Don’t waste a second in Hong Kong: It’s the RISE Week Events

Don’t waste a second in Hong Kong: It’s the RISE Week Events

May 23, 2016 by Casey Lau

The excitement of RISE returns next week, and with it the Hong Kong community (and beyond) have pulled together to put on extra networking events each week. These are the RISE Week Events.

These events will take place around the RISE conference and will put a spotlight on Hong Kong’s powerful ecosystem.

You’ll need to register to attend most of these events, so make sure to click the link and secure your place.

Saturday, May 28

HK Tech & Startups Job Fair #5 Special RISE Edition

Bag yourself a job at an exciting startup at the Startup Job Fair this Saturday at Metta, organised by WHub starting at 10am.

Sunday, May 29

Startup Hike presented by KPMG

Since a number of people are coming from out of town, KPMG wants to invite you to their 90 minute hike and invite founders, VC, innovators to join for a leisurely hike. Starts at 5.30pm so you can see an awesome HK sunset.

Monday, May 30


RISE Pub Crawl

Make sure you join one of 75 Hong Kong founders who have stepped up as Pub Crawl Captains as they lead RISE attendees around SoHo.

Food Crawl presented by Sam The Local

Want to pack in an evening of Hong Kong food tasting? Then join HK startup Sam the Local as they take you around the city to some of Hong Kong’s most delicious food. Register now as space is limited.

Startup Ferry presented by Alive Not Dead

This was a huge success last year, so this year the party masters at Alive Not Dead are doing two sailings on the startup ferry that will take you around Victoria Harbour for a must-see view of Hong Kong’s historic harbour – there will be beers, startups and new people to meet.

SendGrid, 500 Startups and Global Accelerator Network (GAN) Pre-RISE Party

Party with people from Silicon Valley at this party right before the Pub Crawl. This is an invite-only event.

The Changing Face of Commerce presented by KPMG

Come hang out at the offices of KPMG in Causeway Bay and discuss the latest innovation trends and the changing landscape of disruptive technologies. Areas to be covered will include the impact of AI, robotics and the growing IoT ecosystem. If you’re interested in attending, send an email to

Knocking on the Investor’s Door presented by WHub

A panel and networking event for startups and investors at the Playground. To register, send an email here.

Tuesday, May 31


Fintech Startup Morning Run

Those suffering from jet lag or those who want to get an amazing view of Hong Kong from the mid-levels are advised to join this 4km run around Bowen Road. It starts at 7am so there’s plenty of time to jog with startup folks and make it back in time for the opening keynotes at RISE.

RISE Community Night

Anna Fang of ZhenFund, Jenny Lee of GGV Capital and Harry Man of Matrix Partners will sit down with Casey Lau for a fireside chat. If you’re not at RISE you can still get a chance to see RISE in action as this event open to all.

Tequila & Things – IoT Networking Drinks

After a non-stop day at RISE we thought it would be fun to connect all the IoT teams at the coolest IoT Hub in the city: Brinc. Come and enjoy drinks on our terrace overlooking the PMQ courtyard, and network with the best and brightest in IoT, tech, design and creatives in Asia.

Fireside chat with founder Matt Barrie at Garage Society QRC presented by IBM Softlayer

This is for all the freelancers attending RISE. CEO Matt Barrie, who is speaking at RISE, will dig in deeper into how his company manages the 9 million projects posted to date on the site in this Fireside Chat at Garage Society QRC.

Women in Tech Social Mixer sponsored by Gormei

With over 1300 free tickets provided to female entrepreneurs for RISE, we’re sure this mixer will be one of the most attended so register to join like-minded, tech-focused women for fun and networking! You will meet influencers and become more familiar with the WHub startup community.

China Startup Happy Hour presented by Chinaccelerator

Come out to Wagyu and meet startups from China and learn more about the startup scene on the Mainland from the man who has been working with startups there since the Great Wall went up: William Bao Bean, Partner at SOS Ventures and MD at Chinaccelerator.

Wednesday, June 1


IxDAHK – UX Face Off: How does UX in China and the West work differently?

Interesting debates don’t just happen during the day. Come out to this UX debate during Happy Hour to learn more about how UX is different in Asia and the West.

Increasing profitability in e-commerce using data science

The AI and data science team at Altitude Labs in Hong Kong have put together a workshop for commerce and data junkies who want to hear about the types of AI engines being built in HK. Expect intelligent networking afterwards.

Startup Drive presented by Easiway, IBM SoftLayer and StartupsHK

10 Teslas with 10 investors from 500 Startups, Big Bloom Ventures, Gobi Ventures, AppWorks, Cherubic Ventures and more. We have room for 40 startups to drive around Hong Kong with 30 minutes to pitch and get advice from these global investors.

Startup Dai Pai Dong presented by Akamai

We’re setting up the biggest outdoor food and beer party for startups in Hong Kong ever. If you are from the Open Source community, you’re invited to join a bunch of startups from around the world to a very special event at the PMQ courtyard. Registration details to come.

RISE Headliner Series

This is another series of talks from RISE that giving you more time with some of the headline speakers like Holly Liu from Kabam, Diane Yu from Freewheel and Matt Barrie (just in case you missed him the night before) from Each of these talks will be cozy and intimate and you will need to RSVP now to get your seat.

Thursday, June 2


Fireside chat with Joel Flory of VSCO at The Hive Studios presented by StartupsHK

Joel is the founder of one of the coolest camera apps and creative communities in the world. If you are in the creative side of technology, this is the fireside chat you can’t miss!

Tigers in Town: India’s Tech Scene RISE Meetup presented by PaperclipHK

Come learn about one of the hottest startup markets in the world at this meetup, panel and networking event at PaperclipHK, hosted by PaperclipHK founder Deepak Madnani.

Startup Yacht

This was a hit at last year’s RISE, so Outblaze is again putting on a closing night yacht ride around Victoria Harbour. Keep your eye out here for registration details.

Night Summit at Oolaa

RISE is wrapping up with one final party at Oolaa on Bridges Street from 7:30pm. Join the party to get one last chance to impress that investor or make a few last minute contacts.

Friday June 3

Dim Sum with Sam The Local

Still here? Good! Come out for 1 last round of dim sum with Sam The Local on Friday morning!

Bookmark this page – we will be updating it as new events get added and confirmed. All these events will also be available on the RISE app so download it and pop these events in your calendar.

About the Author

Casey Lau
Casey Lau is the co-founder of StartupsHK, the premiere startups organisation in Hong Kong since 2009 and the co-host of RISE 2016. His knowledge of startup ecosystems in Asia is only matched by his deep comprehension of the Marvel Comics universe.