Secondary Students Present Their Vision of Smart City for Hong Kong Ahead of AmCham Summit

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Secondary Students Present Their Vision of Smart City for Hong Kong Ahead of AmCham Summit


Hong Kong – June 8, 2018 – Nine outstanding teams from local secondary schools are competing in a creative 3D model contest to unveil their vision of Hong Kong as a smart city at AmCham’s “My Smart Hong Kong 2030” school competition. The contest is a prelude to the Chamber’s first Smart City Summit in Hong Kong on June 27, 2018. The winning team will win a trip to visit New York City, a successful example of urban smart city development in the United States.

“American tech and innovation leaders admire creative and energetic young talent in Hong Kong. They see the city’s younger generation as essential stakeholders in developing a sustainable and tech savvy city,” said Tara Joseph, President of AmCham Hong Kong. “We also hope this competition will foster more exchanges between the U.S. and Hong Kong in nurturing an exchange of creative and sophisticated talent,” Joseph added.

“It’s great to see the international business community supporting this contest that unleashes students’ creativity to design the future of their city. This exercise shows that young people can contribute to Hong Kong being an even smarter, better city, and that we all stand to gain from their fresh perspectives,” said Darragh Paradiso, Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and a member of the contest’s panel of judges.

Other members of the judging panel include representatives from Google, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, and Otis Elevator.

Sponsored by AmCham members Google and Otis Elevator, the winning team will visit these two companies in New York City this summer. The other runner-up team will be awarded a boot camp experience sponsored by MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node.

Final results of the contest will be announced at AmCham’s Smart City Summit on June 27, 2018 (Wed) which will be attended by Hong Kong Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam. Former Mayor of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy will also share his success story of transforming his city into a dynamic digital hub. Secretary for Innovation & Technology Nicholas Yang will also share his insight on Hong Kong’s smart city development with business leaders in a panel session moderated by Prof. Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist at HKUST.

Highlights of the Smart City Summit also include a dialogue between the first AI citizen Sophia and Ms. Carrie Lam. (To learn more about the Smart City Summit, click here)

Media is welcome to attend and cover the Smart City Summit. Invitation with further details will be sent separately.

AmCham also acknowledges HSBC, HKT, Otis Elevator, SAP, and Dell EMC for their generous support as Platinum Sponsors of the Smart City Summit. 

Below is the list of finalist teams of “My Smart Hong Kong 2030” (in alphabetical order):

  • Bishop Hall Jubilee School
  • Diocesan Boys’ School 
  • Good Hope School
  • Sacred Heart Canossian College       
  • Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College    
  • Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College 
  • St. Paul’s College
  • Victoria Shanghai Academy       
  • West Island School   

Following is the list of the judging panel of “My Smart Hong Kong 2030”:

  • Tara Joseph, President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
  • Brian Yen, Executive Director of MIT HK Innovation Node
  • Darragh Paradiso, Director of Public Affairs Section, USCG
  • Derek Kwok, Head of Platforms and Audience Insights, Greater China & Korea, Google
  • Julie Brandt, President, Otis Elevator (Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan) 

Media Enquiries:

Agnes Tsang (Ms.)
Tel: (852) 2530 6927
E-mail: atsang@amcham.org.hk

Queenie Tsui (Ms.)
Tel: (852) 2530 6914
E-mail: qtsui@amcham.org.hk

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