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Emerging with Resilience: Fostering a Smarter Future

The pandemic has created strong tailwinds for global technology adoption at an unprecedented rate and accelerated the next wave of smart urban transformation. Over the past challenging year, smart city innovations have emerged as the champion forced to power the speedy recovery for economies and communities, reinventing a smarter future for all.

Being an international innovation and technology hub with the distinctive edge of global vision and strategic connectivity with the Greater Bay Area and the rest of the world, Hong Kong is set to spur new growth by leveraging opportunities brought by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and from the new opportunities worldwide. The upcoming DES (rebranded from the Internet Economy Summit, IES) will unveil global and regional visions on how smart city technologies will supercharge smart economies as well as accelerate the formation of futureproof digital societies.

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Guests of Honour

John Lee

Mr John Lee

The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Paul Chan

Mr Paul Chan

Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Dong Sun

Prof Dong Sun

Secretary for Innovation, Technology, and Industry; The Government of the HKSAR of the People’s Republic of China

Chan Simon

Mr Simon Chan

Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport

Shi Allen

Dr Allen Shi

The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong

Winnie Tang

Dr Winnie Tang

Founder and Honorary President, Smart City Consortium

Denis Yip

Dr Denis Yip

Chief Executive Officer, ASTRI

Lai Edmond

Mr Edmond Lai

Chief Digital Officer, Hong Kong Productivity Council

Virtual PassApril - May 2023HK$500

  • Livestreamed thematic forum sessions
  • Technology Showcase
  • 1-1 Business Matching
  • P2P networking
  • Interactive fun & rewards
  • On-demand content replay
  • Metaverse experience
  • 20 tickets to give away [Fully Redeemed]

* Catering arrangements will be provided pursuant to the Government of HKSAR’s latest Prevention and Control of Disease Regulations.

Don't miss these in-person shows too

Besides Digital Economy Summit (DES) and InnoEX, you can also visit Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2023 (Spring Edition) and Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2023 (Spring Edition) to see the latest innovation in consumer electronics and lighting. Both shows run concurrently with DES and InnoEX between 12 and 15 April 2023.

If you intend to stay a little longer, you can also visit  Asian Licensing Conference and Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair 2023, which run between 19 and 21 April 2023.

You can also take the opportunity to visit Guangzhou or Shenzhen too.

Government of Hong Kong

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, commonly known as the Hong Kong Government or HKSAR Government, refers to the executive authorities of Hong Kong SAR. It was formed on 1 July 1997 in accordance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1983, an international treaty lodged at the United Nations.

Under the “one country, two systems” constitutional principle, the Government is, in law, exclusively in charge of Hong Kong’s internal affairs and external relations. The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), of which the Hong Kong government is financially independent from, is responsible for Hong Kong SAR’s defence and foreign policy.


Cyberport is a business park in Southern District, Hong Kong consisting of four office buildings, a hotel, and a retail entertainment complex. It describes itself as a digital technology community with over 1,800 digital and technology companies, including six unicorn start-ups, spanning categories of fintech, smart living, digital entertainment and esports. Cyberport is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government.