Huawei Cloud announced at its recent Cloud Summit that it is strategically investing in Hong Kong and the region to contribute to the economic development of the Greater Bay Area by helping enterprises embrace the intelligent future of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI). The Summit has gathered together more than 1,000 customers, partners, industry representatives, and academics from Hong Kong, Guangdong, and Macau.
Driving the AI era with increased commitment to Hong Kong
Taking to the stage at Cloud Summit, Edward Deng, President of Huawei Cloud Global Market, unveiled the following:
- HUAWEI CLOUD’s enterprise intelligence (EI) full-stack AI solutions will be available in Hong Kong from the end of March, offering enterprises 48 EI services, including the one-stop AI developer platform ModelArts, optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing, and video analysis.
- HUAWEI CLOUD is now offering blockchain services to help Hong Kong leverage blockchain’s characteristics of decentralization, irreversibility, and traceability to solidify its position as an international financial and logistics hub.
- HUAWEI CLOUD has expanded its footprint, becoming the first international cloud provider to offer three availability zones in Hong Kong to provide users with secure and scalable cloud services that are easy to deploy.
- IoT services are now available for all scenarios, providing secure and trusted three-step global access to more than 1,000 object models.
- The Huawei Enterprise Overseas Application Store will open in April, with more than 40 Independent Software Vendors offering 250 solutions in more than 16 categories to help users quickly purchase and obtain cloud resources and services.
"HUAWEI CLOUD has six core advantages: most intelligent, most cost-effective, neutral and reliable, most suitable for organizations in the public sector and big enterprises, most expansive ecosystem, and best-in-class service and support. These six core advantages are built on Huawei’s aggregated R&D efforts and its core value of realizing customer-centricity,” Mr. Deng said.
Strengthening Hong Kong’s status a global hub
In the era of digital transformation, cloud and AI technologies are the fastest way for the region’s enterprises and authorities to accelerate innovation and stimulate growth. With initiatives that focus on Hong Kong, HUAWEI CLOUD is signaling its commitment to this important market.
Speaking at Cloud Summit, Zhang Yuxin, CTO of HUAWEI CLOUD, explained why HUAWEI CLOUD offers customers full-stack services built on cloud and AI. “Our vision is to join hands with our Hong Kong customers, industry partners, and academic associations to build a smart future for this vibrant city, as well as to drive technology innovation and business development throughout the Greater Bay Area,” he said.
Huawei's services are particularly advantageous for Hong Kong's positioning as a hub to connect with the rest of the world. For example, HUAWEI CLOUD Connect provides one-stop global compliance services, with 400+ POP nodes around the world to help enterprises create a global cloud network connecting more than 170 countries and regions within one minute. The HUAWEI CLOUD Stack (HCS) is a hybrid cloud solution that provides a unified, full-stack and reliable hybrid cloud capability for large enterprises, bringing full-stack technology innovation to customer data centers and providing zero latency with five unified industry-leading advantages. It offers customers a seamless experience during system upgrades.
HUAWEI CLOUD customers in Hong Kong include ICBC Asia, Phoenix TV, Freeman Securities, Skyworth Digital, TravelSky Technology, and Four Directions, as well as many more across financial, technology, media and communications, campus and other industries. HUAWEI CLOUD hopes to be rooted in Hong Kong and serve Hong Kong through being an expert partner to help local enterprises transform towards cloud and intelligence.
HUAWEI CLOUD AI Developer Contest winners
During the summit, Huawei announced the winners of the inaugural HUAWEI CLOUD AI Developer Contest co-organized by HUAWEI CLOUD, Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (HKSAIR), and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP).
- Winner: Team BDT from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- First runner-up: Team A.I. Phoenix from Hong Kong Baptist University
- Second runner-up: Team no man sky 5 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, said: “The next round of industrial transformation will be driven by AI, and AI is one of the key I&T areas that Hong Kong focuses on, with the AIR@InnoHK being set up in the Science Park to pool the world's top scientific institutions and technology enterprises with local universities and research institutions to develop AI and robotics technologies.”
He praised the young participants of the Contest and said, "I am thrilled with the creativity and innovation shown in your projects to solve our taste bud problems. AI + Talent are our future."
Sixty teams of developers entered the HUAWEI CLOUD AI Developer Contest. Under the theme “Love AI Cuisine”, teams used HUAWEI CLOUD’s full-stack ModelArts AI developer platform to develop an AI-coded system capable of identifying foods by learning from only a few sample images. The teams also faced questions from the judges from HKSAIR and HKSTP in a presentation round.
All winning teams will be invited to visit Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen to learn about AI development. The winning team is eligible to enter the semi-finals of the China Huawei AI contest and receives an internship opportunity with HUAWEI CLOUD's AI Lab, as well as Huawei Mate20 smartphones and HUAWEI CLOUD vouchers. The first and second runners-up also receive an internship opportunity with HUAWEI CLOUD’s AI Lab, Huawei Mate20 smartphones, and HUAWEI CLOUD vouchers.
HUAWEI CLOUD AI Partners Club launched with 10 AI partners
HUAWEI CLOUD also used the Hong Kong Summit to announce the launch of its AI Partners Club. Ten AI startups have joined the program so far. The AI Partner Cloud is a global program that helps partners build EI-based solutions by providing valuable business, technical, and marketing support, including advanced training and consulting and incubation services. To meet the varied needs of startups, HUAWEI CLOUD AI partner cloud is composed of AI incubator, AI intelligent alliance, AI technical support alliance, and AI consulting service alliance.
The first 10 partners in the program are companies that specialize in deep learning, voice recognition, data analytics, and visual and voice data labelling across the healthcare, retail, campus, education, and fintech industries.