Leadership Forum on Design Education 2020

Leadership Forum on Design Education 2020

Theme: Design Education in the Era of AI

What will be at risk? What would be the opportunities?

The rising popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) among businesses and societies is arousing a double-edged sword discourse. Suggested by a recent research conducted by McKinsey: “By 2030, AI could deliver additional global economic output of $13 trillion per year." Yet, if AI algorithms go wrong or training data are miscoded, it could also give rise to unwanted, serious consequences of “privacy violations, discrimination, accidents, and manipulation of political systems”, not to mention the predictive 800 million job loss (over a fifth of the global labour force unemployed) by 2030, reported by another McKinsey research conducted in 2017. 

While the application of AI in businesses presents immense challenges and opportunities that requires specific cautiousness and restrain, organisations can mitigate the risks of AI applications and deployment by embracing a very basic principle - ‘Humanity’. Author and businessperson Dov Seidman who promotes ethical cultures in business practices highlighted the need to shift current ‘Knowledge Economies’ towards ‘Human Economies’. He made references to real business cases in his 2014 Harvard Business Review article, where argued that the ability to leverage our humanistic strengths like collaborative spirit, passion, character and creativity, will not only be the source of superiority over other competitors but also the intelligent machines. Similar views were found in other researches, generally noting that robotics will unlikely cause massive unemployment for jobs that involve “creativity, expertise, managing people, or those that require frequent social interactions.”

In response to the aforementioned discourse, we sincerely invite you to present and share your views in the 2020 Leadership Forum on Design Education - a concurrent event under the programme of Business of Design Week (BODW). 

This Leadership Forum is jointly presented by PolyU Design, Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Design Centre to bring together renowned leaders from industry and academia for high-level discussions aiming to provide insights to shape the future of design education.

This year, the Leadership Forum is scheduled on the 30 of November and will be transformed as a virtual event for the first time.

The forum will take place Online and also happens at the Jockey Club Innovation Tower designed by the late legendary architect, Zaha Hadid, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong SAR.

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Leadership Forum 2020 Rundown

Venue: Virtual (Zoom)

Language: English 
Date: 30 Nov 2020, Monday (HKT)

Time (HKT or UTC/GMT +8 hr)

AM Session
Moderator: Prof. Stephen Wang
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

9:00 AM


9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks
Prof. Kun Pyo LEE,
Dean, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Prof. Jodi FORLIZZI, Professor and Geschke Director, HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science/ the U.S.A.


Dr Ted Selker, Director, Research on Accessible Voting at University of California Berkeley/ the U.S.A.


Mr SangWon Choi, Vice President, Vehicle Component Solutions Design, LG Electronics/ The Republic of Korea


Panel Discussion 1
Chair: Prof. Stephen Wang

Speakers: Dr Selker, Prof. FORLIZZI and Mr CHOI


END of AM Session



PM Session
Moderator: Dr WONG Joseph Francis, Vice-Principal, Hong Kong Design Institute & Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)


Dr Zhanpeng HUANG, Senior Vice Director, SenseTime/ Hong Kong SAR


Prof. Lingyun SUN, Professor & Deputy Dean, International Design Institute, ZheJiang University/ P.R. China


Networking break


Prof. Ashley HALL, Professor of Design Innovation, Royal College of Art/ UK


Panel Discussion 2
Chair: Dr WONG Joseph Francis

Speakers: Prof. HALL, Dr HUANG and Prof. SUN


Closing Remarks: Dr WONG Joseph Francis, Vice-Principal, Hong Kong Design Institute & Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)


END of Forum

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