Victor Lam

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Big Data and Artificial Intelligence – the Digital Frontier for Building Hong Kong as a Smart City

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region released the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong in December 2017, with the vision to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city. The Blueprint maps out development plans for the next five years to enhance the effectiveness of city management, improve people's quality of living, and increase Hong Kong's attractiveness and sustainability by making use of innovation and technology. Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence all play an important role to support the vision. In this session, Mr. Lam will share with the audience the measures the Government are taking to facilitate the development of big data analytics and artificial intelligence in the Government and the industry.

Mr Victor Lam joined the Hong Kong Government as an Analyst/Programmer in August 1985, immediately after his graduation from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Computer Studies.

Being an information technology (IT) professional, Mr Lam has provided IT service to various government departments, including Housing Department, Customs and Excise Department, the former Trade Department and the former Information Technology Services Department. He was the project manager of the Air Cargo Clearance System in preparation for the opening of the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok in 1997-98. In 1998-2001, he completed a review on the “.hk” domain name administration regime and facilitated the establishment of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation. He assumed the position of Chief Systems Manager (Human Resources) of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer in 2002-05 to take forward a series of cultural and organisational change programmes of the Office. He took up the Assistant Government Chief Information Officer position in 2006 to help government departments transform their businesses through IT. Currently he is the Deputy Government Chief Information Officer.

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