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Preface at MIT App Inventor Summit 2019

It has been a busy summer for Preface — on top of coaching 300+ students in our Summer Bootcamps this year, our team has just returned from the MIT App Inventor Summit, one of the biggest developer summits in the world. During the 3-day summit, the Preface team interfaced with more than 1,000 developers and educators and presented the brilliant work of our students to the top technologists from all over the world.

Held by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) right on their campus in Cambridge, MA, the summit was an eye-opening event that showcased the most innovative tech projects developed by App Inventor students and educators. Preface was invited as a distinguished educator to host an educator workshop, showcase our student project, and present an academic thesis about the community impact of Preface Hackathon.

Preface Coder project: Tin Hau Now and Then

Preface was invited as a distinguished educator to present the community project created by our students — “Tin Hau Now and Then through Our Eyes”. The project takes its audience back in time to see how Tin Hau has developed from a small village into the present-day neighbourhood through a series of thematic games and animations. The event participants were amazed by the quality of this project. Many of them asked if they could meet the little creators in person! The Preface team also had a lot of valuable exchange with other educators in how to deliver quality coding education using App Inventor. This gave us a lot of ideas for our upcoming App Inventor batch starting this September!

Educator Workshop: How to build powerful apps with App Inventor Extensions

During the summit, the Preface team held a 3-hour workshop about how to utilise extension and connect external hardware to App Inventor for the coding educators. The first part of the workshop introduced some useful extensions that quickly expand the capacity of App Inventor as a mobile development tool, such as the Material Card Extension. The extension allows developers to put together an intuitive interface that involves significantly fewer blocks to build. While the audience was already familiar with the usual functionalities of App Inventor, they were impressed by how extensions can streamline development processes so simply.

In the second part of the workshop, the Preface team shared their experience of building the T-Rex Runner project with the audience. The project was an arcade game built with App Inventor and controlled via external hardware. The standard package of App Inventor does not offer an easy way for users to connect an app to external controllers. However, with the use of keyboard extension, developers can connect the control panel of the app to a set of external hardware keys with which you can perform different controls. The T-Rex Runner game is an example of how the original control as a simple tap on the touch screen is translated into a press on a big arcade button with the use of key extension which is especially useful for adding a dimensional experience to a software product.

Academic Presentation: The community impact of Preface Nomad Hackathon

On top of the hands-on workshop and product sharing session, our founder Mr Tommie Lo also took over the academic podium and presented a thesis on the community impact of “Preface Nomad Hackathon” as an indispensable part of Preface’s programming curriculum. While the 1-on-1 personalised setup of Preface Nomad lesson allows a 100% attention from teachers to help students learn, Preface Nomad Hackathon serves as a complementary learning tool that adds a social element to the learning journey of Nomad students. It serves as a chance for all solo learners to collaborate with others and use what they learn individually to solve real-world problems together. The curriculum of Preface Nomad is designed in a way that focuses on growing the individual strengths and characters of each student while giving them the opportunity to learn from their peers without having to compromise for individual progress.


Participating in the MIT App Inventor Summit was an invaluable chance for the Preface Team to share their vision in coding education on a global arena and receive feedback from educators of diverse background. As summer is approaching the end, we can’t wait to share what we’ve learnt in this summit with our students in the coming school year!

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Meet Sik Sik, the Bug Bounty Hunter in 2029

Our students will show you why programming is for everyone, one story at a time.

There’re really no excuses for anyone to say “programming is too difficult to learn.”

The bright-eyed Sik-kin Chan, or “Sik Sik” as his peers and teachers would call him, is one of the first coding students at Preface. At the age of ten, he has already been coding for two years. “I’ve never thought that I could build an app for the grown-ups to use, in an actual shop. Not when I just started coding two years ago. Now there’s an app up and running in Preface Coffee and I was one of the builders behind. The 8 year-old me wouldn’t believe that this is happening.”

Like any other post-millennial kids, Sik Sik grew up with many mobile devices around him. Although gadgets are common, something was boggling his mind — how are these games made inside a screen? They don’t look like other physical toys at home. He raised this innocent question to his parents — that’s how he first heard about “programming”, and all the wonderful things that could follow, if he knew how to code.

