Hong Kong FinTech Week – The Perfect Stage for Global FinTech Business

At the beginning of September, Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) announced that Hong Kong's regulators, along with a host of private sector partners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, will participate in the second annual Hong Kong FinTech Week, to be held from October 23 to 27 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The event will focus on the driving forces that shape Hong Kong as a global financial technology (FinTech) hub.

Key stakeholders of the Week include the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Insurance Authority, and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, plus a string of organizations including Dianrong and Citibank, along with partners Finnovasia, NexChange, the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and more.

"The FinTech developments we've seen in Hong Kong since our inaugural FinTech Week in November 2016 are phenomenal. They reflect the dynamic nature of the city and our strategic advantage of being right at the doorstep of China's vibrant FinTech scene," the Director-General of Investment Promotion at InvestHK, Stephen Phillips, said. "And the beauty of FinTech in Hong Kong is that it's an organic ecosystem largely driven by the private sector. There are about 130 FinTech startups in Hong Kong, we have four FinTech accelerators and the calendar is filled with more than 200 FinTech-related events here."

Hong Kong FinTech Week Themes and Topics

Key themes this year include Hong Kong's core strengths as a hub for raising funds, its active application of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), the vibrant incubator and accelerator programs, and the close connection with Mainland China under the Belt and Road Initiative. Regulatory technology (RegTech), insurance technology (InsurTech) and wealth management technology will also be featured strongly, along with cybersecurity.

Theme Date Topics Artificial Intelligence (AI) October 26, 2017
  • Opening Remarks: The Future of AI in Finance
  • Demystifying AI Hype: Understanding the Real Applications & Implications
  • Can Governments Keep up With AI? Understanding the Ethics Behind Big Data
  • Beyond Robo-Advisors: How AI Could Rewire Wealth Management as We Know It
  • China's Rise in the Global AI Race: Will China Become the World Leader in AI by 2030?
  • Conversing With Computers: How Long Until We're Replaced by Intelligent Assistants?
  • AI-Driven RegTech: How Technology Is Reforming KYC, AML & Fraud Prevention
  • Building Credible Credit Risk Models Using AI & Intelligent Algorithms
October 27, 2017
  • How AI and Machine Learning Are Forever Changing the Insurance Industry
  • Applying AI to Payments: The Future of Moving Money
  • AI-Enabled Investing: How Machine Learning Transforms Investment Strategies
  • Investors & AI: Where Is the Smart Money Going?
November 8, 2017
  • The AI Advantage
Big Data October 26, 2017
  • Can Governments Keep up With AI? Understanding the Ethics Behind Big Data
October 27, 2017
  • Big Data: Powering the Next Financial Technology Revolution?
Blockchain October 23, 2017
  • SUPERSTAR Keynote: Opportunities and Regulations of ICOs
  • Keynote: Dian Rong
  • The ICO Phenomena
  • HKSTP Presents: Blockchain Without Borders – China FinTech
  • ASTRI Presents: KYC, AML, Digital Identity Management on Blockchain
  • CYBERPORT Presents: The Best Blockchain Applications (Fireside Chat)
  • USA Delegation
  • Crypto Exchanges & Communities – Evolution and How They Will Impact Stock Exchang
  • Blockchain Consortia: The Future Gold Standards
  • The Regulatory Framework of ICO & Crypto Companies
  • Blockchain Case Study: Why China Is Beating the US in Blockchain Development
  • Blockchain Technology Integration DLT – Ready for the Enterprise
  • The Revolutionary Uses for Smart Contracts
November 8, 2017
  • New Opportunities in Asia with Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Technologies
China FinTech October 23, 2017
  • HKSTP Presents: Blockchain Without Border – China FinTech
  • Blockchain Case Study: Why China Is Beating US in Blockchain Development
  • ASTRI Presents: Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Standards and the Law
  • Securing Corporations and the Cloud
  • The Pinata Effect: Hacking and Protecting ICOs
  • Keynote Sharing on Cybersecurity
  • CNBC: Future of FinTech, Global Perspective
  • Citi Presents: Future Banking. Digital Disruption: What Will the future of Banking Look Like?
  • Citi Presents: Open APIs: Building a Digital Society With Open APIs
  • Cyberport: The Technology Behind Cybersecurity, What Makes One Solution Better Than the Others
  • Cybersecurity: Hackers & Threats – Taking the Offensive on Cybercrime
  • InvestHK Presents
October 24, 2017
  • CYBERPORT Presents: Evolving China: WealthTech Management and the Next Frontier – China is constantly pivoting from e-commerce to Internet Finance to now Wealth Management. What can we learn from China?)
October 26, 2017
  • Yicai FinTech Forum
November 7, 2017
  • P2P Lending in China
FinTech Scene October 23, 2017
  • Startup Pitching
November 7, 2017
  • A Glimpse Into Hong Kong’s FinTech Scene
  • Mobile Banking is Booming
November 8, 2017
  • The Leading Accelerators & Incubators in Asia
  • The Origins & Learnings From a FinTech Unicorn
InsurTech October 24, 2017
  • Keynote Sharing on InsurTech
  • Cyberport Presents: Dissecting InsurTech – Where Is the Disruption Taking Place?
  • The Future of InsurTech: Fostering a Culture of Digital Transformation
  • FinTech is creating imbalance within financial services corporate structure. What are the skills required to excel and who will be left behind?
  • InvestHK Presents
  • Swiss FinTech Overview
  • Quant Investing: How Algos Are Transforming Institutional Investment
  • Rules & Regulation of Insurance and How Does It Cope With the Change
  • InvestHK UK Deal
  • Democratizing Insurance – P2P, Micro-Insurance, Pay-as-you-go Insurance
October 27, 2017
  • How AI and Machine Learning Are Forever Changing the Insurance Industry
November 7, 2017
  • Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry
P2P Lending/Payments October 24, 2017
  • The Future of Payments
October 27, 2017
  • Applying AI To Payments: The Future Of Moving Money
November 7, 2017
  • Payments: The Gateway to Financial Inclusion
  • P2P Lending in China
  • The Future of Peer Lending
November 8, 2017
  • Consumers Ready to Embrace P2P Payments
RegTech October 26, 2017
  • AI Driven RegTech: How Technology Is Reforming KYC, AML & Fraud Prevention
WealthTech October 24, 2017
  • WealthTech W1 – 1
  • Open Banking Case Study
  • Digital Banking and Financial Inclusion
  • Battle of the Forex Wallets
  • Millennials and Their Impact on WealthTech
  • FinTech Bond Fireside Chat
  • The Future of Payments
  • Keynote sharing
  • Fireside Designing the Private Bank of the Future – If wealthy individuals were to create their own private bank, what would it look like?
  • HKSTP Presents: Trade Without Traders – Robo-Advisors
  • Citi Presents WealthTech: Robot or Human: Who Will Be a Better Banker?
  • FinTech Trail Braziers
  • WealthTech infrastructure
  • CYBERPORT Presents: Evolving China: WealthTech management and the next Frontier – China is constantly pivoting from e-commerce to Internet Finance to now Wealth Management. What can we learn from China?)
October 26, 2017
  • Beyond Robo-Advisors: How AI Could Rewire Wealth Management As We Know It
November 7, 2017
  • Transforming Investment & Wealth Management

