Creating a Smart City in Hong Kong
As part of a joint initiative by the Chamber, Hong Kong Productivity Council and the Vocational Training Council to support Hong Kong’s efforts to become a smart city, the co-organisors held a webinar on 23 July during which a panel of industry and academic experts spoke on the way forward for Hong Kong in such a journey. The event’s keynote speaker Tony Wong, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, OGCIO, Innovation and Technology Bureau, shared with participants the various milestones that Hong Kong had achieved since the last blueprint in 2017 and highlighted a number of new initiatives in the latest blueprint, which included the HKeMobility app, open datasets, GBA Youth Employment Scheme and the Smart Government Innovation Lab for industry innovators.
Mr Patrick Lee, Convenor of the Chamber’s Smart City Working Group, Dr Albert Wong, Partner and Consulting Director of PwC Hong Kong, explained the different elements of smart city and their significance while drawing on lessons from overseas. Mr Allen Yeung, Founding Chairman of The Institute of Big Data Governance provided insight on the latest big data trends in the Greater Bay Area, and Dr John Chan, Founder and CEO of Mapxus and Dr Lawrence Poon, General Manager, Smart City Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council, shared examples of technology-based tools such as computational programming and artificial intelligence to create smart and practical applications that ranged from indoor navigation maps, auto-parking vehicles, touchless elevators, to smart street lamps.
This Summit serves to kick off to a similarly named project for the purpose of identifying and resolving district-specific issues by engaging young people in the development of innovative and technology-based solutions.
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