Mr. Kenny Shui is currently a Senior Researcher in Our Hong Kong Foundation, specialising in the research of Economic Analysis and Development, as well as Innovation and Technology including Gerontechnology. He is one of the authors of the Gerontechnology Landscape report, the first landscape report to study different gaps and difficulties within the gerontechnology ecosystem in Hong Kong.
Mr. Shui is a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics and a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics.
Hong Kong: Gerontology Landscape (Part I)
Hong Kong has the second highest elderly population per capita in Asia. To enhance the well-being and livelihood of our senior citizens, the adoption of gerontechnology is crucial. Gerontechnology refers to new innovations and technologies to promote independent living among the elderly population while strengthening their social networks at the same time. Compared to other regions around the world, gerontechnology in Hong Kong is still at its infancy. There is also a paucity of research on the existing gaps and hurdles of the gerontechnology landscape in Hong Kong. With the funding support from the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund), Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF) partnered with The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to conduct a study entitled “Gerontechnology Landscape Report”. The study highlights the opportunities and advantages, challenges and gaps in the gerontechnology sector and in the silver economy. More specifically, according to the findings of the study, a total of 24 gaps and difficulties, involving different stakeholders across various stages of the ecosystem, are identified. These obstacles include a lack of public awareness on the role of technology in elderly care, insufficient funding for local start-ups, weak collaboration between different stakeholders, difficulties in product localisation, and lack of testing grounds for new products. Indeed, many other countries may face similar obstacles, and lessons can be drawn to help promote gerontechnology.