The keynote speaker line-up featuring thought leaders from tech
giants including AWS, Alibaba, Microsoft, Twitter as well as the
World Economic Forum

HONG KONG,
CHINA – 
Media OutReach

 –
15 April 2019 – 
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and Cyberport,
the Internet Economy Summit (IES) kicked off today at the Hong Kong
Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The two-day Summit
gathers some of the tech world’s
most respected figures, entrepreneurs and investors to explore the
opportunities and challenges that digital technology will bring to
us down the road.

In its fourth edition, this year’s keynote speeches and panel
discussions will be held across six specialist forums anchored
around the central theme of “Digital Economy * Redefines our
Future”. More than 70 heavyweight speakers including senior
representatives of tech giants such as Amazon Web Services (AWS),
Twitter, Alibaba Group, ZhongAn and Microsoft will take the stage.

Mrs Carrie Lam

, Chief Executive
of the
Hong Kong SAR and Mr Yang Xiaowei
, Deputy Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China
delivered the opening remarks and officiated the opening ceremony. Mr Chen Xinhua, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC
Hangzhou Municipal Committee
, shared with the audience Hangzhou’s experience in using
technology to foster social and economic transformation during his
opening speech.

Mrs Carrie Lam addressed at her opening speech, “Over the past 50
years, the Internet has evolved miraculously from a network of a
few computers to one that connects billions of people, machines and
devices around the world. The Internet is now the bedrock of
innovation and technology. It’s at the heart of cloud computing,
big data analytics, the Internet of Things, fintech, blockchain,
AI, robotics and so much more to come. The opportunities they
create extend to every business sector, every societal issue, from
health and ageing to education, sustainability and the environment.
This two-day Summit will be an excellent opportunity for you to
share insights into the latest digital technologies and the huge
potential the Internet can bring about through transforming
businesses, societies and economies.”

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G

athering of global tech giants

Following the opening ceremony on the first day was the Visionary Forum
, which featured heavyweight international speakers, including Mr
Bob Kimball, Amazon Web Services’ General Counsel; Ms Angel Zhao,
Alibaba Global’s Business Group President; Ms Maya Hari, Vice
President, Asia Pacific, Twitter; Professor Steven Weber of UC
Berkeley School of Information;  
Mr David Aikman, Chief Representative Officer, Greater China,
Member of the Executive Committee of World Economic Forum; Dr Nigel
Duffy, EY Global Artificial Intelligence Leader; and Ms Sandra
Särav, Global Affairs Director, Government CIO Office, the Ministry
of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.

How innovative technologies help businesses seize new opportunities
across the Greater Bay Area (GBA) was further discussed during the Chambers Forum
in the afternoon. The Forum is supported by six major chambers of
commerce, namely The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association
(HKEIA), the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, the
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), the Federation of
Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), Hong Kong Young Industrialists
Council (HKYIC) and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce,
Hong Kong. The panel discussions explored trending topics such as
open data opportunities, digital supply chains, AI and digital
transformation, digitalising the GBA and smart living.

Key Figures to Address Topical Technology Issues

The second day of IES will feature four specialist sessions that
will shed light on how innovations will transform and reshape the
New Economy.

The FinTech Forum
will feature “The New Era of Finance Redefined”.
Experts from the financial and technology communities will share
topics such as virtual banking, InsurTech and blockchain-based
smart contracts. The three further forums in the afternoon are
jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park
(HKSTP), Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and Hong Kong
Applied Science and Technology Institute (ASTRI) respectively and
will discuss issues including AI, Enterprise 4.0 and cybersecurity.
The organisers will also arrange a special “investor matching”
session to allow investors from all over the world to meet
one-on-one with high-potential start-ups and tech firms to explore
investment opportunities.

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Dr Lee George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport

, said: “The arrival of 5G, connectivity of everything, Big Data
and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are ushering in a new digital
revolution, which will profoundly change the way we live, work and
do business. This year’s IES gathers some of the world’s leading
tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors to explore the most
important disruptive innovations in business and technology,
offering an exciting sneak peek into the future.”

“These discussions will be particularly of interest to business
leaders, investors and entrepreneurs who want to stay ahead of the
curve by embracing the latest technology trends and opportunities
to transform their business model, develop new products and
services, and take advantage of the new economy,” Dr Lam continued.

The
concurrent International ICT Expo and the Hong Kong Electronics
Fair (Spring Edition) organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development
Council (HKTDC) run between 13 and 16 April. The two shows gather
more than 3,600 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions,
showcasing cutting-edge solutions and electronic products. Among
them are 15 Cyberport’s start-ups, showcasing their smart city and
smart living related products and solutions.   

F
or
more details about the event, rundown and
speaker line-up, please visit: www.ieconomysummit.hk

For more high-res event photos, please download via this Dropbox Link
.



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