Shape Asia 2016: A Recap

Shape Asia gathered 149 Global Shapers from 69 Hubs in Hong Kong on October 14th – 16th, for the purposes of discussing "Asia 2030".

Hosted by the Hong Kong Hub, Shape Asia this year was joined by Shapers from as far as Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Geneva, Switzerland bringing a diversity of perspectives from developed, developing, rural and regional locations. The three days consisted of meaningful presentations, workshops and an ‘unconference’ to kick off each day where Shapers could propose a topic, both formal and informal, to discuss and present on.

As always when it comes to Shapers’ gatherings, it was humbling and empowering to see fellow Shapers’ insights on topics such as he ocean economy, mobility, coding programs for refugees, the future of non-profits and education among other topics. We also spent an afternoon on junk boats, visited a Shaper owned entrepreneurship hub and were hosted at a Shaper owned gourmet restaurant, all whilst weaving through the unique and bustling streets of Hong Kong, talking, dancing, and just getting to know each other as like-minded friends from around the world.

The Calgary Shapers Hub had one representative attend the Forum, attending sessions on gender equality, the future of NGOs in 2030, and how specific technologies will impact education, finance, banking and health in Asia. 

Following the outcomes of the Shape Asia 2016 Forum, the Calgary Global Shapers Hub is now contributing to a case study for the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Report on the impact of Information and Communications Technology on Development Policy in Asia. This report is expected to be roadshowed by the ADB early next year and will be used for the organization's resource allocation decisions.

Amanda Witdarmono (Indonesia hub) and Sana Khan