RISE conference returns to Hong Kong for in person event in 2022

Global tech conference RISE and Web Summit will return to Hong Kong in March 2022 as an in-person event, with the city confirming it has secured hosting rights for the next five year.

RISE was launched in Hong Kong in 2015 and has already hosted five successful events, becoming Asia’s largest tech event, according to CNBC.

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) teamed up with InvestHK and AsiaWorld-Expo to secure the event.

Edward Yau, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, said the announcement was “testimony of Hong Kong’s success to containing the pandemic and keeping infection rate among the lowest in the world… giving international event organisers confidence that they can stage their events here safely”.

“I am sure the staging of RISE will showcase Hong Kong’s capacity to deliver amid the challenges posed by the epidemic, and connect our tech start-up ecosystem with that of the globe,” he said.

“I look forward to welcoming more world class business events to Hong Kong, injecting new vigour into our economy.”

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder and CEO of the RISE Conference and Web Summit, said they were extremely grateful for the support the city of Hong Kong has given RISE over the last five years.

“We’ve seen the region’s tech and startup economy grow from strength to strength since we launched RISE in 2015,” he said.

“We always intended to come back to Hong Kong at some stage. RISE has grown to what it is today after five successful years in the city. The event has now become an important nexus that connects the East and the rest of the world. CEOs and investors from around the world want a window into the region, and vice versa.”

RISE will take place as an in-person conference in AsiaWorld-Expo from 14 to 17 March 2022.