Doing GREAT work in Hong Kong
The GREAT Festival of Innovation took place across four days in March 2018 and saw over 1,500 people hear from 160 world leading experts. Attendees also enjoyed over 25 showcases of innovative new businesses, ideas and technology.
The Festival celebrated collaboration and support between British and Asian businesses, governments, cultural and educational institutions. Taking place at the Asia Society,the venue was transformed to allow multiple speaker sessions, arts performances and live events to take place all at the same time.
Designed to forge closer trading links between the UK and Asia, through the Government’s GREAT campaign, the Festival ensured there was a provocative debate on what the future will look like and how innovation can rise to those challenges.
Launched by Secretary of State for International Trade, The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, with speakers from across Asia, including founder and chairman of the Sanpower Group Yuan Yafei, the Festival featured:
- Exclusive screenings of record breaking British TV exports BBC’s Top Gear and Blue Planet
- An exploration into new robot technologies showing how scaled-down machinery could transform food production by doing away with the need for big farm machinery
- An art installation from Bompas and Parr allowing delegates to experience the London sky line paired with a gin and tonic infused fog.
Future concepts explored at the Festival include companion robots to monitor the vital signs of the elderly; vertical villages with arable farming taking place several storeys into the sky and plants fed using nitrogen converted from car exhaust emissions; new drone delivery systems to reduce congestion on roads; product design taking place via gaming-style virtual reality technology; and how embroidered metals can be used as circuitry in washable fabrics to pioneer medical care.
Our mission was to support the UK’s quest to further its reputation as a leader in innovation working as part of a communications team from both the UK and Hong Kong. Enjoy a taster of the GREAT Festival of Innovation herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYzFDof1nvU