|Envisioning Hong Kong’s Future as Smart and Green City|
EuroCham ICT Business Council (ICTBC) and Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) co-organized a seminar about “Envisioning Hong Kong’s Future as Smart and Green City” on Thursday, 14 May 2015 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The event was supported as well by Ericsson, Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) and Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).
The event was well-attended by over 90 guests, which included professionals/activists from the ICT business sector, government, consulates-general, trade commission, networks from Ericsson and PolyU, and members of the European National Chambers.
The seminar was inaugurated with opening remarks by Mr. Juha Räisänen, Chairman, European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Mr. Vincent Piket, Head of Office, European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao.
This was followed with 3 panels which consist of presentations and lively panel discussions and Q&A session.
The first panel aimed to provide insights about various Smart/Sustainable city initiatives in Hong Kong and Europe, elaborating on the social/economic/environmental benefits of Smart City and how the city governance, citizen and private sectors should collaborate to make this happen. The panelists each deliver a presentation and followed by a lively panel discussion and Q and A section with panelists: Mr. Francesc Giralt, Director of Society Affairs, City Protocol Society, Mr. Victor Lam Wai-kiu, JP, Acting Government Chief Information Officer, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, HKSAR, Mr. William Barrar, Head of Strategy & Change, Customer Engagement, Ericsson and Prof. Wu Chen, Associate Head, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, HK PolyU, Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD). The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Michael Lee, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Hong Kong & Macau and EuroCham ICTBC Chair.
The second panel was with Mr. Alberto Martín, Head of APAC & Middle East at Smart City Expo World Congress – BCN Smart City Representative (SCEWC), Ms. Melissa Cate Christ, Research Assistant Professor of Design, School of Design, HK PolyU and Prof. Yip Ngai-Ming, Professor, Department of Public Policy, CityU HK. Mr. Martin (Smart City Expo World Congress) provided an overview of initiatives in mobility in the city of Barcelona, such as smart parking, smart transportation, smart urban furniture and zero emissions mobility. In addition, he shared with the audience some of the winner projects at Smart City Awards from European Cities. Prof. Cate (Poly U) shared results of her research about occupation and transformation of the urban environment and public spaces, both physical and virtual. Prof. Yip (City U) shared the challenges of the urban transformation and how can technology contribute to making the area a better place for work and play. The panel was moderated by Mr. Raül Guerra, General Manager South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan, Invest in Catalonia and council member of EuroCham ICTBC.
The third panel was moderated by Dr. Anne Kerr, Director – Environment and Project Management, Mott MacDonald, and the panelists were Ms. Sakariina Heikkanen, RDI Specialist, Research and Development Centre, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Dr. Lauri Tuomi, Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation, Research and Business Development Centre, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Prof. Yee Leung, Director, Institute of Future Cities, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The event was wrapped up with a concluding discussion with Speakers and delegates moderated by Ms. Waltraut Ritter, Director, Knowledge Dialogues, and EuroCham ICTBC Vice-Chair. The audience actively raised questions and expressed their views.
This event was a great success with lots of positive feedback. It is an important event to encourage parallel developments in both Europe and Hong Kong on having a Smart and Green City.
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