Speakers

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.

  • Jason Pontin

    Editor in Chief & Publisher

    MIT Technology Review

    As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum.

     

    Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.

  • Kristie Lu Stout

    Anchor and Correspondent

    CNN International

    Kristie Lu Stout is an award-winning anchor and correspondent for CNN based in Hong Kong and host of the daily, live CNN flagship program 'News Stream'.

     

    For CNN Digital and TV, she has conducted a number of in-depth interviews with some of the world's most innovative thinkers including serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.

     

    Lu Stout has been awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter and Best News Presenter at the Asian Television Awards, while her program 'News Stream' has been awarded Best News Program. She has also been recognized by the Royal Television Society for her work as part of an award-winning team that covered Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

     

    Based in China for almost two decades, Lu Stout keeps a particular focus on how developments in China are dramatically changing the world for all of us. From anchoring CNN's groundbreaking 'Eye on China' series in 2004, to CNN's 'Countdown Beijing' ahead of the 2008 Olympics, Lu Stout has remained committed to reporting on the country. She was also instrumental in launching 'On China,' CNN's first-ever regular series focused on the country -- a first by any international TV news network.

     

    On News Stream, Lu Stout digs deep into world affairs with expert analysis and commentary. She also identifies and reports on emerging tech trends -- bringing what's next into focus for her global audience.

     

    With over 300,000 fans and followers on social media, Lu Stout believes in continually engaging with her viewers and makes social media an integral part of her reporting. She also believes in contributing to the debate with viewers off- camera with regular speaking and moderating appearances around the world, and is well known for her style in stimulating frank and lively question-and-answer sessions.

     

    Kristie Lu Stout started her career in journalism in San Francisco at Wired magazine's online division. She has written on technology for various media publications including the South China Morning Post, where she founded and wrote the "Beijing Byte" column. Before her career in journalism, she was an early employee at Beijing-based Internet company Sohu.com and worked for Reuters' new media team in China.

     

    Lu Stout is American of Chinese and European descent. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford University, and studied advanced Mandarin Chinese at Beijing's Tsinghua University.

     

    Follow her at:
    @klustout
    facebook.com/KristieLuStout
    gplus.to/klustout

  • Gary Marcus

    Founding CEO, Geometric Intelligence

    (Former Head of Uber AI Labs)

    Gary Marcus, a scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur, is a professor of psychology and neural science at NYU and the founder of Geometric Intelligence (acquired by Uber). His research on language, computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive development has been published widely, in leading journals such as Science and Nature. He is also the author of four books, including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, and the New York Times best-seller Guitar Zero.

  • Alvin Graylin

    China President of Vive

    HTC

    Alvin Graylin is the China President of HTC VR leading the Vive business in the region. Alvin is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four venture-backed startups in the mobile and internet spaces, covering mobile social, ad tech, search, big data and media. Additionally, he has held $100+ million P&L roles at public companies such as Intel and Trend Micro. Alvin received his MS in computer science from MIT and MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

  • Hannes Smárason

    CEO

    WuXi NextCODE

    Hannes Smarason has twenty years' experience building businesses that organize, mine and share genomic big data. In 2013, Mr Smarason co-founded NextCODE Health as an IT spinoff from Iceland’s deCODE genetics. Two years later he led the merger of NextCODE with WuXi AppTec's Genome Center in Shanghai to create WuXi NextCODE.

     

    Mr Smarason served previously as CFO and EVP of Business at deCODE, leading the first U.S. IPO by an Icelandic company. Prior to joining deCODE genetics he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in the mid-2000s he served as the Chairman and CEO of Icelandair and its investment-focused parent company. He received his BA in engineering and MBA from MIT.

