Hong Kong has to feature as one of the Asian ‘tech powerhouses’ – supported by all the infrastructure of a world city and with a growing digital economy which has become a significant part of the city’s overall economy.
Hong Kong’s strengths lie in its tech environment: the physical infrastructure of the digital economy. Broadband is high-speed and cheap and technical IT skills are plentiful (around 80,000 inhabitants were employed in this sector during 2012 according to the HKTDC – a figure since enlarged). Although Hong Kong’s population as a whole is not as involved in the digital world as inhabitants of other cities, whose tech engagement (measured by uploads, edits, listings and tech events) is greater, Hong Kong does rank number one overall for its ‘Tech environment’ (see fig. 1).