The innovators at the heart of the technology revolution are coming to EmTech Hong Kong. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.


We are tapping the rich diversity of the tech community to gather experts who will give you the inside track on disrupting technologies and business approaches that are creating new markets and changing our society.

  • Carlo Ratti

    Director, Senseable City Lab


    An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.


    Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 500 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, June 2016, with Matthew Claudel). As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.


    Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine's 'Best & Brightest' list and in Thames & Hudson's selection of '60 innovators' shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the '25 People Who Will Change the World of Design', Forbes listed him as one of the 'Names You Need To Know' and Fast Company named him as one of the '50 Most Influential Designers in America'. He was also featured in Wired Magazine's 'Smart List: 50 people who will change the world'. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the 'Best Inventions of the Year'. Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special adviser on Urban Innovation to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission.


    For further information visit www.carloratti.com and senseable.mit.edu

  • Donald Sadoway

    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry


    Professor Sadoway's research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. This spans engineering applications and the supportive fundamental science. The overarching theme of his work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media.


    Specific topics in applied research are the following: environmentally sound electrochemical extraction and recycling of metals, lithium solid-polymer-electrolyte batteries, advanced materials for use as electrodes, separators, and walls in fused-salt electrolysis cells and batteries, electrochemical sensors, electrochemical synthesis of thin films of compound semiconductors in fused-salt and cryogenic media, and electrochemically controlled superconducting devices.


    Related to these are the following topics in fundamental research: the physical chemistry and electrochemistry of molten salts (including molten oxides), cryogenic electrolytes, and solid polymer electrolytes.

  • Qiang Yang

    New Bright Professor of Engineering

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Qiang Yang is the New Bright University Named Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He was the founding head of the Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab (2012-2015). He is currently the Technical Advisor to WeChat. His research interests are data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, IAPR and AAAS, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 1989, and had been a faculty member at University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University in Canada. He had been the founding Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) between 2009 and 2014, and is the founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Big Data (IEEE TBD). He has been conference and program chairs for international conferences such as ACM KDD 2010 and 2012, ACM IUI 2010, IEEE Big Data 2013, ACM RecSys 2013 and Program Chair for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in 2015.

  • Morgan Marquis-Boire

    Director of Security, First Look Media/The Intercept

    Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

    Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media. Prior to this he worked on the security team at Google. He is a founding member of The Secure Domain Foundation, a non-profit, free, adversary intelligence group. He is a Special Advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco and an Advisor to the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute. In addition to this, he serves as a member of the Free Press Foundation security advisory board. A native of New Zealand, He was one of the original founders of the KiwiCON hacker conference. His research on surveillance and the digital targeting of activists and journalists has been featured in numerous print and online publications.

  • Vivian W.-W. Yam

    Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy

    The University of Hong Kong

    Vivian W.W. Yam obtained her BSc (First Class Hons) and PhD both from The University of Hong Kong. She joined the Department of Chemistry in her alma mater in 1990 and is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor at HKU. She was elected to Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 at the age of 38 as the youngest member of the Academy, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of the TWAS and Founding Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. She was the Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of a number of awards, including the RSC Centenary Medal, RSC Ludwig Mond Award, JSCC International Award, JPA Eikohsha Award, APA Masuhara Award Lectureship, State Natural Science Award, CCS-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, etc. She currently serves as Associate Editor of Inorganic Chemistry and Member of International Editorial Advisory Boards of J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Chem. Sci., Chem, Acc. Chem. Res., Chem. Rev., ACS Nano, Chem. Mater., Nat. Sci. Rev., etc. Her research interests include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.

  • Johnson Y.N. Lau



    Johnson is a successful pharmaceutical executive who has had extensive leadership experience in both scientific and business management. As Chairman and CEO of Ribapharm, he launched the second largest biotech IPO in US history. Prior to Ribapharm, he served as the Head of Worldwide Research and Development for ICN Pharmaceuticals. Prior, Johnson served as the Senior Director of Antiviral Therapy at Schering-Plough. Johnson has contributed more than 250 scientific publications and editorials/reviews/chapters in peer reviewed scientific journals and has edited two books. He was a former Managing Director at Roth Capital Partners, a Director of the Board of Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), serving as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee as well as the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as other public and private companies. He is currently serving on the Board of Porton Fine Chemicals (Listed in Shenzhen Exchange: 300363), and private companies including Avalon Biomedical Management Limited, Avagenex Limited, Aiviva Corporation, and Hong Kong X-tech Startup platform (general partner and mentor). He is also an Executive Board Member of the charity Project Vision and is an honorary professor/adjunct professor of the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Biomedical Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Johnson received his medical degree (MBBS) and medical doctorate degree (MD) from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Johnson has served as the Chairman of the Board of Athenex since its inception and assumed the role of CEO in mid 2011.

