BODW brought to Hong Kong some of the world\u2019s most influential and inspirational design masters\n\n\n\nAsia\u2019s leading international event on design, innovation and brands, Business of Design Week (BODW), concluded its 2018 Summit on 8 December (Saturday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.\n\n\n\nAn annual flagship event co-organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and sponsored by Create Hong Kong.\n\n\n\nBODW brought to Hong Kong some of the world\u2019s most influential and inspirational design masters, brand leaders and business figures across a large range of different industries and sectors, who inspired an international audience of over 120,000 on driving good design and business connections across all levels of society through topical presentations, forum discussions and networking events during the week.\n\n\n\nBODW is highly regarded as a valuable platform for professionals across sectors to network, exchange ideas about innovation and design and explore business opportunities. \n\n\n\nIn collaboration with this year\u2019s partner city Melbourne, BODW 2018 consisted of:\n\n\n\na main summit (3-8 December), a BODW City Programme to activate creative communities in different districts across Hong Kongand over 20 concurrent events to foster innovation and business connections that promote the development of Hong Kong\u2019s creative industries.\n\n\n\nThis year\u2019s summit took on the theme \u2018Think \u2219 Collaborate \u2219 Create\u2019. \n\n\n\nOf over 80 international speakers at the event, more than 20 came from this year\u2019s partner city Melbourne, which has won the accolade of the world\u2019s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for seven consecutive years (2011-2017). \n\n\n\nThe speakers shared the latest innovative ideas and industry insights in the fields of urban planning, architecture, culture, technology and digital design. \n\n\n\nProfessor Eric Yim, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre, the organiser of this year\u2019s BODW said, \n\n\n\n\u201cThis is the first time that BODW has teamed up with Melbourne, a unique city in the southern hemisphere. Through this meaningful partnership, BODW can reach a wider audience and create even more new business opportunities. \n\n\n\nIt has been a privilege to see the meeting of minds of these two creative hubs, and I am sure this cross-territorial exchange will continue to go from strength to strength well after the event.\u201d\n\n\n\nMrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, JP the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR officially opened this year\u2019s event on Thursday, 6 December. \n\n\n\nBODW aligns with the Hong Kong SAR\u2019s direction of cultivating design thinking and people-centred innovation and promoting wider and more strategic use of design in the city for problem solving, wealth creation and societal wellbeing. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSpreading the creative & innovation vibe around in the city\n\n\n\nHaving made its debut in Wan Chai and other districts in Hong Kong in November, the BODW City Programme is an extension of the main BODW summit. \n\n\n\nIt helps to forge collaborations between local designers, businesses and brands to celebrate good design and innovation and strengthen Hong Kong as a creative hub in Asia through exciting art installations, exhibitions, creative tours, and education and community programmes. \n\n\n\nFeaturing nearly 200 exciting happenings on a city-wide scale, BODW City Programme will prolong the momentum generated by the main summit until January 2019. \n\n\n\nBeyond the main BODW summit, a number of concurrent partner events also took place: \n\n\n\nthe DFA Awards Presentation CeremonyFASHION ASIA HONGKONGDesignInspireBIP Asia ForumdeTourWORKTECH Hong KongGDN SymposiumM+ Matters KeynoteLeadership Forum on Design Education. \n\n\n\nUnveiling\na new partnership for 2019\n\n\n\nAs this year\u2019s summit drew to a close, BODW announced the United Kingdom as the official partner country for BODW 2019. \n\n\n\nThe United Kingdom is renowned for its flourishing architecture and design communities and as a country with a creative, vibrant and exhilarating atmosphere, where arts, culture, architecture and design all thrive together. \n\n\n\nIt is home to some of the best art and design schools, and brings cutting-edge design to its world-famous architecture. \n\n\n\nWith a partner of such rich design heritage, BODW 2019 is set to be another breath-taking event for those who look for endless inspiration and meaningful cultural exchange.