  • Li Yingrui

    Cofounder and Chief Scientist

    iCarbonX

    Yingrui Li, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of iCarbonX. In 2004, Yingrui Li was enrolled in the Biology Department at Peking University. In summer 2006, Yingrui interned at BGI Tech and started an exciting career in genome science. Yingrui has published more than a hundred papers in reputable scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Genome Research, etc.In 2012, he was appointed as the CEO of BGI Tech. He was then appointed as the chief scientist of BGI in 2014. In 2016, he was being honored on the "Forbes 30 under 30 Asia" list.

  • Noriko Arai

    Professor, Information and Society Research Division

    National Institute of Informatics

    Noriko Arai is the program director of an AI challenge, Todai Robot Project, which asks the question: Can AI get into the University of Tokyo? The project aims to visualize both the possibilities and the limitation of current AI by setting a concrete goal: a software system that can pass university entrance exams. In 2015 and 2016, Todai Robot achieved top 20 percent in the exams, and passed more than 60 percent of the universities in Japan.

    The inventor of Reading Skill Test, in 2017 Arai conducted a large-scale survey on reading skills of high and junior high school students with Japan's Ministry of Education. The results revealed that more than half of junior high school students fail to comprehend sentences sampled from their textbooks. Arai founded the Research Institute of Science for Education to elucidate why so many students fail to read and how she can support them.

  • Wang Gang

    Chief Scientist

    Alibaba AI Labs

    Wang Gang is currently a researcher/senior director of Alibaba, and a chief scientist of Alibaba AI Labs. Prior to that, he was a tenured Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He received his B.Eng. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of MIT technology review innovator under 35 award (Asia). He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and an area chair of ICCV 2017 and CVR 2018. He has published around 100 high quality research papers in top journals and conferences. His H-index is 30, according to Google scholar. Artificial intelligence technologies invented by his team have been licensed to 6 international companies during his tenure as a professor. 

  • Phil Chen

    Executive Chairman

    Soul Machines

    Phil spent the past decade in mobile and digital media. In 2006, he was VP of Product for the Alex eReader which was later sold to Barnes & Noble that became the inaugural Nook. He then founded Information Humanities in 2007 that published the award winning immersive Glo Bible. Prior to his corporate endeavors, Phil built schools and orphanages in the “stans” particularly Tajikistan and Afghanistan where he came up with his ebook education idea for the Alex eReader. Phil holds a B.A and B.S in Mathematics and Physics from UCSD, an M.Div on Postmodern Philosophy from Fuller Seminary. His passion and curiosity for nature also led him to work as an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences at UCSD (2003) and as a research assistant at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 2004). In 2008, he joined HTC as head of business and corporate development, leading partnerships in the Silicon Valley and Hollywood including investments in KKBox, SoundHound, Magnet, and the acquisition of Beats by Dre. In 2013, he serendipitously discovered VR at HTC and sourced the Valve relationship that became the Vive. Most recently, he founded the first VR/AR fund Presence Capital and joined Horizons Ventures as Advisor investing in VR/AR, AI, and Space Ventures. He serves on the board of several companies including Improbable in London, Soul Machines in New Zealand, and Eyeway in Israel, an advisor to the Vive in Taiwan and Lytro in Silicon Valley and an angel investor in companies like Lifebeam, Deep Optics, and Space Pharma. He is a proud and happy father of Miles, Naomi and Olive.

  • 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.

  • Jongmoon Kim

    CEO

    ToolGen

    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.

  • Jason Chiu

    CEO

    cherrypicks

    Jason is the founder and CEO of cherrypicks, a regional leader in mobile technology and eCommerce specializing in building O2O shopping loyalty communities and applying leading-edge technologies in augmented reality and proximity detection. Jason is an industry icon in Hong Kong well known for his successful entrepreneurial experience in mobile innovation. With disruptive Online-to-Offline (O2O) solutions and patent-pending product and technology inventions, cherrypicks has represented Hong Kong and China in many world stages and won over 100 local and international awards. The early entrepreneurial journey of the company was also featured as a Harvard Business School case study (#N9-807-106). cherrypicks' solution business and cherrypicks alpha, another startup spun off with the company’s product business, were strategically merged with NetDragon (HKSE:777) in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Apart from leading both entities, Jason is also a mentor, an advisor and an investor for a number of startups, incubators and co-working spaces to give back to startups in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley.

