Engineering and the role it will play in managing population growth in the future will take centre stage at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong next month.
Challenges surrounding transportation, the development of ‘smart’ cities and emerging technologies in the world of communication are just some of the fascinating subjects up for debate at the event, taking place March 21-24, 2018 and organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade.
A host of leading figures from engineering and the sciences are among the key speakers at the Festival. Names confirmed include Shinya Kukita, chief engineer, NEC Corporation; Heba Bevan, CEO and founder, UtterBerry; Ambarish Mitra, CEO at Blippar; Julian David, CEO, techUK; and Jack Oclee-Brown, head of acoustics at KEF Audio.
The four-day Festival will examine the future challenges and opportunities of our increasingly connected world, and showcase the UK as one of the world’s best places to visit, study, invest in and do business.
Day Two of the GREAT Festival focusses on how we’ll live in the future, with sessions on topics including smart cities, travel and technology dominating the day. Highlights include an exploration of the ‘Software’ of the Belt and Road examining the hidden systems behind China’s new Silk Road project; Living Longer, Looking Better, an examination of what scientists and healthcare researchers are doing to help us live longer, healthier lives; and Infinite Highways, a unique multi-sector look at how we’ll get from A to B – and beyond.
Other sessions will cover the circular economy and progress towards sustainability in consumer goods; a look at the future of the space industry, and a unique session exploring how the UK and Asia are pioneering smart city systems by integrating a range of mapping, logistics and sensor technologies.
Outside of the conference programme, the Festival will offer specially-invited UK business leaders the chance to meet counterparts from across Asia to discuss possible future trading and investment opportunities.
For more information, please visit great.gov.uk/innovation or follow the hashtag #GREATinnovation