Full speech of Li Zexiang, chairman of DJI drones: to build China’s Stanford in China’s Silicon Valley


[Editor’s note]Yes, you read that right, the speaker was not Wang Tao, the founder and CEO of DJI, but the teacher who helped him to start a business, Professor Li Zexiang.

He is the mysterious driving force behind DJI. He funded his student Wang Tao at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to found DJI 11 years ago. Today, the 11-year-old DJI drone has occupied 70% of the global market share. He also became the first billionaire in the global drone industry;

Wang Tao is very mysterious and low-key, and rarely appears in public. The DJI under his leadership always launches new products at a god-like speed and is constantly pushed to the forefront due to various safety issues. Wang Tao did not respond to all this. , leaving only a glittering entrepreneurial story floating on the rivers and lakes.

This time, at the first summit forum themed on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area held in Hong Kong on June 20, the 36-year-old made a rare appearance. He participated in the special release session, adhering to his always low-key style, Wang Tao insisted not to speak, but he attended a release ceremony. And Li Zexiang, a professor at the Department of electronic and Computer Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the chairman of DJI Technology, gave a keynote speech.

Full speech of Li Zexiang, chairman of DJI drones: to build China’s Stanford in China’s Silicon Valley

Li Zexiang (right) and his former student Wang Tao.Data map

“As an excellent teacher who hatched DJI, does DJI have any plans to go public in the future?” Li Zexiang made it clear to the reporter’s question, “We don’t have this yet.” As a university professor, Li Zexiang is practicing a unique On the path of entrepreneurial incubation, Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent, revealed that Professor Li and Mr. Shen Nanpeng of Sequoia Capital founded the “Hong Kong X Entrepreneurship Plan” last year. Li Zexiang said, “Ma Huateng said that Hong Kong has a good hand, but in the past ten years, it has actually played a bad hand. I hope that through the promotion of the concept of the Greater Bay Area, not only this good hand, but also the Greater Bay Area. A few good hands.”

Full speech of Li Zexiang, chairman of DJI drones: to build China’s Stanford in China’s Silicon Valley

Li Zexiang delivered a speech at the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Summit on June 20.

The following is the full text of Li Zexiang’s speech at the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Summit:

Thank you! Thank you Ma Huateng for the invitation. Today, I would like to talk about my understanding of the Greater Bay Area and my expectations for the future from the perspective of a teacher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Before I start, I would like to thank Ma Huateng very much. He has raised the concept of the Greater Bay Area from non-governmental discussions and discussions to the national level, which has aroused the understanding and awareness of the concept at the high level of the country and even the world. Young people offer unimaginable opportunities. This is the role of the Greater Bay Area.

When discussing with several guests today, I think that everyone has a positioning for the Greater Bay Area. I think it is very recognized that it will become a version of scientific and technological innovation 2.0, a future city where technology, culture and art are integrated. I want to talk about a little, “how to realize the future described by the previous guests”? In my opinion, innovation education should be used to promote the development of innovative industries, so that the core area of ​​the Greater Bay Area, “Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Dongguan” can emerge first and become the new Silicon Valley of the world.

This is very familiar to us. This is the San Francisco Bay Area. The core of it is Silicon Valley. This is our Greater Bay Area. It has a core area of ​​Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan. We know that Hong Kong is an international City, Shenzhen is China’s Silicon Valley, and Dongguan is the world’s factory. The advantages of these three places complement each other. As long as we grasp this key point, I think we will grasp the core point of the development of the Greater Bay Area. I came to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1992. I said that education, research and industry in Hong Kong are more common. I have been exploring the way of combining production, education and research in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. I founded Gugao in Shenzhen, and graduate students from Harbin Institute of Technology and Shenzhen. The hospital has also experienced more than 20 years.In the past 10 years, I have founded some companies in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, plusrobotIndustrial base, and also established a robotics college, so it is taking the road of combining production, education and research.

You may think that this is a commonplace question, but it is really not easy to do this. Shenzhen has made a lot of efforts in the past. But the combination of Shenzhen’s universities and Shenzhen’s production, I don’t think this step has been achieved yet. On the contrary, some students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have combined their scientific research with Shenzhen’s industry to produce a series of good results. How to sum up these results and upgrade to version 2.0, I think this is Ma Huateng’s very remarkable insight.

This point of view was put forward very early by Wu Jiawei, the founding president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. At that time, he founded the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Industry-University-Research Base in Shenzhen. Because he was the president of San Francisco State University, he put forward such a point of view. So after more than 20 years of exploration, it has finally reached today, and finally it has risen to version 2.0. This is what I think is the most important breakthrough in this forum today.

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The following is my understanding of the advantages of this area from my own. This is what I mentioned above and also mentioned by many guests. We have the most complete and competitive manufacturing system in the world. We have a middle-class local market of more than 300 million. The annual consumption of chips, China imports 2,300 More than 100 million, more than half of which are in the small area of ​​Shenzhen. The second is the effect of “internet +” proposed by Ma Huateng, which is rapidly being promoted throughout the Greater Bay Area and throughout China, which has greatly improved our overall efficiency. The third and third cities complement each other’s advantages and have their own characteristics. Our speed from idea to prototype to batch is at least 10 times faster than Silicon Valley in San Francisco, and 1/10 the cost. Therefore, this competitive advantage has been developed to the extreme, which is our great competitive advantage. This is how these systems of strengths come together to achieve our 2.0 goals.

With these advantages, what other technological revolutions will bring new opportunities? The technological revolution, which we call disruptive technology, has also appeared now. This is the era of intelligent technology and intelligence. There are many names for intelligent technology and intelligent era. Some people say it is the AI ​​era, some people say it is the robot era, and some people say it is the digital era. breakthroughs in robotics and intelligent manufacturing, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence technology, and life sciences have also been digitized. Therefore, these four wheels will be the most powerful engines driving the development of the Greater Bay Area and the era of intelligence.

