IET Engineering Conference – Our World in 2030
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) celebrates the 150th anniversary with a series of events in 150 countries. IET@Engineering Carnival, which took place in the Hong Kong Science Park on 14 - 15 August, with the aim to inspire young people to embrace engineering and technology. The Engineering Conference was one of the events held during the Carnival. Dr. Winnie Tang, the founder and chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) was invited to be one of the guest speakers in the Conference, which focused on the discussions on the chosen Societal Challenges, namely Digital Futures and Sustainable Planet, announced by the IET in “IET Strategy 2030”.
Dr. Tang was invited as one of the guest speakers in the IET Engineering Conference.
In the panel discussion, Dr. Tang alongside with Mr. Victor Lam, Government Chief Information Officer, Ir Ho Wing Chan, Head of Innovation Hub from the MTR Corporation Limited, Ir Dr Anthony Lo, Director of Residential Customer Experience from CLP Power Limited, Prof. Victor On Kwok Li, BBS, Chair of Information Engineering - Cheng Yu-Tung Professorship in Sustainable development from the University of Hong Kong discussed on how to make a difference over the next 10 years where the engineering profession and the IET can make an impact. A fruitful dialogue was carried out during the discussion.
(from the left) Ir Ho Wing Chan, Head of Innovation Hub from the MTRC, Dr. Winnie Tang, Chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong), Ir Dr Anthony Lo, Director of Residential Customer Experience from CLP, Prof. Victor On Kwok Li, BBS, Chair of Information Engineering from HKU, Mr Victor Lam, Government Chief Information Officer and Ms Justina Ho, the Chairlady of IET Hong Kong had a fruitful dialogue during the discussion.
Dr. Tang emphasised the importance of STEM education to the next generation. Equipped with STEM knowledge, youths are encouraged to join the engineering and innovative technologies industry, which could foster Hong Kong to become a sustainable smart city. During the presentation titled “Creating a Sustainable Future with Innovative Technologies”, Dr. Tang introduced platforms that cultivating smart people in our city. Map in Learning Program (MiL) offered by Esri China (Hong Kong), provides free ArcGIS Online licences to all primary and secondary schools’ students and teachers, which open a gateway to learn how to solve problems in a geographic approach. In tertiary level, Esri Young Scholars Award inspires the students to use GIS in their research. “To nurture more smart people in Hong Kong, we still have a long way to go.” Dr. Tang said.
Dr. Tang showcased the game engine to further explain the application of digital twin.
With 160,000 members worldwide, the IET is a professional home to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of the society. Dr. Tang wishes the IET keeps on thriving and embracing another 150th anniversary in future.