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The global spread of the COVID pandemic has had direct effects on everyday life, and the elderly population are among those bearing the brunt of the impact. On the flip side, new modes of community services, developments in gerontechnology, and innovative solutions born out of the need to adapt to COVID restrictions have gradually becoming rooted in our everyday lives.

Embracing a new mindset under COVID, join stakeholders from across Asia Pacific in identifying collaborative ways to support older people and disadvantaged groups in leading independent and fulfilling lives.

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Main Forum

Exploring Age-inclusive Communities under COVID-19

Navigating Post-pandemic Era with Social Innovation

Date : 9 Dec 2022 (Friday)
Time : 14:30-17:40
Format : Online
Language : English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation)
Download : Programme Book
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As the whole world looks to realise age-inclusive communities, it is worth looking beyond Hong Kong and the Mainland to take reference from innovative ideas in the wider Asia Pacific region, the most rapidly ageing part of the world. COVID has been a catalyst for carving new paths towards sustainable futures. The Main Forum invites social innovators from across Asia Pacific to explore and discover new possibilities for age-inclusive communities.

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Time Topic
14:30 - 14:35 Review Video
14:35 - 14:40 Guest of Honour
Ms Alice Mak, SBS, JP
Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, HKSAR Government
14:40 - 14:45 Welcome Address
Prof Ben Young
Vice President (Student and Global Affairs), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
14:45 - 15:05 Keynote 1
Mr Francis NGAI
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Topic: Community Making: the soft power of collaborative innovations
15:05 - 15:25 Keynote 2
Prof ZHANG Qiang
Director, Innovation Center for Risk Governance (ICRG), Beijing Normal University

Topic: Nothing about us without us——A case study on supporting and empowering disabled people in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in China
15:25 - 15:45 Keynote 3
Prof BIAN Zhao-Xiang
Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development), Hong Kong Baptist University

Topic: Tele-Traditional Chinese Medicine for COVID-19: from Prevention, Treatment to Rehabilitation
15:45 - 16:05 Keynote 4
Dr Justina Liu
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Topic: Virtual Hospital: the new era of health care education
16:05 - 16:25 Rising Star Sharing Session – Young Innovators
16:25 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:30 Panel Discussion:
Prof Eric CHUI
Head and Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU

Panelist 1
Mr Quyen Tran
Portfolio Development and Quality Manager, HelpAge International

Panelist 2
Ms Noriko Deno
Community Designer, Studio-L

Panelist 3
Ms Grace Chan
Business Director, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
17:30 - 17:40 Closing Remarks
Mr LING Kar-Kan, SBS
Director, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, PolyU

Guest of Honour

Welcome Address




Closing Remarks


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