Conference Highlights

Jointly hosted by the Institute of Digital Economy and Innovation as well as the Centre for Financial Innovation and Development at HKU Business School, the 7th International Conference on Smart Finance (ICSF) was successfully held online on August 19-20, 2022. The conference recorded more than 12-thousand views from multiple platforms.

This year, the Best Paper Committee comprising of Prof. Jane Feng (Tsinghua University), Prof. Liyan Yang (University of Toronto), Prof. Will Cong (Cornell University), Prof. Zhi Da (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Hailiang Chen (The University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Xitong Li (HEC Paris), upon a rigorous and anonymous selection process, recommended the paper entitled ‘Distrust as Fundamental’ co-authored by Yang YOU (The University of Hong Kong) and Bo TANG (London School of Economics and Political Science) to receive the Best Paper Award. The 7th ICSF also served as a platform for authors of the papers submitted to present their work in the eight parallel paper presentation sessions and to exchange ideas with other participants.

Winner of the Best Paper Award: Distrust as Fundamental (Yang YOU, Bo TANG)
Participants of the Paper Presentation session

In the conference, keynote speeches delivered by Prof. Bin GU (Boston University), Prof. Zhiguo HE (University of Chicago), Prof. Fan WANG (Sun Yat-sen University), Prof.D. J. WU (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Prof. Wei XIONG (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Princeton University) shared the speakers’ expertise and research in FinTech and Financial Innovation.

Prof. Bin GU giving his speech on 'The Effects of News Media Type and News (Re)distribution on Information Efficiency of the Financial Market'
Prof. Zhiguo HE delivering his speech entitled 'Investing in Lending Technology: IT Spending in Banking'
Prof. Fan WANG talking about his research on 'Media sentiments, investor behaviors and stock price plunges'
Prof. D. J. WU presenting his findings about 'Revealed Wisdom of the Crowd: Predictive Value of Bids'
Prof. Wei XIONG presenting his paper entitled 'The Big Tech Lending Model'

The two panel sessions with both academic scholars and industry experts joining elaborated further on issues about Smart Finance. All panelists provided a lot of information and insights on the respective panel discussion topics based on their academic outreach and experience in the industry.

Panel: Supply Chain Finance & Blockchain Technology
Panel: Security Token Offering (STO) as Substitute or Prelude of IPO: Opportunities and Challenges


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