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Europe Paves The Way at Nanjing Tech Week 2020

Over One Million to ‘Attend’ a Virtual Tech Week


Nanjing, Jiangsu, China – WEBWIRE

Leading European Tech Experts and Politicians ‘Gather’ in Virtual Venues for Nanjing Tech Week, Showcasing the World’s Latest Technologies

Speakers include:

  • François Hollande, Former French President
  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former French Prime Minister
  • Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, innovation and attractiveness issues
  • Dr Simon Gage, CEO of Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Markus Grundmann, Partner at SENOVO, a German investment institution
  • Dr Richard Bussow, General Manager of Industrial Analytics-a, German startup
  • Stefano Pisani, President Cittaslow International
  • Roberta Tardani, Mayor of Orvieto, Italy
  • Representative of Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai

China’s eastern city Nanjing will hold 2020 Nanjing Tech Week (22-26 June 2020) virtually for the first time, showcasing break-through technologies. While temporary travel restrictions make a large international gathering difficult, by going online, the second Nanjing Tech Week has turned a negative into a positive, enabling the event to reach over one million people globally.

With the theme of “Clouds Gathering at the World’s Summit,” the online global nature of the event is being billed as an “International Circle of Friends” in a clear reference to WeChat’s ubiquitous “Moments” feature. The event will see virtual exhibitions of over 460 latest technologies, landmark projects, solutions for local developments, as well as video displays and 25 webinars. Conferences will be held remotely with scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and bankers participating via video link supported by 5G, VR and AR technologies. The online audiences across all online events is expected to exceed one million making it one of the biggest tech weeks ever hosted.

As one of the signature activities of the 2020 Nanjing Tech Week, an entrepreneurship contest has so far attracted hundreds of projects including those in the fields of software information services, new energy vehicles, biomedicine, AI, and integrated circuits. The finals will be held on 25 June in Nanjing, with Hangzhou and Moscow and St. Petersburg as two virtual venues.

Through open cooperation, open innovation and open sharing, it is hoped to promote the Nanjing investment environment to both domestic and foreign investors. Over 3,000 participants have confirmed their attendance to date, including Chinese and overseas academicians, senior government officials, relevant government agencies, presidents of universities and research institutes, prominent entrepreneurs and investors.

At the Nanjing-Paris Partnership Innovation Cooperation session, Hollande, former French President and Qin Shuo, former editor-in-chief of China Business News, will deliver keynote speeches. China and France will share a dialogue on the themes of Sino-French industrial innovation and culturally urban innovation, and will sign contracts around park cooperation and innovation platforms. In addition, the Chinese and French Enterprise Club will also be announced, which will enable Chinese and French entrepreneurs to knowledge share, discuss and work on business opportunities and share resources.

Another key pillar of the event is the “Cloud Global Summit” section including three sub-sections of guest country connection: Guest-to-Guest Connections, T20 Innovation Cooperation, and Overseas Partner Innovation Dialogue. T20 is the term coined to collectively describe 20 overseas countries or regions which Nanjing Tech Week deems innovators. We can expect video speeches from high-level officials of guest countries, a T20-Nanjing cooperation achievement exposition, a T20 Innovation City and a Governance Forum.

Another session at Nanjing’s Tech Week is the T20 Gulou-Edinburgh Innovation Dialogue where British startups will engage in a dialogue on the theme of innovation. Dr. Simon Gage, CEO of Edinburgh International Science Festival, will discuss the Edinburgh Science Festival and unveil the exhibition “A Human Touch: How We Have Shaped Our Planet.”

Throughout the week, Nanjing will also work with other famous cities such as London, Orvieto, Berlin and Amsterdam and discuss the topics of culturally empowered cities, innovative development, green and smart agriculture, and other new development paths.

According to Liu Hongwen, who heads up the international arm of the Innovation Week Organising Committee: 

“We hope that each event can be closely integrated with the development advantages of Nanjing and the characteristics of each sector. While highlighting the in-depth participation of talent, enterprises and institutions, they also illustrate the mutual support and deep integration of both innovative city construction and the development of landmark industries. 

“A series of activities will create a window to tell the world about the urban development concept and practical actions of Nanjing, with the aim of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, so as to attract domestic and foreign innovation resources to gather in Nanjing.”

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Notes to Editors
 

Theme of Nanjing Tech Week: “Understanding City Innovation”

Schedule

Guest country connection – Scotland 

19th June 2020 at 13:00 CEST via site (https://nanjingtechweek.com/)

Place: Shiumi Qinhuai Block (offline and online). 

T20 Gulou Edinburgh innovation conversation

Attendees will include Nanjing city leaders, representatives of Edinburgh’s scientific and technological circles, including Dr Simon Gage, CEO of Edinburgh International Science and Technology Festival.

Dr Simon Gage will give an online speech to celebrate the opening of Nanjing Tech Week 2020, share the missions and vision of Edinburgh International Science and Technology Festival, unveil “ A Human Touch: How We Have Shaped Our Planet ” a large-scale, outdoor photography exhibition in Nanjing from June 19th to June 26th. 

There will be online dialogues on innovation between Bitish high-tech innovation enterprises and Chinese companies. 

