The innovation and technology (I&T) sector has emerged as a new engine of growth for economies around the world, which means that cities are now competing with one another to develop new technologies and attract the necessary talent.
To ensure that Hong Kong does not fall behind in the innovation race, the Government is investing heavily in the development of I&T through a number of bodies, including the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
To learn the latest about the city’s journey to become an I&T hub, the Chamber organized a visit with the theme of “IndustryConnect@Science Park – Where Innovation Sparks” on 26 September.
“As the name of the event suggests, innovation is quite widespread in Hong Kong and it only takes a spark to unleash its potential,” said Alfa Lun, Manager, Industry Partnership at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, as he introduced the Chamber delegation to the latest developments at the Park.
Members took part in a half-day programme where they heard about the promising start-ups currently resident at the Park as well as some of its success stories so far. These companies specialise in a range of technologies spanning healthy ageing, e-commerce, automation and smart workplace. Notable mentions included SenseTime Group, Hong Kong’s first unicorn.
The programme also included a business-matching session to allow delegates to explore collaborative and investment opportunities with the resident start-ups. The visit was concluded with a Smart Campus Guided Tech Tour that showcased some of the latest technological achievements at the Park including Hong Kong’s first fully automated and unmanned warehouse, an unmanned retail store and an ice-cream-serving robot.