Friday, 17 November 2017
JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
10 Speakers


The Innovation Forum is specifically designed for senior executives and decision makers who are responsible for the finance, information, technology, strategy, education, and marketing for their organization and whoever are charged with driving innovation and new development—across industries and sectors within their entities.

Attendees will participate in a half day event marked with stimulating/insightful sharing as well as interactive discussion with world renowned experts. This year, the forum bestows on a hot technology: Blockchain.

Theme for 2017 – Investment: from growth to sustainability

Featured Topics

  • Specific topic - Blockchain: Hype or Hope
  • Investment Decision: Incremental Innovation & Breakthrough Innovation
  • The criteria of measuring a successful investment in innovation
  • The significance of investing in Breakthrough and Sustainable Innovation

Questions we’ll answer include:

  • Blockchain and its future
  • Why we prefer investing in Breakthrough/Disruptive Innovation but frequently ending up in investing Incremental Innovation instead?
  • Is financial return the only element for measuring innovation success?
  • How to foresee and be prepared for investing in sustainable innovation?
  • What are the key factors that push the technology investor or the corporate to invest/acquire the innovation opportunities?

WHAT “IBF 2017” IS

Innovation and Breakthrough Forum (IBF) is the annual flagship event hosted by the Cooperatives of Innovative Intellectuals, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong that champions innovations. November 2017 marks our third annual IBF conference.


Investment: from growth to sustainability

Sustainability is a fashionable word recently. How do you apply it to the business and investment community searching for the next explosive growth? How do we evaluate new innovative opportunities under these premises?


We bring a group of the world’s leading innovators, investors and executives to come together and share their insights, experiences and wisdoms on the theme topic and explore with us the future of innovation and investment.

Uniqueness & Innovative:

Our speakers with proven track records synchronously converge on our theme because of their different backgrounds and disciplines.


We, Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals Limited, have been incorporated in Hong Kong as a company limited by guarantee. We have been registered as a charity organization under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

Our uniqueness are our embracement of diversity and our members’ direct involvements and proven achievements in innovation.

For our mission, belief and people, please tour

Mr. Ian Huang
Mr. Ian Huang
Chairman, Co-operatives of
Innovative Intelliectuals


It is both an honor and a privilege to deliver this statement on behalf of the Board of Directors and on my personal behalf.

The world we live in today is significantly different from what it was 3 or 5 years ago and continues to rapidly change. Technology driven by Internet has unraveled new paradigms including in the fields of business, education, and engineering. Because of the large scale of momentum from different dimensions, there are plenty of mysteries and misunderstandings regarding innovations. There come the needs to identify and interlink the excitements, the supports, the enablers, the realities and the visions.

Because of such needs, we have propelled ourselves to invite many elites with proven track records and similar value for championing our objectives together.

Not only many of our fellows and members are alumni from the world leading universities (including but not limited to California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of Hong Kong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, etc.) but also their achievements and contributions have been outstanding and consequential. I am fortunate, privileged and proud to be associated with all of them.

The Innovation and Breakthrough Forum (IBF) is our flagship event that we hold annually. For 2017, our theme is “Investment: from growth to sustainability”. We chose this theme to showcase the attractiveness of investing in breakthrough innovation with sustainability. Such amalgamation is critically important but rarely addressed in public.

We treasure the opportunity that a world renowned scientist with impeccable track records in internetworking and network security, would impart her view and analysis on Blockchain.

We hereby take this opportunity to inaugurate our theme and agenda this year and sincerely trust all of us can blossom further with your participations and supports.

Meet Us on November 17, 2017