Mr. Pili Hu


(852) 3411 8168

Mr. Hu teaches data journalism and media technology in HKBU. Before joining HKBU, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Initium Media, responsible for developing technologies to power the fast-growing digital media outlet. He founded Initium Lab whose data-driven news report on Hong Kong Legislative Council voting pattern won SOPA "Excellence in Information Graphics" award in 2016. He was co-founder and CEO of HyperLab which produced a cross social network search engine. He holds an MPhil in Information Engineering from CUHK. Before moving to Hong Kong, he worked for Baidu in Beijing as core algorithm R/D engineer, responsible for user behaviour and link analysis.

Classes Taught

Data Journalism
Data Visualization for News
Big Data for Media and Communication
Digital Journalism and Data Presentation
Emerging Technology for Media and Communication

Research & Teaching Interests

Blockchain-based news collaboration platform
Data-driven reporting: investigation and visualization

Updates and news:

  • [NEW] The spring 2019 offering of Emerging Technology for Media and Communication will be focused on Blockchain. I’m looking for prospect students to work together on teaching materials. Students who have experience in blockchain especially who have participated in blockchain projects via communication roles are welcome to send me a message
  • [NEW] We have a semi research and semi knowledge transfer project: Blockchain-based news collaboration platform. It is looking for a full-stack web developer to join in Research Assistant capacity. Self-recommendations are welcome.
  • We are running an interest group on Slack for people who are interested in media and data visualisation. My own courses will also be hosted on this Slack group, where you can find open materials and join online discussions. HKBU students and colleagues can join by following this link. Others are welcome to send me a message to indicate your interest
  • I use real name on nearly all social networks. Welcome to connect. I also blog frequently on wechat public account: pwords