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As a key component of smart city technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be found in a wide range of activities and provides new ways of approaching problems and meaningfully improves many facets of people's lives. AI has been used to develop and advance numerous fields and industries, including finance, healthcare, education, transportation, and more. The recent pandemic has served to underscore AI's importance in smart city development as the process of digitization takes on even greater urgency.

As part of its new research program dedicated to assessing AI adoption and readiness in Hong Kong, Google Hong Kong has recently published a whitepaper entitled "Smarter Digital City - AI for Everyone". The whitepaper is a continuation of a three-year Smarter Digital City research from 2017 to 2019. It sets a new benchmark to help understand AI adoption, barriers and benefits across four key sectors - Finance, Retail, Travel & Logistics and Technology & Innovation. It also examines the current level of understanding on and adoption of AI, identifies barriers to adoption, and uncovers future opportunities to accelerate AI development in Hong Kong post-COVID-19.

In conjunction with the whitepaper, Google Hong Kong also launched a ShareJoy campaign and the HO JENG AR mobile app available for free. Powered by augmented reality (AR) and machine learning, the app brings an immersive experience with six iconic AR characters designed for Hong Kong.

Join our webinar on 23 November when Leonie Valentine, Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong, and James O'Callaghan, Partner, Head of Technology Consulting, Hong Kong, KPMG China will share the findings and recommendations set out in their latest whitepaper. Eddie Azadi, Executive Creative Director of Google, will also share the creative process of developing the HO JENG AR app and how innovative technologies can be used to do good and help spread positivity.

Please refer to the following details on the virtual seminar:

- Details such as the webinar link and participation in the Q&A session will be issued 2 days before the event.
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Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

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Leonie Valentine, Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong

Leonie Valentine was appointed Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong in August 2016. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and sales, and has served as Director of Customer Experience for Asia Pacific at Google for the prior two years.

Before joining Google, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited. Earlier, she held the position of Chief of Staff for Telstra International Group, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team charged with managing Telstra Corp's business growth and assets outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master's Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James O'Callaghan, Partner, Head of Technology Consulting, Hong Kong, KPMG China

James is a Partner in KPMG's Advisory business. With more than 20 years of experience, James has worked across industries from banking and insurance to public sector, education, telcos and media. He specialises in digital and operational transformation but also has a strong grasp of the governance and controls needed to run these new economy business models. His experience is spread across the UK and Europe and for the past 14 years in Asia.

Eddie Azadi, Executive Creative Director, Google

After dedicating more than a decade to agencies like Ogilvy, McCann and TBWA, a series of fortunate events led Eddie to Google. As a member of the Partner Innovation team for APAC, Eddie spars with a motley crew of multi-talented creatives, technologists, entrepreneurs and futurists who want to make meaningful things that matter to users. To date, the team has taught children to code with candy; protected endangered animals and ecosystems with AR; as well as a host of other platforms, experiences and stories that showcase the power of Google technology. As a result, Eddie has acquired an eclectic collection of oddly shaped trophies, techy trinkets, and a chronic addiction to diet sodas.

Language English
Date and Time 2020/11/23 11:00 to 12:00
Venue This seminar will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Brian Shum
Tel: 28231220
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