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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

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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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.

I would like to share what I learned from my recent visits to 3 leading innovation labs with AI focus in HKSTP. It is all about co-creation. Love it.   IBM Innovation Lab brings their world’s innovation to HK & co-creates solutions using Design Thinking with client & startup to solve their pain points. IBM’s 19 world-class research facilities spread across 12 laboratories on 6 continents with 3,000+ researchers. Thanks for IBM GM of HK Francis Ngai to make this happen. Siemens Innovation Lab focuses on Mobility & SmartCity. Their MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects our products, plants, systems, & machines, enabling us to harness the wealth of data generated by IoT with advanced analytics. The lab facilities clients and startups to co-create IoT & Big Data innovations. Thanks  to Siemens CEO of Mobility Jens-Peter Brauner to make it happen. Last but not the least, HKAI Lab is a non-profit organization which aims to empower AI startups on technology side & nurture a healthy AI community for HK. The lab is backed by Alibaba AEF Sensetime & STP. They run 2 cohorts per year to select AI startups with cutting edge technology to join them. Thanks for Executive Director of the HKAI Lab Timothy Leung to make this happen.