Responsible for developing and implementing a coordinated city-wide strategy on technology and innovation for New York City, Minerva Tantoco was tasked with encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the wider New York City technology ecosystem. With more than 30 years in the sector, Ms Tantoco set up her first software company in 1985. Her stints as Chief Technology Officer for global financial services firms, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS, brought her to Hong Kong from 2012 to 2014. She has since moved on to become Senior Advisor for New York-based venture capital firm, Future Perfect Ventures. She returned to Hong Kong earlier this year to speak at Web Wednesday Hong Kong, a networking community for entrepreneurs and digital media executives, where she talked about how technology and government can work together.