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Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

FY Teng | Oct. 17, 2014
This year, the HKCS's flagship event HKICC is set to focus on the development and application of technologies tipped to transform the cities of the world and enhance the quality of life of its denizens for decades to come.

This year's HKICC will feature nine major areas under the 'Smart City' theme: In addition to the three mentioned earlier, there will be Energy, Cloud Computing, Connectivity & Mobility, Security & Privacy, Social Media,  Big Data & Advanced Analytics, plus a special session on Start-up.  It is expected that the speeches and panels will be both inspiring and interesting to the audience.

Talk about some key highlights in your programme for this year.
As our opening key speaker to set the scene on the first day of the conference, we have Dr Hwang Jong-Sung, the architect behind the transformation of Seoul into one of the leading smart cities in Asia. Dr Hwang will present the unique and effective approach adopted by Seoul toward that end. His keynote will look into how a city is turned into a Living Lab to drive innovations that build greater transparency, accountability and efficiency in order to enhance citizens' quality of life. With him we will explore how Korea takes the approach of "City as a Platform" to engage citizens as full participants to leverage open data to drive social and economic innovations, and how they seek new ways to unlock value in a sharing economy.

In the afternoon of the first day, we have a topical presentation on the importance of a technical education through STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics), a long neglected and under-subscribed education discipline in Hong Kong, but a set of curricula that are crucial to the success of establishing a knowledge-based economy and a smart city.

On the second day we have Allan  Chiang , Privacy Commissioner for Personal data, to present the contemporary issues in data privacy in a mobile and increasingly connected society. With rapid technology advances and the prevalence of data-rich social media and cyberspace connectivity, the issue of data security breaches and identity theft are now universal which negatively impact individual's life, and enterprises' branding, reputation and financials.

Of course we also have major global ICT enterprises-the likes of HP, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft and Accenture-with their experts available and ready to engage the delegates in discussions over the trends of technology and applications that provide the building blocks and operational models to build and sustain a smart city, and the business and social opportunities for economic success. We will learn from these experts just how ICT-enabled architectures of cloud data centre and ubiquitous connectivity will enable advanced intelligence and cost-effective solutions to address a city's challenges across its full spectrum of needs-from education to healthcare, safety to transport, and elderly services to environmental protection. Sensors, IoT (Internet of Things), GPS, power grids, Big Data...these are components of a master framework that enables us to transform our systems, operations and service delivery to better serve our citizens. We look forward to the international community to join hands with us as we explore how we can learn from one another and collaborate to drive the development of smart cities.


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