InvestHK unveils StartmeupHK Festival 2019 agenda

Invest Hong Kong's StartmeupHK Festival 2019 commences on January 21 (Image InvestHK)

Invest Hong Kong has announced the agenda for the upcoming five-day StartmeupHK Festival 2019, to be held from January 21 to 25.

The StartmeupHK Festival will be focused on the themes of healthtech, lifestyle and retail technology, smart city, artificial intelligence and education, finance services, and co-innovation between startups and established corporates.

The event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai is expected to attract more than 8,000 delegates.

More than 200 industry experts from Hong Kong and overseas will share their knowledge and insight during panel session, interactive discussions and speaking events, while the event will also feature various competitions.

Hong Kong's startup community is thriving, according to Charles Ng, associate director-general of investment promotion, InvestHK.

"We see double digit growth in terms of startups in 2018. There are over 2,600 startups, creating close to 10,000 jobs and over 13,500 workstations," he says. "We also see a growing number of innovation labs, acceleration programs, and investors."

The first day of the event will feature the Healthtech 020 Summit, which will explore transforming healthcare through technology.

This will be followed by the TECH[LIFE]STYLE conference on day two, focused on the ways innovative lifestyle technologies are revolutionizing the ways people live, work and play.

On Day 3, Retail's Cutting Edge will cover the future of retail, exploring topics including logistics, blockchain as a solution for product authenticity, and the new technologies reshaping the customer experience.

The JUMPSTARTER 2019 conference will meanwhile be held on day three and four. This event will showcase local and international startups in the areas of advanced technology, smart city, retail, and financial services.

The Connected Cities conference will also be held on day four, focused on technological trends in urban landscape and how to enhance a city's liveability, workability, and sustainability. 

Finally, day five will feature both the Startup Impact Summit, focused on the impact of regional and international startups, and the AI & Education Forum.

"The Connected Cities Report" will be released during the festival, which will cover Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, and Australia.

“During the festival, you will experience the transformative power of technology that enables people to turn their ideas into reality,” InvestHK Head of StartmeupHK Jayne Chan commented.

“This is a true eye-opener where you can see how technologies are making waves in every aspect of our lives, and how Hong Kong as a leading innovative hub globally plays a part in this incredible journey towards a better, smarter world.”

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