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World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch Concludes with Great Success


01 Sep 2022


Photo 1: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Officiating guests included the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (centre); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (second right); the inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Liu Maozhou (second left); the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (first left); and the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Mr Albert Wong (first right).

Photo 1: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Officiating guests included the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (centre); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (second right); the inspector of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Liu Maozhou (second left); the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (first left); and the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Mr Albert Wong (first right).

Photo 2: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows officiating guests and the 12 speakers.

Photo 2: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows officiating guests and the 12 speakers.

Photo 3: The Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong, delivers opening remarks on behalf of the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch today (September 1).

Photo 3: The Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong, delivers opening remarks on behalf of the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch today (September 1).

Photo 4: The Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun, delivers welcoming remarks at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch today (September 1).

Photo 4: The Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun, delivers welcoming remarks at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch today (September 1).

Photo 5: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (front row, fourth right); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (front row, second right); Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Victor Lam (front row, third right); and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (front row, fifth right), visiting the exhibition outside the Auditorium and at the Atrium Link to learn more about research and development outcomes of research laboratories from InnoHK, the flagship innovation and technology initiative of the Government, as well as some local research and development centres and technology companies.

Photo 5: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (front row, fourth right); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (front row, second right); Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Victor Lam (front row, third right); and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (front row, fifth right), visiting the exhibition outside the Auditorium and at the Atrium Link to learn more about research and development outcomes of research laboratories from InnoHK, the flagship innovation and technology initiative of the Government, as well as some local research and development centres and technology companies.

Photo 6: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (second left); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (sixth left); the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Victor Lam (third left); and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (fourth left), visiting the exhibition outside the Auditorium and at the Atrium Link to learn more about research and development outcomes of research laboratories from InnoHK, the flagship innovation and technology initiative of the Government, as well as some local research and development centres and technology companies.

Photo 6: The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was held at the Charles K Kao Auditorium of the Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin, today (September 1). Photo shows the Permanent Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr Eddie Mak (second left); the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong (sixth left); the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Victor Lam (third left); and the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun (fourth left), visiting the exhibition outside the Auditorium and at the Atrium Link to learn more about research and development outcomes of research laboratories from InnoHK, the flagship innovation and technology initiative of the Government, as well as some local research and development centres and technology companies.

1 September 2022, Hong Kong - Organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) as organising partner, the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2022 - Hong Kong Branch was successfully held at Hong Kong Science Park today (September 1). A number of influential scholars, representatives from public service organisations, entrepreneurs, a unicorn representative and government officials engaged in in-depth discussions and exchanged views on artificial intelligence (AI) and smart city development. Over 230 participants joined the conference in person and about 1.2 million views through livestreaming. There were about 30 featured research and development platforms as well as enterprises participating in the interactive exhibition, signifying Hong Kong's rapid growth as a global hub for AI innovation and development.

The event took place simultaneously with the annual WAIC event in Shanghai, where the world's leading AI summit originated. This year's WAIC carried the theme of "Intelligent Connectivity" and "Infinite Multiverse".

The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, delivered a video speech and said that the National 14th Five-Year Plan sets out the target to develop the country into an innovative nation with strong science and technology. It clearly supports Hong Kong to develop into an international innovation and technology (I&T) centre and presents historic opportunities for Hong Kong. He added that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government will leverage Hong Kong's unique strengths of having the motherland's support and connect with the world, so as to keep creating strong impetus for growth for Hong Kong and the country and address earnestly people's concerns and difficulties in daily life.

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Professor Sun Dong, the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong, said that the HKSAR Government will establish clear development plans and targets for Hong Kong's I&T development over the next five to 10 years, continue to enhance the I&T ecosystem and enrich the talent pool with a result-oriented approach.

In the welcoming remarks, the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun, thanked the WAIC for its invitation to host the Hong Kong Branch. She said, "Shanghai and Hong Kong have established a platform for exchange and co‑operation between the technological departments of both Governments and also technological institutions in both cities. Joining of the WAIC also manifests this common goal."

The Chief Executive Officer of the HKSTP, Mr Albert Wong, said, "The HKSTP is deeply honoured to co-organise with the ITC the WAIC 2022 - Hong Kong Branch, which is a great showcase of Hong Kong's AI innovation and talents. This is proof of the critical importance of AI in driving a successful digital economy and creating a solid foundation for Hong Kong's next era of growth."

The keynote speeches of the WAIC 2022 - Hong Kong Branch covered topics ranging from macro developments of the AI industry to advances in AI chip design and nurturing AI talents. One panel discussion session focused on AI and smart city development with the sharing of views from representatives of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the MTR Corporation and SenseTime, while another panel discussion featured digital intelligence and smart industry with industry leaders from Amazon Web Services, Insilico Medicine, Lenovo and SmartMore. In addition, the 14 research laboratories from InnoHK, the flagship I&T initiative of the HKSAR Government, focusing on AI and robotics technologies, and a number of AI tech ventures as well as HKSTP park companies participated in the interactive exhibition showcasing their latest AI innovations and solutions to real-world problems in business and society.

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