BBA Global Business Systems Management students, Kelvin Chan Hok-wah and Anson Mak Chun-him, and BBA Marketing student Vanessa Lau Wing-kiu, teamed up with Cyrus Li Chun-chung from the University of Hong Kong, won the Platinum Prize at the JOS Innovation Awards 2016-2017 with their creative solution FasTABLE. The competition final was held on 24th February at Hong Kong Science Park.
The solution FasTABLE, which makes use of motion detectors to identify vacant tables and food orders, can maximise table turnover, enhance seat utilisation and shorten the wait time in fast food chains and food courts.
“It is a product of IOT (Internet of Things). We make use of the technology iBeacon and mobile application, to create a solution that allows customers to communicate with the food outlets and make reservation in advance. This is a total new concept in Hong Kong,” said Kelvin Chan.
“Eventually we hope this idea can help customers have more time to enjoy dining than waiting for a seat. We are excited to turn this product into reality in the future.”
The team was advised by Dr Alex Wang Chong, Assistant Professor of the Department of Information Systems, who encourages his students to join external competitions in IT innovation and entrepreneurship, said,
"The Department offers students the courses and extra-curriculum consultations that build solid foundation in information systems management and entrepreneurial skills. Our faculty members often provide advice for students, helping them to develop their innovative ideas and projects, business plans, and to act on any entrepreneurial opportunities.”
Since 2015, the JOS Innovation Awards aim to inspire and nurture students in Hong Kong for their smart ideas and innovative thinking in improving industry performance. The competition is a holistic programme that gives students exposure to the working world and expert mentorship. Under the guidance of JOS mentors, student teams can learn about the industry knowledge, sharpen their presentation skills, and build upon their innovative projects.