Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC)
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Stages of Competition
All teams will summarize the social need and the social venture model to address it in a set of documents, including Executive Summary, Concept Deck, Lean Canvas and Appendices.
Semi Final teams will be invited to write up their detailed social venture plans and pitch their ideas before a panel of judges.
8 Final teams will then be selected to compete for the 4 awards.
All Semi Final teams will be eligible to compete for the Best Presentation (Semi Final) award.
In the Grand Final, judges will select two Champion teams and two 1st Runner-ups teams. Other awards include Best Presentation, Most Innovative Idea and Timely Impact Award (one team each). Starting from 2020, the Timely Impact Award with a total amount of HK$50,000 will be given to the team with the business idea that is most relevant in addressing a current challenge of Hong Kong in the particular year.
The Champion and 1st Runner-up Teams will be awarded a startup prize money that will enable them to implement the first phase of their business plan for their social enterprise under mentorship. Each member of the two Champion Teams will receive a Startup Award of $75,000, while members of the 1st Runner-up Teams will receive $37,500 each.
In addition, the Intellectual Property Department of the HKSAR Government will sponsor the winning team of the Social Ambassador IP Award to join the Youth Co:Lab Summit which is organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Our Established SEs
Social Tech, Public Health, 2020
Web Site: http://Zerodrbody.hk
In China, many people suffer from body posture problems, e.g. scoliosis, and teenagers are one of the high-risk groups. However, body posture problems are often ignored due to difficulties like detection and shortage of medical personnel - thus delaying treatment. However, the launch of Dr. Body provides the solution.
Dr. Body is a 3D posture measurement and evaluation system to detect posture problems, e.g. in the spinal column and pelvis. This is achieved through conducting a harmless and high-precision comprehensive detection, evaluation and analysis of the body – and delivers the best prevention and treatment plans. Furthermore, the analysis is quick and scalable for conducting large-scale testing activities.
Dr. Body is not just a product, it is a services provider of body posture data and posture problem solutions for different institutions. The instrument is of exquisite design, easy to carry, equip and maintain.
From a technical perspective, the core algorithm system has unique advantages, which can be adjusted to provide different detection items and result display modes according to the needs of our partners. In addition, Dr. Body can be quickly modified based on cloud big data and real-time tracking of data and provide follow-up diagnosis and treatment programs.
Through this system, we hope to provide teenagers with regular, accurate, fast, safe, and cost-effective posture health detection and diagnosis services and form a national network of body posture health database through huge test data, contributing to future health trends and medical technology development for its prediction and reference.
Team Leader 許真達 XU Zhen Da (PolyU)
MA Chun Hung (CUHK)
ZHONG Yueyu (HKU)
SUM Yik Lun (CityU)
Prof. GUO Song (PolyU)
Grand Blue AquaTech 菁出於灆
Environmental Friendly, 2020
Web Site: http://grandblue.hk
TONG Ho Yi (OUHK)
CHUM Ka Wai (CUHK)
LEE Yuen Sung Sunny (LU)
LAW Shing Chiu (IVE)
Dr. David LIU (OUHK)
Chow's Entertainment 呀周娛樂服務
Web Site: http://chowsentertainment.hk
呀周娛樂服務（Chow’ s Entertainment）可能是全港首個專為銀齡和年輕人而設的網上娛樂平台。我們以影片為主要媒介，目標為長者提供娛樂、發掘長者K.O.L.及創造就業機會，同時促進跨代共融。
為此，我們建立了「呀周金三角（Chow’ s Golden Triangle）」。作為一間社會製作公司（Social Production House），我們不但自家製作各類影片，亦為不同機構提供服務。此外我們建立了首個跨代YouTuber課程「MiniTuber」。課程會聘請長者教授各類課程，例如教授青少年及其他長者拍攝影片，促進彼此了解。影片和資訊最終會在自家平台「呀周電視ChowTV」及社交媒體上發佈，達至社會教育（Social Education）的目的。
CHOW Tsz Wing (CityU)
CHAN Kee Yan (PolyU)
CHOW Hiu Kwan (HKBU)
LEUNG Kar Wah (PolyU)
Poverty, Community, 2020
Web Site: http://rehome.com.hk
修築 REhome 致力為不同的社會階層營造更舒適的居住環境。有需要的家庭通過入息審查後，修葺的費用會調整成可負擔價格。與此同時，修築 REhome 會為因年齡或長期病患而「被迫退休」的裝修師傅提供工作機會。這群裝修師傅仍有力氣及良好技術和經驗，能繼續貢獻社會，我們希望可以透過這個機會重新定義他們在社會上的價值。
修築 REHOME目前已提供超過20項大大小小的裝修維修工程，為其中9個家庭提供優惠價，並與地區機機構合作，為超過 10個家庭提供義務維修服務，同時聘請了3名退休師傅。
TO Cheuk Lam (LU)
NG Sinlaam (LU)
NG Chung Hong (CityU)
LAM Wing Lam (LU)
Nicholas OOI (LU)
Social Tech, Elderly, 2020
Web Site: http://kinhealthcare.hk
Kin's mission is to accelerate the safety and convenience in personal healthcare at home. Kin Technology was founded in late 2018 by a group with backgrounds in design, engineering and pharmacy, who wanted to improve drug-safety and reduce management inefficiency – so that monitoring, managing and taking medication can be as easy as a click of a button. We offer both B2B2C and B2C solutions in drug management, enabling exceptional service from healthcare providers, while also providing a more convenient way for anyone to continue their treatment at home.
Kin Technology offers an all-round drug management solution platform comprising of both hardware and software. We are developing an at-home pill dispenser, Kindo, that can automatically sort and dispense up to 12 different types of medication at the press of a button. The Kindo also includes a built-in light and sound reminder and the capability to sort medications into the Pillbox for takeaway. Our device simplifies the risky manual sorting and remembering of different dosages into one easy click.
Kindo also allows both users or caregivers to access the medication via the web/mobile app through IoT technology, anytime, anywhere. With just a few clicks, they can track adherence; and also modify or suspend medications. The five rights in drug management: right patient, right medicine, right dosage, right time and right administration is now made possible at home with the Kin platform.