A complete and detailed agenda of the FinTech Week can be found here.

"The theme of this year's HKMA FinTech Day is FinTech collaboration. Collaborations, both at domestic and cross-border levels, are the key to a sustainable FinTech ecosystem. The HKMA will unveil its domestic collaboration with the industry on its release of the second distributed ledger technology white paper and cross-border collaboration on trade-finance cooperation, and make known other collaborative initiatives on the FinTech Day. It is a must-go event for FinTech practitioners who want to keep abreast of the latest FinTech developments," said Shu-pui Li, the Executive Director of the HKMA.

Star speakers of the Hong Kong FinTech Week

There will be abundant networking opportunities as the Week will bring together FinTech developers from Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of the world looking to grow their business here. Regulators, financial institutions and service providers will host "office hours" (one-on-one sessions) to guide and mentor entrepreneurs. Training workshops will offer tips on how to succeed in the FinTech business, and accelerators will hold competitions for startups.

Commenting on the Week, the Executive Director of Intermediaries Division of the SFC, Julia Leung, said, "Financial innovation is changing the way in which securities products and services are being delivered to investors. The SFC is very pleased to take part once again in Hong Kong FinTech Week to engage with a broad range of industry participants and other stakeholders to discuss the appropriate regulatory approach to financial innovation."

The CEO of the Insurance Authority, John Leung, added, "The upcoming FinTech Week serves as an excellent platform to share and engage with market participants regarding new FinTech initiatives."

The week starting October 30 will be the FinTech Education Week, a week that focuses on FinTech in education and Hong Kong's burgeoning FinTech talent pool. Activities will include a hackathon, a job fair, a Shenzhen visit, and educational tours among high schools and universities.

The demo-based FinovateAsia 2017 event will take place on November 7 and 8, in which each FinTech company will have just seven minutes to demonstrate their latest solutions to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and other stakeholders.

"Hong Kong has come to a crossroad where the baseline FinTech innovation infrastructure and awareness is here. Now, entrepreneurs and financial institutions have to take it to the next level and create products that consumers need," said Juwan Lee, the CEO & Founder of NexChange.

From left to right: Juwan Lee (Founder & CEO, NexChange); Shu-pui Li (Executive Director, HKMA); John Leung (CEO, Insurance Authority); Charles d’Haussy (Head of FinTech, Invest Hong Kong); Stephen Phillips (Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong); Julia Leung (Executive Director of Intermediaries, SFC); Henri Arslanian (Member of the temporary board, FinTech Association of Hong Kong); Anthony Sar (CEO & Co-Founder, FINNOVASIA)

The CEO & Founder of Finnovasia, Anthony Sar, said, "AI will impact financial services significantly within the next three to five years. China has already laid out a development plan to become the world leader in AI by 2030. We are inviting over 50 experts from around the world to bring insights on practical applications of AI and machine learning in different areas of financial services, including fraud prevention, credit scoring, conversational banking and real-time insurance products.

Member of the temporary board of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, and the PricewaterhouseCoopers FinTech and RegTech Leader for China and Hong Kong, Henri Arslanian, said, "The mission of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong includes promoting FinTech collaboration and education and the Hong Kong FinTech Week is a perfect example of such an initiative. The FinTech community is looking forward to what should be the most exciting week of the year in Hong Kong for anyone interested in the FinTech space."

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