(Hong Kong, 11 December 2020) The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) initiated gerontechnology industry cluster, “GLink”, will organise the virtual “Gerontechnology Conference - Insight of Gerontechnology in Hong Kong” on 17 December 2020. Industry experts from HKSAR Government departments, social welfare and healthcare industries, academia and research institutions will join forces to shed light on the latest trend and development of gerontechnology, in a hope to elevate living standard of the elderly through innovative technologies. This spotlight event will not only serve as an exchange platform for industries and stakeholders, but also fosters cross-industry collaboration so as to grasp the business potential arisen in the gerontechnology market.
Dr Lawrence Cheung, Chief Innovation Officer of HKPC said, “Capitalising on the R&D technology edges and strong industry network, HKPC is committed to advancing the local gerontech development, with a vision of using innovative technologies to scale up living standard of the elderly. In 2019, HKPC spearheaded the establishment of Hong Kong’s first gerontech cluster, ‘GLink’, creating an information sharing platform for gerontech users and service providers, also accelerating R&D of innovative gerontech products and services. More than 100 organisations and enterprises have already joined the cluster. GLink has organised 13 gerontech-related activities, such as conferences, forums and consultation sessions. Among which were the gerontech clusters consultation session organised in August this year and the participation in the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit last month. All contributed to promoting gerontech and uplifting living standard of the elderly.”
“HKPC’s Automotive Platforms and Application Systems R&D Centre successfully introduced the Wheelchair Rooftopper System last year. This aside, HKPC helped a gerontech startup to develop an IoT system connecting to blood pressure monitor, thermometer and in-house GPS system for the elderly homes. HKPC also developed an intelligent, IoT-enabled meal delivery cart, using big data to analyse eating habit of the elderly. These systems have already been adopted in various elderly homes. This time, the ‘Gerontechnology Conference’ will pull together opinions and experience of experts, further developing Hong Kong into a gerontech friendly society”, he added.
The “Gerontechnology Conference” is honoured to have invited Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Elderly Commission, to expound on Government Policy of Gerontechnology Development, while Ms Elsa Hung, Assistant Commissioner for Efficiency of the HKSAR Government, will give insight on Gerontechnology Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Update. Besides, representatives from social welfare and healthcare, academia and research institutions will analyse topics ranging from Smart Ageing with Technology and Social Innovation Design Thinking; Gerontechnology Development in Hong Kong; Supporting Ageing in Place by Means of Gerontechnology; Innovative Solutions for Dementia Care; to Adoption of Gerontechnology on Long Term Care and Family Caregiving. Participants are welcome to exchange valuable opinions and experiences.
HKPC cordially invites various sectors to participate in the “Gerontechnology Conference”. For detailed programme rundown and registration, please visit http://u.hkpc.org/gerontechrundown.
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