SHARP Forum is a thought-provoking platform where thriving business executives, prominent government officials, prestigious scholars, inspiring entrepreneurs, influential celebrities, and renowned experts are invited to:
- Spread inciting ideas, insightful perspectives, and inspirational experiences;
- Stretch boundaries of novel concepts, evolving issues, and cutting-edge solutions.
Past Forums - Academic Year 2017-18
To remain competitive, some E-commerce giants are progressively diversified into offline sales by opening up brick-and-mortar stores. For example, with the advanced shopping technology, including sensor fusion, deep learning, smart shelving tools, etc., Amazon launched its first checkout-free grocery store, Amazon Go, in January 2018. Will the battleground for online retail business shift to offline due to the novel shopping technology? What are the opportunities and challenges of operating and managing no-staff shops? Let’s explore more with the e-commerce giant tech leader and the Hong Kong retail pioneers.
E-Commerce retailers on the battlefront must be able to meet the growing expectations of today's consumers who crave convenience and speed. To maintain market share and fuel business growth, they are pressured to deliver anything, anytime, from anywhere to avoid getting a “dislike” from their customers. Driven by the importance of integrating resources from different online and offline channels to achieve better services in a cost-effective way, more and more sellers have invested in smart supply chain with innovative use of AI and Big Data. Join us to learn more about how the advancement of digital technology might disrupt retail business models and what the future supply chain will look like.
How could enterprises, themselves being fostered by society, create sustainable social impact while maintaining the benefits of their stakeholders? An inventive approach, known as Cross-sector Partnership (CSP), has been proposed and widely adopted in recent years. Such a social-oriented partnership, which offers a new lens for exploring Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), leads to a co-working platform where individuals from partner organizations commit various resources and work cooperatively to address social issues.Two innovative social entrepreneurs are invited to explore the values and appeals of CSP by sharing their practices and experiences.
To make a living, we succeed by what we get. To make a life, we succeed by what we give. With venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurs take the latter mindset to heart, aiming to create a business which brings social value rather than personal wealth. How does such a business take innovative steps towards generating social impact while ensuring sufficient financial returns for reinvestment and sustainability? Three well-respected social entrepreneurs, dedicated to alleviating the plight of marginalized groups in society, are invited to share their views and experiences. You will be inspired by their passion and compassion!
Travel industry is taking off for a new era. Real-time monitoring and Big Data processing technologies have compelled companies in the industry to embrace digital transformation and revisit their conventional marketing approach. To explore the industry’s opportunities and challenges in leveraging innovative adoption of digital technology for tapping travelers' trend and offering quality travel services, speakers from Hong Kong Tourism Board and relevant industry stakeholders are invited to share their views. Special attention will be given to the Mainland China and Hong Kong markets, where the travel industry has witnessed the phenomenal growth of Chinese travelers in recent years
Rapid technological advancement has disrupted the financial industry in recent years. Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the payments system and trade finance, and new machine learning tools are generating more insights from data analysis. While technology could help to optimize workflows and increase efficiency in financial services, it could also create some risks. With the advent of robo-advisors and the continued growth of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, certain labor-intensive tasks could become obsolete. How does the future path look like and how can we continue to be relevant? Our panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the latest trends in Fintech and Insurtech, as well as AI adoption in the banking sector. They will also provide insights on the new opportunities and risks under the current environment.
Based on a recent survey, about 80% of physicians use smartphones for work reasons. The connectivity, accessibility, mobility, and smartness inherent to mobile devices have bolstered a more closed integration between hospital and home. How will this integration enhance the quality of medical services and facilitate the efficient distribution of medical resources? By exploring the new wave in personal healthcare, this forum will discuss the benefits of mobile healthcare from patients’ perspective and the resulting potential changes to a patient’s lifestyle.
Starting a business is a complex minefield as founders would typically run into a host of hardship. Through discussing and discovering how startups can face up to their rivals in the ever-changing and highly competitive market, this forum aims to share some experiences and advices with those who are or will be facing the hardship in the entrepreneurial process.
Past Forums - Academic Year 2016-17
Gain insights into how the current and next waves of digital evolution bring new challenges and opportunities in business from the sharing and in-depth discussion among pioneering experts...
- Would you like to own a business in the future?
- Does Venture Capital show a better merit than Crowdfunding?
- How to hit right on Potential Investor's mind?
- In waht way to reposition your business?
What will the future of Hong Kong’s logistics marketplace look like when unprecedented technological breakthroughs continue to make evolutionary impact on customers’ last-mile delivery expectations and drive revolutionary transformation of new business models for collaborative efficiency? Take a closer look at how the answers to this open question provide opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups thru a discussion between a veteran government official and a legendary start-up founder of the sector.
Financial Technology (FinTech) is making its way into businesses in Hong Kong. The landscape of financial institutions is changing rapidly. Opportunities of FinTech are accompanied by multiple challenges and yet businesses can reap the benefits if they embrace changes. What will the future of Fintech be like and how will it affect you?
- Want to know more about Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) applications for various business and event projects?
- Want to promote products with something amazingly unique to WOW your customers?
- Want to experience VR simulation devices?
TMALL Interactive Technology Alliance, Alibaba Group
As the founder of Lan Kwai Fong and former chairman of Ocean Park, Dr Allan Zeman pioneers numerous businesses with strong performance in diverse professions.
What strategies did he implement across society, government institutions, small & large businesses in an ever-changing market?
How does he foresee the future of Hong Kong business environment and positioning? What is his advice for business executives and entrepreneurs to succeed in the next 10-20 years?
AI is everywhere and its influence is growing exponentially. Dr. Chun will explore the journey of AI research & development, and examine modern AI in layman terms, including technologies such as deep-learning, speech recognition/generation, chatbots, robots, etc. He will share some of his award-winning AI examples created for Hong Kong corporations and look at what the future might hold for AI & humanity.
Mr. Fung will introduce a cloud-based AI system for maintenance – JACC developed by him. JACC visualizes, predicts, and optimizes maintenance operations by leveraging AI, Big Data, IoT, & Machine Learning technology that makes general technicians perform high-skilled maintenance work easily & efficiently. A use case on Bus Infotainment System will also be shared.
Empirical evidence indicates that out of four new startups, only one can survive for more than 3 years. Given the high failure rate, what keeps the entrepreneurs moving and overcoming challenges? Join us to learn the views from three entrepreneurs across different generations.
Mr. Ken Law, CEO & Founder, MotherApp
Mr. Eddie Rong, CEO & Co-Founder, Heycoins
Dr. Francis Cheng, Director, Luxbetter Technology
Big data is no longer exclusive to large companies. Though its importance is trite, evidence shows that more than 75% of businesses fail to create values with it. This forum will discuss how companies could efficiently and effectively utilize big data to gain competitive advantages.
Industrial and Commerical Bank of Chian (Asia) Limited