GREAT Festival of Innovation places creativity at its heart

The GREAT Britain Campaign and Department for International Trade have revealed the enticing programme for the GREAT Festival of Innovation taking place in Hong Kong on 21–24 March 2018.

Over four days, the festival will offer a series of thought-provoking and lively keynotes, masterclasses, showcases, installations and performances involving industry leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, educationalists, and futurologists to an audience from the UK, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and further afield. There will also be plenty of showcases for high-quality products, creativity and experiences throughout the four days at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Speakers throughout the festival include Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art; Dr Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum; John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation; Richard Deverell, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and many more from fintech to banking and Google to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The four days are split by theme:

Day 1 – Work

The world of work has changed. Technology has created new industries, business models and behaviours. To kickstart the GREAT Festival of Innovation, we’ll explore how work is being transformed by innovation, radical ideas and disruptive technology. Audiences will discover how savvy businesses are evolving and working together to adapt to these changes – and how they’re prospering. We’ll discuss the importance of free trade, sustainable energy, cybersecurity, fintech, artificial intelligence, future workplaces and much more.

With an opening keynote by The Rt Hon Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, the day features discussions on topics like 'The Future of Free Trade', 'Powering Tomorrow's Ideas', 'Dawn of the AI Age', and 'Disruption in Business'.

Day 2 – Live

By 2050, cities will be home to 70% of the planet’s projected 9 billion inhabitants. What will these numbers mean for the way we live, eat, travel and co-exist with nature? From smart cities to autonomous transport, sustainable farming to alternative energy sources, technology will help determine both our quality of life and the health of the planet. On Day 2, the Festival will explore these issues and show how innovative solutions and international cooperation will be the key to prosperity and happiness on a global scale.

Day 2 will feature highlights like 'Smart Cities: From Simulations to Citizens', 'Mapping the Future City', 'Sensory Futures', 'Inclusive Innovation', and 'Future Food and Farming'.

Day 3 – Play

The way we play is changing. Consumers are becoming curators, choosing immersive experiences and brands that connect on a emotional level. Wellbeing, adventure travel and luxury goods are no longer just for the elite, and sustainability is becoming vital. The way we watch and play sports is shifting, with art and technology playing a key role at global events like the Olympics. Join us on Day 3 as cultural leaders explore how innovation, technology and creative thinking will alter the future of fashion, luxury, art and sport.

A highly diverse day of panels and discussion, Day 3 includes 'Consumer Trends That Matter', 'Fashion through the Looking Glass', 'The Future of Sport', 'Storytelling: A Constant in a Changing World', 'New Destinations: Culture and Commerce', 'Creating a Culture of Culture' and 'Tomorrow's Creators'.

Day 4 – Learn

The UK’s Higher Education is an experience full of life-changing learning. Whether measured by patents filed, commercial impact of research or adoption of innovation practices, UK universities have a world-class reputation for being hubs that enhance creativity. On the last day of the GREAT Festival of Innovation, our audience will meet illustrious alumni and discover new modes of learning that will help them change the world. At the Festival, they’ll become cultural explorers and leave inspired by what living and studying in the UK can offer them. Because the next generation can give as much as they receive, they’ll be invited to take part in future challenges and hacks with industry experts, and have the opportunity to share their own unique perspectives on how we will live, work and play in the future.

Day 4's highlights include 'Healthy partnerships', 'Down to Earth: Space Innovation', and 'Ask an Entrepreneur'.


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