Hong Kong has secured two major tech conferences to be held next year â€“ the inaugural Greater Bay Area Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Conference 2022 (GBAAIR Conference), and IEEE Region 10 Conference 2022 (TENCON), which was last held in the city in 2006.
This is in addition to the announcement of the return of RISE, another tech event that will return to Hong Kong annually for five years running starting from March 2022.
The two conferences are expected to act as a magnet for leading industry experts, strengthening the city’s position as a pivotal innovation and technology (I&T) hub. Conference organisers paid tribute to the Hong Kong Convention Ambassador (HKCA) programme initiated by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), which helped them decide on the best location.
HKTB’s executive director Dane Cheng said: “Since starting the HKCA programme, we have received tremendous support from more than 100 ambassadors, who are all prominent leaders of business and professional bodies in Hong Kong. Their concerted efforts will lead to a new era of opportunity for both Hong Kong tourism and the city’s multi-sector development. We are confident we will achieve further success with our ambassadors and make Hong Kong the world’s meeting place for business events.
Artificial intelligence and robotics experts from Hong Kong, Mainland China and around the world are expected to head to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for the GBAAIR Conference, the first large-scale conference of its kind to take place physically in the Greater Bay Area since the pandemic.
The conference will be hosted by the Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in tandem with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), which is part of the HKCA programme.
HKPC’s chairman Willy Lin Sun Mo said: “Playing host to this event will underscore Hong Kong’s first-rate research capability in artificial intelligence and robotics, which has been identified as one of the key pillars of the city’s innovation economy and a prime part of the National Key Technologies Research and Development Programme.”
Meanwhile, the HKTB worked together with the IEEE Hong Kong Section, and its chairman of the joint chapter on circuits & systems and communications Edward Cheung, to bring TENCON to Hong Kong.
The high-profile technology and engineering event will gather more than 1,000 cross-disciplinary professionals, academicians, industry leaders, researchers and students.
Paulina Chan, chair of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and the general chair of TENCON Conference, said: “We’re excited to host TENCON, an IEEE flagship conference in Hong Kong again in 2022. Hong Kong is an ideal destination for technology-business integration and an international hub for hosting professional conferences in Asia. We had a great experience working with the HKTB. I am confident that the upcoming TENCON will reach new horizons in global participation, anticipating multidisciplinary professional profiles and dynamic exchanges among international attendance.”