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HKSTP Joins Hand with Government and HKCSS at Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit 2022 to Address Critical Aging Population Challenge

Hong Kong’s largest gerontech event highlights innovation and technology efforts to improve quality of life for elderly


02 Nov 2022


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:

  • Mr Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, HKSAR Government (second from left)
  • Mr Kennedy Liu, Vice-Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (second from right)
  • Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP (first from left)
  • Mr Feng Boming, Executive Vice President, China Merchants Group Limited Director, China Merchants Foundation (first from right)

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:

  • Mr Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, HKSAR Government;
  • Dr Donald Li, Chairman, Elderly Commission, HKSAR Government;
  • Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP; (please check the seniority in order)
  • Dr Gabriel Leung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club;
  • Mr Duncan Chiu, Legislative Council Member, Technology & Innovation Constituency, HKSAR; and
  • Mr Chua Hoi-wai, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (Moderator)

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

DRESIO Limited

Fung Fat Knitting Mfy Limited

Genieland Company Limited

Growgreen Limited

Hanlun Gerontech Research Limited & Hanlun Gerontech Limited

Health View Bioanalytic Limited

Hopebotics Limited

iASPEC Services Limited

iMeddy Limited

Incus Company Limited

INFINITI Solutions Limited

InnoSpire Technology Limited

Inspirelab Limited

Intelligent Design Technology Limited

Kin Technology Limited

MaxiSense IoTech Limited

Medmind Technology Limited

Megasoft Limited

Mindvivid Limited

Motive Force Technology Limited

Novelte Robotics Limited

Pacific Care Limited

PanopticAI Limited

Qleap Business Solutions Limited

Robocore Technology Limited

RTH Industries Limited

RV Automation Technology Company Limited

Sanwa BioTech Limited

Sensestek Solutions Limited

Sharpsight Limited

Smart Bright Technology Enterprises Limited

Superior Autonomation Limited

Titanology Limited

We Software Limited

Well Being Digital Limited

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