Highly staffed event
The award took place as part of the annual held SMEC conference of the Jinan Innovation Zone with 1000 attendees in the Shandong region of China. The conference stands for international exchange and cross-company knowledge transfer. Also, from Chinese side the event was highly staffed. The highest representative of Shandong Province, Governor Liu Jiayi, took the opportunity at a reception to present the importance of the region as a link between Beijing and Shanghai as well as one of China’s innovation regions.
Also present were Wang Zhonglin, Party Secretary of Jinan City and permanent member of Shandong Provincial Committee, as well as Ling Wen, Vice Governor of Shandong, the two former ambassadors in Germany, Lu Qiutan and Shi Mingde. Furthermore, Zang Bin, vice president of SAP China and Wang Xinzhe, chief economist of the Ministry of Industry and Information.
With tension the presentation of the World Technology Leader Award was awaited, through which DDW-host Emily Whigham was leading. Yingchun Wang, Vice Director of the Administrative Committee of the Jinan Innovation Zone, highlighted in her welcoming speech the importance of a transnational exchange of know-how and the cooperation of companies on an international level.