Hackathon Leaders & Guest Speakers

Hackathon Leaders design, organise and lead the entire MedTech Hackathon
Guest Speakers volunteer their time to share the knowledge and experience

Hackathon Leaders

Dr Robert CHANG
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Stanford University Medical Centre

In 2014, Dr. Chang and his co-inventors created the first universal smartphone adapter to take pictures of the front and back of the eye, licensed to Digisight Technologies as the PAXOS scope. Dr. Chang is very keen on reducing healthcare disparities around the world, having traveled, lectured, volunteered, and witnessed firsthand both efficiencies and inefficiencies in healthcare delivery.  In 2015, he co-developed the first Stanford-China Biodesign Bootcamp (www.dhealthchina.com/) held at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing to teach the process of healthcare innovation. He is currently leading the DreamCatchers MedTech Hackathon in Hong Kong (http://www.dreamcatchers.hku.hk/?p=1268), teaching biodesign in Brazil (www.hipuc.com/), and planning the next Hacking Health @Stanford. He won first place at the 2015 Philips Healthsuite Hackathon, and his startup team was recently awarded the Robert Howard Next Step Award from Lunar.  Besides exemplifying physician innovation, Dr. Chang is a full-time glaucoma and cataract surgeon and early adopter of cutting edge technologies. He is an experienced clinical trial principal investigator and consultant to multiple companies.

Dr. Chang received his MD from a combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a research and clinical glaucoma fellowship at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers, delivered more than 95 invited national and international lectures, and been awarded over 11 grants.

Dr Paul CHEUNG
Honorary Professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Paul Cheung is Honorary Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and in Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong.  He retired from the University after 38 years of service and and was former Associate VP(Research), Director of TTO and Dean of Engineering at HKU. He received his B.Sc.(Eng) and Ph.D. degrees from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, both in Electrical Engineering, in 1973 and 1978 respectively. He is one of the Co-Founders of DreamCatchers at HKU, and is an ardent driver of innovation and entrepreneurship culture and programmes at HKU. He started and leads the Entrepreneurship Academy@HKU, a non-credit and free annual entrepreneurship training program since 2010. He also started the DreamCatchers MedTech Hackathon in Hong Kong with Dr Robert Chang in 2016. 

Dr Carrie LING
Senior Lecturer

Integrative Systems and Design
School of Engineering, HKUST

Dr. Carrie Ling is currently Senior Lecturer at the Division of Integrative Systems and Design, School of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  She is passionate about empowering one’s creativity in science and technology through solving real-life healthcare problems. Before joining HKUST, she was Senior Manager at HKSTP.  She was a Lecturer of Bioengineering Graduate Program at HKUST for 3 years. In 2013, she launched a new biodesign course which is a project-based course to design medical technologies that address the healthcare challenges in local communities to the undergraduate students at HKUST, believing that everyone can be an innovator. She obtained her bachelor and PhD degrees in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) in 2002 and 2006 respectively. She pursued her orthopedic research training at University of Florida, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, after her doctoral degree for two years. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering.  She has authored/co-authored more than 50 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and one US patent in optic fiber flowmeter for biomedical use.

Lily TRUONG
Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Ear
Spin-off from Stanford University

Lily Truong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Ear, a privately held consumer medical device company focused on delivering innovations that make ears happier. Clear Ear was founded out of the Stanford Biodesign Program and has since commercialized its first product, the Oto-Tip. She is the inventor on multiple patents & enjoys coaching fellow entrepreneurs through the biodesign process. In addition, her past volunteer work included serving on the board of the Healthy Scholars Foundation, a non-profit focused on removing heath barriers to learning. Prior to Clear Ear, Lily earned her B.S. and M.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Her passion for global health innovations has brought about her diverse work experience within the healthcare industry at Genentech & Alcon in the U.S., Wavelight AG in Germany, and Focused Photonics in China.

Ravi PAMNANI
Founder & CEO

Intact Therapeutics

Ravi is Founder and CEO of Intact Therapeutics.  He is an Alumni and Lecturer of Byers Center for Biodesign at Stanford University.  He is also Former Director, Marketing & Medical Affairs, Transcend Medical.

Hackathon Guest Speakers

Marina CHAN
Founder & Director, Alpha Commons

Marina Chan began her career in banking at Merrill Lynch for the Asian equity business before embarking on a new trajectory in education. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard University and has worked with students from K-16 across Asia and in the US through teaching, advising student startups, and leading professional development initiatives. 

Marina’s work encompasses education consulting for corporates, nonprofits and academic institutions. Among her projects is the recent launch of an accelerator program for the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, which saw international student teams deliver IoT solutions to global challenges.

With a grant awarded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, Marina founded Alpha Commons in 2015, a social enterprise promoting real-world problem solving through maker education. She holds a board position at the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a CFA Charter holder.

Frederick YUNG
Honorary Trainer, HK Business Angel Network

Frederick WS Yung currently is a part-time lecturer of the MBA Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on entrepreneurial fund-raising and Honourary Trainer of the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN).  He was a Visiting Assistant Professor with the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) Business School in the 2103/14 academic year and he carries with him more than 30 years of experience in marketing, business operation/ management, coaching of entrepreneurs in investment fundraising, nurturing start-ups, and running an incubator with over 100 start-ups.

Prior to joining UNNC, he ran the Business Incubation Programme of HK Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTP”) and had incubated more than 300 technology and design start-ups and had reviewed over 1,000 business plans. Before his tenure at the HKSTP, he was the Business Services Operations Director of Xerox (HK) Ltd, and was responsible for the profit and loss of the Office Supplies Department, ten retail outlets and Macau Operations. He also led a Business Process Re-Engineering team and set-up one of Hong Kong’s first integrated call centres that handled inquiries on sales, billing and order processing in products and maintenance services. Prior to working at Xerox, he was the Regional Field Services Marketing Manager of Digital Equipment Corporation (HK) Ltd for its 11 Far Eastern countries, and had also served as a senior executive in various companies including Dodwell Business Machines and Jardine Marketing Services Ltd.

Professor Yung is a Certified Programme Facilitator of Kepner-Tregoe’s Problem Solving and Decision Making course and Learning International Limited’s Professional Selling Skills course.  He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College, Montreal Canada and his MBA from University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr James Ka Hay LUK
Chief of Service (Medicine), Fung Yiu King Hospital
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

Dr James Luk is Chief of Service (Medicine) and Consultant at the Fung Yiu King Hospital specialises in Geriatric Medicine.  He is also an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.  He received his MBBS (HK) degree from the University of Hong Kong and MSc in Experimental Medicine from University of British Columbia.  Dr Luk has many professional qualifications including MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edinburgh), FRCP(Glasgow), FRCP(Ireland), FHKCP and FHKAM(Medicine).  His research interest include : End of life care in elderly people; community geriatric services; geriatric rehabilitation; dementia and feeding problems in elderly patients.