Hong Kong's population is ageing rapidly. The future ageing population will be better educated and wealthier and are expected to seek a more self-reliant and quality living after retirement.
Gerontechnology, being an inter- and multi-disciplinary sector which combines gerontology with technology and focuses on the application of technology towards elderly-related products and services, is widely recognised as a key to addressing the challenges and tapping the opportunities arising from the ageing population. Gerontechnology products and services may very often be applied to rehabilitation and cater for the needs of people with disabilities.
In view of the challenges and opportunities arising from the ageing population, the SIE Fund has decided to build an inclusive platform which will be taken forward as the Fund's second flagship project to facilitate the development of the gerontechnology ecosystem in Hong Kong.
Currently, different organisations have embarked on their gerontechnology initiatives with a view to addressing the ageing issue and facilitating the development and application of gerontechnology in Hong Kong. The objective of SIE Fund's platform is not to replace, duplicate or crowd out the valuable work being taken forward by these organisations. Instead, the platform should facilitate knowledge and experience sharing as well as collaborations across these initiatives or platforms with the aim of gathering the efforts of all stakeholders to address the ageing issue in a holistic manner, avoiding duplication of efforts, building capacity, further synergising, and collectively achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the gerontechnology sector as well as bigger social impact for Hong Kong.