YEUNG Hin Oswin (HKU)
WONG Tsz Hang (CUHK)
TAM Ka Long (HKUST)
Shiven KAPUR (HKU)
WONG Cho Ying (HKU)
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, 2020
Web Site: http://re-coffee.hk
環保驟看像是件被動的事，但其實可以很主動。重新選擇，你和我都可以Re- Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Replace, Redefine（減少、重用、再造、代替、再定義）。
LUK Hin Hang Anisa (University of Hertfordshire)
CHIU Mei Yi (Keele University)
CHIU Po Yee (HKU)
WAN Wai Shing (De Montfort University)
WONG Chun Yat (HKU)
Environmental Friendly, 2020
Web Site: http://carbonbase.hk
Carbonbase is a HK-based climate change software company that helps individuals and corporates to measure their environmental footprint, reduce CO2 emissions, and co-create a better planet together. Our vision is to help Hong Kong reach its Carbon Neutral by 2050 goal by helping connect and reward businesses and individuals for taking climate action.
Carbonbase is building a technology solution ecosystem to align business and consumers to more emission awareness with increased resources targeted at solving the climate crisis. This ecosystem includes:
- Carbon mapping and management software– building a platform to cheaply allow companies to understand the sources of their emissions and their responsibilities, and measure scope 1-3 carbon emissions to internal and external stakeholders, and connect with green-financing solutions to receive money
- Consumer engagement platform – Carbonbase.co website allows engage individuals to calculate their personal emissions, offset their own emissions to earn rewards, and connect with company's climate accomplishments.
Carbonbase's larger goal is to help empower SMEs and individuals in HK have affordable actions to climate change. We help companies calculate and reduce their emissions, and facilitate them to receive green finance funding, helping them pass on their savings and services to the end consumer. Our two initial verticals are real estate developers and maritime shipping companies. In the long run, we want to build more transparent supply chain, where every product in the future will display its end-to-end carbon emissions, enabling more conscious consumption by empowering the citizens to align their purchase with carbon neutral goals.
Max SONG (HKUST)
ZHANG Jiang (University of California, Berkeley)
Ashmita ROY (HKU)
Ali Sanzhar MUHAMEDZHANOV (HKU)
Prof. Kira MATUS (HKUST)
Web Site: http://seniordeli.hk
WONG Kin Yi (CUHK)
U Mei Ran Abellona (Imperial College London)
CHUNG Sin Ying (CUHK)
CHEUNG Ka Wing (University of Cambridge)
Dr. Karen CHAN (HKU)
Youth, Social Tech, Mobile App, 2020
Web Site: http://sigmaconsulting.hk
SIGMA, being a financial education platform, has a strong vision to help millennial clients understand their risk appetite. We stand as an application in matching ready millennial clients with investment vehicles that best suit their risk preferences through gamification of client onboarding & sentiment analysis, and providing millennials with interactive financial education.
Recognized by the industry as the millennial’s most trusted digital education application by:
- Gold Prize, ETNet FinTech Awards 2019
- Best Digital Project 2019, J.P. Morgan Asset Management & MIT Innovation Node
- Grand Champion, Hong Kong FinTech Week 2019 Hackathon
Though millennials and the younger generation are tech-savvy, they are flooded with misinformation from the internet. The next generation have an appetite for financial education, but they need a revolution in their digital consumption habits. This is because the current content provided by NGOs is not immersive and not attractive for millennials. Therefore, SIGMA will pioneer this transformation and act as a platform to empower young people to learn, share and plan for their investments.
SIGMA is a user-friendly, real-time mobile application that has been designed to cater for millennial needs in 3 aspects:
- 62% want to incorporate social media and sentiment indices.
- 67% desire 24/7 advisory platform.
- 78% want gamification to learn more about investing.
With a sharp focus on improving millennials’ financial literacy and the promotion of inclusive financial, SIGMA hopes to pave a better way for millennials’ lifelong financial planning.
CHAN Wai Yan Vanessa
CHONG Cheuk Hei (HKUST)
LUK Wing San (HKUST)
WONG Shun Kit (HKUST)
Prof. CHOW King Lau (HKUST)
Wheel Real Light
Web Site: http://wrl.hk/
When wheelchair users go out, there are different challenges and barriers caused by poor street planning, illegal car parking and wheelchair nighttime walking. Therefore, in response to the needs for accessible travel of wheelchair users, a portable smart light system has been developed by our team, which includes wheelchair software engineers, social work postgraduates and social enterprisers: Wheel Real Light.
Wheel Real Light is a product which cares about the mobility needs of wheelchair users: our smart lighting device can now look out for their road safety and illumination needs in their daily life. With portable design features, our smart lighting product is adaptable for different kinds of wheelchairs and can be easily installed by anybody. Furthermore, when wheelchair users go out and encounter challenges on the road, our smart system can provide support for them by emitting light and sound signals for the purpose of:
- alerting other road users
- sending SOS emergency alerts during accidents
- providing location notifications to caregivers of wheelchair users
At the same time, we will create IT-related working opportunities and training for wheelchair disabled persons by being our developers and STEM trainers.
Our business model includes two parts. For the long term, our target is the disabled and elderly wheelchair user market. For the short term, the focus of our business is selling STEM & Experience Courses. We will also collaborate with our NGO partners including Direction Association for The Handicapped and Dialogue Experience to develop school and commercial markets.
CHONG Kwai Nam (HKU)
WONG Chun Yin (CityU)
WONG Ho Chi (CityU)
CHAN Yow Jen Delphica (HKU)
Prof. CHUNG Shu Hung Henry (CityU)
King's Phase Technologies
Social Tech, Elderly, 2020
Web Site: http://kpt.com.hk
One of the keys to understanding dementia lies in knowing our daily diet. This is because there is a little-known link between dementia and eating disorders. Therefore, if we know the rate of how our bodies burn fat and the overall energy balance, we will have a better chance of early detection and early treatment of dementia.
The solution lies in sensing and knowing the amount of ketone bodies in our breath. Our semiconductor ketone gas sensor provides a ketone sensing capability in the range of parts per billion, which is over 1000X more sensitive than any currently available sensors.
The main problem with sufferers with early stage dementia is that they act as though they can handle all daily tasks independently. But then they begin to forget to eat. Caregivers might assume that people with minor signs of dementia simply have a poor memory, without considering the possibility of compromised ability to complete daily tasks such as eating and cooking.
Therefore, caregivers often neglect a dementia patient’s eating disorder until it has a serious health impact, such as a drastic decrease in body weight. Drastic decreases in body weight can then pose problems for health professionals to treat dementia patients with proper dosage of medication.
