How uHoo started
The idea for uHoo started as a conceptual idea to solve a serious problem that Dustin Jefferson S. Onghanseng has been facing. Dustin who has suffered from hay fever (rhinitis) since childhood, realized that air quality made a difference between “getting by” and feeling healthy. Suffering from bad air quality in Hong Kong led him down a path of research and discovery.
Dustin teamed up with electrical engineer Brian Lin, an asthma sufferer, who also happens to be his MBA classmate from HKUST. They pitched uHoo and won a number of awards from MBA business plan competitions from Bangkok and Shanghai to Hong Kong and Portland Oregon. Seeing that the idea has legs, both Dustin and Brian, dropped their classes in June 2014 and incorporated uHoo in August 2014.
For nearly two years, they built a product, incorporating the most important features and benefits from their focus group feedback. They designed uHoo to be the most advanced indoor air quality sensor on the market, with eight dedicated sensors, which no other product can match and launched an Indiegogo campaign in May 2016, which goal was achieved in just 48 hours.
After the successful Indiegogo campaign, uHoo, within 6 months, has obtained a smart city contract in Germany, became the champion of Seedstars Hong Kong and IBM global entrepreneur for 2016. uHoo is also currently conducting live trials with property developers, schools and corporate offices in various cities in Europe and Asia with hotels and more corporate offices waiting in line for the next batch of products that will be shipped. Full scale shipment for consumers is scheduled for May 23, 2017.