What does AI ethics look like in China? How are China tech companies paving the path to increased AI adoption?


How are companies from traditional sectors harnessing disruption?


How are brands keeping up with the ever-changing digital landscape? How are young consumers connecting with brands and products?


What are the challenges faced by Chinese big players today and how do they translate those challenges into opportunities?


How are blockchain businesses actually making money? How is China government shaping blockchain development?


How will China’s slowing economy affect the tech industry? What are the tech indicators we should be looking at?


In the expansion to Southeast Asia, how Chinese companies deal with HR, corporate culture, media and PR in their local markets?


What is EMERGE?

Emerge was born when we saw that there is an enormous information gap about emergent technology trends in China.We want to empower our community of entrepreneurs and professionals by helping them understand China through expert analysis and insight.Our online content is already recognized as the best out there. Now it’s time to bring that offline.



seeks to bring together professionals and entrepreneurs that encounter tech on a daily basis

Concrete and useful takeaways

We're all too busy to waste time attending events that aren't meaningful across a broad range of topics


A snapshot of the Chinese tech industry that offers objective and in-depth analysis

Curated, intimate

A curated, intimate event for guests and speakers to interact and learn from one another.


May 23, 2019 | 09:30 – 17:15 | Shanghai Explorium 利程坊 | #EMERGE.SH2019

10:00-10:45 Can China achieve ethical AI?

  • Moderator: Nancy Xu, Cevolution 
  • Danny Wang, Accenture
  • Tim Pan, Senior Outreach Director, Microsoft Research Asia
  • Danny Wang, Accenture
  • Christopher Byrd, Fellow at Center for the Governance of AI, Future Human Institute
10:45-11:15 Digital marketing: Finding China’s Youth

  • Moderator: Elijah Whaley, CMO of Parklu
  • Maggie Long, Senior Researcher at the E-commerce Center of the Kuaishou Research Institute
  • Hillary Han, Director of iResearch
  • Zoe Zhao, Cultural Strategist at Inner Chapter
  • Remington Ji, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Beijing Sijia
11:30 – 12:15 The 2B Shift

  • Moderator: Michael Norris, Research and Strategy Manager at AgencyChina 
  • François Candelon, BCG Senior Partner & BCG Henderson Institute Fellow
  • Daisy Guo, CMO of Tezign
  • Jesse Zhang, Director of Software Engineering, Black Lake Technology
  • Jason Li, Director of Greater China, Branch Metrics
12:15 – 14:00 Lunch and Breakout Sessions
14:15 – 15:00 Blockchain dreams: Regulation and rewards

  • Moderator: John Artman, Editor in Chief, TechNode
  • Steven Wang, Chief Analyst and Head of Market Research at Ant Blockchain
  • Tyler Aveni, Head of International Partnerships at WeBank
  • Jerry Yang, Venture Architect / Solution Consultant at Consensys
  • Sarah Zhang, Founder of Points (PTS)
15:00 – 15:30 Telling China’s stories in Southeast Asia and India

  • Moderator: Elliot Zaagmann, TechNode contributor
  • Wendy Min, Director of Ctrip International Affairs, Ctrip Group
  • Bella Tu, Investment Director, Gobi Partners
  • Dev Lewis, Research Associate, Digital Asia Hub
15:45 – 16:30 Corporate innovation: Harnessing China speed

  • Moderator: John Artman, Editor in Chief, TechNode
  • Ben Hassing, SVP Global Cross Border Trade, Walmart
  • Peter Riedl, VP and Head of BMW Group Technology Office China, BMW
  • Dr. Shameen Prashantham, CEIBS
  • Paul Wong, Explorium
16:30 – 17:15 China Tech Investor live podcast recording: The slowing economy and its impact in the tech industry

  • Host: Elliott Zaagman, TechNode contributor
  • Host: James Hull, Founder of Hullx Capital
  • Paul Mozur, Asia Tech Reporter, New York Times

May 23, 2019 | Shanghai Explorium 利程坊 | #EMERGE.SH2019

Emerge breakout sessions feature a mix of lecture and workshop. Featuring in-depth talks from experts and interactive problem-solving, these sessions will be interactive and intimate: Only 40 spots are available for each session.

12:30-14:00 Session A: A Crash Course in Artificial Intelligence
Max Penchyonkin, School of AI China
Taught by the School of AI China’s Max Pechyonkin, this is a 90-minute crash course in Artificial Intelligence: What is it? How does it work? How can you use it in your business? This crash course features in-depth instruction for a lay-audience about the technical aspects of AI as well as case studies on how businesses have implemented it for greater efficiency and profit.
12:30-14:00 Session B: Digital Marketing: Finding China’s Youth
Elijah Whaley, CMO of Parklu
Led by PARKLU CMO, Elijah Whaley, this 90-minute in-depth discussion will unveil the latest techniques to get your brand in front of China’s curious and novelty-seeking youth.  Elijah will foster a truly unique experience by exposing the dark underbelly of China’s social networks while problem-solving with attendees. This is a must-attend experience for anyone who is seeking the opportunity to converse with and learn from a group of individuals working in China’s digital trenches.

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