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First of all, I wish all of you have a prosperous, healthy & happy year in 2022. It is time to review 2021 & plan forward.

I was engaged in a few impactful & amazing programs in 2021. I couldn’t have accomplished all these without the trust & support from you all, my partners, friends in the ecosystem & my teammates. Heartfelt thank to all of you. I look forward to collaborating with you even more in 2022 & beyond.

Amazingly, I have done over 120 LinkedIn posts in 2021. It indicated well that our innovation and technology #ecosystem is not just resilient but also vibrant again. To recap 2021, let me share with you my top 12 posts. Really appreciate your support to my sharings posted in the last 12 months.

1. IT PRO Cover Page
Interviewed by IT PRO on my view of the future of HK Innovation & Technology. Thanks to #ITPROhttps://lnkd.in/g3_nWg32

2. 2021 HKICT Awards
It was my honor to be the Chief Judge of the FinTech Award. Thanks to #HKIB & #OGCIOhttps://lnkd.in/gYNU9F7T

3. Hong Kong Corporate Innovation Index
Initiated this project as a founding organizing committee member. Thanks to #CUHK #APIB #HKGCC #Cyberport #HKSTP #HASE #AWS #IBM #SAP #JETCOhttps://lnkd.in/gsttKHHt

4. 2021 Hong Kong FinTech Week
Moderated an inspirational session on #FinTech #Innovation of incumbent banks. Thanks to #HSBChttps://lnkd.in/gy4nweCj

5. HKPC Innopreneurs Forum Series & #ASEAN Market Development Program
Designed & delivered these programs to empower SMEs & startups on digital transformation & market penetration to ASEAN. Thanks to #HKPChttps://lnkd.in/gHMn3HV

6. #GBA Forum with ASTRI & Sun Life
Moderated two GBA forums with #ASTRI & #SunLife. Thanks to #GBABusinessSchool & #CUHKhttps://lnkd.in/geXUkNtq & https://lnkd.in/gKcwZVtk

7. 2021 HKICT Expo
Showcased B4B’s data hackathons & #OpenCertHubAcademy’s Data Literacy Empowerment Program. Thanks to #B4B & #OCHhttps://lnkd.in/gZa2iP4W

8. CityU #HKTech300
Engaged as vetting team and mentor for a major entrepreneurship enablement program in HK. Thanks to #CityUhttps://lnkd.in/gBBrX9za

9. Launched Data Literacy Empowerment #DLEP Forum in Shanghai Commercial Bank
The forum is a part of our #DataLiteracy Empowerment Program which aims to transform enterprises to be data-driven analytical competitors. Thanks to #OpenCertHubhttps://lnkd.in/gAR2-gPy

10. 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair
Launched my book #數碼力大提升 in the 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair. Thanks to #EnrichPublishinghttps://lnkd.in/gBsy3_y

11. Toa Sir Data Talk “#ToaSir講數
Launched a series of talks with leading enterprises on their use of #Data https://lnkd.in/ggvNv8BN

12. Publication of HSBC Business Case
Shared my experience in publishing a case on #HSBC innovation in the world’s leading Case Publisher #IveyPublishing with my CityU DBA alumni & LPs. https://lnkd.in/gdseNXhS

plus another 100+ posts. Isn’t that Amazing! Thankful & grateful to my family & all in my journey. What a memorable year!

