Rise Conference Is Back in Hong Kong! (Plus a GFA Meetup Happening)

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One of the biggest startup events in Asia (I would be confident to say biggest!) is back at it again in Hong Kong this July. Rise Conference is up for its third annual massive startup event.

What Is The Rise Conference?

If you’re asking this, you must be hiding under a rock 😉

The Rise Conference is the biggest tech and startup event in Asia. It is organized by the Web Summit group of conferences – yes, the Web Summit in Europe that is the biggest startup conference there. The Web Summit team has branched out with massive tech and startup events all around the globe – and Rise Conf is the Asia one for startups.

Casey Lau is our local evangelist for the Rise Conference, as the co-host of the event. Over the years (more than a decade now!) he has been consistently helping grow the startup community on a grassroots level in HK, and by enabling it to get to the next level now that the Rise Conference is here.

Rise Definition from the Organizers themselves

Of course, it’s best they say it themselves, this is what Rise Conf says on their homepage:

RISE is produced by the team behind Web Summit. In 6 short years, Web Summit has become Europe’s largest tech conference which last year attracted 53,000 attendees from 136 countries around the world.

In July 2017, people from the world’s biggest companies and most exciting startups will come to Hong Kong to share their stories and experiences at RISE. They’ll be joined by major global media, hundreds of investors and thousands of attendees for three days of legendary networking.
Rise Conference Homepage

Tons of Events inside of Rise

This event is so huge, there are massive events inside of it. I spent time going through each of these sections on Riseconf.com’s massive website and took some highlights. Please check their official website for the latest details and full details on each of these conferences inside of their massive RISE.

AutoTech (iOT)

AutoTech is the world’s leading gathering for autonomous vehicles, connected cars and the internet of things. AutoTech connects thousands of leading companies, engineers, developers, experts and hobbyists.

A ticket to AutoTech is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of AutoTech’s sessions, as well as several other conferences held during RISE.

AutoTech is the place to join the revolution redefining how we interact with everyday products. Leaders will share their ideas on how the world is adapting to the new wave of products allowing us remote control over all aspects of our lives. Topics will discuss cars, robotics, drones, IOT, and wearables.

binate.io (Big Data)

Data specialists from companies like LinkedIn, Yandex and Salesforce will explore the latest developments and most interesting applications of data science today – and more importantly, tomorrow.

Is Donald Trump in the White House because of data science? Is data the reason the UK is leaving the EU? From the stories on the international news agenda to the products we’re advertised; from the design of cities in which we live to the health care we receive, we live in a data-driven world. Make sense of it all at binate.io – the world’s leading data conference, connecting data scientists, analysts, hackers and engineers under one roof during RISE.
A ticket to binate is the same price as a ticket to RISE. Your RISE ticket gives you access to all of binate’s sessions, as well as more than a dozen other conferences held during RISE.

If you’re planning to disrupt an industry with data science, this is one track you won’t want to miss.

How can businesses adopt a data-driven culture?
What is the best way to sync data science and marketing teams?
How can a startup apply data science to decision-making?

Creatiff (Design Theme)

creatiff is a leading design conference, connecting thousands of designers and creatives

A ticket to creatiff is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of creatiff’s sessions, as well as more than a dozen other conferences held during RISE.

creatiff unites graphic designers and artists responsible for the design of the world’s top institutions, and globally recognised packaging, illustrations and products.

FullSTK (Developers)

FullSTK is the world’s leading conference for developers, investors, futurists, engineers and computing experts. A ticket to FullSTK is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of FullSTK’s sessions, as well as more than a dozen other conferences held during RISE.

FullSTK showcases some of the world’s most impressive developers and data scientists. Leaders from GitHub, Facebook, Amazon, Google and more are coming together for content, exhibiting startups, parties and more.

MoneyConf (Fintech)

Will we still be carrying cash in three years’ time? The founders and CEOs of the world’s most innovative fintech startups will join decision makers from major traditional banks to explore the future of buying and selling.

MoneyConf is where the world’s leading banks, tech firms and disruptive startups meet. Industry decision makers and startups looking to transform the market will connect to discuss the future of finance.

A ticket to MoneyConf is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of MoneyConf’s sessions, as well as several other conferences held during RISE.

Panda Conf (Marketing Theme)

PandaConf is made up of the key people driving and engineering change in the world of marketing. Marketeers from a huge range of industries will gather to tell their success stories.

PandaConf is the world’s premier conference for 5,000 marketers and technologists where industry giants, global CMOs, leading brands, investors, agencies and adtech startups meet.

A ticket to PandaConf is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of PandaConf’s sessions, as well as many other conferences held during RISE.

SaaS Monster (Software as a Service)

SaaS Monster is Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace, a crossroads for the world’s largest buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies. It will feature the most disruptive startups and companies in cloud computing, big data, security, marketing, customer service, and enterprise technology.