There are no existing products on the market that are tailored for eating disorder detection. However, King’s Phase Technologies is here to fill the gap make a change with our sensor “In The Know”.
LOU Kuan Wen (CUHK)
LEE Jak Lum Alson (CUHK)
OH Jiwon (CUHK)
WONG Jo (HKUST)
Prof. HO Yi Ping Magan (CUHK)
Social Tech, Elderly, 2020
Web Site: http://drugiconist.hk
As there is a growing population of people who regularly take drugs, with the elderly commonly taking 5 or more drugs at the same time (known as polypharmacy), drug adherence and compliance have become greatly concerning issues. Unfortunately, current medication labels are often too wordy for patients to read, use small fonts, and only written in Chinese or English. Therefore, this neglects the needs of those who are less able to see, illiterate, or unable to read Chinese or English. As a result, the elderly and ethnic minority groups have difficulty reading and understanding medication and dosage instructions clearly.
The failure to understand medication labels can lead to devastating consequences. People’s health may be affected by not achieving the optimal usage of drugs or inducing additional medical burden such as causing adverse drug reactions and prolonging hospitalisation.
DrugIconist aims to create visual icons for common medical instructions and warnings in different languages, including Chinese, English, Urdu and more. Our icons make medication instructions easier to read and will reduce the difficulty in explaining medication warnings. This will go a long way towards increasing safety and accuracy in medication use. Also, we offer consultancy services for drug label implementation and provide promotional materials to facilitate the use and explanation of our icons. We hope that through designing drug icons, people can know more about drug labels and take the right amount of medication, at the right time and in the right manner.
POON Sin Yiu Kirsty (HKU)
LO Pei Kwan (Univerisity College London)
CHAN Yan Sin (HKBU)
WONG Kit Ting (HKU)
Minority Integration, 2020
Web Site: http://audeahk.org.hk
香港社會主流教育的學習模式以視覺為主，考試、理論、觀察實驗等，較為因循。而由香港口述影像協會研發的《SciTouch 觸聲一族》計劃以「多感官教學法」(Multisensory Teaching and Learning Approach, MTLA) 尋找教授知識的新路向，涵蓋科學、藝術、人文等跨學科題材，適合有不同學習需要的學生。
此教學法結合了口述影像(Audio Description, AD)及觸感道具(Tactile Props)製作，讓學生使用不同感官學習，更有效吸收知識。「口述影像」是一種專業描述技巧，屬於影視翻譯。口述影像員以簡潔和生動的語言，補充影像訊息。口述影像用途廣泛，其中一個重要功能是輔助視障人士理解。「觸感道具」則是通過觸摸模型和特製圖像等，輔助用家在腦海描繪相關事物的形象。
*Invited team from “Good Seed”
Dr. LEUNG Hoi Ching Dawning (University College London, UK)
HO Man Wai (EdUHK)
CHOI Tsz Kiu (HKBU)
TSANG Fan Chun (CityU)
Prof. Jorge DÍAZ-CINTAS (University College London, UK)
Social Tech, Elderly, 2020
Web Site: http://screenmat.com.hk
CHU Tsz Kan Christopher (CUHK)
LI Chak Loi (CUHK)
WONG Yik Lam (CUHK)
LEE Ying Kin (CUHK)
Prof. TSOI Kam Fai (CUHK)
Mobile App, Minority Integration, 2020
Web Site: http://techinnospire.hk
InnoSpire Technology Limited is a social enterprise dedicated to using technology to provide visual assistance for elderly and visually impaired people. (We are also an incubatee under the Incu-App programme of Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.) Currently, we are developing the FIRST smart glasses in the world that can provide human+AI visual support to visually impaired people/elderly.
Firstly, for our smart glasses, an elderly or visually impaired user can wear them like normal eyeglasses, and our backend staff combined with AI can see things from the viewpoint of the user and provide instant support.
For our second main product is a mobile app that connects visually impaired people and elderly people to volunteers. When the visually impaired person needs help, they can make a call and a group of volunteers will receive call notifications. Then, the first volunteer who takes the call will be connected to the visually impaired user and can provide real-time video call support to the users in need.
By using our smart glasses or mobile app, the user can be supported by backend staff and or volunteers. Furthermore, by providing visual assistance to users in their daily lives, it will improve social inclusion and their standard of living.
SHUM Chung Yan (The Hong Kong Management Association)
Dr. SIU Kai Wing (Hong Kong College of Engineering)
CHAN Che Cheung (PolyU)
NG Chi Hong (HKU)
TANG Laurence Yat Long (HKU)
Youth, Education, 2020
Web Site: https://www.snaildy.com.hk
SNAILDY 致力建構緊密互聯的智能SEN服務生態，善用科技推動社區、家庭、學校三方的共融 。我們盼望SEN學生能擁有豐富的人生歷程，造就他們成為未來社會的寶貴資源。
LAW Wai Yip (CityU)
LAU Lok Kin (CityU)
MOK Jovy (HKU)
AU Ho Yi Holly (EdUHK)
Prof. SIN Kuen Fung (EdUHK)
Web Site: http://fosterworldwide.hk
Youth unemployment has become a worldwide phenomenon where many youngsters find it difficult to make the transition from school to work. With technological advancement, the labor market has been shaped into one which is more cost-conscious, volatile, knowledge-based and constantly changing. Young people with less work experience, job skills and career advice are more vulnerable to unemployment.
With an aim to solve this global social issue, Foster Worldwide has launched the first-ever Virtual Global Internship Program in Hong Kong. Youngsters will be offered an internship with an overseas company, as well as online vocational training and career guidance from Foster Worldwide and their supervisors. Upon completion of their internship, they will have not only a recommendation letter, but also an evaluation report on their work performance. Underprivileged students with outstanding performances will even receive scholarships.
Such a valuable virtual internship opportunity allows young talents to gain overseas exposure, equip themselves with future skills and extend the professional network in a much affordable and flexible way.
Since 2014, we have successfully collaborated with more than 170 companies from over 60 countries and cities to provide placement and training to 5000 youths worldwide to boost their employability. Our partners include corporates (Wluper - London (Forbes 30 Under 30), Strategy Sprints GmbH - Vienna (Forbes 30 Under 30)), universities and NGOs – One Young World and United Nations Global Compact.
To take it one step further, Foster Worldwide strives to provide quality career education and virtual global internships and mentorship opportunities by leveraging educational technology.
