- 5 Laureates of ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing and Fields Medal met young scientists in Hong Kong for the first time
Hong Kong, Jan. 21, 2019 -- To commemorate Masters of Abstraction presented by The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation and Peter Badge, Innovative Business Foundation organized Masters of Abstraction Gala Dinner and Scientific Programme on 17 and 18 January 2019 in Hong Kong. Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of HKSAR Government is the honorary supporting organization of this event.
Masters of Abstraction Gala Dinner
The gala dinner hosted at Conrad Hong Kong was officiated by Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS. Guests celebrated academic achievements of frontrunners in computing science and mathematics and pinpointed Hong Kong's unique advantage in attracting talent from all over the world.
Renowned Laureate Photographer - Mr. Peter Badge and Chairman of Innovative Business Foundation - Mr. Michael Ong talked about their collaboration experience, and Mr. Michael Ong said "Innovative Business Foundation is proud to be the organizer of this gala dinner and scientific program, IBF aims to facilitate science and culture exchange and connecting Hong Kong to the world." Mr. Peter Badge expressed, "It was a memorable and treasured experience to take portraits of the distinguished laureates!"
Chief Executive of HKSAR Mrs Carrie Lam mentioned in her opening speech that Hong Kong has implemented many initiatives to attract and nurture talent, and look forward to mutually rewarding relationship between Hong Kong and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
Managing Director of Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation - Ms. Ruth Wetzlar said, "It is wonderful that tonight's gala dinner has brought the laureates to Hong Kong, and I can't wait meeting local students at the scientific program." Five renowned laureates also shared their views on science development on stage.
Distinguished VIP guests include:
- Renowned Laureate Photographer, Mr. Peter Badge,
- Managing Director of Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation - Ms. Ruth Wetzlar,
- CEO of Association for Computing Machinery - Prof. Dr. Vicki L. Hanson,
- General Secretary of International Mathematical Union - Prof. Dr. Helge Holden,
- Recipient of ACM Prize in Computing 2016 - Prof. Dr. Alexei A. Efros,
- Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award 2015 - Prof. Dr. Martin Edward Hellman,
- Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award 1986, Prof. Dr. John Edward Hopcroft,
- Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award 2007, Prof. Dr. Joseph Sifakis,
- Recipient of Fields Medal 1994, Prof. Dr. Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov,
- Director Emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Mr. Marc Pachter, and more.
Masters of Abstraction Scientific Programme
The Masters of Abstraction Scientific Programme was held on 18 January 2019 at Ngan Pui Ying Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Anchored on the theme of "How AI and Big Data are Driving Innovation?" five distinguished Laureates shared their wisdom with over 200 young Hong Kong scientists and students to foster new innovative ideas, and to create a better future for the next generation.
The programme kicked off by opening speech by Chairman of Innovative Business Foundation - Mr. Michael Ong, Associate Vice President (Research Support) of PolyU - Prof. Guohua Chen, Associate Vice President (Research Support), Managing Director of Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation - Ms. Ruth Wetzlar and Chairman of STEM Education Alliance - Dr. Cheung Chak Chun. The event received overwhelming response from aspiring students.
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About Innovative Business Foundation
Innovative Business Foundation (IBF) is an independent private foundation established by Mr. Michael Ong in 2008. It aims to provide an interactive platform to connect worldwide scientists, economists, entrepreneurs and students to exchange valuable scientific and business knowledge, also to promote the significance of science and innovation, to increase the public's knowledge of science, as well as foster a greater appreciation for the work scientists have done in Hong Kong and mainland China.
The core objective of IBF is to bring together the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs, to empower and cultivate their entrepreneurial potential, to facilitate the advancement of entrepreneurs, and to unlock their fullest potential with industry experts. IBF will host annual forum to help scientists, investors and entrepreneurs fostering organic connections, innovative ideas and potential business relationships.