We can imagine that a large number of outstanding enterprises and well-known world brands will appear in the Greater Bay Area, including smart products and systems. We are talking about applications from chip sensors to artificial intelligence software, IoT wearables, AR, VR, wireless Human-machine, etc., including robotics and intelligent manufacturing technology to upgrade and reform our traditional manufacturing factories, will also be through the integration of these technologies, new energy vehicles, intelligent driving, intelligent logistics, it will appear drones, unmanned Ships, all things unmanned. Student Wang Wei is here. There are more than 400,000 people under him. Every delivery worker is bullied by others. He has to stand up and fight the injustice. This is not a fun thing. We hope to use drones, unmanned vehicles, and intelligent logistics to do these things in the future, so this is what we can imagine in the future Greater Bay Area.

Last time, Ma Huateng, Shen Nanpeng and the Chief Executive had a dinner party. The original one was Ma Huateng. He said that Hong Kong could build an international innovation center, using Hong Kong’s universities, research institutes, incubators, accelerators, science parks, and cyberports as physical spaces, and then put the It extends to the Shenzhen-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Dongguan technology parks as our physical space. One of these companies is an international company or research institute that wants to enter China, and put its entry point here. The second is that local Chinese companies go abroad, and their international headquarters are placed here. The third is that local start-up companies develop one by one through local schools and education. So what conditions do we need to make these three types of brand enterprises, and what must the government do to make this dream come true? Many people have just mentioned it, but the most important point is that we need “people”, especially scientific and technological talents in the age of intelligence.

The last time the dean of the computer department of a university came over, he said that to help the United States train 1 million artificial intelligence engineers, the CEO of a company needs to train 100,000 deep learning engineers. Our good friends have 5,000 artificial intelligence engineers, so we have not been many in Hong Kong for so many years. These people have gone to the United States and Silicon Valley, and a small number of them have been poached by some large companies. Therefore, our talent accumulation in this area, to be honest, is very lacking, so this problem must be solved.

Entrepreneurial culture, Hong Kong has a lot of professional talents, but everyone attaches great importance to finance and lawyers, but there is not much culture of technology and entrepreneurship. To solve this problem, we must start with children. We must create a new type of high-tech middle school . Therefore, how to reform our government’s technology policy and immigration policy, many excellent people want to come to Hong Kong, but the speed of the immigration bureau is too slow and there are many obstacles. I won’t say anything else.

Next, I will talk about three small goals, we will achieve them, and our big goal will be one step closer. Many colleagues are thinking that Hong Kong should establish a collaborative innovation center for robotics and artificial intelligence. To attract outstanding foreign talents to Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the short-term or long-term, we will cultivate a large number of technical talents who may not be one million, but at least have a considerable scale of robot + artificial intelligence.Through the integration of one industry and one industry, we will create the early stage of the incubation of these technologies, which will help Hong Kongindustry4.0 Reindustrialization provides technical support. So this is the first small goal.

The second small goal, we know that in the past 30 years, China still has the entire Greater Bay Area. We have suffered enough of not having chips. We have never owned the core of home appliances, computers and mobile phones. We have also seen a series of Problem, but in the next ten to twenty years, we will have the opportunity to redefine intelligent systems and intelligent terminals. With this definition wall, we may drive the intelligent sensors, intelligent chips, and intelligent things required by intelligent systems. This is what I think the combination of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan can solve the problem that has not been solved for 30 years. It is called the Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Dongguan Smart Chip Collaborative Innovation and Industrialization Center. We are also integrating some resources into HKX, and we have invested in many projects in this area, but I think this is the core we need to grasp.

The most important point, in the end all things are people. Although we have several universities that are ranked very high in the world, to be honest, these universities are all good in the publication ranking of papers, but how the scientific research results of papers are combined with the industry is still a very small part. I remember the teachers who went from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to Shenzhen to start a business, went to a group of them, and most of them returned in the end. Because every school has to use the published papers as the result of an evaluation, many teachers have no way to report their scientific research results. Industrialization, so I said that we have come up with some good examples, also through a robot design course of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, that is, students of different majors and backgrounds have learned some hands-on skills and problem-solving skills through hands-on work together. , A group of entrepreneurs came out of it, including DJI and so on.

This trend is actually being explored in many American universities. After Jobs died, American entrepreneurs said that we need more Jobs. How to use our engineering education to train more Jobs in a systematic way. New entrepreneurial talents need to integrate different knowledge and be able to act quickly. We can see that these famous entrepreneurs all have similar backgrounds. We have also seen many good examples in the world, and there are many successful examples. Absorbing reference, the entire training model will be transformed from the traditional model to problem-oriented, multi-disciplinary integration, project-based learning, international vision and taste. Only by doing these four points can we achieve Industry 4.0. To build a cottage, it is the talent of an international brand.

My third small goal is to use Hong Kong’s flexible mechanism to establish a private university that focuses on cultivating such entrepreneurial talents with design thinking. They can be placed in core areas, serve the Greater Bay Area, and be able to bring other In addition, the schools of the institute are also driven, and interested friends can come here, their scientific research results can enter the incubator, and more talents and knowledge can be integrated in it. Finally, these technologies can be implemented in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Dongguan, so our 2.0 goal has been achieved.

These are my few simple conclusions, grasp the core, the core of the core is the talent, and the core of the talent is a new type of university. My dream, classmate Ma Huateng, and all the young people here is to truly build this region into a new Silicon Valley of the world, thank you all.

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