HONG KONG SAR –
Media OutReach – 27 April 2023 – The Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (“IFTA”) announces the opening of applications to
IFTA FinTech and Innovation Awards 2022/2023 (“the Awards”) until 26 May 2023. The Awards invite nominations of projects, individuals and teams from different sectors who have made significant achievements in the use and/or growth of FinTech in their respective arena.
As technology continuously evolves, FinTech applications have also made major breakthroughs. Themed “Game Changers: The Rise of Next Gen FinTech”, the Awards celebrate ground-breaking ideas and technologies that shape the future of finance in a fast-changing environment. Out of 14 award categories, 10 are catered for corporations which have delivered exceptional FinTech projects or solutions used in various areas in Asia, and 4 categories celebrate the significant achievements of individuals and teams in FinTech.
In response to the rising concerns of security in cyberspace and data, a new category, “Cybersecurity and Data Protection”, has been introduced to recognise effort in protecting sensitive information against potential attacks. Both female and male play a key role in maintaining the sustainable development of FinTech industry. In this regard, IFTA also introduced the “Female’s Pioneer Award” to recognise female leaders and practitioners who have made unswerving effort and contribution to challenge the status quo and chart new frontier.
IFTA Founder and Chairman Mr Paul Pong, Head Juror of Jury Panel Dr. Dorothy Chau
“IFTA Awards aim to celebrate the effort of FinTech practitioners in upholding Hong Kong’s role as one of the world’s financial centres.” said IFTA Founder and Chairman Mr Paul Pong, “Technology is evolving in an unprecedented pace. Innovative adoption of technology in finance has empowered automation, enhanced client accessibility and supported businesses to stay ahead of competition. Through the Awards, we aim to celebrate the many innovative FinTech breakthroughs practitioners have made that drove our society forward and fuelled our businesses.”
Head Juror of IFTA Awards 2022/23
Dr Dorothy Chau mentioned, “We recognise that female plays an equally important role as male to the long-term development and growth of FinTech industry. We have therefore introduced the new ‘Female Pioneer Award’ in order to honour the contribution of female industry leaders and inspire more women to pursue a career in FinTech.”
Since its establishment in 2017, the IFTA has played an active role in raising the bar of FinTech industry in Asia, facilitating FinTech education and serving as a platform for nurturing new talents. For the past five years, the Awards have recognised outstanding companies and individuals who have dedicated to the development of this once emerging, and now maturing industry.
Award categories of IFTA Awards 2022/23 are as follows.
Corporate Achievements in FinTech and innovation
A total of 10 award categories are open to projects or solutions in Asia used by publicly listed companies, private corporates, and start-ups. They are:
Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and CEP (Cryptoasset Exchange Providers)
Metaverse, NFT, and DeFi (Decentralised Finance)
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Others (innovative projects that fall under FinTech but excluded from categories stated above)
Outstanding Financial Technologists of the Year
There are 4 award categories open to individuals and teams for their achievements in fintech industry.
Leader of the Year – Recognising company founders, shareholding directors, or C-suite executives
Rising Star of the Year – Recognising young professionals at or below the age of 35
Star in the Making – Recognising students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who come up with innovative projects or ideas that can positively transform the FinTech industry
Team of the Year – Recognising corporate teams/project teams who have made significant contribution through the implementation of FinTech solutions
The Jury Panel (in alphabetical order of surnames)
Dr Dorothy CHAU
Head of Security Special Projects
Mr Barry CHAN
Chief Digital Officer
and Head of FINNOSpace
Prof Emil CHAN
The Association of Cloud and Mobile Computing Professionals
Mr Raymond CHAN
CEO & Director
Mr Calvin CHENG
Founder & CEO
Mr Sean LEE
Mr Aldous MAK
Chief Financial Officer
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Ms Juni YAN
Mr Victor YIM
Head of FinTech
Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
Prof YIU Siu Ming
Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong
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