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Hutchison Telecom, Motorola & Sun Microsystems
Jointly Organise the "J2ME Open"


Competition seeks to boost local telecommunications industry
by encouraging creative J2ME designs

HONG KONG, 19 July, 2001 - Hutchison Telecom, Motorola and Sun Microsystems today jointly announced the launch of the "J2ME Open", a competition encouraging talents to submit innovative designs using Java technology. The initiative aims to boost the local telecommunications industry and foster technology growth, and thus reinforce Hong Kong's leadership position among international telecommunications markets.

J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) technology specifically addresses the vast range of consumer and embedded electronics products, which covers commodities such as smart cards and Java phones all the way to other appliances as powerful as a computer. Like the other editions of Java, the J2ME platform maintains the built-in consistency across products in terms of running anywhere, anytime, over any device. This is the key quality the technology has become famous for.

Moving Hong Kong's telecom industry forward

The 21st century is witnessing the fast evolution of the knowledge-based economy. Professionals are in high demand throughout industry, especially in the telecommunications sector. By creating an environment for the development of advanced technology, the "J2ME Open" offers a valuable opportunity for technologically-skilled individuals to prove their potential and apply their creativity.

Mr. Stephen Ngan, Deputy Managing Director and Sales and Marketing Director of Hutchison Telecom said, "J2ME technology complemented with Java handset will provide the richest mobile infotainment and the most interactive multimedia services to our users. We believe that with enhanced security levels for data transmission, users can further manage their business, conduct transactions and acquire real-time information via their mobile phones with convenience. A greater variety of mobile communication services will also be available to enrich the quality of their lives. As the leading mobile service provider, and the pioneer in developing new technologies and innovative services in Hong Kong, Hutchison Telecom has great pleasure in organising the 'J2ME Open' with a dedication to lead Hong Kong's telecommunications industry into a new era."

Mr. Terence Ma, Director of Business Development and Strategy, End-to-End Solutions of Motorola Asia Pacific Ltd. said, "Motorola is highly committed to the development of the J2ME platform. We are one of the first to introduce J2ME-enabled communication devices to the market - iDEN i85s, i50sx and the new A6288 due out by end of this month. Accompanying the A6288 launch we have initiated www.mymobilesoft.com, a website providing consumer downloads and developer uploads for sale of J2ME software applications. Motorola will contribute its knowledge and experience in J2ME technology to simplify the development of mobile software and further open embedded device markets to applications developers. We believe the market opportunity is tremendous and intend to continue our leadership in the advancement of J2ME technology in mobile communications products."

"Adoption and development of Java technology is growing at an unprecedented rate with more than three million J2ME-enabled wireless handsets already in circulation. With annual production of Java cell phones predicted to reach 20 million by year end, there's a huge opportunity for applications developers," said Danny Tam, Hong Kong General Manager of Sun Microsystems."

Practical and interactive learning

As part of the "J2ME Open", an interactive seminar focusing on Java technology will be held in August 2001. Industry experts will share their valuable experience and ensure participants gain a deeper understanding of how new technology can be deployed. Interested parties should visit the official website at www.j2meopen.com for technical advice and to make use of a forum, design tool-kits and a simulator.

Open to all talented individuals in Hong Kong

The "J2ME Open" is open to all Hong Kong permanent residents who are aged 18 or above. Submissions from individual candidates or groups of no more than three are warmly welcomed. Candidates are required to submit a creative proposal with a technical focus on Java applications and to include a prototype development project, business plan, design and simulation of the program.

A total of HK$120,000 cash prizes will be awarded to Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners. The Gold Award winners will receive a free trip to Silicon Valley.

Competition wins professional support

The "J2ME Open" is a valuable opportunity for talented individuals to prove their technological skills and potential. It is supported by key professional bodies, namely the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association.

