The Zürich meets Hong Kong festival took place from October 21 to 29, 2017. Around 50,000 people visited the event centre in Times Square and the Swiss Design Market.
The festival was an opportunity to showcase numerous innovations from Zurich. Among them was a virtual world in which visitors could fly over Zurich.
Furthermore, the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) presented its latest research in the field of virtual reality, while Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) used a flight simulator to demonstrate how virtual reality can simplify aircraft control.
Alongside innovations there was also culture and design. A selection of Swiss design products went on show at the Swiss Design Market in the K11 Art Concept Mall. The city of Winterthur also presented the Swiss vocational education system, which led to discussions about future questions related to the development of the economy and society.
Fintech was another important topic. An event held by the University of Zurich was dedicated to the field.
The festival occasioned several institutions in Zurich and Hong Kong to form new partnerships. For example, the ZHAW and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University are expanding their cooperation partnership.
“With Zürich meets Hong Kong, Zurich is extending its varied connections to Hong Kong,” explained the statement. These connections are also political. During the event, there were political discussions – such as with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, and Nicholas Yang, Secretary of Innovation and Technology.