A Grand Launch of 2017 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference

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Supported by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Guangzhou Municipal Government, the conference is hosted by International Data Group (IDG), co-hosted by Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission, co-organized by the Publicity Department of Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee, the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Industry and Information Technology Commission of Guangzhou Municipality, organized by IDG World Expo, and also supported by ChinaSF, an economic initiative of San Francisco. 

Government officials attending the ceremony included Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou; Wang Dong, Deputy Mayor of Guangzhou; Zheng Haitao, Deputy Director-General of Guangdong Science and Technology Department; Ma Zhengyong, Party Secretary of Haizhu District, Guangzhou; Wang Guilin, Director of Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission, and many others from Guangzhou Publicity Department, Guangzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission, the Industry and Information Technology Commission of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Education Bureau, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangzhou Municipality, the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Administration of Sports of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, Tianhe District, Haizhu District, Development District, Nansha District, etc.

Representatives of Consulate Generals in Guangzhou from the United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Senegal, Brazil, Cambodia, Qatar, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Chile, Laos, Nepal, Mali, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Congo, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Argentina, etc. also attended the conference.

The Mayor of Guangzhou, Wen Guohui said: “Guangzhou is a powerful city of national science and technology. TheIAB(information technology, artificial intelligence and bio-pharmaceuticals) plan is being fully implemented, with artificial intelligence achieving the most important development.” As the organizer of the conference, Hugo Shong, Global Chairman of IDG Capital Partners put forward: “We want to converge ideas and talents for China, Guangdong and Guangzhou in the field of AI through the platform of Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference.”

Themed as “Meet Future. Here!” the conference featured a main forum, 13 parallel forums, Guangzhou Internet+ Technology think tank closed meeting, Canton Tower the Best appreciation dinner, an awards ceremony and many other activities. More than a hundred top industrial leaders from all walks of life will deliver over 30 keynote speeches covering fields of industry design, intelligent medical, sports, content entrepreneurship, etc. The scene has also set up Realis VR multiplayer interactive experience zone and the exposition zone of cutting-edge technology of all fields, fan meeting of Piero Scaruffi with his book who is the founder of Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in USA, also the founder and a full-time tutor of the special training camp.

Artificial intelligence is the global focus right now. McKinsey in its report, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: IMPLICATIONS FOR CHINA, declared that China and the United States are the world leaders in the field of AI research and development. China has demonstrated unprecedented sensitivity and foresight in the field of AI development.

The highlight of 2017 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference was AI. Guests speakers at the main forum, “In Fact, We Are All Artificial Intelligence“, on Oct.12th, were business leaders and world-renowned scholars including Hugo Shong, Global Chairman of IDG Capital Partners; Zhang Jianwei, Director of Multimodal Technology Institute of the Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg in Germany, and an academician of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, Germany; Piero Scaruffi, the founder of Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in USA and the founder and a full-time tutor of the special training camp; Peter Marx, Senior Project Vice President of GE Digital; James Shen, Global Vice President of Qualcomm and General Manager of Qualcomm Ventures, China; Wang Pei, Associate Professor of Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University, US; Joe Weinman, the father of “Cloudonomics” and a new economy strategist; Wang Jianya, President of Nokia Bell; Cui Baoqiu, Chief Architect of MI Science and Technology Co., Ltd. and Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Platform; Bruce Bateman, CTO of Lite-On Technology Corporation; Todd Rufo, Director of Economic and Labor Development Bureau of San Francisco; Wang Yang, President of Cybernaut; Chen Yongzheng, Vice President of Hon Hai Group; Xu Yong, founder and CEO of AC Accelerator. This has embodied that this is a professional, high-end, authoritative and international conference, in which the guests are to provide a high-quality intellectual feast for the audience. In the two summit dialogues themed as “From China to Silicon Valley, the Present and the Future of AI ” and “Is the Capital to Fuel AI, or AI to Make A Bright ‘Money’ Way“, the in-depth exchanges of top global leaders from the fields of science, technology and capital brought the audience more in-depth understanding of artificial intelligence.

In the afternoon of Oct.12th, there was a grand activity: during the 2nd Guangzhou Internet+ Technology think tank closed meeting, the Mayor of Guangzhou, Wen Guohui conferred “Engagement Letter of Senior Advisor of Scientific and Technological Industry of Guangzhou Municipal Government” to more than 10 experts such as Piero Scaruffi, Joe Weinman, Peter Marx, Wang Jianya, Zhu Dongfang, Wang Yang, Cui Baoqiu, Wang Pei, Zhang Jianwei, Chen Zhenguo, Zhu Mingyue. Deputy Mayor of Guangzhou Wang Dong, Director of Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission Wang Guilin, and officials from Guangzhou Publicity Department, Guangzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Industry and Information Technology Commission of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Education Bureau, Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangzhou Municipality, Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, Administration of Sports of Guangzhou Municipality, Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, Tianhe District, Haizhu District, Development District, Nansha District, etc. also attended the conference.

2016 Senior Advisors of Guangzhou Municipal Government like Hugo Shong, James Shen, Yang Fei, and 2016 Senior Advisors of Internet Industry of Guangzhou Municipal Government like Xu Yong also attended the Conference. The advisors jointly provided advice to promote Guangzhou’s IAB plan.

Five parallel forums were held in the afternoon of Oct. 12th, including Internet + Intelligent Medical Industry Forum, Analysis Forum of Innovative Education Trend, Special Forum for Imagination Creating Good Products and AI + Industrial Design Creativity, Financial Technology Development Summit, Network and Computer Security Technology Summit, during which application of AI in various fields and development prospects were discussed.

Five more parallel forums were held on Oct. 13th, including the 6th China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (Guangzhou, Guangdong Division) and the 2nd Yangcheng “Kechuang Cup” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Awards, Analysis Forum of Paid Knowledge and Content Entrepreneurship, Special Forum for Internet + Sports Industry, Guangzhou Summit of “Data Value Leading to Business Revolution, Explore Win-win Development” Internet+ China Service Trade Conference, Global VR / AR and Pan Entertainment Industry Development Summit, Sharing Forum for Scene Application of Internet of Things, Analysis Forum of Scenario Trends in Consumption Upgrading Era, and Special Forum for Professional Efficiency Improvement & Enterprise Service. The experts once again were sparked by the collision of ideas from different fields.

The Intelligent Sports Life Carnival, artificial intelligence products interactive area and more exciting activities were held between October 12th -13th, providing excellent auditory and visual experiences.

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