It's not another lecture…It's an invitation to join the conversation. The program provides you with access to the experts at the heart of the technology revolution. In carefully curated sessions, you'll gain unique insights into the next wave of innovation that is connecting our world in surprising and inspiring new ways.






Opening Remarks by the Emcee

Mike North, Host, Discovery Channel


Welcome Address by HKSAR Government Official

Speaker to be announced

Welcome Address by the Host Partner

Speaker to be announced, Hong Kong Cyberport

Sustainable Future Cities

The Economic Geography of Entrepreneurship in China

Over the last 30 years, China has experienced sharp economic growth and the emergence of a vast number of entrepreneurial firms. This research project examines China’s inter-city and intra-city variations in entrepreneurship and explore the determinants of their economic geography. We explore how the evolution of entrepreneurship interacts with human capital and quality of life dynamics. The research outcomes will yield policy implications for promoting local entrepreneurial activities.

Siqi Zheng, Faculty Director, MIT China Future City Lab (MIT-CFC)


The Amazing Enzyme that Could End Plastic Pollution

John McGeehan, Director, Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth


Rewriting Life I

The Future of Pharma

Cancer presents clinically in myriad ways but the disease is fundamentally straightforward: the cell’s genetic software becomes corrupted, producing an infection that, left unchecked, can be life-threatening. One challenge in fighting this infection is that cancer cells are mostly normal, making them difficult to identify and target for deletion. Another is that each cancer is as unique, demanding unique therapies. Humane Genomics was founded to change the way cancer therapies are made. It is prototyping a digital platform for designing and manufacturing single-patient, single dose targeted virotherapies, starting with (but not limited to) dogs. Founded on digital biotechnologies that reduce or eliminate the need for physical facilities, and producing n-of-1 medicines that circumvent phased clinical trials, the company could be an early example of what the future of pharma looks like: digital, personalized, and dynamic.

Andrew Hessel, CEO, Humane Genomics


A Cyberpunk Approach to Healthcare

It is evident that technology such as wearable computing, IoT, robotics, predictive analytics, and genomics has outpaced traditional medical care. Meanwhile, science fiction writers continue to inspire advanced prosthetics, discuss augmented reproduction, encourage neural implants, or promote nootropic enhancements. And while only some of these advances are being used incrementally in daily clinical care, many are just months to a few years to practical usage. By re-considering what is medically necessary today and what could be health augmentation tomorrow, we can start a meaningful discussion about how to best design health futures. While medical education and practice have been resistant to disruption, technology inspired by science fiction continues to lead to uncertain futures. Dr. Tucker is an oncologist and futurist who applies elements of critical design to help patients and communities understand and achieve preferred health futures. By pushing the boundaries of technology in medicine, he helps us reconsider the status quo for health.

Steven Tucker, Chief Medical Officer, CXA Group


What Can Artificial Intelligence Do for Our Health?

Staying healthy is one of the very basic and most important objectives of human beings. After continuous exploration and great efforts, humankind has made considerable progress in the medical field. However, we are still facing huge difficulties and challenges. Our understanding of the human body itself is still quite limited. Furthermore, the mismatch between increasing demand and limited resources of our planet becomes more and more obvious all over the world, posing additional challenges for our health. How can our health really benefit from the advancement of AI technologies? And what is the future for the application of AI in healthcare?

Wu Ji, Director, Tsinghua-iFlyTek Joint Lab, Tsinghua University


Networking Coffee Break

Rewriting Life II

Artificial Intelligence and Microbes to Feed Our World

Trace Genomics has delivered the first microbiome test for the food supply, aimed at improving soil health, nutrition, and sustainability in agriculture. Plants get diseases too, and health and disease fall on a spectrum, leading to critical yield differentials that determine sustainable profit margins for a farmer. In this talk, Diane explains how innovations in genomics and artificial intelligence are fueling exciting advancements in agriculture and how data is used to improve the stability of our food supply. Diane draws analogies between plant health and human health, illustrating how the cycle of innovation and wellness comes together to influence our future.

Diane Wu, Cofounder, Trace Genomics


Machine Intelligence to Help Doctors Save Lives

7.2 million people die of heart disease every year. 50% of these lives can be saved if heart attacks can be diagnosed quickly and treatment coordinated within the golden hour. Diagnosing heart disease requires a simple test called an ECG, unfortunately, interpreting the ECG accurately requires a specialist. But, how do we put the skills of a cardiologist in every corner of the globe? How do we equip a GP in India or a nurse in sub-Saharan Africa or a medical attendant in Buenos Aires to be able to help diagnose a heart attack and start treatment? Tricog provides real time cardiac diagnosis amplifying the work of few doctors to reach out to all patients worldwide. We’ve built specialised algorithms to help our resident doctors with the diagnosis of over half a million patients, which is then sent back to the remote centre, thus enabling a doctor or a health care worker in any remote location diagnose and initiate treatment for heart disease, thus saving lives. This talk will discuss how we’ve built our systems to bridge the divide between machine intelligence and human expertise so that they work together as a team to provide this “Cardiology as a Service” at scale, accurately and quickly.