Guest country connection – Germany 

23rd June 9:00-11:00 CEST via Zoom or via site (https://nanjingtechweek.com/)

Dialogue on “Nanjing opportunities” of Sino-European innovation entities in “four new” actions.

Speakers:

  • Phuong Do, Global CEO, Startupbootcamp

  • Markus Grundmann, Partner at SENOVO, a German investment institution

  • DR Richard Bussow, General Manager of Industrial Analytics-a, a German start-up

  • Xie Qin, Minister of Investment Promotion of Qilin Science and Technology Innovation Park Investment Promotion Bureau 

Speakers will discuss the impact of corona virus on innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe from their different perspectives. They will also discuss “Nanjing opportunities” of Sino-European innovation entities in “four new” actions. There will be time for questions at the end.

Guest country connection – France

23rd June 8:30-11:00 CEST via https://nanjingtechweek.com/

at Nanjing Zijin Mountain science and technology city (China Wireless Valley)   

Main Theme: Nanjing-Paris Partnership Innovation Cooperation and the 3rd China-France Innovation Cooperation Development Conference

Hollande, former French President and Qin Shuo, former editor-in-chief of the China Business News, will deliver keynote speeches. China and France will share and dialogue on the themes of Sino-French industrial innovation and culturally urban innovation, and  will sign contracts around park cooperation and innovation platforms. In addition, the Chinese and French Enterpreneurs Club will be also introduced that would create a good platform for Chinese and French entrepreneurs and playing an active role in achieving business opportunities and resource sharing.

Moderator: Hosted by Ms. Yang Lan, a Chinese media proprietor, journalist, and talk show host

There will be two keynote speeches; 

  1. China-France industrial innovation

    Wei Jianguo, Former Vice Minister of Commerce; Vice President of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE)
    Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former French Prime Minister
     

  2. Innovation and development of cities with cultural empowerment

    Shu Yong, Chinese contemporary artist, artwork creator of ‘Golden Bridge on the Silk Road’
    Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, innovation and attractiveness issues
    Marion Waller, advisor to Jean-Louis Missika

 

Dialogue with Yang Lan

Guests to join the dialogue with Yang Lan:

  1. Yuming Sun, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in France (online)
  2. Bruno Bézard, Managing partner of Cathay Capital and Former head of French treasury (online)
  3. Christophe Lauras, President of CCI FRANCE CHINE (offline)
  4. Genxiang WANG, Director of the Shanghai Global Science and Technology Innovation Center (SGSTIC) of UNIDO (offline)
  5. Maxime Finet, head of overseas mergers and acquisitions at CITIC private equity funds (offline)
  6. Jie Jiang, vice-president of Tencent Cloud (offline)
  7. Yunfei Huang, vice-president of iFlytek, a well-known intelligent speech and artificial intelligence publicly listed company in the Asia-Pacific Region (offline)

 

Signing the contracts for park cooperation and innovation platforms

  1. Park cooperation:
    • Signing the contract on strategic collaboration framework with Sophia Antipolis - the first technology park created in France, in 1969.
    • Signing the contract on strategic collaboration framework with Marseille Provence Technology Park

  2. Innovation platforms
    • Signing contract with France OuiCrea  Offshore Incubator
    • Signing contract with Station L Offshore Incubator 

 

Inauguration Ceremony of the Chinese and French Enterpreneurs Club

 

Guest country connection – Italy

23rd June 10am CEST online via site (https://nanjingtechweek.com/).

T20 Cloud Cooperation conference for Tourism business - Cittaslow Town between China and Italy 

Guests:

  • Xiaobing Li, head of Jiangsu Province Gaochun International Cittaslow Town- China’s First Cittaslow Town

  • Guihao LI, director of Jiangsu Province Gaochun International Cittaslow Town- China’s First Cittaslow Town

  • Stefano Pisani, President Cittaslow International

  • Pier Giorgio Olivetti, Secretary-General of Cittaslow International

  • Mayor of Orvieto

  • Wang Fan, Ambassador of Cittaslow International

 

The session will encourage both sides (Gaochun district in Nanjing in China and Orvieto in Italy) to hold a discussion about each other’s tourism products and featured local products, promote Gaochun tourism investment environment. The session will discuss how to establish a smooth and efficient online exchange mechanism with the headquarter of Cittaslow International in Italy, build a bridge for Sino Italian Cittaslow Economic and trade cooperation. Gaochun district in Nanjing and Orvieto will also discuss building the friendship cities. 

 

Guest country connection – Netherlands

23rd June 2020 at 8:30-10:30 CEST via site (https://nanjingtechweek.com/)

Theme: Collaboration between Nanjing Agriculture and Technology Innovation Industries Demonstration Zone and Netherlands green and smart agriculture enterprises 

 

Attendees:

  • Leaders from  Nanjing Municipal City, Nanjing Science and Technology Bureau,Nanjing Agriculture Bureau, Nanjing Agriculture and Technology Innovation Industries Demonstration Zone

  • Representative of Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai

  • Project representative of Netherlands green and smart agriculture enterprises roadshow

  • Chinese investors of green and smart agriculture industries 

  • Representative of Chinese agriculture and food universities

 

The session will promote the Nanjing Agriculture and Technology Innovation Industries Demonstration Zone and then focus on Netherlands green and smart agriculture enterprises special roadshow to faciilate the bilateral collaboration. 

 



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