     

    Prior to founding cherrypicks in 2000, Jason was a Director for Global High Tech and Telecom Practice at Deloitte Consulting in Toronto and Hong Kong. Jason holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from the University of Waterloo.

     

    Jason was named "Young Industrialist of Hong Kong 2014" by Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) and "Outstanding IT Person of the Year 2014" by eZone. He is the Chairman of Group 30 "Creative Industries" of FHKI, the Director of the Hong Kong Crowdfunding Professional Association, the Advisor of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, a member of Innovation and Technology Fund - General Support Programme Vetting Committee and Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme Project Assessment Panel, the Task Force on Industry Facilitation of OGCIO Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, the Council of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Board of the Junior Achievement Hong Kong, the General Committee of FHKI, the Design and Technology Committee of the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, the Honorary Advisory Council of Hong Kong Computer Society, the Faculty of Science Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Baptist University as well as the Computer Science Departmental Advisory Committee and the Information Systems Departmental Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong.

  • 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.

  • Donald Sadoway

    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

    MIT

    Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are all from the University of Toronto. The author of over 160 scientific papers and holder of 24 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards rechargeable batteries as well as environmentally sound metals extraction. He is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical. Viewed 1,750,000 times, his TED talk is about inventing technology and inventing inventors. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  • 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.

  • Jiawei Gu

    Cofounder

    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.

  • Nalin Advani

    CEO - Asia-Pacific

    GreyOrange

    Nalin Advani is the CEO for Asia-Pacific, GreyOrange, a multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics and automation systems for warehouses, distribution and fulfilment centres. Founded in 2011, GreyOrange is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Hong Kong, Japan, India, Germany and UAE, and a state-of-the-art Research and Development centre in Gurgaon, India; www.greyorange.com

     

    Nalin leads GreyOrange’s expansion plans in Asia-Pacific and is responsible for strategic sales and marketing, channel development and overall management. He comes with extensive experience having worked across Asia, and contributed in the start-up and turnaround of Asian businesses for global technology leaders such as Wind River, Wipro and Barco. As an entrepreneur and an investor, he has been instrumental in the success for innovation leaders such as Centillium, Solid, eSOL and Videogram. He is a Founding Charter Member of TiE Japan and a Charter Member of TiE Singapore.

     

    Nalin is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management.

     

    GreyOrange has found its place among the world's 'Top 50 Robotics Companies' featured in Robotics Business Review, and has been highlighted in BBC, CNN, Fortune, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, The Robot Report, Robotics Tomorrow, Engadget, Gizmodo, Manufacturing Tomorrow, Tech in Asia, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Asia, Logistics Insight Asia, South China Morning Post, Economic Times, Business Today and Financial Express.

  • Alexander Wai

    Vice President (Research Development)

    Chair Professor of Optical Communications

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Ir Professor Ping-kong Alexander Wai is currently Vice President (Research Development) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and also Chair Professor of Optical Communications.

     

    His research interests include optical fiber communications and optical networks and is an active contributor to the technical field, having over 200 refereed international journal publications. He has contributed to the organization, served an invited speaker and keynote speakers of many international conferences. He is a fellow of Optical Society of America since 2009. In January and December 2012, Professor Wai elevated to IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences respectively. With the approval of the State Ministry of Science and Technology, Professor Wai has been selected for the "National Science and Technology Programmes Expert Database" since February 2012.

