Q&A: Tommie Lo, CEO of AI-powered training firm Preface

Tommie Lo is the Founder and CEO of Preface, a technology training company that empowers enterprises and individuals worldwide to stay ahead in today’s tech-driven world. Preface operates globally, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, and Tokyo. Their AI-powered training programs provide fast and relevant content to help learners future-proof their businesses and careers. Tommie has always aspired to be a disruptor of traditional education. Throughout the years, he has led Preface to re-engineer tech and coding education and re-design the classroom experience through a decentralised learning model. He also demonstrated his bold approach in Preface Coffee & Wine, a unique space that promotes lifestyle learning and aims to become the go-to place for the latest tech knowledge and edutainment experiences. Tommie’s innovative and inspirational approach has touched the hearts of many, from aspiring kid coders and curious learners to digital transforming enterprises and educational institutions. He recently participated as a speaker at Hong Kong Cyberport/Digital Economy Summit where he shared his thoughts on Web3. NFTMettta editor Tsering Namgyal spoke to him recently about how he is using the latest technologies such as AI and blockchain to empower Web3 talent in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

1. How are you empowering web3.0 talents in HK and in what ways?

As the world of technology evolves, so does our understanding of Web3.0 and its potential for creating new opportunities in Hong Kong. At Preface, we recognize the importance of empowering Web3 talents in Hong Kong and are committed to providing cutting-edge training programs to individuals and enterprises.

Our AI and blockchain-related courses, workshops, and events cater to both beginners and advanced learners, covering topics such as AI, blockchain development, smart contracts, and decentralised finance (DeFi). At Preface Coffee and Wine, our decentralised notion of a classroom, where we can work on real-world projects and collaborate with industry experts in an environment designed for creativity, innovation, and community.

We believe education is the foundation for innovation, and we are passionate about engaging with the community. Our spaces are designed to foster the exchange of the latest technology, new ideas, and top-notch F&B selections. We aim to equip our learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

2. What is the Hong Kong’s government’s policy towards Web3? Are they supportive?

In Hong Kong, there is a great opportunity for those interested in exploring and developing their web3 talents. The Hong Kong government has shown support for the development of Web3.0 technologies in the city. In 2020, the government launched the “FinTech 2025” strategy, which aims to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading international fintech hub. This includes promoting the development of blockchain and digital assets. Additionally, there are various funding schemes and initiatives to support fintech and innovation.

The combined efforts should give Web3 developers based out of HK more options when it comes down to finding employment or seeking funding sources outside their immediate area thus increasing their chances at succeeding within the industry even further. 

3. How will China and the Greater Bay Area help develop HK as a web3 hub?

China’s Greater Bay Area initiative, which includes Hong Kong, aims to promote economic development in the region by creating a cluster of interconnected cities. This presents a unique opportunity for Hong Kong to leverage its existing strengths in finance, technology, and innovation to become a hub for Web3.0 technologies. The initiative is expected to bring together talent, capital, and resources across the region to foster innovation and create new business opportunities.

4.  What is the mission and the end game of Preface?

The mission of Preface is to liberate knowledge and make AI education accessible for all to close the education gap on technology from Hong Kong to the world. By enabling individuals by providing them with access to innovative technologies such as blockchain-based applications, distributed ledger systems and smart contracts through an ecosystem that includes industry partners like banks or telcos. Preface, as a global tech-training company, empowering learners from all over the world — from entrepreneurs looking for funding opportunities to tech professionals seeking job placements — to connect easily with each other while also learning about new technologies available in this digital era.

We believe that education is the key to unlocking the full potential of Web3.0 technologies, and as such, we are committed to providing learners with the resources and support they need to succeed. This shall go a long way in helping foster next generation innovators who will no doubt shape the future landscape of tomorrow’s economy today – we hope to empower the next generation of tech leaders who can use their knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on society!

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