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Press Release: The Gerontech And Innovation Expo Cum Summit

NGO IT – News      2017/06/16

The Gerontech And Innovation Expo Cum Summit

A Three-Day Event at HKCEC

First Large-Scale Expo And Summit on Gerontechnology in Hong Kong

Showcase Array of Innovative Gerontechnology

主禮嘉賓【Press release on 16 June 2017】The Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES) officially commenced today. Co-hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), GIES will be held from June 16 to 18 at Hall 3DE, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The GIES the first large-scale expo and summit on gerontechnology in Hong Kong and it is one of the celebration events for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.

The Expo covers approximately 5,000-square-metre exhibition floor with three main topics, namely Ideas for Ageing in Place, Ideas for Mobility and Social Inclusion as well as Ideas for Digital Innovation. 116 local and international exhibitors will showcase their inventions and products which cover all facets of daily living, including healthcare, home design, food, personal hygiene and care, digital communications, mobility enhancement, etc. Some products are even exhibited for the first time in Hong Kong.

“In this Expo, you will see and try a range of technologies, devices and inventions that are new to Hong Kong. All of them call and that knowledge about will serve as a stimulus for us to design better services, to enhance the well-being of elder people and their carers in HK.” The Hon. Mr. Bernard Chan, Chairperson of HKCSS addressed.

Auxiliary equipment is one of the highlights of this Expo. Some equipment like Robotic Walker, Stair Climber and ComfyLift (bed-wheelchair), a transformable bed-wheelchair, will be showcased in the booth of the HKCSS. Distinct from the traditional walking frame, Robotic Walker can reduce the burden of upper limbs of users to lift up the frames and move their bodies by facilitating the movement of the walker on flat ground and slope areas with power control. People with disabilities can safely climb stairs by sitting on the Stair Climber, even in narrow and spiral stairs. ComfyLift, developed by the HKCSS, can transform into bed or wheelchair by using a remote or manual device.

Elderly food is another important sector. Soft food, developed by Good Goods of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Caritas La Vie, will be showcased in the booth of ‘Healthy Eating for Seniors’; it enables elders to maintain an adequate food and nutrient intake as well as the safeness when having meals. Refined pureed diet meals featured by Japanese exhibitors are also displaying at the Expo. Also, the HKCSS will also demonstrate the 3D food printer that produces soft food in the Expo which is co-developed by other social service organisations.

The Summit provides a platform for stakeholders around the world and disciplines to exchange insights and share experience to shed light on the strategies for further gerontechnology development in Hong Kong. Over 20 workshops will open for public with focuses on specific streams of products and services, for instance, smart city development, application of robots, elderly food, walking aids, smartphone applications for elderly as well as digital healthcare.

Furthermore, during the two days summit, over 150 “future engineers” from different sectors with varied demographics will be clustered in the future camps with the theme of “Building Community for Ageing in Place,” to formulate innovative and feasible ideas to resolve the challenges raised by the ageing population. To discover various elements and potentials of the community, as well as open up broader and more diverse solutions and programmes that enable elders to enjoy their life in the community, discussions, and cooperation, will be initiated and promoted.

The problem of aging population in Hong Kong is getting severer with growing elderly population. The proportion of older people in the total population is continuing increasing, and it is expected to rise from existing 17% to 31% in 20 years which will result in the increasing demand for services for the elderly significantly. An aging population will bring challenges to the society and medical services to a certain extent. The HKCSS is celebrating its 70th anniversary of establishment this year, and its ambition is to give an impetus to gerontechnology development by bringing experts from different sectors, community leaders, and service users together. Through this expo and summit, the Council hopes by applying more gerontechnology, to uplift the quality of life of the elderly and to improve their self-care ability regarding aging in place and institutionalised settings.

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Issued by: Hong Kong Council of Social Service

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