Wednesday, October 30, 2013

17:00 Depart from Hotel Lobby for Qing Wang Fu Mansion

  • Qing Wang Fu Mansion was designed by Zhang Lande, Chief Eunuch of the royal family of the late Qing Dynasty, as his private residence in 1922.  It was then regarded as a top-class residence for the Chinese living in the old British Concession. In 1925, Zaizhen, the 4th Prince Qing, bought the house and named it Qing Wang Fu (Prince Qing’s Mansion).

18:30 Offsite Networking Dinner at Qing Wang Fu Mansion

20:00 End First Day

Thursday, October 31, 2013

8:30 Registration/Breakfast

9:00 Welcome Remarks

9:15 Introductory Remarks

9:20 Keynote Dialogue

Creating Innovative Economies in the Pacific Rim: Trends, Opportunties, and Challenges

10:20 Networking Break

10:45 Creating Asian Cultures of Innovation

Innovation is often synonymous with risk and even failure, but some say Asian culture has been slow to embrace these qualities. How can Asia cultivate a strong entrepreneurial spirit and an innovation-friendly climate in the face of cultural resistance?



12:00 Lunch

13:00 Intellectual Property and Innovation

Since 2008, China has made increasing efforts to strengthen its intellectual property protection laws. In 2011, China was ranked fourth in international patent applications, and was first in domestic patent applications. But many patents are low quality, and many remain skeptical about China’s advances in IP protection and enforcement overall. In this panel, experts from the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region will share their experiences and views on China’s IP regime.



14:15 Can Big Companies Reinvent Themselves? Innovation and MNCs

A range of multinationals have been shifting their R&D activities from Europe and the U.S. to Asia because of its huge market growth and supportive business environment. However, MNC R&D activities often focus on adapting existing products for local needs instead of basic research and new product development. In this panel, panelists will discuss the R&D boom in Asia, the growing role of Asian multinationals in the global market, and related issues.



15:15 Networking Break

15:30 Can China Create Its Own Silicon Valley?

An increasing number of investors who helped build Silicon Valley, the most famous innovation hub in the world, are now shifting their focus to China, which is accelerating development of innovative cities and regions. In this panel, leaders from the U.S., especially the Bay Area, and innovative regions of China will exchange their ideas for building regional innovation ecosystems. What can Chinese government-sponsored hi-tech parks learn from Silicon Valley in terms of making supportive policies and avoiding overregulation? What lessons can China draw from Silicon Valley’s unique government-industry-university interactions?



16:45 Connecting Capital with Great Ideas

Open access to capital markets is essential for building innovation-rich enterprises. China is now reforming its financial system to make it more supportive of innovation, establishing the growth enterprise market (GEM), the New Three Board, and a new over-the-counter bulletin board (OTCBB), among other institutional changes. This panel will survey reforms to date, what has worked, and what is coming next.



18:00 Networking Reception

19:00 Welcome Dinner and Keynote Speech

Opening Remarks:

Keynote Dialogue:

Friday, November 1, 2013

8:30 Registration/Breakfast

9:00 Education, Innovation, and the Next Generation of Global Leaders

Cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit and supporting innovation does not begin when an individual enters the workforce. Instead, it starts far earlier, with primary education, secondary school, universities, apprenticeship programs, career and technical training, and other hands-on learning environments. These institutions must ensure that they are preparing students with the right mix of knowledge and training to excel in current market conditions and become leaders in future ones, both locally and globally. How can the business and education communities work together to educate tomorrow’s innovators?



10:15 How Can Chinese Brands Go Global? 

While China has relied on low-end manufacturing and exports to attain huge revenues in the past three decades, Chinese businesses have also been cast negatively for re-producing inexpensive replicas of innovative products without caring much about quality or safety. As a result of this model, the number of recognizable Chinese brands in global markets is also surprisingly low. For example, not one Chinese label is included in Interbrand’s 2012 list of Top 100 global brands. As China is now directing its efforts to develop an innovation-driven economic growth model, how can Chinese enterprises break these entrenched stereotypes and make innovation part of their brand DNA? What are the main barriers to Chinese brands looking to become global?



11:30 Concluding Dialogue

12:00 Closing Remarks

12:05 Buffet Lunch

13:00 Departure to Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area

14:00 Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area Activities

  • Mingyang Wind Power Plant has grown rapidly to become the largest non-state-owned wind turbine manufacturer in China since its inception in 2006. Mingyang ranks among the top 4 wind turbine manufacturers in China and the top 10 wind turbine manufacturers in the world.
  • Cameron 3D Experience Hall is a major component of CPG (Cameron Pace Group) China, which is led by a distinguished team nominated by James Cameron, innovation pioneer and Academy Award-winning director. Using the most cutting-edge techniques in 3D shooting, production and screening, CPG China is leading the way in developing THIDA’s burgeoning 3D  film industry.
  • Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area Info Session by Chairman Ni Xiangyu. THIDA is rapidly becoming one of China’s leading hi-tech industrial development areas. Join Chairman Ni Xiangyu to learn about the history of THIDA and what opportunities the area presents for Chinese and international investors.

 16:30 Return to Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club Hotel

17:30 Conference Ends