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Hong Kong’s largest gerontech event highlights innovation and technology efforts to improve quality of life for elderly
Photo 1: HKSTP co-organised the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) 2022 with the HKSAR Government and The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included:
Photo 2: Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) 2022, calling on collaborative effort of the community to improve quality of life for the elderly.
Photo 3: Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, together with Ambassador Okada Kenichi, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, Mr Kennedy Liu, Vice-Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Dr Lam Ching-choi, Non-official Member of Executive Council of HKSAR Government and Member of Advisory Committee for Innovation and Technology for Ageing (ITA) of HKCSS, and other guests joined the VIP guided tour to visit different special pavilions at the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) 2022.
Photo 4: HKSTP’s pavilion at the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) 2022 is themed “Hub of Gerontech”, showcasing a range of gerontech innovations from 45 park companies and incubates to enhance institutional care and aging-in-place.
Photo 5: Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, joined a panel themed “Tech-enhanced Social Care – the Way Ahead after the Pandemic” to share how HKSTP empowers gerontech companies in its I&T ecosystem across their translational journey.
(Hong Kong, 2 November 2022) – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) co-organised the sixth annual Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) with the HKSAR Government and The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) from 2 to 5 November 2022 to drive broader high-touch technology and innovation adoption in solving critical aging population issues in Hong Kong and beyond.
The current life expectancy for Hong Kong in 2022 is 85.16 years, ranked first in the world. As the population ages, it is an evolving trend of matching technology advancements to the health, housing, mobility, communication, leisure and work needs of the aging-in-place (AIP). AIP seniors (i.e. older adults living in the community) makes up 90% of the elderly population.
Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, said: “As the city’s largest I&T ecosystem, HKSTP continues to provide support across the translational journey of gerontech for companies at different development stages. At our Hub of Gerontech at GIES, we connect stakeholders from government, industry, academic and research sectors to bring life-changing and high-touch innovations to improve elderly wellbeing and the healthcare system. Hong Kong has a unique opportunity with our growing aging population and vibrant I&T ecosystem to showcase new ways to tackle critical issues and improve the quality of life for elderly and caregivers with innovative technologies beyond borders.”
Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, this year’s GIES continues to provide a platform for stakeholders to engage in dialogue and collaboration for broader adoption of gerontech. Exhibitors has increased by almost two-fold this year to 200 since 2017, in which the participation from HKSTP partner companies and incubatees have grown more than double over the last five years.
This year, HKSTP’s Hub of Gerontech-themed pavilion at GIES showcases a range of gerontech innovations from 45 park companies and incubatees across seven key categories. These included vital sign monitoring, rehabilitation and cognitive care, fall risk management and anti-wandering, service operation, tech-enabled care, sensory aids and health screening.
While the Institutional Elderly Care Zone features technology solutions for institutional care, the interactive “Aging-in-Place” Zone showcases 12 AIP solutions which are introduced by a cohort of elderly ambassadors. In partnership with Lingnan University, HKSTP has drawn together 20 trained elderly ambassadors to share their user experience with these user-friendly solutions.
The GIES 2022 event also features an opening panel themed “Tech-enhanced Social Care – the Way Ahead after the Pandemic” on the 4 November summit with senior government and industry leaders including:
For further information on GIES 2022, please go to: https://gies.hk/en
HKSTP’s vibrant ecosystem comprises over 70 gerontech companies. The combination of infrastructure, talent and deep incubation expertise is accelerating startups in their efforts to translate R&D to commercially-viable solutions.
List of Park Companies Exhibiting at GIES 2022 (in alphabetical order):
*Please refer to the appendix for detailed product descriptions and photos
AI Guided Limited
Andesfit System Limited
Applied Technology Group Limited
Belun Technology Company Limited
BNET-TECH Company Limited
Booguu Company Limited
Capmi Technology Limited
Centre for Intelligent Multidimensional Data Analysis Limited
Comfit Healthcare Devices Limited
Deltason Medical Limited
Fung Fat Knitting Mfy Limited
Genieland Company Limited
Hanlun Gerontech Research Limited & Hanlun Gerontech Limited
Health View Bioanalytic Limited
iASPEC Services Limited
Incus Company Limited
INFINITI Solutions Limited
InnoSpire Technology Limited
Intelligent Design Technology Limited
Kin Technology Limited
MaxiSense IoTech Limited
Medmind Technology Limited
Motive Force Technology Limited
Novelte Robotics Limited
Pacific Care Limited
Qleap Business Solutions Limited
Robocore Technology Limited
RTH Industries Limited
RV Automation Technology Company Limited
Sanwa BioTech Limited
Sensestek Solutions Limited
Smart Bright Technology Enterprises Limited
Superior Autonomation Limited
We Software Limited
Well Being Digital Limited