Launch of Berkeley China Summit 2016 – Innovation, Driving China’s New Normal

Hundreds of tech entrepreneurs, engineers and students gathered at University of California, Berkeley on October 9th, 2016, to attend the Berkeley China Summit (BCS) 2016. This summit, focused on the theme Innovation, Driving China’s New Normal, was organized by Berkeley Chinese Student Associations and Chinese Alumni Associations. Aiming to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on UC Berkeley campus and across the Bay Area, the summit received great support from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley College of Engineering and Cal Alumni Association Chinese Chapter.


The welcome speech was given by Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu, who currently serves as the Vice Provost of Academic and Space Planning. Dr. Liu is elected as TSMC Distinguished professor in Microelectronics in EECS Department and serves on the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Paul Alivisatos – Vice Chancellor for UC Berkeley’s Research, Kenneth Wilcox – Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank, and Holly Liu – Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Kabam.

Panel discussions focused on four hot topics – Data & Artificial Intelligience, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Fintech, and Aerial Robotics. Panelists include Bo Tao – VP of Engineering from Cheetah Mobile, Jack McCauley – Co-founder and VP of Engineering from Oculus, Praveen Gupta – VP of Corporate Investment & Development from HTC, and Scott Robinson – Founder and VP of Fintech Plug and Play.


Shanghai Industrial µTechnology Research Institute (SITRI) announced it has entered into an agreement with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. The collaboration will allow the two organizations to expand collaboration and commercialization efforts of new sensor technologies. The launch of SITRI Innovations in Silicon Valley addresses a gap that exists in the current “More than Moore” and IoT innovation ecosystem and provides a path for new entrepreneurs in the hardware space to bring their ideas to fruition.

Bridging cross-border gaps between US and China, SITRI strives to build a platform where great minds from both sides can constructively discuss the challenges China is facing in a global setting and strategically explore mutually beneficial technology and business opportunities across the Pacific.