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MIT Technology Review’s flagship event inaugurates in Hong Kong

The showcase for the emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives.

7 June 2016 – HONG KONG – The inaugural EmTech Hong Kong opens today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the event brings together over 400 C-level business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and change-makers in Asia and across the globe, to network and do business over a period of two days.

The conference features 40 local and international speakers who are innovators at the heart of the technology revolution, an exhibition and a networking reception which will feature the launch of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node.

The Honourable John C Tsang, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will officiate the event with an opening address on Hong Kong’s role in nurturing emerging technologies and innovation to improve lives and make a difference.

The five key themes of EmTech Hong Kong include Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and their implication on businesses; Industry 4.0: New Frontiers for Manufacturing; Future Cities: Rethinking Urban Environments; FinTech: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and the Future of Money; and HealthTech: Technologies to Assist an Ageing Population.

Experts from the tech community speaking at EmTech Hong Kong include:

  • Charles G. Sodini, LeBel Professor EECS, MIT
  • Chia-Peng Day, General Manager - Automation Technology Development Committee, Foxconn
  • Dennis Lo, Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Esben H. Østergaard, CTO & Founder, Universal Robots
  • Gerald Wong, CEO, Cambridge Industries Group
  • Kent Larson, Director, MIT City Science Initiative and Director, Changing Places, MIT Media Lab
  • Jason Hsu, Advisory Committee Member on Innovation & Education at Prime Minister’s Office, Executive Yuan, Taiwan Government
  • Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
  • Kai Yu, Founder and Chief Executive at Horizon Robotics, Founder of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning (IDL)
  • Michael Sung, Managing Director, CarbonBlue Innovations & Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV
  • Steven Chu, Chief Strategy Officer, Huawei
  • Tim Swanson, Head of Market Research, R3-CEV
  • Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder, Ethereum Foundation
  • Weiping Huang, Chairman, Qingdao Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies
  • Wong Ming Yam, Chairman, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)
  • Yasheng Huang, Professor of Global Economics and Management, Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Key event partners include Host partner Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Innovation partner The University of Hong Kong and Strategic partners InvestHK, StartmeupHK, MIT Professional Education and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

For more information, please visit

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About EmTech Hong Kong

EmTech Hong Kong is where technology, business, and culture converge. It is the showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. It is an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. Most of all, it is a place of inspiration — an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they will change the face of business and drive the new global economy. For more information, please visit

Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn with the official event hashtag, #EmTechHK

About MIT Technology Review:

MIT Technology Review, which is wholly owned by MIT, creates award-winning technology-related editorial content on a variety of platforms for an audience of millions of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders, in six languages and in 147 countries. At, readers access daily news and analysis, and the award-winning MIT Technology Review magazine has set the standard for technology publications since 1899. In addition to producing engaging live events, the company manages the global entrepreneurial organization MIT Enterprise Forum. For more information, please visit


David Sweeney

T: +1 617-475-8018


About Koelnmesse:

Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include the leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm cologneAnugaIDSINTERMOTInterzum ColognePhotokinaGamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is MIT Technology Review’s local partner for EmTech Asia and EmTech Hong Kong. 

For more information, please visit



Jamie Huang

Koelnmesse Pte Ltd

M: +65 9232 9738


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