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OpenSource is the core of Digital Economy. Top tech giants in the East and the West are all leveraging on open sources to innovate effectively together with their Lean Startup and Agile practices. Almost all key apps on internet and mobile, such as Google, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Alibaba, etc., that we are using every day are based on open sources. It stimulates and empowers Co-Creation in not just the startup world but gradually the Corporate Innovation world.

Join the upcoming Hong Kong Open Source Conference HKOSCon2020 HKOSCon on Jun 12 and 13 at Cyberport. Experts and users of open sources will share their experience. Not just techies will find it useful, business leaders and professionals will also find it valuable for their Digital Transformation and Innovation.

On the capacity as the Chairman of OpenCertHub, I will share how open source technologies democratize Data Literacy to everyone which is badly needed in Data Economy.

Find out more about the conference and register it here.   https://lnkd.in/gUi97BD

Appreciate the great support from Charles Mok and the great effort from the organizers Sammy Fung OSHK Open Source Hong Kong Committee, HKCOTA HK Creative Open Technology Association, HKLUG HK Linux User Group, and Cyberport teams.

Finspire Hackathon, a fully-online Hackathon, made history for Hong Kong FinTech ecosystem today. It was probably the largest online FinTech hackathon in Hong Kong. “Finspire Hackathon.  We HackForTheFuture”. Hundreds of students and entrepreneurs have actively participated in the Hackathon. Glad to see quite a few CUPP alumni there as well.  3 winners were born today with great FinTech inspirations as what the name of the program is Finspire. Congratulations to the winners and all the participating teams.

This hackathon was held under the cloud of the Coronavirus situation in Hong Kong.  It was encouraging to see that our entrepreneurial spirit did not burn out and continues to shine.  Thank you so much for the organizing team, especially Bobo Wong Tony Chan from Convoy, Harris Chan from Cobo Academy and Thomas Huang from Happyer, for such a great effort and heart to keep our FinTech Ecosystem going.

I am grateful to join Charles Lam, Charleston Sin, Almond Wong, Joseph Chan, Henry Li, Patrick Ho, and Venus Chiu as the judging panel.  Appreciate Convoy Cyberport Microsoft MIT Innovation Node, Happyer, and Cobo Academy for their leadership.

ETNET FinTech Awards 2019 was done beautifully in the Hong Kong Exchanges HKEX Connect Hall on Jan 17, 2020. A new breed of Hong Kong FinTech stars were born. As one of the judges for this Awards, I would like to congratulate to all the winners and participants.

Big thank to FS Paul Chan ETNET See Salome Ada Chow Cyberport Peter Yan Eric Chan Charles Lam Queenie Chang HKSTP George Tee, Charles Mok Deloitte Peter Koo FCPA,CA,AICPA,CPA (Aust),CIA,CFE,CISA,CISM,CGEIT PWC Dick Fong KPMG Anson Bailey (eMBA) EY Peter Chan InvestHK King Leung Vincent So Maaike Steinebach and many other FinTech Ecosystem enablers to make it happened.

We now have over 600 FinTech startups in HK and raised over US$1 billion which is higher than many countries and cities in Asia. Proud of you all. Keep it going. Covergo Wesurance Wizpresso FundPark Pecutus Transwap HeyCoins EarthChannel PolyDigi IxFinTech Portfo Prive Quantifeed & incumbent winners like HSBC BOC DBS HangSengBank. Keep it up teams:Victor Yip, Benjamin Wong, Eddie RONG, Adam Lau ,Wai Kong Wong, Curtis Chan, Irene OL Wong (黃愛玲), Anson Suen, Eddie Chang, Natalie Fong, Calvin Cheng, CFA, Daniel Chan, Jaff Lau, Ada LAM, Winny So, Noel Yick & more.

AFF2020 AsianFinancialForum in Hong Kong was powered by lots of FinTech this year. Recalled that AFF had not much on FinTech 4 years ago. Our Cyberport team working with HKTDC made this happened. We are so grateful that FinTech is now a core part of the AFF every year.

More importantly, a number of FinTech startups started 4 years ago & now they became key players in the financial services industry. Covergo  Wesurance  InsurTech Farseer FinancialIntelligence Transwap Remittance HeyCoins DigitalCash EarthChannel RegTech DigitalTransaction Blockchain PolyDigi CyberSecurity IxFinTech WealthTech NexChange Platform Gini Neat GekkoLab & more.  Keep it up teams Tomas Holub Stanley King Lun Chan Benjamin Wong Eddie RONG Adam Lau Wai Kong Wong Ian Huang Curtis Chan Irene OL Wong (黃愛玲) Juwan Lee Natalie Fong & more.

Thanks for Cyberport Chairman Dr. George Lam, CEO Peter Yan FinTech Head Charles Lam have been giving lots of support to the FinTech ecosystem in HK. From >50 FinTech startups 4 years ago, Cyberport has nearly 400 now & a few more hundreds around in HK. A few are Unicorns already such as WeLab TNG. Thanks to InvestHK King Leung, HKMA Nelson Chow, HKSTP George Tee, DIT Ivan Yip & more.

More can be found here https://lnkd.in/ffPv7cg

2020 HKICT Awards FinTech Award is coming again.  Many FinTech heroes in town were the winners of this award in the last few years such as CoverGo Tomas Holub in 2019.

The FinTech Award is composed of three streams: 1. Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets 2. Emerging Solutions 3. Regulatory Technology and Risk Management* (*Includes FinTech Security).

