Fifteen-year-old Jordan Fung from Hong Kong had no normal childhood. He set up his first start-up, an online self-study program, at the age of 9. Over time, the company expanded to different fields like technology for smart cities, educational technologies, and digital media.
These days, Jordan is in Israel as part of the international youth competition, initiated by Liora Kalish, and dedicated to the memory of the late Second Lieutenant Shira Tzur, who was murdered in the terrorist attack at Armon Hanatziv. The competition, which is being held for the first time in Israel, is an international competition for youth from all over the world to develop scientific and technological projects in the fields of environment, health, healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Sixty young people participated in the competition, 30 of whom came to Israel specifically for this purpose. All the participants passed through meticulous sorties that lasted for about a year, and the winners were chosen by a panel of judges headed by Prof. Avraham Hershko, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.
In the 2-day HaifaTeenTech competition, Fung lead a team of participants from around the world and presented a robot whose purpose is to solve water pollution of the water in rivers in Africa. It will inform the residents when the water is suitable for drinking, and will warn them and purify them when they do not. “Due to the fact that African countries do not have the economic ability to purchase expensive technology products, the product we have developed is cheap to manufacture and we can sell it at low prices so that the price will not be too big a factor for countries that need the product." According to him, all the materials collected by the robot can be transferred to research institutes that can investigate the data in greater depth, and may in the future be able to develop long-term solutions.
The young entrepreneur talks about his start-up company back in Hong Kong: "Our mission is to 'innovate for tomorrow, today.' We want to develop initiatives that will benefit not only the present, but also the future, and make our lives easier." Fung sit on a number of boards of directors of international and regional companies, as well as start-ups that develop learning technologies. He is also a member of the UN panel of judges in which he select the candidates and winners of the best start-ups in China and Hong Kong.
The participant summarized the experience from the competition with a special message for Israeli youth: "I hope that through my story, children from all over the world will participate in similar initiatives for the future of us all."
Liora Kalish, the initiator of the competition, referred to Fung's story and his arrival in Israel. "Jordan is undoubtedly a great news for the world of technology and will be a significant part of the community of international blue and white entrepreneurs."