  • Weng-Li Yoon

    Research Director

    Athenex

    Weng Li has over 20 years' experience in the field of pharmaceutical research and development. Currently, she is the Research Director at Athenex Hong Kong. As the first employee of the Athenex Hong Kong Office, she is responsible for establishing and overseeing the Hong Kong research team that primarily focuses on formulation and pre-clinical development of oral cancer drugs. Since its inception in 2013, the Hong Kong team has generated drug candidates that have successfully gained allowance from the US Food and Drug Administration as 'Investigational New Drugs'. Prior to her role at Athenex, Weng Li was based at SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom for over ten years. Weng Li obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University College London and MBA from Imperial College, University of London.

  • David Ha

    Resident

    Google Brain

    David Ha is currently a Google Brain Resident. His research interests include Recurrent Neural Networks, Creative AI, and Evolutionary Computing. Prior to joining Google, He worked at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director, where he co-ran the fixed-income trading business in Japan. He obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering Science and Applied Math from the University of Toronto.

  • Le Cong

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Dr. Le Cong obtained his B.S. with highest honor from Tsinghua University, his Ph.D. from Harvard University co-advised by Drs. Feng Zhang and George Church, and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Dr. Aviv Regev’s laboratory. He completed his thesis work mainly in Dr. Zhang’s lab, where he did pioneering studies on genetic and epigenetic engineering, focusing on developing technologies based on TALE and CRISPR-Cas systems and adapting related technology for potential gene therapy applications. Dr. Cong has published works in journals including Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Methods, and written for Springer’s Book Series Neuromethods and Methods in Molecular Biology. He is also inventor on 20+ related patent applications, with nine patents on CRISPR and TALE technology granted.

  • Angela Wu

    Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

    Founding Member, Agenovir Corporation

    Angela obtained her BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and her MS and PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford University. At Stanford, she was awarded the Bio-X Bowes Scholarship for interdisciplinary research, and the prestigious Siebel Scholarship for top Bioengineering graduates. In 2015 she co-founded Agenovir, a therapeutics company with the mission of treating diseases associated with viral persistence. She is now Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the Divisions of Life Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Angela is passionate about novel technology research, and translating that research into the clinic via entrepreneurship.

  • 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.

  • Steve Leonard

    Founding CEO

    SGInnovate

    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.

  • Kok Wai Cheah

    Founder of Cathay Photonics Limited

    (Associate Head and Chair Professor in Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University)

    Prof. Kok Wai Cheah, Elizabeth Law Endowed Chair of Advanced Materials, serves as Associate Head of the Department of Physics, as well as Founding Director of Institute of Advanced Materials, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). He became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and received President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work from HKBU in the academic year of 2015-16. He is one of the founders of Cathay Photonics Limited, a spin-off company from Hong Kong Baptist University, and he is main person behind invention of the ultra-hard anti-scratch thin film in which this invention won Grand Prix Award at the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2016.

  • Kevin Geiger

    Executive Director, International Animation & Virtual Reality Research Centre

    Beijing Film Academy

    Kevin Geiger has over 25 years experience in the arts & entertainment, including 15 years with Disney in Burbank and Beijing. Resident in China since 2008, Kevin has enjoyed an eclectic career as artist, animator, technician, teacher, consultant, entrepreneur, producer and executive. Among his accomplishments, Kevin is a Disney feature animation veteran, was an animation instructor at Cal Arts, is the first foreign Guest Professor at the Beijing Film Academy's Animation School, received the 2011 Beijing Great Wall Friendship Award, co-founded Magic Dumpling Entertainment in Beijing, and was VP & Head of Creative for Disney’s Greater China Local Content team, where he created Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production. In 2015, Kevin left Disney to resume his independent ventures in China. He is currently a founding Partner of Magic Dumpling Entertainment, Distinguished Professor & Acting Vice Dean of the Beijing Film Academy's new Digital Media School, and Executive Director of the Beijing Film Academy's International Animation & Virtual Reality Research Center.