Zainul Charbiwala, Cofounder and CTO, Tricog Health


From Classic Wisdom of Chinese Medicine to Modern Healthcare Strategy

The classic wisdoms of traditional Chinese medicine can strengthen our healthcare strategy in modern society. The formulation-based treatment strategy provides a new direction for drug discovery, from single compound single target approach to multi-compounds multi-target approach, thus dealing with multi-targets of chronic diseases. Big data of the clinical practices of traditional Chinese medicine provides a unique resource for drug discovery, and could be more potent when combining with artificial intelligence. In addition, individual-based prevention strategy in traditional medicine, focusing on modulation of constituent, will help keep good health of individual person, but also reduce the medical burden of whole society.

Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development), Hong Kong Baptist University


Networking Lunch Break

Deep Tech Innovation

Fireside Chat

Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate


Accelerating Scientific Discovery at the Intersection of AI and Neuroscience

To cure a complex and multifactorial disease like PD, we need to go beyond targeting just a single gene or a single disease mechanism. OccamzRazor consumes and analyzes unstructured and structured biomedical datasets (e.g., published literature, preclinical and clinical trial results), and constructs an exhaustive knowledge graph representing all known information about PD. This graph is used to drive downstream therapeutic insight, augment decision making in biomedical research, and support strategic therapeutics development. With Artificial Intelligence on the rise, traditional industries like pharma are experiencing major changes and new possibilities for disruption. In her talk, Dr. Volz is going to introduce the audience to key concepts of the AI-technology developed by her team and explain how OccamzRazor is developing advanced therapeutics for complex diseases.

Katharina Volz, CEO and Founder, OccamzRazor


Technology Spotlight: Connectivity for the Next 1 Billion

Free-Space-Optics, the Next Frontier

The consensus is that fiberoptic technology has revolutionized the telecom and data industries. Though this is true in densely populated areas, between cities and even between continents, there are many places in the world where traditional fiberoptic technology and/or high-bandwidth radio-frequency-based satellite cannot be accessed. In other regions, and at sea, the cost to access satellites, if available, is prohibitive. ABWN believes that the solution is not launching more satellites, which inadvertently creates more space-junk, but to use an existing infrastructure, namely airborne aircraft, to create a Hybrid Wireless and Free-Space-Optics global meshed network, offering up to Terabits per second.

Marius de Mos, VP of Technical Affairs and Development, Airborne Wireless Network


How Military Borne Technology is Helping Build the Next Decentralised Global Mapping Platform Using Drones and Satellites

The innovations and advancements arising from geospatial and mapping technologies are going through an unprecedented period of uptake and growth. In addition, the global commercial drone market is predicted to reach the billions by 2020. This presentation will set the outline and framework on Soar – a decentralised drone platform built on blockchain technology. The impetus of which was based around foundation principles of data utilization, standardisation, collaboration and authenticity. This presentation will discuss the journey Soar has taken in the mapping and geospatial industry, with its provenance from military applications through to the broader civilian market. The solutions it has created, and how it is going to establish a global, self-governing mapping ecosystem, thus creating the world’s first super-map.

Amir Farhand, CEO & Founder, Takor Group


Networking Coffee Break

World of Immersive Media

Everysense Everywhere Human Communication

This talk outlines new facilities that are arising in the hyperconnected internet era within human media spaces. This allows new embodied interaction between humans, species, and computation both socially and physically, with the aim of novel interactive communication and entertainment. Humans can develop new types of communication environments using all the senses, including touch, taste, and smell, which can increase support for multi-person multi-modal interaction and remote presence. In this talk, we present an alternative ubiquitous computing environment and space based on an integrated design of real and virtual worlds. We discuss some different research prototype systems for interactive communication, culture, and play.

Adrian David Cheok, Director, Imagineering Institute & Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing, City, University of London


The Future of Games

RJ Mical, Director of Games, Google


Networking Cocktail Reception

End of Day One







Opening Remarks by the Emcee

Mike North, Host, Discovery Channel


Fintech and Cybersecurity

Role of Cyber Security and Intelligence in FinTech


K.P. Chow, Associate Director, Centre for Information Security and Cryptography, The University of Hong Kong


Presentation on blockchain beyond finance to be announced

Intelligent Machines I

Moderated by Will Knight, Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review


Speech and Language: Human Parity and Gaps

Amongst all creatures the human species stands unique in Darwin’s natural selection process because of our ability to communicate, our ability to manipulate symbols, and our ability to construct language. Speech and language provides the way we communicate our collective intelligence from one generation to the next. It is no exaggeration to state that it is speech and language that differentiated human intelligence from animal intelligence in the evolution. The impact of speech and language to the evolution of AI should be as foundational as speech and language to the evolution of homo sapiens! This talk will review the latest speech and language processing technologies and how Microsoft achieved human parity on both conversational speech recognition and Chinese to English news translation.