SaaS Monster is the world’s largest SaaS conference, connecting more than 5,000 CIOs and CTOs, buyers and sellers, experts and investors, startups and established companies.

A ticket to SaaS Monster is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of Saas Monster’s sessions, as well as all of the other conferences held during RISE.

Startup University

Explore each stage of building a startup with heavyweight CEOs, founders and investors. Meet the people leading the behemoths of tomorrow and share your startup’s story. Startup University features five highly curated tracks.

Hear from our network of CEOs, founders, industry leaders and investors on what’s going to make your startup a success. Learn from the people who’ve done it all before.

TalkRobot (AI)

TalkRobot is the world’s leading gathering for artificial intelligence, robotics and hardware experts, connecting thousands of leading companies, startups, investors, engineers, robotic-ists and researchers.

A ticket to TalkRobot is the same cost as a ticket to RISE. Your ticket gives you access to all of TalkRobot’s sessions, as well as more than a dozen other conferences held during RISE.

When fiction becomes reality. Artificial intelligence and robotics have been a cornerstone of science fiction for decades. Now we experience them in real life. Join the world’s most influential AI companies, startups, engineers and researchers and more at TalkRobot to discuss the rise of robots.

Culture Summit (Culture Crawl)

Cultural Crawls are an opportunity to explore some of the alternative delights that Hong Kong has to offer. Take a trip on a tour inspired to tantalise your taste buds in the markets, or be in awe of some of the wonderful architecture and temples the city has around every corner. Secure your spot on a Cultural Crawl around the streets of Hong Kong. You never know who you might meet.

Night Summit

The giants of the web assemble in Hong Kong to experience the best of the contemporary nightlife. RISE’s Night Summit will take over the City of Hong Kong from 8pm nightly.

Each night we’ll introduce you to a different zone in Hong Kong. You may not know their names now. But you’ll remember them after Night Summit.

Pub Summit (Pub Crawl)

Join a Pub Crawl! RISE is kicking off in between from July 11-13. Who will you have a drink with in Hong Kong? Join one of our pub crawls and find out.

Opportunities for Startups

Are you a tech startup looking for more exposure? The Rise Conference is a great way to get that going! A wide range of services and prices for all budgets. Here is a listing I got from the Rise Conference in June 2017. Please check their website for the full details and latest information.

  • ALPHA Programme – You can now sign up to exhibit as part of ALPHA 2017. If you’re selected for ALPHA you get an exhibition stand, 3 tickets, opportunity to access Investor Office Hours, Mentor Hours, Startup University, Startup Workshops, Startup Roundtables and much more.
  • Featured Startups – Get your startup listed in the directory.
  • Startup Journey – Tailored experience for each startup.
  • PITCH – The Startup Battle. PITCH is the startup competition at RISE that brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle.
  • Mentor Hours – What are Mentor Hours? Mentor hours are a series of pre-scheduled, 15-minute meetings between our high-level attendees and startups. Last year more than 400 startups got access to top speakers, leading investors, influential media and global partners to get one-on-one advice on starting, growing and scaling a successful business.
  • Office Hours – What are Office Hours? Investor Office Hours are a series of pre-scheduled meetings between investors from top funds and the most promising startups joining Collision. These meetings will run throughout the three days and will happen in a private area on the event floor.
  • Roundtables – Welcome to Roundtables, where high-level RISE attendees – the most influential in their respective fields – come together to try to find solutions to the problems facing us all.
  • Workshops – What are Workshops? You can attend fully curated, invite-only RISE workshops targeted at specific audiences, where our network of speakers, partners, investors and more will work through some of the problems facing businesses of all sizes today in an intimate setting.

We Are Hosting a GFA Meetup During the Rise Conf (Wednesday July 12, 7pm)

And, we are proud to announce we talked to the organizers at Rise and have an evening meetup for Global From Asia during the event. On Wednesday July 12 at 7pm we will have a meetup discussing cross-border e-commerce into the Chinese market.

I have invited a very experienced speaker from Shenzhen, China to come over into Hong Kong and share his story and strategies about overseas companies can tap into the Chinese e-commerce market.

While these tickets are first available to Rise Conference ticket holders, we do have a spot open for those who want to come by. Check our GFA Experts event page for the full event details, location, and price here.

Catch You At the Rise Conference?

I have been to all of the Rise Conferences in Hong Kong, and it is an intense conference! Get your rest, and put on some comfortable walking shoes. Morning until night there are conferences, meetups, and bar hopping opportunities with startups and investors from around the world.

Again, I’m so glad this epic conference decided to base in Hong Kong and get such amazing speakers and visitors to recognize HK! Will I catch you at the conference? I’ll be there, and ready to network.