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HKU to Establish Virtual Asset Technology Consortium

The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Computer Science and the FinTech Academy, in partnership with the 150th Anniversary Community Foundation of a Hong Kong-based bank, have joined forces with the Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies & Systems at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore to establish the Virtual Asset Technology Consortium (VATC).

VATC’s aim is to gather experts from various fields such as academia, industry, user groups, and government organisations to share information and provide guidance on technical matters related to virtual assets.

The management board will be headed by the Associate Head of the Department of Computer Science at HKU and the Associate Director of the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy and will include professors from NTU and professionals from supporting units as members.

Creating a platform that elevates the technological advancements in the field of virtual assets

The virtual assets (or digital assets) industry has seen significant growth in recent years. This innovative technology has led to new methods for conducting financial transactions using digital tools. The market has demonstrated a positive response to the belief that virtual assets, both those issued by private entities and the government, will be an integral part of the worldwide monetary and economic system.

The Virtual Asset Technology Consortium has set out the following missions:

  • Representation – Provide insights and advice on the technical aspects of virtual assets;
  • Research – Foster R&D collaboration on virtual assets.
  • Networking – Provide a platform for discussing the latest developments and trends of virtual assets and related FinTech technologies; and,
  • Education – Organise seminars and other educational activities to enable the industry and the general public to acquire knowledge on technologies related to virtual assets.

Several organisations such as Cyberport Hong Kong, Hong Kong Blockchain Society, as well as banks, have already expressed their support for VATC to The University of Hong Kong. The Virtual Asset Technology Consortium (VATC) will be officially launched in Q2 2023 and welcomes experts and enthusiasts who are committed to promoting the stability and growth of virtual assets to join the consortium.

The growing market for Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Recent research found that the Digital Asset Management (DAM) market is expected to grow from US$4.2 billion in 2022 to US$8.0 billion by 2027, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.6% during the forecast period. This forecast suggests that the demand for DAM solutions is expected to increase rapidly in the coming years.

Several factors are expected to drive the growth of Digital Asset Management (DAM). Some of the key drivers for this growth include:

  • The increasing need for digitalisation and the ability to quickly and easily collaborate with businesses on corporate assets;
  • The growing demand for the authenticity and security of digital assets;
  • The ability to easily upgrade, maintain and categorise digital assets, reducing production costs and improving resource allocation;
  • The need for organisational transparency across different industries and business functions;
  • The ability to increase conversion rates and retain customers; and,
  • The need for brand consistency.

Digital Asset Management (DAM) services include consulting, integration, and implementation, as well as training, support, and maintenance services. These services are necessary at various stages of the process, including pre-sales requirement assessment, and post-sales product deployment and execution.

This allows clients to get the maximum return on investment (RoI) from their DAM solutions. The service providers offer guidance to end-users and assist them in integrating and deploying software that is tailored to their specific requirements.


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