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Data Mining for Gold - How to Identify and Assess Patented Technologies to Help Solve Particular Challenges

Date:21-23 November 2016
Venue:P1402, 1/F, Academic 1 (Purple Zone), City University of Hong Kong
Admission:Free of charge

This is a good opportunity for you to understand the basics of technology scouting – think of this as preparing you to be a good tech scout for your current / future employer looking for a unique solution to touch technical problem, or to look for the right technology as the cornerstone of a new startup to solve a problem. A certificate will be awarded to those with full attendance. 

Dates: 21-23 November 2016
Venue: P1402, 1/F, Academic 1 (Purple Zone), City University of Hong Kong
Fee: Free of charge

Dr Phyl Speser
Chief Executive Officer of Foresight Science & Technology Inc
Dr Konstantin Izvolsky
Director of Assessments & Training of Foresight Science & Technology Inc 

Language: English

Register NOW!
Please complete the online form on or before 9 November 2016.
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the very limited seats, registration deposit HK$100 for each participant is required, details will be provided in the confirmation email.

Training Program Schedule

Session Date / Period
Public Speech event 21st November (Monday)
9:00am - 10:30am (1 hour speech, ½ hour Q&A)
"How to Transform Technologists into CTO/TTO's Best Advisors?"
by Dr Andy Sierakowski, Director of Levey Rise Investment Pty Ltd.
(sponsored by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Introductory Session 21st November (Monday)
10:30am - 5:00pm (5.5 hours, 1 hour lunch)
Workshop 22nd November (Tuesday)
9:00am - 9:00pm (10 hours, 1 hour lunch and 1 hour dinner)
Wrap-up Session 23rd November (Wednesday)
9:00am - 12:00nn (3 hours)

Key Sessions

  • This training program will involve developing the analytical skills and knowledge base to stay on top of a given domain using sources including: Journals, Research Institute's own websites/social media, global technology portals, citation analysis, key companies etc.
  • Another key part will be on 'demystifying' the phone. Breaking away from solely using emails and formal teleconferences to build a better rapport with technology providers and targets. Help make the 30 second “elevator pitch” on who you are and what you can offer as a second nature to the students.
  • There will be a session on how to really evaluate technology - is it a real gem, best applications and so on. Similar to a Foresight Go/No Go report. This will include initial patent assessment, not full FTO (freedom to operate) analysis, but an understanding of whether there are some patents to be weary of.

Program Outcome
On completion the students should be able to (with some guidance) act as a competent technology scout, working within a tech company, or tech transfer professional in Technology Transfer Offices or other intermediary services.

Target Audience
Aim for 30 students. Minimum requirement is the last year undergraduate students having completed 3 years of technical curriculum; preferably Ph.D. or Master’s holders or postgraduate students in tech/science, and some business experience would be a plus.

Contact Information
Ms. Emily Yip
Tel: (852) 3442 6442