm

    Tea Break

    3:00pm - 5:00pm 

    Hands-on Workshop - Migrate an existing applications RESTful API’s to GraphQL using AWS Amplify and AWS AppSync - Clifford Duke, Solutions Architect, AWS

    In this workshop you will take an existing stock trading application written with React and AWS Amplify. you will convert its existing RESTful API from REST ( Amazon API-Gateway ) to using GraphQL ( AWS AppSync ). In doing so you will also explore the benefits that GraphQL API's have over traditional RESTful API's.

     

    Coffee/Tea Break
    Coffee/Tea Break

Panelists:

Andrew Young, Associate Director, Innovation & Technology, Sino Group

David Kwan, Senior Fintech Manager, DBS Bank

Herbert Yang, Head of VC/Startup Business Development, Greater China, AWS

Lawrence Fong, General Manager, IT Solutions, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited 

Teddy Liu, General Manager of Corporate and Talent Development, New World Development Company Limited

8 shortlisted startups will have the opportunity to pitch against a judging panel consist of industry experts from enterprises including DBS Bank, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, New World Development Company Limited and Sino Group. You may sign up for pitching or learn from others through their pitch. Outstanding startups will be selected and awarded with special awards.

A chance to meet with mentors from different areas of expertise individually for 20 minutes during 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Gain insight regarding 3 topics including: Lead, Engage and Build.

Lead: Topics related to leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and hiring

Engage: Topics related to engaging audience, the art of storytelling

Build: Topics related to product development, software, hardware, big data, UI and UX or front/back-end development. 

 

Talk to experts from accelerators and incubators during 12:30pm - 5:00pm at the meetup area. Gain insight regarding fund-raising and build valuable network. Opportunity to join acceleration and incubation program to springboard your startup.


Friday, 20 September 2019
10:00am – 5:00pm
(Registration starts from 9:15am )

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel
Grand Ballroom, Level 3

20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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