However, the computer class at school didn’t teach him how to code. It’s a class of 32 kids. To make sure everyone’s mind was present in the classroom, the teacher spent about ⅔ of the time keeping the classroom orderly.

For the precious time left, the teacher showed them how to use the PowerPoint. There’s no programming elements in the class.

Outside school, Sik Sik takes his Chinese tutorial class at Preface. Surprisingly, it’s also where he first discovered the kind of programming classes he wanted to take.

Sik Sik usually arrived early for his Chinese class, and he saw some kids doing something on their computers in excitement. “They were putting some puzzles together on the screen. It looks like a game but there’s a teacher in the classroom.” It was the first time he saw someone coding with a tool called “App Inventor”, building the “things” that live behind the screen of his iPad.

He then decided to take the App Inventor classes at Preface. It was a bit of a learning curve at first. “The first thing I had to learn was how to think like a programmer, which is quite different from the usual way of thinking. It was a bit awkward at first and I couldn’t get used to it. There were always a few steps missing in my program and it was frustrating. But Mr Sam guided me how to think in a more systematic way. ‘Remember how you talk to your 3 year-old brother? How would you ask him to get a pencil for you?’ Although he never really gave me the answers directly, I would eventually find the answer myself with the method he taught me.”

“I think the best thing about learning coding at Preface is the Hackathon. I get to test what I learn by finishing a project in a very short time.” In the monthly Hackathon at Preface, all the coding students had to churn out and present finished products on a stage. Everything happens in 2.5 hours and there was no time to waste.

“It was nerve-wracking every time, and collaborating with other kids is very challenging! I feel really satisfied though every time I finish a project.”

It’s a question we ask almost every kid: what do you want to be in the future?

Sik Sik painted a self-portrait in words about his future self, with a cheeky smile, “I picture myself as ‘the Man in the Chair’ type of guy, you know, like a hacker behind the scene, tackling hard problems in order to close the security breach of some important systems, working inside a confidential building.” His voice raised a little bit in excitement as he continued, “I want to be a professional coder when I grow up, and teach young kids about coding, like Mr Sam.”

It’s probably still a long way for our little Sik Sik to become that “Man in the Chair” he talked about, but we’re properly proud of how a 10 year-old has been coming along. He gives me one less excuse to procrastinate, but keep on trying and trying, until that status of “Man in the Chair” is achieved.

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Preface Team Speaking at Europe’s Largest Education Summit

Experience sharing as 2018’s Award Winner

Tonight’s the night — Preface team is speaking at EdTechXEurope in London to share the experience of disrupting the global landscape of education as an innovative startup.

EdTechXEurope is one of the largest European education summits held yearly in London. Each year the Summit gathers more than 150 educational organisations as well as hundreds of speakers and opinion leaders to show how their projects are shaping the future of education. As the winner of EdTechX Global Award of 2018, Preface is invited to the event as one of the thought-leading speakers to share our vision as an industry disruptor about how the technology of Machine Learning will eventually retire the traditional classroom learning mode, why — and more importantly how — personalisation will become the ultimate future of education.

Words can’t convey how excited we are right now. Stay tune for more pictures and updates on how the night goes for us!

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Preface Nomad @TED Talks

The Power of Change in Education

Team Preface @TEDx

This is the moment we realised how far we’ve come in this journey of changing education.

Last week, Mr Tommie Lo, our Founder & CEO, was invited to deliver a talk on how Deep Learning technology will provide personalised education that the society truly needs — right on the stage of TEDx, an organisation that needs no further introduction on how impactful it is for spreading ideas among the global community.

It was an unbelievable experience for us, and we already know that there will be more to come. 2019 is looking amazing ahead.

