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Amii and the HKAI Lab Launch Alberta-Hong Kong Collaboration

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson presides over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Hong Kong AI and Amii.

Amii and the Hong Kong AI Lab (HKAI Lab) are pleased to announce an ongoing collaborative relationship between the two AI-focused institutes. The announcement follows from a brief signing ceremony at Inventure$ today between Amii’s CEO, John Shillington, and Timothy Leung, Executive Director of HKAI Lab.

The relationship, which was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, will explore possibilities for collaboration between the two groups and will encourage new connections between innovators in both Alberta and Hong Kong.

“We’re so thrilled to embark on this new collaboration,” says Shillington. “We see many similarities between the mandates and activities of HKAI Lab and Amii. We both have much to learn from one another, and we can’t wait to begin exploring the possibilities of a much stronger connection between our organizations.”

“We are pleased to be in Canada today to strengthen the relationship between two respectable AI centres,” says Leung. “Both Alberta and Hong Kong have recently emerged as global destinations of AI research and commercialization, and through this mutually-beneficial relationship, we hope to strengthen transpacific collaboration not only for Amii and HKAI Lab but also for our clients and other partners.”

Established in May last year, the HKAI Lab aims to advance the frontier of AI with cutting-edge technologies and expertise, and empowering startups to develop and commercialize their new inventions and technology. Through different seminars, workshops and sharing sessions, HKAI Lab dedicates to inspire startups with new ideas and knowledge among academics, scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of AI. The HKAI Lab is a non-profit initiative that is funded by the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and SenseTime, with support from the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and Alibaba Cloud. Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund is a non-profit initiative launched by Alibaba Group to help Hong Kong entrepreneurs and young people realize their dreams and visions for Hong Kong. And SenseTime is an artificial intelligence unicorn based in Hong Kong.

In the coming months, Amii and the HKAI Lab will concentrate on groundwork activities, including exploring potential for advanced collaboration and joint projects. The two organizations will also share insights and knowledge about their respective initiatives.