Club meeting — AI and ed tech

On June 10, our Club met at Regal Hong Kong Hotel. To ensure proper social distancing, Regal has given us a large room, with 4-person tables separated by ample spaces. Mr. Kenneth She joined as a guest of Past President WT.

President Mark began by recounting memorable episodes from Interota 2020, which closed the day before. President Mark also asked those members who have signed up for Rotary Virtual Convention to check their emails to gain access links. President Elect Sam gave more details about Club Assembly, Club Installation and District Installation. Charter President Patrick reported that he attended Rotary Club of Pudu’s Interact Leadership Training Seminar, held via Zoom. He had fond memories of his appointment as Youth Service Director of Rotary Club of Pudu, in the late 70s. He also reminded us that fellowship and international understanding are two important pillars of the Interact experience, and that our Club should open more opportunities for our youth to experience both. Finally, Past President Samuel counted members’ efforts during our service day at Holy Cafe in the previous weekend, the 14th official outing of this Rotary Year, and commented that Coco was mad that she couldn’t join us for the subsequent dinner at a restaurant specializing in sauerkraut fish (酸菜魚).

Our speaker of the day was Mr. Tin-ming Kwok, Founder of Trumptech Education Group, which focuses on providing technology solutions to the education industry. Mr. Kwok said that half of all jobs in the top-income quartile now require some level of coding skills, and that coding jobs are growing at a much faster pace than jobs that do not require coding skills. Mr. Kwok summarized coding as a combination of computational thinking and problem solving, and believed that coding is a crucial survival skill in the coming decades. As such, Mr. Kwok is building platforms and programs to improve students’ computational thinking and problem solving skills. Mr. Kwok also explained how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (A.I.), are used to improve learning. He gave the example of using A.I. to identify the most optimal learning path for each individual student, thereby further motivating each student and optimizing individual learning outcomes.

Mr. Tin-ming Kwok.
Mr. Kenneth She, with Past Presidents WT and Dora.