Welcome Messages

Mrs Carrie Lam
Chief Executive,
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s BODW is, for the first time, a virtual and hybrid event, with select sessions broadcast live on ViuTV and social media and shown on big TV screens in partner locations throughout Hong Kong.

“VISION 20/21 “, this year’s engaging theme, seeks clarity to counter today’s consuming uncertainty, calling upon collaborative creativity for timely insight into the future, its challenges, trends and promise.

The United Kingdom, last year’s Partner Country, returns, this time as BODW’s strategic partner, featuring some 20 speakers and the “Great British Design” series, which will be broadcast during the BODW Summit, December 3-5. Summit highlights range from connected health and safe travels to immersive tech, creative leadership and virtual networking, including meet-ups and live chats. In all, over 100 high-profile speakers are taking part in this year’s BODW.

Concurrent events include Fashion Asia Hong Kong’s “Fashion Challenges Digital Forum” and its “10 Asian Designers to Watch Virtual Exhibition,” as well as the BODW City Programme (CityProg), DFA Awards Exhibition 2020, deTour 2020 and Designlnspire. CityProg is back, featuring over 200 design and lifestyle events from more than 150 creative partners. Together, they enrich BODW, connecting design with daily life.

My thanks to the organisers, the Hong Kong Design Centre and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, for putting together another world-class design event. I wish you all a rewarding week at BODW. And good business, and good health, in 2021.



Prof. Eric Yim, JP
Hong Kong Design Centre


On behalf of Hong Kong Design Centre, we warmly welcome you to Business of Design Week 2020, Asia’s leading event on design, innovation and brands. Our theme ‘VISION 20/21’ is about finding clarity in uncertainty. It calls for a creative vision that makes a difference in times of change and ambiguity.

This year we are very excited to bring you BODW 2020 in a whole new format – ‘Beyond Virtual, LIVE Global’! We are using every possible avenue to broadcast LIVE, with selective sessions broadcasted on ViuTVsix and across social media platforms, and to live audiences at our BODW CitySalon partner locations. Through these channels, we hope to promote the power of innovative design in Hong Kong, and across the world.

At the BODW Summit, you will hear from over 100 influential design and business leaders who will explore some of the critical topics that will redefine the pandemic era, and inspire us to imagine new possibilities for the future. They include Brand Futures, Connected Health, Safe Travels, Circular Economy, Immersive Tech, Creative Leadership, Entwined Spaces, Communication & Design and Culture & the City.

We are delighted to have the continued support of the UK as our Strategic Partner, and to be launching a new series called BODW Great British Design, showcasing over 10 creative leaders from the UK.

Networking within the community is an essential part of the BODW experience. Please make sure you join our virtual networking platform to connect with speakers and start conversations with others in the BODW Community!

Also make sure you take time to revisit BODW Greatest Moments to hear inspiring talks from the past.

BODW is an annual design festival featuring many creative happenings across Hong Kong, including the BODW CityProg, which activates a series of design related events throughout the city. Other highlight events include Fashion Asia Hong Kong’s Fashion Challenges Digital Forum and “10 Asian Designers to Watch” Virtual Exhibition, deTour 2020, DesignInspire Online and Business of IP Asia Forum, along with a host of other concurrent events.

I would like to thank our BODW Lead Sponsor, Create Hong Kong; Co-organiser, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Strategic Partner, the UK; Production and TV Broadcaster, ViuTV; as well as all our strategic partners and sponsors for their full support to the BODW Summit.

We hope you will enjoy the BODW Summit and find it a valuable and enjoyable experience.