Xuedong Huang, Head, Speech and Language Group, Microsoft


Bringing AI to Education: A New Era of Learning

Today, three hurdles lay ahead of the global education industry: low-efficiency, high cost, and unequally distributed education resources. To address these problems, and to adapt to the three trends in education transformation, AI, Cloud, and Big Data, Liulishuo has self-developed the world’s first AI English teacher, leveraging the most advanced technologies and theories in AI and linguistic learning. It has provided each learner a personalized and adaptive learning path. In June 2016, Liulishuo launched its “Rural Education Support Project”, bringing the AI teacher to students and teachers in rural areas, and inviting them to experience the benefits brought by new technologies.

Yi Wang, CEO and Cofounder, Liulishuo (AKA LingoChamp)


Networking Coffee Break

Intelligent Machines II

Embracing Hong Kong’s New Era in Robotics

Robots are moving from research labs into industry and into our daily lives, frequently featuring in technology headlines described as “the next big thing”. This talk will start with a brief review, taking a look the current state of the field of robotics and the challenges it faces, followed by a rundown of exciting developments at the newly established HKUST Robotics Institute. Through a series of vignettes covering our frontier research efforts on robotics, such as autonomous systems and unmanned vehicles, smart manufacturing and human-robot interaction, we will take the audience on a journey through this fascinating topic.

Michael Yu Wang, Founding Director, Robotics Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Introducing the Method Project: Hankook Mirae Technology’s Human-Centered Robot

In 2014, industrial designer of Terminator, Robocop and Transformers’ fame Vitaly Bulgarov received a mysterious inquiry from Hankook Mirae Technology’s Chairman: “Create something that’s only been possible in comics and films”. With that objective in mind, the Method Project took off. In order to create Method, Hankook Mirae Technology had to go beyond the limits of current technology to find a way to build a man-on-board, bipedal, 4 meters tall robot. Showcased for the first time at Jeff Bezos’ MARS conference, at EmTech Hong Kong, Mr Hyunkuk Lim will share the Method Project story from the beginning.

Hyunkuk Lim, CEO, Hankook Mirae Technology


Field Robotics in Agriculture

The estimated world population by 2050 is approximately 10billion people. This would place excessive demands on our food production putting pressures on food quality and labour and in turn environmental sustainability. Field robotics is being seen as one of the technologies available to support high yield and high quality/nutritious food production whilst also minimising chemical, energy and water requirements. This talk will present R&D activity at the ACFR which is looking at intelligent machines, robotics and machine learning techniques that can do various on-farm activities with the aim of achieving robust 24/7 operations.

Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, University of Sydney


Networking Lunch Break

Presentation on bionic arms

Samantha Payne, Cofounder and COO, Open Bionics


Robots on the Edge, the Fog and the Cloud

This talk will motivate the need of more flexible automation and intelligent machines, as a response to the transition from mass production to mass customization in manufacturing. Autonomy, understood as the evolution of automation with AI and Digitalization ingredients, is presented as a solution. Autonomous robots and machines require new paradigms in computing. The concepts of Edge, Fog and Cloud Robotics will be introduced.

Juan L. Aparicio Ojea, Head of Research Group Advanced Manufacturing Automation, Siemens


Securing What Matters for Digital Transformation

As every business becomes digital, it is critical to secure the things that matter – data, users and applications. Safeguarding brand reputation is a top priority for CEOs and organisations are spending more on security than ever before. Innovations like IoT and Machine Learning generate and consume vast quantities of data, which must be secured. The history of attacks and breaches suggests we need a better way. Adoption of cloud technology is often motivated by a quest for agility, but can we also leverage clouds to improve security? Bruce Davie will discuss how clouds can bring inherent security to the center of digital business.

Bruce Davie, VP and CTO, APJ, VMware


The Future of Work

Maximising Human Potential in the Age of AI

Ever-improving AI and stubbornly resistant systemic bias is quickly turning human capital into a toxic asset. Problem-solvers take a lifetime to "build", but technological change is outpacing the social and economic institutions entrusted with their future. Applying insights and algorithms from theoretical neuroscience, economics, and psychology to massive datasets, Vivienne challenges ideas about bias and human potential in education and the workplace. Her research and tools explore solutions to map our greater aspirations, as companies and communities, to everyday actions.

Vivienne Ming, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Socos


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