If you’ve missed the live TEDx talk, here’s a quick recap of our presentation:

  • Classroom as a form of knowledge delivery was a legacy from Prussian Model of Education in the 1800s to meet societal needs resulted from the Industrial Revolution.
  • The classic model met the needs of the society perfectly when standardisation was sought after, but is failing hard in the present day society where uniqueness and creativity are the focuses.
  • The “1-teacher-to-many-students” model is a catalyst for communication gap: few students progress quickly while a huge number are left far behind.
  • Preface Nomad uses Deep Learning technology to tackle this problem: using feedback data collected from each lesson, Preface Nomad provides personalised lesson materials in a much more cost-effective manner, making it possible to adjust the teacher-student ratio to 1:1. Instead of spending too much time in preparing personalised lesson materials for every single student, teachers can focus their time on doing the actual teaching, and greatly improve the learning experience of every student.
  • Personalisation is the key for effective education; 1-on-1 learning model will replace the traditional form of classroom, in a speed we couldn’t imagine before the time of Deep Learning technology.

Our participation in TEDx is only a start. Stay tune for more exciting announcements in this space.

To learn more about our personalised Ruby-on-Rails web programming course, head to here or chat with us.

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Preface’s Big Win in F8

Team Effort Attracted Huge Interests in Facebook’s Annual Tech Conference

Preface Team

Earlier in May, the product team of Preface was invited to join the F8 Conference in California, one of the biggest annual tech conferences that gathers top-notch engineers and entrepreneurs to learn about the up-and-coming technology that Facebook will put in the hands of consumers. The Preface team took the chance to meet with many talented engineers, professors and tech experts coming to this event.

Preface team received valuable feedback for Nomad, our teacher-student matching system that makes personalised learning truly effective and possible. Through this event, the team has gained useful insight about how to improve the product beyond the alpha test period. We are getting closer and closer to our beta launch scheduled to be in July. Stay tuned for more product updates in this space!

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Taste of Quality at Bootcamp Trial Workshop

A sneak peek at Preface Summer Bootcamps, for free!

Since the beginning of May we’ve been offering free trial workshops for kids and parents to get a taste of our Summer Bootcamps at Preface. The responses have been wildly positive and encouraging. For those of you who haven’t been to one of our workshops yet, here’re some unbeatable reasons to sign yourself up for our popular workshops with limited seats!

Our workshops are really, really fun.

During our 45-min workshop there’s no chance for anyone to cross their arms or scroll insatiably through their phones. Not even you — parents. While the kids will be highly engaged in our exciting (but safe) science experiments and code lab for simple fun game, the parents will get to know what Preface is all about from our lightning talk, demo stations and personal consultation with our education advisors, all in our spacious classroom set against the view of Victoria Harbour. Definitely something worth your time.

Our workshops are very, very open.

While there are schools that tend to keep the important stuff behind the scene, you will know exactly what’s going on at Preface. You get to see what your kids are learning in the classrooms and how they are taught; you will be invited into the classrooms and see what your kids have accomplished. You get to see the entire process, and the end results.

A chance to talk to our MIT Master Trainers.

If you ask what is the one thing that sets Preface apart from all other coding academies in town, it’s definitely our teachers. All of our teachers are MIT Master Trainers, meaning that they are not just another coding hobbyist who happens to be teaching your kid. Our teachers are professionally trained and experienced in their fields. If you’re unsure about anything regarding our courses, talk to our teachers. We encourage you to take the chance to understand as much as you can.

Want to sign up for our free trial classes? Sign up here.

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讓使用者走進創造者的世界

編程力量 讓構想逐步實現

隨世界科技的發展,編寫程式不再是程式員的專利,它已成為學童的必修課程。學會編程,究竟可如何利用科技改善生活?從一班Preface Junior Coders 的經歷,或能給大家一點啟發。


這班學生參加Preface的程式班時對老師常用的自動拍卡系統感到興趣,希望學生也能有一個拍卡點名系統,於是萌生編寫一個應用程式來實現想法的念頭。他們的構思是,這個程式可供學生透過掃描二維碼的方式自助簽到,出席或缺席人數將自動於雲端紀錄,方便快捷。

