Hong Kong Government CIO Victor Lam has high hopes the upcoming Internet Economy Summit 2019 (IES) will help business and technology leaders in their digital transformation journey, which in turn will boost the city’s concerted effort towards a smarter economy.
“Top-notch global and local tech heavyweights will gather in the summit to share their experiences and insights on how businesses can leverage data-driven innovations to capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities in the connected world – so as to create business values and catalyze new economic growth,” Lam told Computerworld Hong Kong.
Entitled “Digital Economy • Redefines our Future”, the event now on its fourth year has been a must-attend annual industry event gathering various stakeholders in the digital economy. It is organizes by the Hong Kong SAR Government and Cyberport.
This year, the thematic forums of the IES have been expanded from four to six to include Fintech, virtual marketplaces, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and industry 4.0. These forum have been set up with wider collaboration from government-backed organizations such as HKSTP, HKPC and ASTRI, who will hold parallel sessions that dive deep into specific technology areas.
Furthermore, the Chambers Forum will explore valuable opportunities for Hong Kong’s I&T sector in the Greater Bay Area development.
Slated between April 15 and 16 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the summit will feature over 70 renowned thought leaders and top global executives from industry giants such as Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Twitter, EY, Microsoft, AXA, ZhongAn, JD.com, IBM and HP among others.
“We see that not only the industry but the community at large are much more open to embrace digital transformation in the last two years,” Lam said. “Therefore, the summit will put more emphasis on the exchange of strategies and best practices of businesses in creating value through digital transformation. There will be a lot of successful examples from Hong Kong and overseas for the industry to draw insights from.”
IES expects to attract 2,000 participants from across Asia Pacific this year.
“We envision that at the conclusion of this year’s IES, participants would be inspired by the unlimited potential of digital innovation and that they would learn the winning strategies for harnessing new data and technology transformation in order to thrive in the new economy,” Lam said.