First of all, congrats to all 2021 FinTech Award winners and participating teams of the 2021 Hong Kong ICT Awards. Really happy for #Wizpresso Calvin Cheng, CFA and his team to win the Grand Award this year. Really proud of them for their great progress in the last few years. Also congrats to all the other winners including #CoverGo #MediConCen #FCCAnalytics #Tappy #AIA #LeapXpert #Quantifeed #Contrendian. Find out more https://lnkd.in/gnwmi8S7

It has been my great honour to be the Chief Judge of the #HKICTAwards FinTech Award this year and in the last few years. Big thanks to all judges and assessors like Michael LeungStephen LauDominic SiuHerman ChengJacob Wai 韋達人, LLM, MBA, FRM, FCMA, FwiSDP, CSDP, MHKCSBrit Blakeney AnghelakisBurton ChengRosie Hampson, Pete Townsend, CK Wong, Betty Fung, Andy Tong, Wilson Pang, for their contribution. Appreciate #HKIB teammates led by Mr. David Kwok, Carrie Leung and Philip Kam for their leadership and professional management of the FinTech Award. Also thank for the great support from #OGCIO #HKMA #HKIB #HKSFC #Cyberport #HKSTP #ASTRI and other supporting organizations.

The good news for this year is that we are witnessing better and stronger teams year from year. Here are the 3 key highlights.

1. We had record high in terms of number of applications this year.

2. We had richer varieties of #FinTech innovations this year, such as #InsurTech#RegTech#Tokenization#AI on HR in Financial Services.

3. We also appreciated more collaboration of FinTech #startups #entrepreneurs and financial services incumbents #leaders to #cocreate better customer experience, products and services, and innovate new business models. From competition to collaboration.

With this foundation and FinTech ecosystem that we have built for Hong Kong, plus initiatives like HKMA #FinTech2025 and #CDI#GBA#ESG#InsuranceConnect, etc., We are expecting even better innovations coming in the next few years.

Congrats to all of you including myself and be grateful to be a part of the FinTech innovation journey for Hong Kong. Thank you.

Wizpresso 濃說
Tappy Technologies
CoverGo | Insurtech
LeapXpert
Quantifeed – The Wealthcare Experts
CONTRENDIAN

Glad to see that another great #FinTech Awards organized by another major media #HK01 to recognize and encourage incumbent financial services and FinTech startups to innovate and cocreate more values for our customers and citizens.
https://lnkd.in/g9W9w5FD

Thank you HK01 team including their Executive Editor-in-chief Ernest Chi, CCO Angie Leung and their teammates to organize their 1st FinTech Awards. Appreciate the continuous support from #HKITB#InvestHK#HKMA#FSDC#Cyberport#HKSTP#HKSCC and many other organizations.

My honour to be one of the judges in their 1st FinTech Awards together with experts Dr. Winnie Tang (鄧淑明博士)Herbert ChiaFrancis Fong Eric Chan and Gary Yeung. Met some good old friends and made some new friends there as well King LeungEric Chan Viola Lam Carrie Leung Crystal Fok Ivy Tse Reeve Chu Corbin Sun Gary Lam Caca Lam Seen Meng Chew Rocky Tung Rico Tang Wilson Chan and many others.

Congrats to all winners of the Awards like #HangSengBank #HSBC #LiviBank #PAOB #Alipay #YAS #Octopus #FreightAmigo #HKBitEX, just name a few. Really proud of you all. Keep up your good work. Here is the list of winners this year https://lnkd.in/gUiDKxd9.

How do you like my “Digital Look”? Stay young and stay innovative. We should not call “IT Look” anymore as it not cool or chill enough. It should call “Digital Look” or “D-Look” these days.

Since I have seriously been engaging with the innovation and technology ecosystem worldwide 7 to 8 years ago, I feel younger and more passionate than my last 25 years in the traditional IT industry. If you would like to be younger or look-n-feel at least, stick around the innovation and tech ecosystem.

Feel really grateful and happy to be back to large-scale physical innovation and technology conferences and exhibitions in the 2021 Hong Kong ICT Expo this week and the 2021 Hong Kong FinTech Week next week. More importantly seeing my friends and partners f2f like #OpenCertHub Andy Kwok #B4B Francois Lee #HKTDC Will Li #Arical Clement Tien #CRGroup Dennis Choi #Cyberport Queenie Chang #HKSTP and #ASTRI friends, Emil Chan Paul kk Chan wilson chong and more. Lots of joy and catch-up!

