Gerontechnology Platform
in Hong Kong

The SIE Fund's second flagship project
to foster the gerontechnology ecosystem
development in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s population is ageing rapidly. Statistics show that by 2040, approximately 30% of local population will be aged 65 or over. Yet, the future ageing population will be better educated and wealthier. In 2016, 25% of local population aged 60 or above had received senior secondary or tertiary education but the corresponding figures for those aged 50-59 and 40-49 were 51% and 67%. The latter two groups of future elderly are expected to seek a more self-reliant and quality living after retirement.

Gerontechnology, combining gerontology with technology, is widely recognised as a key to addressing the challenges and tapping the opportunities arising from the ageing population. It is an inter- and multi-disciplinary sector which focuses on the application of technology towards elderly-related products and services to enhance the well-being, quality of life, independence and self-reliance of the elderly, and provide support to the families, caregivers, healthcare staff and institutions. These 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 engage one intermediary to design, develop and operate an inclusive platform so as to facilitate the development of the gerontechnology ecosystem in Hong Kong. The platform should serve to link up different stakeholders on the supply side and connect them with the demand side by way of engagement, cross-sector partnerships and collaborations.

Since 2017, 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.

The gerontechnology platform will comprise four basic elements, namely:

  • knowledge hub;
  • network and capacity building;
  • consultancy, localisation and testing support; and
  • impact assessment.

Approach

The initiative will be taken forward as the second flagship project of the Fund.

The SIE Fund will engage one intermediary to design, develop and operate the inclusive gerontechnology platform and provide the intermediary with seed funding. This is a one-off grant. The intermediary is required to devise a business model which will be financially sustainable for the scope of services set out in the invitation brief.


Invitation for Intermediary

The SIE Fund has invited interested parties to submit proposals to act as intermediary to design, develop and operate the gerontechnology platform.  An invitation brief setting out the scope of services, the eligibility and submission requirements, the assessment process and selection criteria, the key engagement terms, etc. can be downloaded here.  [Application closed at 6pm on 23 July 2019]

Two identical briefing sessions for this invitation exercise were held on 14 and 21 May (please click here for the presentation materials). Those who have missed the briefing sessions can also leave their contact information here to receive updates on the invitation exercise.

For enquiry, please call 2165 7389 (9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday except Public Holiday) or send email to gerontech@effo.gov.hk.

Information of importance


Our Journey on Promoting Gerontechnology

As a catalyst to build the social innovation ecosystem, in addition to nurturing social ventures through innovative programmes run by intermediaries, the SIE Fund will also actively identify service gaps across the whole of Hong Kong where there is a need for greater co-ordination and collaboration to achieve bigger impact and fund infrastructure or institutions that will help plug these gaps.

Riding on the success of the first flagship project that the Fund has launched to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall food support service in Hong Kong (click here for more information) and in the light of the challenges and opportunities arising from the ageing population, the SIE Fund has, since 2016, explored how to address the challenges and opportunities through innovative means and more extensive cross-sector collaboration.

In October 2016, representatives of the SIE Fund joined an overseas delegation to Japan to appraise the development of gerontechnology in other places.

In the light of the potential of gerontechnology and leveraging on the organisation of the first Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit staged in Hong Kong in 2017, the SIE Fund commissioned the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) in February 2017 to conduct the first landscape study on gerontechnology in Hong Kong. Findings of the gerontechnology landscape study were released in June 2017. Conducted by Our Hong Kong Foundation in partnership with the HKCSS, the study looked into 72 products and services with the potential of widespread use in Hong Kong and identified 24 gaps and difficulties involving different stakeholders across various stages of the gerontechnology ecosystem. The Gerontechnology Landscape Report can be downloaded here.

Subsequent to the release of the findings of the gerontechnology landscape study, a cross-sector stakeholder engagement workshop was held in June 2017 to brainstorm opportunities. Over 60 participants from a wide spectrum of sectors gathered together and shared their perspectives regarding how to foster the development and application of gerontechnology products and services in Hong Kong. Whilst acknowledging the challenges identified in the study, most of the workshop participants echoed that fragmentation of both the demand and supply sides was a critical factor hindering the effective development of the ecosystem. The participants were of the view that the SIE Fund should consider establishing a gerontechnology platform to link up the different stakeholders. A post-event report of the workshop can be downloaded here.

In early 2018, the SIE Fund decided to establish an inclusive platform to link up different stakeholders on the supply side and connect them with the demand side so as to foster the development and application of gerontechnology and facilitate the development of the gerontechnology ecosystem in Hong Kong.

To this end, a three-stage stakeholder engagement programme, comprising a sharing session, a series of visits and two co-creation workshops, was launched by the SIE Fund from May to August 2018 to collectively shape the scope and design of the Platform. Over 140 stakeholders from a wide spectrum of sectors participated in the programme and provided their views and suggestions on the scope of the Platform.

Stage 1 - Sharing Session

A sharing session on the current landscape and latest development in the gerontechnology ecosystem was held on 9 May 2018. Seven distinguished speakers coming from different sectors shared their experience, views and plans in the gerontechnology field and together provided a comprehensive overview of the current landscape and latest development of the gerontechnology ecosystem in Hong Kong. The session was attended by over 90 participants from 55 organisations of a wide spectrum of sectors.
  • Video records of the sharing session:

Stage 2 - Site Visits

The SIE Fund organised four rounds of site visits in June 2018. Over 100 participants from 42 organisations evaluated first-hand the existing situation, challenges and opportunities of the application of gerontechnology in Hong Kong .

More information about the site visits can be found in the "post-visits report".

  • Locations of site visits:

Stage 3 - Co-creation Workshops

On 30 July and 16 August 2018, the SIE Fund organised two co-creation workshops where 53 players from both the supply and demand sides of the gerontechnology ecosystem came together to brainstorm the scope of the future gerontechnology platform and co-design solutions. A summary of the key suggestions collected from the workshops can be downloaded here.