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Innovation Summit 2016 Is Chinese innovation changing the world?
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Innovation Summit 2016 Is Chinese innovation changing the world?

When: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Contact: Sunnie Sun
2585 3312

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Innovation Summit 2016



Is Chinese innovation changing the world? The Innovation Summit 2016 will examine what lessons the world's great innovators can offer China, and what ideas and insights it can share in return.

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Read The Economist article "Fast and furious: Chinese private firms are embracing innovation".

Until recently, China was considered an innovation absorber, simply copying ideas from elsewhere to roll out to local and foreign markets. The gloss has recently come off China’s miracle economy, yet there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful as well. Today, Chinese firms are recognised as innovators on the world stage. Alibaba, Tencent and DJI are at the top of the corporate tree and making headlines along with Apple, Google and Uber.

The most successful Chinese entrepreneurs have adopted a global outlook. They have bolstered their innovative capabilities by collaborating with and acquiring international firms. Many of China’s leading innovators are placing their research and development facilities in talent and innovation hubs like Silicon Valley. Likewise, Western companies are doing R&D in China, not just to tap into the country’s manufacturing capabilities but also to innovate inside China and bring the results to the rest of the world. Some Western companies are beginning to adopt uniquely Chinese business models and innovation methods to accelerate their innovation and commercialisation processes. The question is no longer whether China can innovate, but what the rest of the world can learn from the ways it does so.

Yet, critics argue that institutional barriers to innovation, including internet censorship and weak intellectual property protections, restrain China’s innovators and entrepreneurs. The private sector also faces competition from lumbering state-owned enterprises, which divert resources from more productive businesses. China’s president, Xi Jinping, wants to turn China into an innovation-driven economy by 2020. But can government-mandated innovation in a complex, partially closed economy save China’s growth prospects?



Speakers & Agenda

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Kathy Xu

Founder and managing partner, Capital Today


Ya-Qin Zhang 

Ya-Qin Zhang

President, Baidu

If you would like to submit a speaker for consideration please send a concise, 100 word pitch, one or two videos of the proposed speaker, a biography and any relevant articles to ( for World Ocean Summit only). Please note that we receive a large volume of requests for speaking, and will consider each based on suitability for our programme. We may not be able to make a final decision on your speaking role until closer to the event, but will keep your request on file for consideration.


Why attend?

The Innovation Summit 2016 will convene more than 180 C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and critical thinkers from China and the surrounding region to discuss how the rise of a dynamic private sector reshape China and the world.

Featured topics

  • China’s innovation economy
  • Has Chinese innovation leapfrogged the rest?
  • China: Global innovation hub?
  • Measuring innovation: What’s in a ranking?
  • The clash of ideologies: Does government-led innovation work?
  • Can innovation save China’s economy?

Audience testimonials


“The event was brilliant, informative and dynamic. There was lots of topical information and incredible people to interact and learn with. It began to lift the veil of the future a little.” Head of innovation, LendLease

“One of the best innovation events I have ever participated in.”Consul, Innovation, Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai

“The event was a highly relevant event for any executives who are looking to innovate and revolutionize their industries. The diversity of the speakers’ backgrounds and hands-on insights into innovation is highly valuable for chief innovation officers.” Board director and assistant chief executive officer, Shenzhen Fountain








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