This year’s Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia saw the gathering of 300 highly influential Asian visionaries who shared their ideas and hopes to a crowd of like-minded individuals. The summit was held at Hong Kong and was spread over three days from July 16 to 18.
Among the several programs in the summit’s schedule, the “Discovery Area” needs special mention since it showcased some of the most amazing products from the Asian continent, ranging from tech wearable to augmented reality goggles.
Some of the notable panel discussions included “Working Towards a Sustainable Future in Asia,” which saw a very engaging conversation on how technology can be used to ensure that Asian development is deep-rooted in the philosophy of sustainability rather than relentless consumption. The discussion “Entrepreneurship for a Cause” saw people discussing the causes they have taken up in their lives and how such causes are viable for any business. A panel discussion on the topic of disruptive technology and the future of artificial intelligence in Asia also saw active interest from the participants.
Major interviews held during the summit included one with singer Eric Nam; Goodwin Gaw, who is the chairman of Gaw Capital Partners; Kanika Tekriwal from India, who is the founder of JetSetGo; and Stanislava Pinchuk from Australia, who is an artist well known for her unique way of mapping the world’s conflict areas.
Chief Content Officer of Forbes Media, Randall Lane, was very upbeat about the whole program. “We’re really thrilled to bring together this diverse and inspiring group of 30 Under 30 honorees from all across Asia to share stories, exchange ideas, and present innovative solutions… This incredible program, which takes place across the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, will bring about immense opportunities for participants and the region alike,” he says in an interview with Forbes.
Even though the summit is essentially a congregation of business-minded people, the event also had set apart the evenings for some fun times. Called the “Food & Music Festival,” the evenings featured demonstrations from some high-level cooks like Talita Setyadi, who is the founder of BEAU Indonesia; Pichaya Utharntharm, who is the chef at Thailand’s The Table; and Miko Aspiras, who is the chef at Tasteless Food Group in the Philippines.
In addition to food, music was also a major feature of the evenings. One of the most famous singers of Myanmar, Ah Moon, performed at the event. In addition, the famous Korean-American singer Eric Nam also enthralled the participants with some great music. Interestingly, Eric is an alumnus of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Summit.
Startup pitch on a tram
A unique event at this year’s summit was the “Under 30 Tram Pitch” event. The listmakers participated in two pitching sessions by up and coming startups aboard a tram. Conducted on July 18, the event saw the startup pitches of Milan Reinartz, founder of Postr, and Ishrat Sahgal, founder of Mishcat Co, for the first session. And for the second session, Mahdi Shariff Chief Strategy Officer for Sunteng, and Gauri Angrish, founder of CAREDOSE, presented their pitches.
The judging panel consisted of the Forbes editor and a “30 Under 30” investor. The tram-based pitching session offered a new experience to the participants as they could listen to the presentation of new ideas while taking in the beauty and gorgeousness of the bustling city that is Hong Kong.