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International Conference on Gerontechnology 2021
International Conference on Gerontechnology 2021 (ICG2021)
Date: 23 – 25 November 2021  
Format:  Hybrid*
Format:  Agile Sports Hall, Jockey Club Campus, 81 Chung Hau Street, The Open University of Hong Kong**, Ho Man Tin 
Theme: Gerontechnology in COVID-19: experience and revelation 
  • Invention of emerging gerontechnology
  • Application of technology in geriatric care 
  • Policies facilitating the use of gerontechnology
Conference language: Presentations are mainly conducted in English while workshops are presented in Cantonese.


Owing to the global increasing trend of life expectancy and low birth rate, population aging is widespread across the world. Gerontechnology is a fresh hope, which does not only promote independence among older adults, but also enhances their quality of life.
With the great success of the first International Conference on Gerontechnology held in 2020, the coming conference will continue to serve as an interdisciplinary platform for local and overseas researchers, professionals, service providers and users to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the development and use of gerontechnology. COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the global population in drastic ways, especially the older adults who are most susceptible to the infection. It is important to create opportunities to promote healthy aging in the era of COVID-19. Gerontechnology has played a vital role in helping them weather the storm during the challenging times.   
Our aims 
  • Promote and enhance the understanding on gerontechnology among health care professionals;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary platform for local and overseas researchers, academics, service providers and users to present and discuss their gerontechnological experience during COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent innovations and trends in gerontechnology
  • Facilitate the collaboration among stakeholders and develop user-friendly products for older adults.
  • Provide idea on drafting of government policy that facilitates the development of gerontechnology. 
Call for Abstract
We are pleased to invite authors to submit abstract related to the following conference topics:
In the era of COVID-19
  • Adoption of gerontechnology in hospital/ community settings
  • Adoption of gerontechnology for enhancing the quality of life of the older adults 
  • Adoption of gerontechnology for enhancing the care for the older adults 
  • Theoretical models guiding the use of gerontechnology
  • Use of gerontechnology for psychological support
  • Use of gerontechnology in managing psychiatric disorders
  • Technologies to empower mind training for older adults 
  • Use of AI and robotics 
  • Other topics relevant to the conference
Important Date: 
Abstract submission deadline: 6 September 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance: 20 September 2021    
Guidelines: for abstract submission, please follow the abstract guidelines
Keynote Speakers
Prof. Alex Mihailidis
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto, Canada
Prof. Teh Pei Lee 
Department of Management
Monash University, Malaysia
Topic: Gerontechnology and COVID-19: A Look Back and Look Ahead
Dr. Younbo Jung
Associate Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. Jeffrey Cheung Tai-kin
Department of Physics
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Prof. Joanne Chung Wai-yee
School of Nursing and Health Studies
The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Program Rundown

Day 1

23 November 2021 (Tuesday)

14:00 – 14:30

Opening Ceremony


Welcome Remarks

Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing


The Open University of Hong Kong


Opening Address I

Mr. Alfred Sit Wing-hang, JP

Secretary for Innovation and Technology


Opening Address II

Mr. Ho Kai-ming, JP

Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare


Welcome Address

Prof. Linda Lee Yin-king, Chair, Organizing Committee of ICG2021


14:30 – 15:30

Keynote Address I  

Prof. Teh Pei Lee, Professor, Monash University, Malaysia   

Topic: Gerontechnology and COVID-19: A Look Back and Look Ahead


15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 16:45

Workshop I 

Win Win Industrial Co., Ltd

Proposed area: Service robots in Geriatric care


17:00 – 18:00

Concurrent Paper Presentation Session


Day 2

24 November 2021 (Wednesday)

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Address II

Dr. Younbo Jung, Associate Professor,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Proposed area: Adoption of Interactive Media on Rehabilitation in Older Adults

10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Address III 

Prof. Alex Mihailidis, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Proposed area: Rehabilitation Engineering 

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:15

Master Class I (TBC)

12:15 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Keynote Address IV

Prof. Joanne Chung Wai-yee, Professor,  The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

14:30 – 15:15

Master Class II (TBC)


15:15 – 16:00

Workshop II

Jockey Club Smart Aging Hub, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Topic: “Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub” Day Experience Centre Guided Virtual Tour


16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:15

Workshop III

Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University

Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project Team

Topic: Technology and Tools for Community-Engaged Services and Learning During COVID-19

17:30 – 18:30

Concurrent Poster Presentation Session


Day 3

25 November 2021 (Thursday)

09:30 – 10:30

Keynote Address V 

Prof. Jeffrey Cheung Tai-kin, Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

Proposed area: AI-Based Fall Risk Assessment for Older Adults 

10:30 – 11:15

Workshop IV
School of Nursing and Health Studies, The Open University of Hong Kong

Proposed area: Virtual Reality 

11:15 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:30

Workshop V

Mr. Martin Lai, Jockey Club “age at home”

Topic: How Gerontechnology Relieve Caring Burden from Occupational Therapy Perspective

12:30 – 13:00

Closing Ceremony with Award Presentation

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Contact Us:
Organizing Committee 
Contact: +852 39708776 
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Innovation and Technology Commission or the Vetting Committee of the General Support Programme of the Innovation and Technology Fund.
* Due to COVID-19, seating capacity is subject to the government policy and thus the seats are not guaranteed up to now. We will inform you if you could join the conference physically later.
**The Open University of Hong Kong will be retitled to “Hong Kong Metropolitan University (香港都會大學)” with effect from 1 September 2021.
Format:  Hybrid platform

Maintained by: School of Nursing and Health Studies( nhs@ouhk.edu.hk )
Modified Date: Aug 20, 2021

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