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Company Information

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Hutchison Telecom is the largest and most innovative mobile operator in Hong Kong with a subscriber base of over 1.7 million. Hutchison Telecom unveiled its world-first CDMA commercial network in 1995 and Asia's first Dual Band GSM network in 1998. Through first-class network quality, the widest international roaming coverage, and a range of innovative product and service initiatives, Hutchison Telecom is providing the best level of mobile services under the Orange brand, with a leadership position in the corporate and business mobile market. The Company is also pioneering the development of mobile data communications. In May 2000, Hutchison Telecom launched the Orangeworld wirefree internet service as a groundbreaking initiative in the development of the local mobile Internet market. The Company also introduced Hong Kong's first 2.5G packet data mobile service in August 2000. Hutchison Telecom is actively expanding its portfolio of service offerings in mobile multimedia, high-speed data communications and m-commerce services, as part of its preparation for 3G. For more information about Hutchison Telecom, please visit the Company's website at www.orangehk.com.

Motorola Asia Pacific Limited

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. These include:

  • Software-enhanced wireless telephone, two-way radio, messaging and satellite communications products and systems, as well as networking and Internet-access products, for consumers, network operators, and commercial, government and industrial customers.
  • Embedded semiconductor solutions for customers in the consumer, networking and computing, transportation, and wireless communications industries.
  • Embedded electronic systems for the automotive, communications, imaging, manufacturing systems and computer industries as well as portable energy systems.

Sales in 2000 were US$37.6 billion.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The ComputerTM - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.


For more information, please contact:

Ms Frances Ng
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
Tel: 2128 6739     Fax: 2123 1257
Email: francesng@hthk.com

Ms Mildred Wong
Motorola Asia Pacific Limited
Tel: 2966 3386     Fax: 2966 3399
Email: Mildred.Wong@motorola.com

Ms Audrey Lam
Sun Microsystems of California Limited
Tel : 2202 6192     Fax : 2598 5828
Email: audrey.lam@sun.com



J2ME Open

Organised by Hutchison Telecom, Motorola and Sun Microsystems, the "J2ME Open" aims to encourage technologically-skilled talents to submit creative designs using J2ME technology. The initiative helps to promote Hong Kong's telecommunications industry and foster technological growth, and thus reinforce Hong Kong's leadership position among international telecommunications markets.

J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) technology specifically addresses the vast range of consumer and embedded electronics products, which covers commodities such as smart cards and Java phones all the way to other appliances as powerful as a computer. Like the other editions of Java, the J2ME platform maintains the built-in consistency across products in terms of running anywhere, anytime, over any device. This is the key quality the technology has become famous for.

The "J2ME Open" and the upcoming seminar on Java technology provide a valuable opportunity for talented individuals in proving their skills at developing novel technology and demonstrating unfettered creativity. We warmly welcome and encourage your participation in these events.

Event Dates

July 19, 2001Competition opens
August 4, 2001"J2ME Technology" Seminar
August 21, 2001Submission Deadline
August 23, 2001Short Listing of Candidates
September 8, 2001Panel Interviews
September 12, 2001Award Presentation
October, 2001Award Winners Trip to Silicon Valley

Eligibility

Submissions can be registered by individual applicants or groups of no more than three . Applicants must be Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above.

Judging Criteria

Creativity: 25%
User friendliness: 25%
Value proposition: 25%
Programme design: 25%

J2ME Open Awards

Gold Award :Cash prize of HK$60,000, free trip to Silicon Valley and a Distinction Certificate
Silver Award :Cash prize of HK$40,000 and a Distinction Certificate
Bronze Award :Cash prize of HK$20,000 and a Distinction Certificate

Application Procedures

Candidates must submit a proposal consisting of a business plan, design and simulation of the program in English. Registration forms, business plan designs and information about the simulator are available at www.j2meopen.com.
All submissions must be original and unpublished.
All candidates must review the Rules and Regulations and submit their registration forms together with proposals on or before August 21, 2001 on the official website: www.j2meopen.com.

Selection Process

The organisers will select eight groups from the first round to participate in the panel interviews.
The eight finalists will be provided with handsets and SIM cards supporting J2ME technology for implementation of the respective programme.
Panel interviews will be conducted on September 8, 2001. Each group will be given 25 minutes. They will spend the first 10 minutes presenting their project and the final 15 minutes on evaluation and discussion.

Supporting Organisations

Hong Kong Productivity Council
Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association