In January, young people will have the chance to meet prominent thought leaders at a new youth forum. Targeting those aged 16 to 30, the first MaD Mix Hong Kong aims to encourage youngsters to think big and open their minds to the many possibilities of a global economy. The forum will be held from January 22 to 24. It is organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, and consultancy companies InnoFoco and Imagination. The forum's theme is 'Make a Difference'. It will feature talks and workshops on everything from self-discovery, entrepreneurship, the arts and science, to the environment, social responsibility and global citizenship. More than 20 thought leaders and role models, both local and international, will speak. These talks are aimed at helping participants understand their strengths and weaknesses and unlock their potential, and in turn achieve great things in life and help to improve the world. For example, Sir Ken Robinson, known around the world for his creative insights on running businesses, will talk about the future of learning and finding a passion in life. Veteran Hong Kong journalist Cheung Chui-yung and award-winning mainland producer Ming Fan will speak on their experiences in the news world. Hong Kong film director Edmond Pang Ho-cheung will discuss creative professionals. There will also be workshops on theatre and dance, and an event that will coach young people to design innovative approaches to social issues. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the event could help to develop Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy and Asia's hub for creative talent. 'This forum seeks to enlighten and inspire our youth to think creatively, on a grand scale and from a global perspective, and to motivate them to become the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and social motivators,' she said. 'We believe participants will be able to expand their horizons, demonstrate their creativity and interact with inspirational thought leaders and role models.' Part of the forum is the Mad Creative Challenge Award. Entrants are required to come up with initiatives to make a difference to the world, and could win a HK$100,000 grand prize or one of two HK$50,000 merit awards. Visit www.hk-icc.org if you are interesting in joining the forum. You can also join by e-mailing email@example.com or by joining the Facebook group.