ASTRI to welcome distinguished speakers to Impact Conference, celebrating 20 years of creating technology for impact

Hong Kong, 5 November 2020] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) is to present on 11 November the Impact Conference, a full-day webinar which will bring together some of Hong Kong’s pre-eminent thought leaders to discuss how innovations in the technology sector will impact Hong Kong in the near- and long-term, while considering ways in which innovation and tech can make an immediate impact on Hong Kong life amid a global pandemic.

With four keynote and six panel sessions, the event will be opened by the Honourable Financial Secretary Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM, GBS, MH, JP and ASTRI Chairman Ir Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, JP. Keynote speakers will include: Professor Tsui Lap-chee, GBM, GBS, JP, from The Academy of Science of Hong Kong; Professor Zexiang Li from the School of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Dr Jacob Kam, CEO of MTR Corporation Limited; and Dr Lam Ching-choi, SBS, JP, Executive Council member and CEO of the Haven of Hope Christian Service.

Panel discussions will explore how innovations in fintech, 5G, smart city technology, smart manufacturing, healthtech and blockchain will be an essential part of Hong Kong’s prosperous and successful future, while there will also be insights into nurturing, developing and sustaining a technology-focused workforce against a global shortage of talent in the sector.

Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI Chief Executive Officer, said: “As the Covid-19 pandemic has caused widespread concern and economic hardship and disruptions for consumers, businesses and communities across the world, advances and innovations in the technology sector have never been more crucial and urgently needed.

In a short period of time, the tech industry has risen to the challenge with impressive rapidity to help ailing businesses and economies cope with unprecedented challenges. However, myriad challenges still lie ahead and conversations around how technology, and the way humans interact with it and take advantage of it, has never been more important.

We are immensely proud to host this event which provides a forum for these distinguished thought leaders to share their views on technology going forward and the next impacts and innovations we can expect which will make our society smarter, safer and more efficient.”

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