MAK Wing Yan (CUHK)
Dr. MING Wai Kit (HKU)
OUYANG Shaoming (HKU)
CHENG Hui Kiu (HKU)
Prof. NG Wai Lung Billy (CUHK)
Upcycling, Minority Integration, Environmental Friendly, 2020
Web Site: http://breer.com.hk
With Covid-19, all markets have been severely affected. The craft brewing industry, defined by innovation, has come to a standstill. Simultaneously, food wastage is rising due to a lack of sales. Breer is the one solution that solves both problems! We are a food upcycling start-up that uses surplus leftover bread from bakeries to brew premium craft beer.
Strongly believing in the motto that waste is not waste until you waste it, our initiative began when we learnt that all unsold bread in bakeries gets thrown away after closing. Shocked by the amount of food wastage, we decided to make a difference. In Hong Kong alone, 3600 tonnes of food is wasted every day. So, the experience of building a social enterprise that has a direct and tangible impact on solving a problem is very empowering. We have successfully developed the pilot batch ‘Responsibly’ and we got the opportunity to closely collaborate on getting the flavour profiles right, along with communicating our brand mission by designing a distinctive customer experience. After making various iterations, we are now ready with our first product - which we can't wait to introduce to the market very soon!
This has only been made possible with the combined efforts of our team members, all of whom have a very unique personal background. Be it our academic or professional experiences, each of us lent a different perspective in terms of developing the venture, and that had made it a very enriching experience. This collaboration is a testament to the potential of today's youth in making an impact.
Anushka PUROHIT (HKUST)
Deevansh GUPTA (HKUST)
Naman TEKRIWAL (HKUST)
Suyash MOHAN (HKUST)
Donny SIU (HKUST)
Minority Integration, 2020
Web Site: http://sightfeeling.com.hk
LEE Long Yin (EdUHK)
TSOI Sin Man (PolyU)
MOK Ka Wai (CO1 School of Visual Arts)
TAI Ming Yeung (PolyU)
Mobile App, Minority Integration, 2019
Web Site: http://WeVoicePlus.hk
Visually impaired people, especially those of higher education and ability, do not want to be disconnected from the outside world or left behind. They want to live normal day to day lives as other people do, but need assistance from time to time. For example, they want to know whether the color of their shirt matches their jacket, identify the verification code on the computer screen when they need to sign in a webpage, or read the expiration date on food packages when they shop in supermarkets. In many circumstances, there is no one nearby to offer them help. They need help from people who are willing and available to support them.
There are many passionate people who want to be involved in volunteer activities, but they might not have enough time to do so. Conventional volunteer work requires people to devote half or even a whole day at a designated time and venue. As a result, these activities are not flexible. If there is a way that volunteers can help people at any time and place when they are available, it would make the activity much easier to join.
WeVoice+ aims to build a worldwide community consisting of volunteers and the visually impaired. In this project, a mobile app will be developed to allow visually impaired users to take pictures and send it to a group of volunteers, where available volunteers can describe the picture back to the user via voice message.
SIU Kai Wing (HKU)
NG Chi Hong (HKU)
CHAN Che Cheung (HKU)
TANG Laurence Yat Long (HKU)
Therapy, Minority Integration, 2019
Web Site: http://WeDerm.hk
WeDerm provides integrated care for eczema patients: personalized, comprehensive, and guided with psychosocial support.
In June 2018, former CUHK nursing student, 23-year-old Pang Ching-yu, killed her parents and herself on Father's Day. Her severe eczema and deep-rooted stress were the leading factors of the tragedy. Eczema is a painful skin condition which cascades from physical wounds to chronic mental stress. It affects 300 million people globally and Hong Kong is an infamous hotspot.
Today’s medical paradigm for eczema is problematic:
- Generic intervention leads to ineffective treatment
- Acute care mismatched for chronic conditions
- Lack of psychosocial support and health guidance
As a team of students with decades of experience suffering from eczema, we know best what it means to live each day to the fullest - and we want to bring this to everyone in the world. Our integrated care program combines first-hand patient experiences, professional evidence-based medicine, and a comprehensive network in medicine, pharmacology, psychotherapy, and nutrition.
Since no case is the same, WeDerm offers a comprehensive diagnosis for eczema, generating a multifactorial patient profile for personalized treatment. To drive sustained action, peer engagement is integrated for effective long-term recovery, highlighting that health is not merely the absence of disease, but a sustained and positive state of physical and psychosocial wellbeing.
Our motto naturally: for patients, by patients.
LI Kin Cheung Harrison (HKU)
LAM Hiu Ching Michelle (HKU)
KUNG Ling Kiu Keshia (HKU)
Judy LAW (HKU)
Social Tech, Elderly, 2019
Web Site: http://walkpner.hk
NG Wing Sze (PolyU)
LI Hoi Tik (PolyU)
MAK Tsz Ching (OUHK)
NG Cheuk Yu (HKU)
YU Kai Ming (PolyU)
Social Tech, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://uvify.hk
To make healthcare better and safer for all, UVify aims to safeguard against cross-contamination of medical tools and devices. Developed through design thinking, we are solving a real-world issue at the core of a global problem. Leveraging simple technology compatible with the existing healthcare ecosystem, we are a medical device start-up that began with a simple mission: engineering, optimising, and transforming healthcare tools at the crux of it all: lowering incidences of infection and safeguarding devices for protection.
Infectious diseases, especially those which are hospital-acquired, are an alarming global problem threatening population health and healthcare systems. These problems lead to longer waiting times and higher hospital occupation rates. Stethoscopes used by doctors are a major source of pathogen transmission. They are often contaminated and teaming with infectious bacteria. Shockingly, contamination risks increase exponentially after each clinic visit and there are also no universal prescription guidelines for sanitising stethoscopes – except through labourious manual cleaning with alcohol swabs.
Therefore, we have designed an automatic and portable UV-C light-based disinfection device for the medical staff to actively cleanse stethoscope diaphragms.