  • Jeff Garzik

    Cofounder, Bloq

    Core Developer, Bitcoin

    Jeff Garzik is a futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Bloq. Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory board of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds.


    Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.


    Involvement in one of the best known open source projects - the Linux kernel - led to an extended tenure at Linux leader Red Hat during open source's most formative years. Jeff's work is found in every Android phone and data center Linux installation today.


    In July 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible -- decentralized digital money, he did what came naturally: developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.


    Bitcoin and blockchain served as a springboard for many new ideas and ventures, including sending objects into outer space.

  • Jongmoon Kim



    Jongmoon Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of ToolGen. His previous work in IT led to a milestone in the history of IT in Korea: He founded Thrunet, which provided Korea's first high-speed Internet access service and was the first Korean company to be listed on NASDAQ. He also has experience with several other IT companies, including IBM Korea, Solvit, and Trigem Computer. Since 2001, he has extended his knowledge from IT to BT. He brings an innovative managerial perspective to ToolGen, which builds on his shared experiences with IT and BT. Jongmoon Kim studied political science at Yonsei University where he received a Master's degree in Public administration. He completed the course of a doctorate in Policy Studies at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and is currently working as an adjunct professor at Sookmyung Women's University, Yonsei University and Catholic University in Korea. Jongmoon Kim joined Toolgen in December 2012.

  • Jiawei Gu


    Ling Technology

    Jiawei Gu, Founder of Ling Technology. Currently he oversees the entire product and technology group across the company Ling Technology, and aims to create the innovative products and experiences that leverage artificial intelligence technology and natural human-robot interaction design in order to make robot "living" beings instead of machines and shape the intelligent and spiritual "Ling" lifestyle in people's daily lives. He graduated from Tsinghua University, Prior to the Ling Technology, he managed the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) group at Baidu Research Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), and worked as researcher of Microsoft Research. He holds 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents, and served as corporation instructor of Stanford ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation Program. He was awarded by MIT Technology Review TR35 one of the top 35 Innovators in the world under age 35 in 2016, as well as top 30 Designers under age 30 by Forbes in 2015.

  • Steve Leonard

    Founding CEO


    Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.


    In his current role as Founding Chief Executive of SGInnovate, a company held within the National Research Foundation of Singapore, Mr Leonard has been chartered to help translate some of the 'deep-tech' R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners.


    Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Mr Leonard continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IDA at the request of the Minister. Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore.

… And many more to be announced.

Key themes

Technology is changing your business. Don’t be left behind.


EmTech Hong Kong 2017 examines:


New Materials at the Heart of Innovation


Breakthroughs in nanoarchitecture are bending the rules of physics with materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light. Light emitting materials have enabled much more efficient displays to be created for mobile devices. These breakthroughs mean that materials that can be more energy-efficient and versatile.


Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence


Powered by Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) already impacts every industry, from search to social media, smartphones and tracking personal health and finances. New GPUs are being developed to power deep neural networks and enable machines to learn at a speed, accuracy, and scale never seen before while cloud-based business platforms proliferate across every vertical.


Robotics, Automation, and Industry 4.0


Automation technologies in the factory and warehouse are helping workers from China to India and beyond deal with 3D tasks (Dirty, Dangerous, Dull) while breakthroughs in robotics are giving machines the skills they need to work side by side with us, and to learn from each other. What will the factory of the future look like?


Virtual Reality, Augmented Life


After many false dawns, new devices are finally bringing virtual reality into the mainstream. At the same time, emerging technologies promise to challenge VR's primacy - think augmented, mixed, holographic or cinematic reality - by blending virtual reality and real life together. How will our day-to-day experiences be augmented by these emerging technologies?


Healthy Ageing


As life expectancy rise, so do the everyday health concerns of an aging population that increasingly relies on advances in technology to prevent, detect, and treat the complex health problems prevalent among older adults. From wearables to assistive robots, personalised medicine and even genome editing, the promise of better living through data is within reach.


FinTech and Cybersecurity


Banking as we know it is changing. Incumbents are under aggressive pressure from disruptors to deliver faster, better and cheaper services. How are we going to bank and pay securely in the future? Meanwhile, as more sectors of the economy go digital, cyberattacks rise too. With more than 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, further expertise is needed to curb vulnerabilities.


Future Cities: Rethinking Urban Environments


Older cities face aging infrastructure, while rapid urbanization has new cities under pressure to deliver sustainable services quickly. Around the world, cities are focusing on new technologies to prepare for dramatic population growth. It is then a global imperative to develop systems that improve the liveability of cities while dramatically reducing resource consumption. Innovative transportation, energy breakthroughs, building solutions and sensing technologies will improve our lives.