  • Kinuko Masaki

    CEO and Cofounder

    SmartEar

    Kinuko Masaki is the CEO and co-founder of SmartEar Inc.. SmartEar, Inc. provides a complete end-to-end solution for voice-enabling enterprise messaging applications. This platform is comprised of a tightly integrated state-of-art ear device, an “eOS” (ear Operating System) and an AI engine which allows SmartEar to control the full user experience with their smart assistant. Dr. Masaki has earned a bachelor’s and master’s in EECS from MIT, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Harvard/MIT, and a Post-PhD from Stanford Medical School in stem cell engineering. After leaving the academic world, she led R&D efforts at Advanced Bionics and EarLens and created intellectual properties for several companies seeking to further hearing and audio technology. She believes the ear will house the next computing platform and the time is ripe for the integration of AI, speech recognition, and hearing technologies.

  • Nii Quaynor

    Chair

    Network Computer Systems & Ghana Dot Com

    Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with B.A (Engineering Science) and received a Ph.D (Computer Science) in distributed systems in 1977 from S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook.

     

    Nii worked with DEC, U.S.A from 1977 till 1992 and returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP operated by Network Computer Systems (NCS) in 1993. Nii also established Ghana Dot Com (GDC) an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar in 2006.

     

    Nii had earlier in 1979 established the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

     

    Nii is the Convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and Founding Chairman of AFRINIC, the African numbers registry. He is also a Founding Member of AfricaCERT and WACREN.

     

    Nii taught microprocessors with International Center for Theoretical Physics in several developing countries.

     

    He is the Board Chairman of National IT Agency (NITA), a member of GhiPPS and National Identification Agency, Patron - ISOC Ghana Chapter. Nii served on several Boards including ICANN, UN ICT Task Force, IGF-MAG, GNA, ICANN Strategy Panel, Public Responsibility.

     

    Nii remains the Chairman of GDC and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.

     

    Nii received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa in December 2007. He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa. Further, Nii received in Dec 2014, the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award for Information Communication Technology. Nii was also awarded ICANN’s Multi-Stakeholder Ethos award in June 2015.

  • Tam Hwa-Yaw

    Chair Professor of Photonics and Head of Department of Electrical Engineering

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Prof. Tam has published more than 500 technical papers and awarded/applied about 20 patents. He has strong R&D collaborations with the industry and his team has installed many FBG sensing systems. Currently, Prof. Tam’s R&D team is building the world’s first city-wide fibre-optic sensing network for condition-based monitoring of metro systems in Hong Kong. He won numerous international awards for his inventions, and is the Third Prize Winner of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2014.

  • Yang Xu

    Postdoctoral Associate

    MIT SENSEable City Lab

    Yang Xu's work lies at the intersection of geospatial science, urban informatics, and computational social science. He obtained his Ph.D. (2015) and M.S. (2011) degrees in geographic information science from the University of Tennessee and Wuhan University, respectively. He was also a part-time research associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the US leading research institutes. By harnessing the power of big geospatial data, Yang Xu’s research addresses important questions of individual travel behavior, collective human mobility patterns, and various aspects of urban and social dynamics.

  • Winnie Tang

    Founder and Chairman

    Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited

    Dr. Winnie Tang JP is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong. She is one of the locally-bred IT entrepreneurs of Hong Kong. In the 1990s, Dr. Tang founded Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited to develop and promote Geographic Information System (GIS) software and solutions. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology and sharing her views regarding the ICT industry, eHealth, environmental conservation, entrepreneurship and smart city concepts through her services in government and non-government organizations in Hong Kong.

  • Itai Damti

    CEO Asia Pacific

    Leverate

    Itai Damti co-founded Leverate (fintech, 160 employees in 6 countries) in 2008. He currently heads the company's activities in Asia Pacific, and spends his time between HK and Shanghai, taking the company's strategy, growth and operations into Asia with full power. Before moving to HK, he started the company's product team and served as VP Products for 3 years.

     

    Originally a long time engineer, Itai has a strong passion for financial markets, venture capital and startups. He actively mentors/invests in early stage startups, and loves to take part in tech circles between Silicon Valley, Israel and China.

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.