Our safe and flexible design features:
- Compatibility with all dimensions of stethoscopes
- Non-disruptive mechanical System for smooth rollout of diaphragm
- Non-cytotoxic skin-friendly and non-carcinogenic - unlike other UV lights
- Multi-pathogen inactivation of H1N1, MRSA, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis
CHAN Sik Kwan (HKU)
Mashiat LAMISA (HKUST)
WEI Xue Lai (HKUST)
POON Jasmine Chi Man (HKUST)
Dr. Carrie LING (HKUST)
Mobile App, Elderly, 2019
Web Site: http://timecarehk.hk
MA Yuen Ting Belinda (HKU)
KWAN Chi Ho (HKU)
Prof. Simon LAM (HKU)
Public Health, Elderly, 2019
Web Site: http://mindfultech.hk
Elderly people in Hong Kong are facing social isolation and increasing loneliness, which is an important Risk Factor (RF) for a great many non-communicable diseases (NCD), such as cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. The lack or delay of mental health treatment can have many negative effects on individuals suffering from mental illnesses.
With the integration of AI, our SMART app (Sustainable, Memorable, Affordable, Real-time Therapist) can provide personalized recommendations based on a patient’s preferences and habits. Patients can access user-friendly, evidence-based tools and different treatment methods. Also, when the assessment result approaches predefined cut-off degrees, they will receive timely automatic referrals to registered psychologists. Furthermore, our AI-backed chatbot enables speedy diagnosis of a patient’s condition and assesses risk levels, thereby supporting health professionals or users to administer effective and efficient treatment protocols.
The goal of SMART is to provide more mental health resources for those in need. The intention is not to replace human therapists, but to divert more of the mental health professional’s time to the treatment of mental illness. The shortage of mental health professionals in Hong Kong has made it difficult for those suffering from a mental illness to receive the treatment they need. Approximately 80% of the HK elderly population live in situations without enough money, time, or capability to obtain professional mental health treatment. SMART is an example of how Big Data and AI technology application in the mental health industry can have a significant impact on community healthcare accessibility.
CHENG Lan (CUHK)
CHAN Wai Kin (CUHK)
JIANG Huaxing (HKUST)
Prof. Harry QIN (PolyU)
Youth, Education, 2019
Web Site: http://summerpro.hk
可能大家會問，Who is Summer? 其實Summer曾經是一個失業失學的雙待青年，機緣巧合之下，她進入社企成為一個攝影學徒，攝影從此成為她的興趣，三年後學有所成，成為一名專業攝影師。
WONG Chun Ho (CUHK)
CHAN Suet Yi (EdUHK)
WONG Lok Yi (OUHK)
NG Cheuk Him (CUSCS)
Dr. Tracy NG (HKU SPACE)
VR/AR, Elderly, 2019
Web Site: http://sensager.hk
“From Aging to Reviving” is what we would like to achieve. Since we believe the aging population can represent new opportunities if the youth can be connected to the seniors through social contribution and a sustainable business model.
To begin with, it is notable that Pfizer stopped research into potential pharmacological treatments for dementia in 2018 and the latest dementia drug gaining FDA approval was Memantine in 2003. Despite this, we believe non-pharmacological intervention for treating dementia is a potential key to achieve medical breakthroughs.
We use the Sensager VR dementia rehab system, which is designed to promote “Aging in Place” through integrative medicine enabled by Gerontechnology. Interestingly, this multi-sensory form of stimulation rehab is an existing therapy with proven efficacy. Hence, by digitalizing the stimulation using VR, the cost of therapy can be reduced significantly – much cheaper than a custom-built Snoezelen Room. In addition, the treatment can easily be customized and the venue is not fixed to any single location.
We are a social enterprise partnering with the Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine (HKIIM) from CUHK. The HKIIM will support the clinical studies for accruing evidence for the efficacy and safety of the Sensager rehab system. Furthermore, the development and operation of the system is led by a team with the relevant industry expertise.
Finally, both the caregivers and patients can be taken care of with the advancement of gerontechnology providing convenience in terms of tracking and sharing the stress.
SO Kwun Laam (CUHK)
SO Kwun Pong (J. F. Oberlin University)
WIDARTO Winson (Australian National University)
Prof. AU Kevin Yuk-fai (CUHK)
Minority Integration, 2019
Web Site: http://neurodyssey.hk
There are an increasing number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They are receiving support, but challenges remain. Public training service is considerably restricted in efficacy because of limited frequency and the primary focus on specific symptoms. It’s saddening that most children with ASD lack social support and employment opportunities when they grow up. Parents also struggle with the relationship with their child, and with evaluating the effectiveness of potential supplementary remedies.
At Neurodyssey, we believe in the talents of every child. We guide potential development with tailored programs that attend to children’s special needs. Parents are invited to be their companion and utilize our product to “connect and empower in a whole new way”.
The odyssey begins with identifying the child’s strengths and weaknesses. Brain functioning characteristics will be assessed by gamified, research validated tools on an app. A set of tailored training will also be developed based on the child’s profile.
The navigation continues with app-based training available 24/7. Parents and children will jointly take part in the research validated training of cognitive and emotional functions with twists added for playability (e.g. competitive components). The training connects parents and children with in-task directions that foster quality communication.
The program extends to life-planning. User data will reveal an individual’s skill-set inclination. Our career service includes inclination analysis and corresponding training (e.g. photography) to help children realize their potential.
With such a pathway, we connect and empower parents to “connect and empower in a whole new way”.
