WRLDCTY and HKIS Conference Discussed

Smart City Development


Hong Kong consecutively took part in the WRLDCTY Festival 2021, the world’s largest virtual cities festival celebrating urban culture and innovation from 26 – 28 October 2021. Dr Winnie Tang, founder & chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) and founder & honorary president of Smart City Consortium was invited by the Brand Hong Kong Management Unit of the Information Services Department to be moderator in a panel discussion. This panel, under the theme of “Urban Innovation in Hong Kong: Smart City and Beyond”, gathered leading policy- and place-makers, architects and innovators to discuss the future of smart city living from different perspectives including the development of West Kowloon Cultural District, harbourfront and urban innovation. The panel discussion took place at City Gallery and on-aired in October. Rewatch is now available at https://bit.ly/3kPSIiJ


Dr Tang together with the CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Mrs Betty Fung, Chairman of Harbourfront Commission Mr Vincent Ng, and Prof. Inge Goudsmit, Assistant Professor from the CUHK School of Architecture shared insights in their professional perspectives. In the forward-looking remarks, Dr Tang indicated that “smart city starts with a smart planning.”


Surveying sector evolves and adopts smart tools to the new reality in the post COVID-19 era. The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) Annual Conference deliberated on the strategies to combat the pandemic. Sr Paul Tsui, the Vice Chairman of HKIS Land Surveying Division and the CEO of Esri China (Hong Kong), moderated a discussion session on 25 September 2021. Director of Lands Department Mr Andrew Lai, and Prof Shi Wen-zhong from the Polytechnic University and Director of Smart Cities Research Institute, shared their expertise of industrial buildings revitalisation and spatial prediction of COVID-19 onset risk respectively.



Mr Vincent Ng (from the left), Mrs Betty Fung, Dr Winnie Tang and Prof. Inge Goudsmit had a fruitful ideas exchange in the WRLDCTY Festival.


Sr Paul Tsui (right) moderated the discussion session with speakers Mr Andrew Lai (left) and Prof Shi Wen-zhong (middle).