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Symposium on Designing for a Sustainably Aging Society: Innovations, Solutions, and Strategies

Join us for an insightful exploration into the realm of inclusive design and sustainable solutions for an aging society. Delving into the intersection of inclusive design, sustainable business and operation strategies, this symposium aims to inspire and equip partitioners new insights to old problems. Through engaging discussions and interactive sessions, participants will gain valuable insights into practical innovation methods, and strategic approaches to address pressing issues such as poverty and ageing population.

This symposium also serves as a dynamic platform for like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and co-create impactful solutions. By fostering cross-sector partnerships and leveraging collective expertise, participants will identify new opportunities for addressing the multifaceted challenges of poverty and ageing in Hong Kong.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative dialogue, where we envision and design a future that promotes inclusivity, sustainability, and resilience in our aging society. Join us as we embark on a journey of innovation, collaboration, and positive change.

Date: 15th March, Friday 2024

Venue: 13th Floor, Rm 1305, M+ Museum, Lingnan@WestKowloon

Registration: Please click here





Prof. Albert Ko, Director of Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, Lingnan University

Humanitarian Technology & Inclusive Innovation



Mr. Colum Lowe, Director, Design Age Institute, Royal College of Arts, UK

Design for an Ageing Population


Networking Lunch

Sandwiches and Coffee to be provided


Mr. Nick van der Velde, Financial Inclusion Lead, Bopinc, Netherland

Base of Pyramid and Inclusive Business models for effective community impact



Ms. Angel WONG, Siu-Wai, Senior Social Work Supervisor of Caritas Community Development, Hong Kong and Ms. Mao Wong Wan Yin, Social Worker

Poverty in Hong Kong, success cases and the way forward



Prof. Albert Ko, Director of Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, Lingnan University. Prof. Ko, an accomplished tech entrepreneur and award-winning engineer, is renowned for his contributions to international disaster relief and social innovation. With a plethora of accolades spanning from the 2007 Top Outstanding Young Persons Award to the 2022 Geneva Invention Exhibition Gold Award, Albert's expertise extends across artificial intelligence, humanitarian technology, and inclusive entrepreneurship. As Programme Director of MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and MS in Humanitarian Technology and Inclusive Business at Lingnan University, he pioneers liberal arts entrepreneurship education, impacting over 2500 students annually.

Mr. Colum Lowe, Director of Design Age Institute of Royal College of Art, is a seasoned leader in inclusive design across public, private, and charitable sectors. With roles at the Ministry of Justice and Sainsbury’s Homebase, he prioritizes advancing patient safety and inclusivity. Colum's expertise extends to marginalized user groups, including those facing age-related challenges. He holds an MBA in Design Management and brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at the Design Council's flagship program, Designing Demand.

Mr. Nick van der Velde, a Financial Inclusion Lead, develops marketing and business strategies for BoP markets, blending business, marketing, and design. Specializing in user-centered design, pilot conceptualization, and business development, he supports enterprises across India and Europe. Explore his work at Nick holds a Master’s in Strategic Product Design and a Bachelor’s in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology, focusing on global challenges in agri, food, retail, and water sectors with inclusivity and sustainability.

Ms. Wong Siu Wai is a senior social work supervisor for the Community Development Service at Caritas Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Criminology from The University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Task Force on Health and Housing of the Grassroots 2021-2024 of HKCSS and the Steering Committee for Minimum Housing Standards Recommendations Report for SDUs published by Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong. After the outbreak of the 2019 epidemic, she explored how to respond to the physical and mental needs of grassroots families through “social-medical collaboration” and aims to build a “Healthy Community.