SIU Yat Fan (CUHK)
TSUI Wai Man (HKU)
WONG Yuet Tung Chloe (HKSYU)
CHEUNG Wing Tung Vince (University College London)
Dr. HUI Bryant P H (HKU)
Web Site: http://mealingful.hk
我們相信 every meal is meaningful (每一餐都是有意義的)。 進食並不僅是生理需求，更是人生樂趣的重要一環。然而，很多長者及吞嚥困難的患者只能進食不美觀的糊餐，或會出現情緒低落、食慾下降、營養不良等狀況。所謂「家有一老，如有一寶」，作為子孫以及照顧者，我們極為重視家中長者的飲食質素，希望長者能享用自己喜歡的食物，愉快地進食及。
LO Cheuk Yin (HKU)
CHAN Yin Tung (HKU)
SO Wing Tung (HKUST)
HO Kwan Lam (HKU)
Dr. Mathias BUEHLMAIER (HKU)
Mobile App, Environmental Friendly, 2019
Web Site: http://zoomin.hk
ZOOMIN 是個專門為源頭減廢而設的手機應用程式，一方面以遊戲模式呈現用戶消費習慣， 同時在程式內獎勵實踐可持續消費模式的用戶。ZOOMIN 一字有雙重意思。「ZOO」代表生物多樣性，而「MIN」代表廢物最少化。這個程式的名稱表達了我們想為社會帶來正面改變的決心及熱誠。
政府在 20 年前推出「藍廢紙、黃鋁罐、啡膠樽」的口號令回收廢物變得街知巷問。惟時至 2018年，即使我們希望回收更多其他類型的廢物，但由於地理空間及回收廢物種類所限，單靠回收箱或其他回收設施已經不能有效減廢。減廢要長遠見效的，就必須落實「源頭減廢」，ZOOMIN 以數碼應用程式，並以各類獎賞，鼓勵消費者採取環保購物。我們堅信，ZOOMIN 將會是我們的未來。
LUK Wing San (HKUST)
MAN Hei Yin (HKUST)
TSOI Ho Ching (PolyU)
LAM Fong Pui (HKU)
Dr. TAM Tat Chun Anthony (HKU)
Let’s be fair! (「平」易近人)
Web Site: http://letsbefair.hk
「平易近人」是一個連結社會企業與一般市民的 B2C 網上平台。市民能夠在平台上瀏覽不同社企的貨品資料，並參考客人評分，從中比較。我們同時會為加入平台的社會企業作免費宣傳，利用微網紅(Micro-influencers)的概念，達到一呼百應的效果，讓更多人了解社會企業及其故事。
I Chun Pong (HKUST)
WU Hui Ning (HKUST)
HUANG Erwin Steven (HKUST)
JUST FEEL 感講`
Youth, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://justfeel.hk
JUST FEEL 感講的願景是為香港人帶來更好的精神健康。在這個目的下，我們的做法是改變學校和家庭的溝通方法。由於香港有不少學生未能認識自己的情緒，又不懂正確表達，導致他們容易與其他人發生磨擦，妨礙學習和社交，長遠影響精神健康。有見及此，JUST FEEL 感講以「善意溝通」為理論基礎，設計出一系列敎育產品和服務，包括感受需要咭、教材、學校佈置材料、影片和教師工作坊，以達至「先處理心情，再處理事情」 。
JUST FEEL 感講由香港特區政府社會創新及創業發展基金資助，主力與本地學校合作，營造善意溝通校園。JUST FEEL 感講曾獲得超過 20 篇媒體報導，包括有線電視﹑明報及信報等，並與 YMCA ﹑Ednovators 教育燃新﹑Teach For Hong Kong﹑The Good Lab 好單位等機構合作，至今已培訓超過 1500 名教師。
YANG Sze Ngai (CUHK)
KWOK Tsz Lok (CUHK)
CHEUNG Mei Yi (CUHK)
FOK Ching Yi (CUHK)
WONG Kon Chi (CUHK)
*Invited team from “Good Seed”
Youth, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://hollo.hk
At Hollo, we have several core beliefs that we hold true at the crux of our company which drives our desire to create social impact. We believe in the ability of AI and Data to change industries around the world; but we also believe in the power of human connection. We empower these ideals through the use of AI Language Processing and Data Analytics; supporting the existing offline practices and bridging it with our online services. At Hollo, we’ve focused our talents towards creating a smart solution for NGOs, their counsellors, and the youth. We’ve created an all-encompassing business model that resolves the pain points of all our stakeholders - listening, supporting, and guiding them with our ultimate prevention companion.
The world is facing one of the most prevalent threats to livelihood: suicide and self-harm are currently and will continue (by WHO estimates) to be within the top 20 causes of death in the world until 2030. The situation within Asia has not been slowing down, with the WHO estimating that deaths from self-harm will rise from eleventh to the ninth leading cause of death by 2030.
At Hollo, we’re collaborating not only with clinical professionals and experienced practitioners, but also with university professors with their latest technology and findings. We believe with our sustainable business model we can make long lasting change. With every dollar that Hollo makes, we are devoted to multiplying our social impact, beginning with the mental health industry.
Cameron Xavier VAN BREDA (HKU)
Sirilux LAW (HKU)
Ajit Krishna NAMAKKAL RAGHAVENDRAN (HKU)
CHAU Ching Kiu Keith (HKU)
Dr. LAW Rocky Chau Sing (HKU)
Heart to Heart 心•照
Youth, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://hearttoheart.hk
When facing mental issues, we understand it can be difficult to pour your heart out to others. In fact, when encountering adversities and mental issues, only 1% teenagers are willing to express themselves.
“Heart to Heart” is a meaningful lifestyle brand that connects people who are aware of mental wellbeing and the opportunities for them to take the actual step to care about others’ mental health. It is a series of gifts designed by people who have battled through mental health issues.
We start the conversation by admitting and expressing our own mental state. With our product, we encourage people to talk about their mental health, to take the initiative to care about others, and to be part of us to drive a positive and powerful change to society. We aim to overcome the stigma and misunderstanding against mental illness.
Heart to Heart is a brand of products, but we also aim to become a mobilizer in mental health advocacy. We aspire to combat the current misunderstanding about mental wellbeing by providing a true understanding through our online and offline campaigns.
We understand that mental issues are always a taboo that is so hard to admit and discuss. However, at the same time, we understand you care about mental wellbeing as much as we do. We stand with you in the face of negative thoughts. Join us and from the bottom of your heart tell others. Let’s TALK about mental health!
組長 Team Leader 鄭逸軒 CHENG Yat Hin (HKU)
MA Man Lok (HKU)
YIP Alvin Cheuk Sing (HKU)
LAI Tsz Yung (HKU)
WONG Paul Wai Ching (HKU)
Environmental Friendly, 2019
Web Site: http://grinbean.hk
GrinBean is a profit-sharing ecosystem built around clean recycling. Our ecosystem links citizens, property developers and management companies, recyclers, and retailers. We aim to promote recycling, and provide reliable technologies that enable an accurate sorting of recyclables and contamination control at the point of disposal, as a solution to the low recycling rate and low recovery rate in Hong Kong.
The GrinBean ecosystem consists of recycling machines powered by artificial intelligence. We apply the concept of reverse vending to incentivize people to recycle through our interactive mobile application. Our pioneering recycling solution has the potential to be applied citywide, as an effective method of recyclable collection and to encourage green living. This can transform Hong Kong into a smart city in the aspect of waste management and recycling.
LEUNG Ka Shing (HKU)
LAM Sum Cham (HKU)
LOONG Kam Chi (HKU)
Dr. WONG Wai Ling (HKU)
Free Periods HK
Minority Integration, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://freeperiods.hk
Free Periods HK is the only group in Hong Kong providing support to low-income women through the supply of free sustainable menstrual products. The group is supported by experienced individuals from Happeriod, MenstruAction, MissMaMa and M Cup M Stuff, 4 groups that highlight the issue of menstrual stigma in Hong Kong since as early as 2014.