在老師的指導及與Preface Programmer的合作下,學生逐步實踐其構想。他們在設計應用程式時除了要考慮用法、功能和使用者的需要,更要解決如何存取數據等問題,難度實在不少。小至外觀,大至功能,每一個細節皆是學生討論過後的成果。通過不斷的嘗試與解難,他們終於設計出一個令他們滿意的應用程式。為精益求精,他們反覆測試,發掘可改進的地方,務求令程式更優秀,日後供社會廣泛使用。

對於這一班學生的表現,編程導師 Queena表示:「學習編寫程式所得的不僅是親身設計的遊戲或應用程式,而是在過程中如何發揮創意,反思和解難而得的經驗。」

短短一年,學生創造出一個又一個既獨特又富個人風格的應用程式。除遊戲程式外,他們也創造不同的應用程式以解決現實上的問題。由此可見,編程不但能為問題提供解決方案,並擁有改善社區,甚至改變世界的能力。


Preface Junior Coders 除了是程式編寫員,更是發現者和解決者。他們洞悉需要與問題,並嘗試用程式解決問題。

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程式語言 2030 的官方語言

人工智能時代的溝通方法


近年,隨著人工智能的突破性發展,無論你是否願意接受,也不能改變人類社會正面臨翻天覆地的轉變這一事實。馬雲在《未來已來》一書中已點明關鍵,直指隨雲端運算和大數據技術日益發展,必然會對人類產生重大衝擊,只有適者才可以生存。

不少機構及研究以2030年作為對未來投射,預測世界發展的新趨勢。麻省理工科技評論(MIT Technology Review)報告指出,2030年時將有不少工種被人工智能或機械取代,同時也會因應技術發展衍生新的產業。人類必須具備不斷學習的能力,才能適應快速變革的新產業與新技能。該研究所研究員說:「未來像創造力、適應性和判斷力這樣的能力,比特定專長的知識,或知道如何使用釘槍的能力更重要。」

戴爾科技集團(DELL)與未來研究院(IFTF)也發布《人機合作新時代》預測報告,指出隨著軟體、大數據和數據處理能力取得巨大進步,新興技術將顛覆人們的生活,而社會與機器的關係將進入一個新階段。

進入人工智能時代,世界充滿挑戰與機遇,教育必須隨時代需求而變,以滿足未來人才的標準。

序言(Preface) 教育總監謝旭博士表示:「未來需要的人才再不是具備知識的人,而是具創造力、適應力以及懂得與電腦機械合作無間的人。這正是傳統教育之不足,未來需要的是以人工智能結合教育提供的個人化教育。」

這些想象的未來已經發生,遠比我們想象中快。

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Preface Going Global

“There isn’t a thing that cannot be learnt.”

Indeed, it’s true; and Preface lives by this motto to re-innovate a global learning ecosystem for not only kids, but also adults to engage in. Today, Preface is one step closer to being a key influencer and making global impacts — being the international winner of the world’s most anticipated EdTech event, EdTechX.

An International Recognition from Tech Giants

Preface took glory earlier last year with her immersive and all-rounded learning ecosystem being spotted and valued by the Tech Giant Google, and Asia’s largest online technology media firm Tech in Asia. Going forward, Preface is honoured to celebrate her dominance in the world with another international prize.

Winning the EdTechXGlobal Rise Award from the largest international EdTechXGlobal Summit in June 2018, Preface out-competes all other education companies around the world. Being identified globally as an EdTech institution that shows the most significant innovation and growth in the education industry, Preface strives to entertain both the local and global community with advanced and emerging knowledge through her innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology; as well as the perspectives from re-designing the mindsets of learning.

What’s in Preface Ecosystem?

Preface recreates learning efficiency and experience through reinventing conventional textbooks, exercise books, tutorial notes and dictionaries into AI-powered apps for better personalised learning; these free apps boost learner’s engagement into our education-ecosystem and gather crucial study-behavioural data to our AI system to provide every user with an accurate learning journey with Preface education services — both online usage and face-to-face teaching.

Speaking to the founding team, “It’s our motto that pushes us forward. This recognition drives us to strive harder to be the game changer we have to be, the influences we need to bring and the move we want to make in education. We believe we are closer to causing an impactful change not only to China and Japan, but also other global regions.”


