Turn "How Come" into "Outcome" with I&T

During your explorations of local communities and the countryside, have you encountered situations that spark your curiosity and make you wonder "why"? Let's leverage innovation and technology to turn our "how come?" questions into tangible outcomes! We are calling innovative minds to unleash your grand visions and bring substantial and lasting positive impact to our community. The City I&T Grand Challenge empowers and supports innovators to contribute to the city through the power of innovation and technology.

The inclination to ask "why" resides within us all, an inherent part of our DNA. To progress beyond questions and effectively tackle challenges, we must foster a dynamic innovation and technology movement. The City I&T Grand Challenge is more than a competition. It is a journey of co-creation with innovators like you, shaping the future of Hong Kong. By participating in the 2nd City I&T Grand Challenge, you will engage in a competition with like-minded fellow innovators, collectively bringing forth innovative ideas that drive positive change in Hong Kong. We want your innovative solutions to address the challenges and help elevate Hong Kong's reputation as a global pioneer in innovation and technology.

Your Innovation Journey

We accompany you every step of the journey. Begin by seizing this opportunity. Submit your innovative solution by May 16th!

5 Apr – 16 May 2024

Submit your innovative idea as individuals or teams on the City I&T Grand Challenge website under any of the 4 groups:

  • Open Group
  • University/Tertiary Institute Group
  • Secondary School Group (Lower: F1-3 (Year 7-9) and Upper: F4-6 (Year 10-13))
  • Primary School Group - P1-6 (Year 1-6)

 

For Open Group and University / Tertiary Institute Group:  9-10 Jul 2024 | For Secondary School Group and Primary School Group: 20 Jul 2024*

Shortlisted participants will pitch their ideas to the judges

*The schedule above is tentative and may be subject to change.

 

10 Aug 2024*

Finalists of each group will compete for championship at Hong Kong Science Park to receive attractive cash prizes/coupons, trophies and certificates.

*The schedule above is tentative and may be subject to change.

After Grand Pitch

Winners from Open Group and University / Tertiary Institute Group will have the opportunity to receive a co-creation fund of up to HK$1,000,000 and other support to further develop the winning solutions for trial and adoption by government departments or public organisations.

 

Winners will participate in public events and promotion campaigns to showcase their solutions/prototypes and share trial outcomes.

Idea Submission

5 Apr – 16 May 2024

Submit your innovative idea as individuals or teams on the City I&T Grand Challenge website under any of the 4 groups:

  • Open Group
  • University/Tertiary Institute Group
  • Secondary School Group (Lower: F1-3 (Year 7-9) and Upper: F4-6 (Year 10-13))
  • Primary School Group - P1-6 (Year 1-6)

 

Semi-Pitch

For Open Group and University / Tertiary Institute Group:  9-10 Jul 2024 | For Secondary School Group and Primary School Group: 20 Jul 2024*

Shortlisted participants will pitch their ideas to the judges

*The schedule above is tentative and may be subject to change.

 

Grand Pitch

10 Aug 2024*

Finalists of each group will compete for championship at Hong Kong Science Park to receive attractive cash prizes/coupons, trophies and certificates.

*The schedule above is tentative and may be subject to change.

Trial and Adoption

After Grand Pitch

Winners from Open Group and University / Tertiary Institute Group will have the opportunity to receive a co-creation fund of up to HK$1,000,000 and other support to further develop the winning solutions for trial and adoption by government departments or public organisations.

 

Showcase

Winners will participate in public events and promotion campaigns to showcase their solutions/prototypes and share trial outcomes.

Rules and Regulations

Submit your innovative idea as individuals or teams under one of the 4 groups:

1) Open Group

Eligibility:

Persons in Hong Kong or from outside of Hong Kong who are 16 years of age or above

Submission Requirements:

  • Select one sub-theme and describe the solution by answering 3 questions in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words each)
  • Elaborate the mechanism of the solution with a presentation deck (maximum 10 slides and 30MB)
  • A URL link to a YouTube video (Optional; maximum 3 minutes)
  • Cover images (Optional; maximum 3 and maximum 2MB each)

Judging Criteria (Semi-Pitch):

  • Benefits to user and community (25%)
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of technology (30%)
  • Feasibility of prototyping and trials (30%)
  • Team’s capability and entrepreneurship (15%)

2) University/Tertiary Institute Group

Eligibility:

Full-time students enrolled at any local or non-local university or tertiary institute

Submission Requirements:

  • Select one sub-theme and describe the solution by answering 3 questions in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words each)
  • Elaborate the mechanism of the solution with a presentation deck (maximum 10 slides and 30MB)
  • A URL link to a YouTube video (Optional; maximum 3 minutes)
  • Cover images (Optional; maximum 3 and maximum 2MB each)

Judging Criteria (Semi-Pitch):

  • Benefits to user and community (25%)
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of technology (30%)
  • Feasibility of prototyping and trials (30%)
  • Team’s capability and entrepreneurship (15%)

3) Secondary School Group

Eligibility:

Students attending any secondary school registered in Hong Kong

Submission Requirements:

  • Lower (F1-3 / Year 7-9): Describe the solution in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words) and answer 2 questions in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words each)
  • Upper (F4-6 / Year 10-13): Describe the solution in English or Chinese (maximum 150 words) and answer 3 questions in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words each)
  • A drawing or concept board (maximum 2MB)
  • A supplementary document (Optional; maximum 5 pages)
  • A video with a unique URL on any video sharing platform (Optional; maximum 1 minute)

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity and innovativeness (40%)
    1. Imaginative idea
    2. Critical role of technology in the solution
    3. Creative application of STEM education
  • Problem identification and understanding (30%)
    1. Solution is relevant to the sub-theme
    2. In-depth understanding of user pain point
    3. Demonstration of good presentation skills
  • Impacts and benefits to target end users (30%)
    1. Prominent and impactful benefits to end users
    2. Demonstration of user empathy
    3. Feasibility to be realised

4) Primary School Group

Eligibility:

Students attending any primary school registered in Hong Kong

Submission Requirements:

  • A drawing (maximum 2MB) with description in English or Chinese (maximum 100 words)

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity and innovativeness (40%)
    1. Imaginative idea
    2. Critical role of technology in the solution
    3. Creative application of STEM education
  • Problem identification and understanding (30%)
    1. Solution is relevant to the sub-theme
    2. In-depth understanding of user pain point
    3. Demonstration of good presentation skills
  • Impacts and benefits to target end users (30%)
    1. Prominent and impactful benefits to end users
    2. Demonstration of user empathy
    3. Feasibility to be realised

Advisory Committee

Membership

Chairperson

  • Commissioner for Innovation and Technology

Ex-officio Member

  • Permanent Secretary for Education (or his/her representative)
  • Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (or his/her representative)
  • Director of Social Welfare (or his/her representative)
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (or his/her representative)

Non-official Member

  • Ms CHAN Hiu-yuen, Angie
  • Ms HO Chun-yin, Justina
  • Ir Prof LAM Hiu-fung, Alan, JP
  • Professor LAW Kam-tuen, Vic
  • Ms LEE Yi-ying
  • Mr LO Pui-lam
  • Professor TSE Hoi-fat, Calvin
  • Mr WONG Kin-wai, Albert
  • Mr WONG Tat-tung, Dennis, MH, JP

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