Don’t miss this opportunity to compete for one of the most honourable FinTech Awards in Asia. The award is highly endorsed by the FinancialServices industry, governments, regulators and investors in the region. The application deadline is Jan 3, 2020. Find out more here https://lnkd.in/fs6zyte

Thanks for Hong Kong Institute of Bankers Carrie Leung Philip Kam as the leading organizer for this award again this year and the leadership from OGCIO. It is my honour to be the Chief Judge again for this year’s award. Hope to see you in the final round. Wish you all the best and good luck. FinTech HKICTAward FinTechAward HKIB HKMA HKSFC HKIA IFTA FTAHK Cyberport HKSTP ASTRI InvestHK

“Banking is necessary, but banks are not” is no less influential than “Information at your fingertips” from the game changer BillGates. In 2020, Hong Kong Financial Services incumbents will be facing even more disruption from the tech giants like Alibaba & 700+ FinTech startups in HK. The 8 VirtualBanks will start launching their innovative offerings in 2020. What the incumbents & the FinTechs should do?

In the NEXX Forum in Cyberport, I had a discussion w/ Will Ross CFA from Citi & Ray Chou on the Disruption for Banking in 2020. The key takeaway is that competitions actually drive both incumbents and FinTechs to do more for the best of their customers. It implies collaboration in ecosystem. Anna Yip from Smartone shared how5G adds value to FinTech & how industry crossover & hackathons help their company to innovate for customers. Jeffrey Ng, CFA, MBA from PingAn OneConnect talked about how their technologies are helping incumbents to overcome the digital challenges & meet customer expectations. Garry Sien from Alibaba shared their experience in GBA cross-border FinTech initiatives. Barry Chan from IBM Peter Koo FCPA,CA,AICPA,CPA (Aust),CIA,CFE,CISA,CISM,CGEIT from Deloitte Emil Chan ZABank DBS shared great insight.

Thanks to Eric Chan & Mann WM Yim

Congrats to Hong Kong Startups Ecosystem. 3 flagship events are all in this week. InvestHK HKFinTechWeek, Cyberport Venture Caplital Forum (CVCF) and HKSTP ElevatorPitch (EPiC). We altogether organized a super successful startups week in Hong Kong and for HongKong even under the recent situation in Hong Kong. Thank you.

What we can do these days is not to give up or stop our innovation and technology aspirations. Rather we need to work together even harder and contribute even more to continue building on what we have established in the past few years and keep cultivating our startups. That is the way we can help HK in this stage and sustain our strength. Let’s keep on our momentum.

Glad to see many friends this week Peter Yan Albert Wong Hugh Chow King Leung Jessica Ng Curtis Chan Benjamin Wong Charles Lam Stella Kwan Teddy Lui Queenie Chang Peter Mok Alice So Anvil Ng Peter Yeung AC Andy Michael Sukui Xue Ivan Yip Pierre Wang Eddie RONG Ken Lo Samuel C.H. Wan and the list goes on and on. Glad to see you all there. Thanks for your effort and support.

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Congratulations toGS1 Hong Kong for its 30th Anniversary. Thanks for GS1HK CEO Anna Lin‘s leadership and the great effort from her core teammates Dr. Stephen Lam Mignone Cheng Corinna Fung KK Suen and many others over the years. We have seen healthy and impressive growth of the organization and how it contributed to Hong Kong especially in Retail, SupplyChain, IoT BigData Mobility 5G industries. Thank you.

It has been a pleasant journey collaborating and partnering with GS1 HK in my different capacities in the last decade including Cyberport OpenCertHub CUHK HKCS HKICTAward IOTConference and various Advisory Committees of GS1 HK. I look forward to having more collaboration with GS1 HK and contributing more to Hong Kong together with Anna and her teammates in the next decade.

Anna, Thanks for inviting me to the celebration party tonight. It was fun and successful with all music, songs, wines. More importantly, reconnecting with old friends and making lots of new friends. Cheers. David Chung Charles Mok Mann WM Yim Teddy Liu Suki Cheung Allen Yeung Betty Leung many others.

OpenData & OpenSource are two critical engines to empower collaboration among technology giants, startups, citizens, governments & universities in the DigitalEconomy. In the AI &  BigData space, open data and open source technologies have proven to be efficient & cost-effective in getting big data stored, analysed & visualised. Open source data & open source products are no longer as risky as they used to be, so more companies are adapting & implementing leading open data tools like #Apache’s #ASF’s Hadoop, #Kafka and #R.

Open source tools are also globally democratized to the mass from tech giants to startups, enterprises to SMEs & experts to laymen.  Where is Hong Kong now? Here is a chance to learn from all the key stakeholders in the Open Sources Economy. HKPC HKSTP Cyberport HKU has co-organized an Open Data & Open Sources Forum on Oct 29. Thanks Edmond Lai and his teammates HKPC to organize it. Registration https://lnkd.in/fXAfJc2 & agenda https://lnkd.in/fkzTC6i

OGCIO PCPD industry practitioners & researchers will share their experiences on open data & open sources. On behalf of OpenCertHub, I will share the open sources talent development in HK, mainland & Asia. It is our honour to be a sponsor for the forum together with AWS CIOConnect. See you there.

FinTech IFTA Congrats to all awardees in the IFTA FinTech Achievement Award Ceremony 2018. Find out who the winners are from my reply section below. Thanks for all guests and awardees to join our presentation ceremony and share our honour and joy yesterday. Together we have established Hong Kong as the leading FinTech hub in Asia. Let’s keep it going.

Top organization and individual contributors to FinTech Ecosystem and FinTech talents cultivation received recognition there with the support from both FSTB and ITB.