See you around in the upcoming physical events. More to come like 2021 HKICT Awards Ceremony… I have a series of fully packed activities before Christmas. Cheers.

#HKICTExpo
https://lnkd.in/g7UQCttk

#HKFTW #HKFinTechWeek
https://lnkd.in/gNF–y47

To help the contestants better prepare for the #HKICTAwards FinTech Award, Hong Kong Institute of Bankers organized an  Experience Sharing Forum for them today. Thanks for #HKIB Carrie Leung Philip Kam & team’s effort.

We invited last year’s Gold Award winners, Miles Wen (温豪夫) #FanoLabsKen Shih #Aqumon, & Joyce Lau #HKFI. to share their experiences and journey. We also invited Dupty Chief Judges Michael Leung #BOA and Stephen Lau #HKCS, & Chief Assessors Dominic Siu #Prudential & Betty Chung #DahSingBank, to give advice to the contestants.

As the Chief Judge of 2021, I gave an opening speech on “Shaping the Future of FinTech Hong Kong”. In the last few years, we have together built a world class #FinTech hub in Hong Kong. FinTech entrepreneurs from nobody to today’s global FinTech leaders, like Simon Loong #WeLabFred Ngan #BowtieTomas Holub #CovergoTim Lee #QFPayAlvin Kwock #OneDegree & Miles Wen (温豪夫) #FanoLabs. Impressive! #HKMA#SFC #HKIA #InvestHK #Cyberport #HKSTP together with incumbents #Citi #HSBC #HangSengBank #DBS #AMTD #BOCHK #AIA #Prudential, just name a few, also contributed significantly to the growth of HK FinTech industry.

Look forward to witnessing the innovations from this year’s contestants to shape the future of FinTech HK.

Venture Beyond Boundaries – I love this vision of #CityU #HongKongTech300. The program has gained tremendous support from the power houses and leaders from the #Innovation and #Technogy ecosystem in Hong Kong. It was a great ceremony yesterday to present the seeding funds to selected #startups for the program, appreciate and recognize experienced mentors and annouce the collaboratiom with the China Resources Group #CRC.

#ITB Secetary, #HKSTP Chairman, #Cyberport Chairman, #FHKI Chairman, #StartupCouncil Chairman and many other leaders in town were there to show their support.

I am grateful, as a CityU #DBA Alumni, as well as a Exco of FHKI Startup Council, to be a part of this program as a mentor and vetting team. It was my honor to receive the appreciation plaque from Mr Lester Garson Huang, Chairman of the CityU Council, and President Way Kuo of CityU.

Find out more about the program.
https://lnkd.in/gg5yStf

Thank you for my Alma Mater and all the leaders and supporting colleagues in CityU to create such a great energetic and impactful program to support local #entrepreneurs. I look forward to cultivating our next generation of tech entrepreneurs with you all.

#HKTech300 Sunny Lee Matthew K O Lee Ron Kwok Gary Cheng Jason Chiu Muammer Ozer

It was a fruitful day in #Cyberport together with Rocky Cheng #BOCHKMichael Leung #BOADr Wendy Woon Ming LEE #AutoDesk and Justin Leung #YCP. We were in the vetting meeting to select #startups to join Cyberport #Incubation Programme #CIP.

Again, quite a few passionate and elite #entrepreneurs applied for the programme. Great innovations on #FinTech#InsurTech#AI#EdTech#HealthTech#PropTech#DigitalEntertainment#LifeStyle#SmartCity, etc. Impressive that a few of them have already had footprint or have their plan and ambition to go after #ASEAN and #GBA markets.

Thanks Cyberport’s team Eric Chan Alice So William Lau Steve Lam and many others for all their effort behind the scene. Keep it going and add oil.

We had lunch in the Interval/Farmacy restaurant in Cyberport. They served vegetables from #Farmacy which use technologies to provide farming at store. Thanks Raymond Mak for making it happened there. Tasty and healthy plus nice environment.

