Amazon Web Services debuts Pop-up Loft in Hong Kong

Following the launch of AWS Hong Kong Region (data center) in April, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has set up the Pop-up Loft in the city to provide educational sessions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, community leaders and developers, alongside an array of activities.

Located at Causeway Bay, the AWS Pop-up Loft features technical talks on various topics such as cloud migration, enterprise digital transformation, and cybersecurity from AWS employees, and AWS Partner Network’s partners; complimentary one-on-one training by AWS experts; and learning sessions with AWS solutions architects.

Other activities include AWS workshops for university students to learn AWS and cloud computing as well as gain insights regarding career planning and educational programmes. Visitors can have free access to these activities from 15 to 25 July.

“Hong Kong is a thriving centre for companies to build their businesses, and AWS is dedicated to helping grow the next generation of Hong Kong entrepreneurs,” said Robert Wang, managing director for Hong Kong and Taiwan at AWS.

“By facilitating discussions and the exchange of dialogue on the important topics of cloud, our intention is to play an even greater role in supporting Hong Kong’s innovation agenda and inspiring businesses of all sizes to embrace the power of cloud computing technologies – increase agility, enhance cost-effectiveness and ultimately accelerate innovation.”

The AWS Loft programme, which has already been rolled out in London, Berlin, Munich and Tel Aviv, aims to reinforce the company’s commitment to nurturing cloud computing talent and growing local start-ups. In Hong Kong, AWS’ start-up clients include 8 Securities, 9GAG, AfterShip, GRANA, Bowtie, WeLend, and GoGo Tech.

The Pop-up Loft also features a start-up business series. One of the highlights is the “Hong Kong start-ups connect” session which is co-hosted by PCH, a global custom design manufacturing company, and Click Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology start-ups, to discuss what venture capitalists are looking for when it comes to investments and capital raising, together with the potential opportunities for start-ups.

“We are excited to be joining AWS’ first Pop-up Loft in Hong Kong. Initiatives like this, following the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) launch, will further strengthen the start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong, and more broadly, the Greater Bay Area, which is empowered by data and AI-driven technologies,” said Carman Chan, founder and managing partner of Click Ventures.

Added Wang: “By bringing together an array of AWS resources and sharing our technical expertise, the AWS Pop-up Loft will allow us to work with some of the brightest minds and talent here in Hong Kong and help them reach their full potential.”