The EdTechXGlobal Summit

EdTechXGlobal is the world’s largest Education Summit held across the Globe every year, with stops in Asia, Europe and Africa. It brings together investors, innovators and industry influencers; global leaders from different education segments, such as publishers like Pearson, Macmillan and McGraw Hall; tech Giants’ education branches from Google, Baidu, Apple and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; as well as unicorn EdTech companies from the US and China like EdX, Coursera, Da Da English (噠噠英語), and 17zuoye (一起作業) participate to promote a global learning ecosystem.

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Preface Workshops — A space to kindle your interest…


A myriad of specialty coffee shops have been emerging in the city over the past few years. As Preface’s concept store, Preface Coffee stands out with the operation of its space that subtly blends the pleasures of savoring a whiff of freshly brewed Arabica and enjoying a free flow of up-to-date knowledge provided at Preface Workshops. In a sense, Preface Coffee is building a school in a coffee shop; in another sense, it is redesigning the notion of education and schooling.

Preface Workshops at Preface Coffee

Acknowledging the eternal evolving nature of knowledge and the limitations of academic curriculum in schools, Preface Workshops aspire to immerse the most timely knowledge and discussions in the community.

During the day, customers can enjoy the carefully crafted coffee and work on their new ideas in a free seating environment. After seven, when the hectic day of most working individuals ends, Preface Coffee transforms into an afterwork symposium in where Preface educators or guest speakers share their expertise, so participants can refresh their minds with not only coffee aroma but also mind blowing ideas from all walks of life. Through Preface Workshops, the Ed-Tech company strives to spread knowledge in a different, thus, a better way.

Preface Workshops on Education, Technology and Design

Powered by Preface, a technology and design driven company, Preface Workshops endeavour to educate the like-minded creatives on the topics of education, technology and design. Preface believes that technology is not merely grim theories, nor is design just a terminology for colours and patterns. On that account, Preface Workshops spark keen learners with open conversations on the topics of latest technologies and methods of design thinking used in project management.


Innovative workshops held for both kids and adults are mainly related to, but not limited in, programming knowledge, artificial intelligence and design thinking. Beginner courses (from level 101 to 105), like Artificial Intelligence, Ruby on Rails, Python, Data Science and Design Thinking, are open alternately throughout the year at Preface Workshops.

Artificial Intelligence 101–105 and Design Thinking 101–105 are offered this summer and fall. The former series focuses on the evolution of key AI technologies and the way they can be engaged in businesses and industries; whereas the latter engages the idea of systematic approaches to new product development as well as the rationale of customer-centred problem-solving processes.

Advanced learners or individuals who have taken a particular 5-level beginner course can further enrol in the advanced courses at Preface centers. It is in the right place at the right time to reignite the interests of eager folks in mastering skill sets needed in the 21st century.

Unstuck Your Minds in the Free Environment

Preface Coffee sits on Lau Li Street in Tin Hau

Preface Coffee sits on Lau Li Street in Tin Hau, a neighbourhood brimming with great restaurants and foodie’s favourite local street stalls. Preface Coffee is a space hard to miss. Its modern earth tone exteriors and open environment flooded with sunlight stand in stark contrast to the authentic buildings in the area, making it an inspiring place to stop by.

Attending Preface Workshops is no longer the same as that in traditional classrooms where students are bounded by chairs and tables. The design of auditorium seatings embodies the value of learning and open discussions. There, learners can grab a cup of drink, sit on the podium and indulge in the flowing of ideas when attending the workshops.

Learners are encouraged to ask questions proactively and exchange thoughts in pursuit of inducing ideas. Folks, as a result, are able to interact with one another and receive relevant information in the industries. Preface Workshops are reckoned as a place where learners can build the network to interchange materials and views. The tranquil atmosphere of learning is freed up at Preface Coffee, so as the individuals’ minds at Preface Workshops; and yet, Preface treasures free minds as they are the essence of quality education.

Its motto of ‘There isn’t a thing that cannot be learnt’ extends past the grey walls.