We realise that in Hong Kong, there are menstruators (especially low-income groups) who lack menstrual health knowledge. As a result, in order to save money, they sacrifice the quality of the menstrual products they use or even intentionally reduce the frequency of changing for clean menstrual products. Unfortunately, using menstrual products beyond the suggested time of use can lead to issues with menstrual hygiene and various potential health threats.
Free Periods HK advocates a unique Buy 1 Give 1 distribution model of free sustainable menstrual products. We also collect public donations of money and menstrual products, organise menstrual education workshops and train menstrual education ambassadors. Through connecting menstruators from different social backgrounds and supplying free menstrual products to those in need, we set out to relieve the mental, physical and financial burdens on low-income groups caused by period poverty and raise public awareness on period poverty.
CHAN Yuk Lam (PolyU)
FUNG Lok Hang (HKU)
LI Wang Kei (HKUST)
WONG Tin Yau (PolyU)
K.K. LING (PolyU)
*Invited team from “Good Seed”
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, 2019
Web Site: http://doshawood.com.hk
DOSHA Woodcraft is a local wood upcycling company. Our team includes 5 product designers and we will offer different types of furniture and home products for customers.
Our story begins with an upcycling project after the Typhoon Mangkhut (颱風山竹). DOSHA members tried to collect and produce new products with disposed wood. This experience proved that wood disposal can provide the raw material for production. Unfortunately, the wood recycling rate in Hong Kong is less than 1%. However, disposed wood can be the raw material for furniture making, thus reducing the demand for cutting down more trees.
Currently, the public has an understanding of green life and carbon footprint. At the same time, Hong Kong is a high-density city and everyone needs to optimize the use of the floor space in their home. Therefore, by designing "Lego Furniture", a series of DIY concept wood furniture, customers can meet this need by offering specific units for customers to create the stylish furniture of their wishes.
Flexible, eco-friendly, stylish and meaningful furniture is a great idea for people and nature. All wood has their own life and own experience, and everyone can save wood from being disposed into landfills.
From a broader perspective, DOSHA Woodcraft’s aims to save trees and increase the wood recycling rate in Hong Kong. At the same time, we hope our products will lead users to share the story behind the furniture and let our lives influence thinking and save trees.
YU Yen Chu (THEi)
KAN Mei Mei (THEi)
CHAN Wai Lam (THEi)
JIANG Xiaoqiao (THEi)
CHAN Sze Long (THEi)
Minority Integration, Public Health, 2019
Web Site: http://acostudio.hk
卡牌大冒險是一個由Aco Studio Ltd策劃之EdTech社創計劃，成員來自理大的科研團隊及香港大學的教育團隊，旨在以自動化方式，減低教育、輔導及復康的成本，擴大其服務範圍，為有需要的學生及其家庭提供高效、有趣及平民化的解決方案。
首個項目「卡牌大冒險 - AR遊戲識字計劃」以冒險遊戲學習體驗啟發學生自主學習，同時採用正向教育元素，給予學生自我實現的可能，從而提高學生學習動機、語文能力及感知肌能，達至持續學習、永續發展。本計劃包含線上線下課程、應用程式、大數據分析平台，及客製化方案，家長、學校及機構可按其需要選擇個人化方案。
LAM Hiu Ching (PolyU)
POON Ka Wing (HKU)
CHAN Mei Yee (PolyU)
NG Chau Chuen (PolyU)
Dr. CHAN, Karen M.K. (HKU)
Dr. LAU Man Lung, Newman (PolyU)
Web Site: http://www.masonmedinno.com.hk
CHAN Ying Tung (HKU)
SHAM Wah Hei Wallace (HKUST)
YIP Tak Yee Amy (CityU)
YAO Yan Chak (PolyU)
Dr. CHEUNG Kin (PolyU)
Public Health, 2018
CHAN Ka Lung (HKU)
CHIANG Ryan (HKU)
TONG Woon (HKU)
CHAN Ka Yee (PolyU)
Mr. TANG Yat Long Laurence (HKU)
A.I. Sight for Visual Impairment
Social Tech, Minority Integration, 2018
Web Site: http://aisight.hk
在現今的社會，即使是有導盲犬的幫助引導視障人士，但他們在探索社區方面仍存在困難。 目前使用導盲犬作引導仍存在許多限制。 1）導盲犬需要接受培訓才能進入新的地方。 2）當視障者失去方向時，他們需要尋求周圍環境的幫助，而不是導盲犬。 另一方面，以現時的情況，視障人士與移動設備通信的能力非常有限，要自行到達一個指定位置的地方，亦有困難。
LI Ka Wai (CityU)
CHEUNG Tsz Hin (CUHK)
HUNG Ngai Fung (VTC)
LEE Lik Hang (HKUST)
Mr. LING Kar Kan (PolyU)
Web Site: http://WeCareBill.hk
WeCareBill is an open database for patients to select medical services based on budget. It reduces patients’ fear to go private due to cost uncertainty: this simple step would reroute 3-5% public patients to go private, leaving more resources for needy and urgent patients.
It is basic patients’ right to know the cost in advance before they select medical services. However, due to the Code of Conduct imposed by the Medical Council, doctors are not allowed to publish the price of surgeries, causing surgery costs to vary in multiples for some extreme cases. Therefore, most Hong Kong patients have to pay for consultations in order to obtain a price estimate - unlike other countries with unified pricing or clear price lists.
Hence, a significant proportion of the price-sensitive, uninsured elderly population opts not to use private services, even though they can afford to do so. This poses burdens on our public health system, leading to the waiting time for public hospital to become longer, and directly affect our health. These unfortunate results also echo the report findings from Bupa in 2018: data transparency is a key to enhance the sustainability of the Hong Kong healthcare system.
The three social impacts we bring are:
- Better health outcomes: by enabling patients to make more informed and faster decisions based on price information
- Shorter waiting times for public hospitals: more public resources for the needy
HSIEH Chia Yen (CUHK)
BAI Yuin Ru (CUHK)
LEUNG Hei Tung (CUHK)
YEH Ting Hsuan (HKUST)
Prof. HUNG Chi Tim (CUHK)
Mr. OOI Tyan Chyi Nicholas (LU)
Web Site: http://theratalk.hk
Making a Difference - TheraTalk to ease communications in mental health counselling
In recent years, mental health issues have become alarming in Hong Kong. The waitlist for public services is so long that many people miss their optimal time to receive timely intervention to prevent the problems from escalating. However, alternative private services are often too expensive and inflexible.
