Our inspiration came from the word CONNECT. The event aimed to connect visionary entrepreneurs in the region to work for a better startup environment. We also connected Poly-preneurs (PolyU alumni entrepreneurs) with the public through fun-filled activities. Unprecedented among higher education institutions in Hong Kong, a serious conference and a light hearted carnival were cleverly connected under an overarching goal for promoting the entrepreneurial culture and spirit.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Consisting of a 2-day Entrepreneurship Conference and a Poly-preneurs Carnival, Visionaries Connected gathered aspiring entrepreneurs to explore ways to improve the regional startup ecosystem, while showcasing their entrepreneurial spirits of creativity, leadership, passion, tenacity and ambition in a fiesta-like on-campus setup where participants, exhibitors and visitors can interact and interconnect. The conference and carnival attracted 330 participants and over 5000 visitors respectively.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The team worked closely together on various aspects of the event, such as coordination, production, design, media & public relations, marketing & promotion, logistics and helper recruitment, eventually making the event a great success. The whole event was heartily supported by 7 strategic partners, 15 in-kind sponsors, 30 supporting organizations and around 80 onsite helpers, and participation from the commercial and industrial sectors, academia, governmental bodies, and the general public.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The event was held on 15-16 January 2016 at the campus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The conference featured talks, sharing and discussions for seasoned entrepreneurs and community stakeholders. The themed carnival featured diverse activities, such as Startup Exhibition, Hong Kong Enterprise Showcase, interactive workshops, performances, sport competitions, Social Enterprise Fair, House of Innovation Open Day, carnival games, 3D photo backdrops, free snack and drink tastings, bouncy buses, as well as pre-event goody bag promotion and post-event photo contest. Many of these components were presented or hosted by Poly-preneurs.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Unit in feet. Balloon arch entrance, Opening ceremony backdrop 10 x 26 x 4, Reception counters 8x 26 x 3 and 8 x 13 x 3, 3 event schedule signage boards 8 x 10 x 3, 42 Exhibition booths, double-sided backdrop 8 x 30 x 3, 8 Game booths, 4 F&B counters, bouncy castle 24 x 9 x 14, Social Enterprise Fair 20 display tables, 5 3D photo backdrops, 5 key visual foamboards, storeroom, performers green rooms
Entrepreneurship, carnival, conference, vision, creativity, leadership, passion, tenacity, ambition, startup, entrepreneurial spirit, Poly-preneurs, innovation, design, exhibition
Operation challenge: To organize and promote a large-scale carnival with concurrent activities across the whole campus with limited budget and manpower. To ensure smooth running under poor weather throughout the setup and implementation period.
Design challenge: To package the various carnival activities under a Monopoly-like game mechanism, with a realistic game sheet as programme guide.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU, 2015.