Pedestrians walk in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on December 17, 2015. Hong Kong's de facto central bank on December 17 raised its base interest rate after the US Federal Reserve announced its first rate increase in more than nine years in a landmark move signaling the US has finally moved beyond the 2008 crisis. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Hong Kong needs a tech upgrade to diversify its ailing economy

Winnie Tang says the government should use the upcoming policy address and budget to turn Hong Kong into a smarter city, boost IT education and create more favourable conditions for entrepreneurs, for starters

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Pedestrians walk in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on December 17, 2015. Hong Kong's de facto central bank on December 17 raised its base interest rate after the US Federal Reserve announced its first rate increase in more than nine years in a landmark move signaling the US has finally moved beyond the 2008 crisis. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE
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Winnie Tang

Winnie Tang

Dr Winnie Tang JP is an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is a pioneer in bringing the geographic information system technology to Hong Kong. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology in e-health, environmental conservation and education. She also founded the Smart City Consortium and Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited.