ECCI leads a successful delegation to Hong Kong exploring Smart Cities best practice

11 December 2013

ECCI led a successful delegation to Hong Kong where Ed Craig, ECCI's Head of Enterprise and Innovation, met organisations and viewed examples of good practice regarding smart cities and sustainable islands.

Ed also attended and participated in a major Smart Cities conference - www.innoasia.net - and progressed ECCI plans to establish a 'Team Scotland' base in Hong Kong with key partners BRE Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.  

Pictured at the grand dinner of the Hong Kong Conference Centre at InnoAsia 2013 is Ed Craig, Head of Enterprsie & Innovation at ECCI, Rufus Logan, Scotland Director of BRE, Nick Brooke Chairman of HKSTP.

About InnoAsia

Towards a smart green city agenda

In an era of a global population boom and rapid urbanisation, combined with climate change and diminishing natural resources, sustainable cities that harness advanced technologies in building, transport and utilities can provide a platform to decouple environmental challenges from growth in population and prosperity. Being the next megatrend to drive urban development, “Towards a smart green city agenda” is the theme adopted by InnoAsia 2013.

Riding on its success in the past eight years, the four-day conference continues to play an important role in knowledge transfer and business matching, linking a circle of leading academics, experts, decision makers and thought leaders from across disciplines and geographical boundaries to exchange insights on energy optimisation, renewable resources, carbon footprints reduction, green architecture, advanced robotics, healthcare and transportation system, areas where we can work together to make our city and the world smarter, and greener.

Programme highlights:

Main Conference (4 December 2013) - Features leaders from cleantech and sustainable energy fields exploring the sustainable approaches to achieving smarter, more liveable cities and communities.

Chairmen’s Forum (4 December 2013) - Together with the distinguished leaders from business, industry and government, the Chairmen’s Forum will explore and identify new strategies and high impact innovations which could form part of the future policy agenda to shape Hong Kong a smarter and greener city.

Tech Forums (5 & 6 December 2013) – Designed for senior technology and management executives to explore sustainable technologies and associated market opportunities in covering 6 key areas:

Smart Lighting and Display – Latest technology achievements and business practices in the lighting industry
Renewable Energy and Waste Management
Smart City: Applications Towards a Smarter City – Advanced technologies that helps improved land-use, ease congestion, provide better healthcare solutions, generate knowledge from big data, maximize the efficiency of resources

Emerging Technologies for Smart City – Role of robotics and automation in sustainable development
Eco-City EcoMobility - Smart grid, smart meters, sensors and smart technologies
Innovative Energy Technologies

Investment Workshop, Venture Capital and Angel Forum and SPARC Investment Matching Forums (6 & 7 December 2013) – Explores business opportunities in new technologies, insights into hot technology investment trends and funding / IPO processes and practices for entrepreneurs, financiers and investors.

InnoAsia @ PRD (6 December 2013) – An opportunity for overseas delegations to combine InnoAsia with a visit to the Pearl River Delta for Guangzhou and related activities.