March 27, 2020

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November 20, 2019

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November 19, 2019

Agorize at Web Wednesday (V121)

Innovation is all the rage in the corporate world and we're going to dig deep into how it really works!

For our 121st Web Wednesday Social Mixer, we are excited to interview Mathieu Toulemonde about his journey from young French hacker to Asia CEO of Agorize, a world leader in online open innovation challenges.

Their offering is extremely timely as they tap into the huge demand for crowd-sourcing new business ideas, as well as some good CSR /PR, for companies who want to engage the wider community of innovators (students, developers and startups).

The numbers speak for themselves: in the last three months, his team of 35 people has enticed 10,000 participants who have proposed 3,000 innovative projects to 15 corporate clients!

In Asia, their clients include: BNP Paribas, HK Science Park, Electrolux, Linkedin HK, Microsoft HK and Amazon.

Mathieu practices what he preaches and is very proud of having successfully developed an internal culture of innovation for which he has recently been awarded the "Best Employer Brand 2019".

We will be hosting the event at Levels Club in Central Hong Kong, 2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. [Google Maps]

Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and the fireside chat begins at 7:20pm or so. We close up at 9pm. We charge an entrance fee of HK$100, which you can either pay at the door or in advance (preferred method), via PayMe.

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November 7, 2019

Video interview - Tech Titans of China

For those of your who couldn't make it to last night's Web Wednesday interview with veteran tech journalist, media entrepreneur and China watcher, Rebecca Fannin, talking about her new book, "Tech Titans of China".

Hosted at LinkedIn's welcoming and flashy offices in Hong Kong on 6th November, 2019.

November 6, 2019

We accept PayMe!

Thanks to the digital team at HSBC, we can now accept payment via PayMe. Simply scan the QR code below with your PayMe mobile app, enter the amount and confirm payment. The entrance fee for our events is HK$100, which includes one complimentary drink, an insightful (often entertaining) interview and top-notch networking. Thank you for your support!

November 5, 2019

Behind the Scenes at LinkedIn Hong Kong

October 25, 2019

SCMP Redefining Hong Kong - The Future of Payments

The South China Morning Post recently asked me to host a roundtable discussion on "Redefining Hong Kong - The Future of Payments". Here is their summary of the findings. 

Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world to introduce a cashless payment system when the Octopus card was launched in 1997. While little has changed in the city's digital payments ecosystem, other countries around the world have raced ahead in the drive towards cashless economies.

What can be done to help Hong Kong catch up in the mobile payment industry?

Key suggestions from the Redefining Hong Kong audience.

Panelists: (from left) The South China Morning Post's technology reporter Zen Soo; Managing Partner, Asia Pacific FinTech and Innovation Financial Services, EY, Effie Xin; Chief Executive Officer of Octopus Holdings Limited Sunny Cheung Yiu-tong; and Decathlon Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Marc Zielinski.

1. Hong Kong needs a mindset change

A panel of experts played down the notion that mainland China is much more advanced than Hong Kong in terms of the technology of mobile payments, saying it was more of a 'perception' issue among consumers.


It is no surprise that everyone in the audience agrees that we need to move further to a cashless society, but the question is, how?

3. Convenience, incentives and improve the process

Is Hong Kong ready to go cashless - perhaps we should go coinless first? Audience members have suggested that incentivising and improving the process will help encourage consumers' adoption to digital payments.

4. Data, privacy and regulation

There are concerns around privacy and data in Hong Kong. One of the key questions is who owns the data in Hong Kong? It seems that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has made it really clear but more regulatory clarity on the usage of data and whether the government has access to that data still needs to be given. People are willing to give their data in exchange for convenience and better product development, but more transparency is needed on how the data is used after it's collected.

A BIG THANK YOU to our platinum sponsor, EY, speakers and roundtable facilitators for their support of our Redefining Hong Kong series.