Internet Economy Summit Maps Out the Data-driven Economy with Tech Gurus and Business Leaders

April 08, 2019 - 13:10
Internet Economy Summit Maps Out the Data-driven Economy with Tech Gurus and Business Leaders

Heads from AWS, Alibaba, Twitter and the World Economic Forum will examine the digital economic revolution at influential Hong Kong summit, April 15-16


HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8April 2019 - The urgent challengesand exciting opportunities of the ongoing digital revolution will be discussedat the Internet Economy Summit (IES) 2019 -- a two-day event examining how today's innovations will transform tomorrow'seconomy.


Now approaching its fourth edition, the InternetEconomy Summit is jointly organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government andCyberport. More than 2,000 tech gurus, adventurous entrepreneurs and investors willgather to map out the possibilities presented by emerging technologies at oneof Hong Kong's largest annual new economy summits, which will take place at theHong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) during April 15-16.


Senior figures from tech giants such as Amazon WebServices (AWS), Twitter, Alibaba Group, Zhong An and Microsoft are among theline-up of more than 80 guest speakers confirmed to deliver keynote speeches andparticipate in panel talks focused around the zeitgeist-grabbing topic of "DigitalEconomy * Redefines our Future" during the six specialist forums. Officialsrepresenting the Hong Kong SAR Government set to address the audience include MrsCarrie Lam, the Chief Executive; Mr Paul Chan, the Financial Secretary; and Mr NicholasYang, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology.


"The arrival of 5G, connectivity of everything, BigData and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are ushering in a new digital revolution,which will profoundly change the way we live, work and do business," said Dr.Lee George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport. "This year's IES gathers leading techexecutives, entrepreneurs and investors to explore the most importantdisruptive innovations in business and technology, offering an exciting sneakpeek into the future."


"These discussions will be particularly of interestto business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs who want to stay ahead of thecurve by embracing the latest technology trends and opportunities to transformtheir business model, develop new products and services, and make more informedinvestment decisions." Dr. Lam continued.


On the first day (April 15) of the event, the VisionaryForum will feature international figureheads, while the Chambers Forum in theafternoon will focus on regional trends. Key trends and technologies will be broughtsharply into focus on the second day (April 16) through the themed FintechForum, AI Forum, Enterprise 4.0 Forum and Cybersecurity Forum.


Throughout the summit sessions, key innovations in blockchain,supply chain and quantum computing will also be discussed. The spotlight will also be shone on the techtrends certain to reshape business and society in the coming years, such as FinTech,InsurTech, virtual banking and enterprise tech.


Taking in the larger picture, some talks will shedlight on the need for sustainable practice, growing smart city integration and "smartlifestyles". Attendees will also learn about the "Industry 4.0" as well as thechallenges and opportunities of digital transformation across the Greater Bay Area andbeyond. Ms Sandra Särav, GlobalAffairs Director at the Estonian government's Ministry of Economic Affairs andCommunications, will be present to introduce the audience to the country's uniquedigital society and e-solutions to foreign visitors.


IES attracts the world's most renowned major techfirms, leaders, innovators and investors. Mr Bob Kimball, General Counsel of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Ms Maya Hari, Twitter's Vice President of AsiaPacific, will be among this year's line-up of speakers. IES will also welcome Ms AngelZhao, President of Alibaba Global Business Group, and Zhong Xiangqun, ChiefOperating Officer of Bank of China (Hong Kong), representing the business andfinance sectors.


Mr David Aikman, the WorldEconomic Forum's Chief Representative Officer of Greater China; Mr Nigel Duffy,EY's Global Artificial Intelligence Leader; and Prof Steven Weber from the UCBerkeley School of Information will provide attendees withmore insights and inspiration.


Concurrent with the IESwill be the International ICT Expo (13-16 April) and the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (SpringEdition) organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The two shows willgather more than 3,600 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions, showcasingcutting-edge solutions and electronic products.


For more details of the IES programme rundown and fullspeaker line-up, please visit:


Membersof the media interested in interviewing the speakers can fill in the interviewrequest form and email it to peggy.mak@creativegp.comby 10 April 2019.