Really happy to see Roy Hung & his friends again. I met Roy a few years ago in our #Cyberport #CUPP 2016 programme. My team & I brought 50+ top university students from Hong Kong to the #StanfordUniversity in #SiliconValley to learn #FinTech & #Entrepreneurship. It was a fruitful, impactful & fun trip. Apart from what we learned from this trip, Roy & I also talked about the tasty & yummy lobsters and crabs in the Fisherman’s Wharf as well as the Ferrari from Leslie Yuen. What an experience and memory!. Thanks Leslie YuenDr. Edwin Lee 李根興Alice So and Katherine Lam for their great effort to make this happened.

Let me give you an eyesight test. Can you find out where Roy and I were in the group photo in front of #Google#INTEL and #PlugAndPlay Headquarters in the #BayArea #California?

Really grateful to see & feel that Roy still has the heart to innovate and be a tech entrepreneur👍 together with his friends. We were discussing another potential and exciting venture last night. Keep it going and add oil💪✊. You have my full support🤝🙌.

Those effort that we put to cultivate next generation of startup entrepreneurs was well spent. Great stuff. 培養香港年青一代成為創業家。年青人及導師都要加油!努力!

To support them further, I have given them a copy of my book #數碼力大提升 with my encouraging message.

Leaders in Hong Kong shared experience on how corporates can innovate in this challenging time & seize the opportunities in the #DigitalEconomy. It was a fireside chat moderated by Patrick S Lee & I in the launch of Corporate Innovation Index program organized by #CUHK & #HKGCC.

Key takeaways:
1. Corporate innovation is about margin, sustainability & opportunities.

2. Engaging new generation is important for corporate innovation. Reverse mentorship is very effective to empower senior management on innovation.

3. The more challenging time we are in, more innovation we need (not an excuse to give up the priority of innovation)

4. Passion is a key for driving innovation

5. CEO cannot delegate innovation. He or she has to drive it & align with the company’s strategy with it. Bottom up is as equally important as top down.

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Grateful to have all these leaders in innovation & technology ecosystem to join the forum and appreciate their active participation. Francis Ngai #IBMAndrew Ling #SAPEugene Hsia #HKSTPStella Kwan #Cyberport, Eunice Chan #HangSengBank, Raymond Cheng former C-suite #HSBCMatthew Chan
#JardineRestaurantGroupLarry Poon #CUHK & more.

We look forward to collaborating with all to deliver our Corporate Innovation Index for Hong Kong.

#Academia#Corporates#TechGiants & #Startups are joining hands to establish the first ever #Corporate #Innovation #Index (CII) for Hong Kong.

#CUHK Business School together with #HKGCC supported by #HKSAR #ITC#Cyberport#HKSTP, Corporates #HangSengBank#JETCO#JardineRestaurantGroup#TradeLink #Prestique, & Tech Giants #IBM #AWS #SAP, launched the CII project today in HKGCC. https://lnkd.in/eXf44k7

Under Secretary HKSAR ITB David Chung, HKGCC Chairman George Leung, CUHK Business School Dean Professor Lin Zhou, & Professor Wai Man Cheung gave their speeches to support the CII project.

Seasoned corporate leader Patrick S Lee & I led an interactive discussion on corporate innovation with over 40 f2f & many online corporate & tech leaders. The discussion was open & insightful. Here was one that I couldn’t agree more.

Raymond Cheng, the former CIO & COO of HSBC APAC, was here today. He said, “The more difficult time we are in, the more innovation we need.” I believe it said it all for us under the tough time of the Covid-19 & heavy digital disruption across industries & economics.

Appreciate support from Eugene Hsia Stella Kwan Andrew Ling Francis Ngai David Chow Chris So Angus Choi Yvonne Che Eunice Chan Vicky Wong & colleagues from #CUHK & #APIB.