Hong Kong Science Park serves as the platform for fostering international technological exchange and co-creation in I&T
HONG KONG, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) today announced its fruitful participation in promoting Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) edge at the annual Think Global Think Hong Kong (TGTHK), held in Tokyo, Japan, today. TGTHK is an annual event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to showcase Hong Kong’s attractive business environment and service offerings to business communities all over the world.
Chief Executive of HKSAR Mrs Carrie Lam emphasised that Hong Kong’s highly international business environment can attract international I&T companies to come the Greater Bay Area, while helping mainland I&T enterprises go global.
Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said TGTHK provided a great platform to demonstrate the success of the Park companies and enabled the international community to know that Hong Kong Science Park serves as a cradle for local I&T advancement and a hub to foster technological exchange and co-creation.
As a reflection of the I&T sector’s growing importance to Hong Kong’s economy, HKSTP hosted two plenary sessions titled “Smart City ABCD” and “Inno Living, Happy Ageing: Healthy Ageing Technology Trends in Hong Kong” at the event. Smart City and Healthy Ageing are strategic technology focus areas of HKSTP, and are also areas of strength of Hong Kong’s I&T sector.
The two symposiums brought together heavyweight speakers from both Hong Kong and Japan, which included representatives from government, corporations and industry associations. HKSTP’s partner companies and incubatees shared their innovative concepts and accomplishments with some of them expressing the collaboration opportunities between Hong Kong and Japan to accelerate the development of Smart City and Healthy Ageing solutions. The symposiums were very well-received and filled the halls to the brim, with more than 350 delegates present.
The “Smart City ABCD” session focused on the opportunities technopreneurs and tech companies can explore in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Cloud and Data technologies for Smart City solutions. The “Inno Living, Happy Ageing: Healthy Ageing Technology Trends in Hong Kong” session highlighted the use of smart technologies in promoting healthy and active ageing. Speakers from the healthcare industry shared their views on the challenges and opportunities for developing healthy ageing technologies across the world.
In her opening keynote, Chief Executive of the HKSAR Mrs Carrie Lam spoke of the ambitions to develop the Greater Bay Area into an international I&T centre, allowing Hong Kong to play to its strengths and drive technological co-operation. She emphasised that Hong Kong’s highly international business environment can attract international I&T companies to come to the Greater Bay Area, while helping mainland I&T enterprises go global.
Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to hold two thematic symposiums, Smart City and Healthy Ageing, for the first time at TGTHK. The speakers were not only insightful, but also inspiring. We are facing a great technology-led social innovation brought by these two domains and clearly there are enormous opportunities for technopreneurs and tech companies alike.
TGTHK also gave us a great platform to demonstrate the success of our Park companies. We want the international community to know that Hong Kong Science Park not only serves as a cradle for local I&T advancement, but also a hub to foster technological exchange and co-creation. We have always been proactive in attracting innovative enterprises and outstanding talent from overseas to the Park, providing them with comprehensive and professional support. We are making connections and building a global ecosystem. Through cooperation and complementary efforts, we can certainly empower our Park companies to grow in the local market, and even extend their vision towards the Greater Bay Area and international markets.”
In addition to the symposiums, several of HKSTP’s partner companies and incubatees were represented in the InnoVenture Salon of TGTHK. These companies showcased Smart City and Healthy Ageing-related technologies developed in Hong Kong. They had the opportunity to share their solutions, accomplishments, and explore potential partnership opportunities with other global entrepreneurs and Japan’s business community. Their presence at the event is an illustration of HKSTP’s support for its partner companies and incubatees, in terms of talent acquisition, funding, as well as market expansion.
Related to the TGTHK trade mission, HKSTP today also announced two cooperative agreements with leading Japanese enterprises. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between HKSTP and Mizuho Financial Group Inc to jointly nurture and support high-potential technology start-ups from both markets to their next level of development. Another announcement was made by HKSTP and Hitachi East Asia Ltd to jointly build a Smart City Data Platform at Hong Kong Science Park to accelerate data-driven Smart City innovations.
About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.
Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.
Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long. More information about HKSTP is available at www.hkstp.org.
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