TheraTalk fills the gap by providing timely, easily accessible, flexible and affordable psychological services with the use of advanced technology. We aim to become the biggest technology-based psychological services provider in Asia.
TheraTalk is a HealthTech start-up that enables people with stress and mild mental health issues to communicate with professional counsellors by text at any time of the day.
The service removes the stigma and inconvenience of seeking professional help in person. Users can choose to chat with dedicated professional counsellors or psychologists for regular, asynchronous feedback via text counseling. Alternatively, they can choose real-time counselling or in-person counselling. TheraTalk’s services are highly affordable, easily accessible, and users can choose to keep their identity anonymous. The company also offers offline, in-person counselling and wellness services for individuals and corporations.
In addition, TheraTalk provides bot-assisted mental health screening to help early detection and informed treatment and bot-assisted evaluation for effectiveness studies. We have also recently launched a free bank of resources for non-paying clients to enhance their psychological well-being.
TheraTalk was founded by an enthusiastic team with professional knowledge in psychology, counseling, technology development, business development, marketing and corporate planning.
LI Man Yee Isabel (HKU)
YAU Ming Hiu (CUHK)
MAK Ka Man Carmen (HKBU)
YEUNG Chi Ling Cindy (HKU)
Dr. Hildie LEUNG (PolyU)
Web Site: http://www.antzknow.hk
- Predicting real-life events is a learning process that trains advanced info searching, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. AntzKnow platform enables people to learn by predicting, either in high schools, universities or corporations. We charge a subscription fee (SaaS) for this unique eLearning tool.
- Crowd forecasting is a proven science. After establishing tractions and credibility, AntzKnow will provide consulting service to companies in need of accurate prediction, and share the revenue with contributing forecasters to grow the community organically.
Minority Integration, Education, 2018
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/hk.animomo
Mosi mosi - In:visible wallet
Minority Integration, 2017
Web Site: http://mosimosilab.com.hk
「無事無事研究所 Mosi mosi」是一所人性化的設計工作室， 其哲學理念源自於廣東話的「無事無事」，意思是生活上遇到什麼困難也好，也要抱緊不用擔心 “There is no worry” 的精神。對於設計的追求不停留於外在的美感上，更著重於如何透過設計，使社會和人之間有更好的連繫，希望以人性化的設計喚起人們對弱勢社群及社會的關注。
There is no worry
Environmental Friendly, 2017
Web Site: http://greenprice.hk
- Offer safe and decent food at the lowest market price to mitigate the cost of living
- Educate the public about the food waste problem and best before date concept
- Promote sustainable consumption and shape Hong Kong as a green economy
Immortality - 不朽傳耆
Elderly, Education, 2017
Web Site: http://www.immortality.hk
「不朽傳耆」旨在為維繫子親關係，提供專業的一站式多媒體人生傳記製作服務，幫助家庭記錄銀齡父母的黃金時期，回顧前半生笑淚足跡，留下子親 互動的寶貴時光，作為今後永久流傳的家族回憶。我們為家庭中健康狀況良好或患病而神志清醒的銀齡父母拍攝，把他們的人生故事製作及出版成文字 、圖片、及影像，成為一份送給至親特別謝禮。
Youth, Mobile App, Education, 2017
Web Site: https://afterschool.com.hk/
In Hong Kong, there are over 300,000 secondary students. However, in order to earn better grades in public exams, over 90% of them go to tutorial classes every day after school.
The tutorial industry has emerged since the 1990s. Unfortunately, in these 20 years, tutorial centers with ever increasing class sizes and tuition fees have done little to improve students' learning effectiveness and there are no alternatives in the market.
That's why we founded AfterSchool, an online learning community designed for Hong Kong secondary students. Our mission is to create a new learning system that provides students with a "Ten Times More Effective & Ten Times Cheaper" learning experience.
By uniquely combining learning science, gamification and social elements, we provide students with a highly personalised, flexible, effective and interactive learning experience at just 40% of the market tuition fee. Our community also allows students to learn at their own pace, interact with other students and discuss problems in real time.
AfterSchool will also create a channel for qualified tutors to publish courses and build a passive income stream. All they need to do is to produce high quality learning materials. AfterSchool will provide the rest, including marketing, packaging and sales. Revenue will be split between tutors and AfterSchool.
Education is essential. AfterSchool creates a smarter learning ecosystem with unlimited possibilities for our future generation.
Youth, Poverty, Education, 2017
Web Site: http://wewahmusic.org/
「WeWah音樂室」是「WeWah音樂家」團隊總結七年來的服務經驗，而計劃建立的綜合型音樂服務中心。我們希望建立具演奏、學習、練習及多用途活動 空間於一身的音樂中心，一方面進一步提升現時服務的質素，另一方面希望以廉價出租琴室與Band房予社區人士，讓基層社區及喜愛音樂的年青人有一 個相對廉價的音樂空間，實踐他們的音樂夢。
Public Health, 2017
Web Site: http://bodivation.com/
(formerly known as Body Activation)
Around 1.5 billion people worldwide are suffering from chronic pain and this imposes tremendous costs on patients, employers, and the health care system. People suffering from chronic pain are less able to exercise properly, to sleep normally or to master their daily life successfully. It leads to a vicious cycle of depression, helplessness, guilt, and increased preoccupation with pain and created multitude of negative behavioral responses like restricted activity, sleep deprivation, and social withdrawal.
In Hong Kong, it is estimated that 35% of adults suffer from chronic pain and the highest prevalence are those in the lower income groups with monthly income below HK$ 15,000.
Current treatments for chronic pain are simply ineffective (The Lancet) and painkillers proved to potentially cause toxicity, gastrointestinal bleeding, and renal failure.
With 5 years’ experience in practicing origin point medicine (OPM), Body Activation was developed to automate the proven OPM acupoint massage to relieve body pain using an effective, non-invasive and drug-free therapy. Body Activation is a service machine located in publicly accessible places using the affordable pay-per-use vending concept to provide hassle-free, easy and fast therapy to relieve body pain for users in private. All elderly people will get a special discount on their Octopus card to relieve pain and improve quality of life. As the main concern for a public machine is hygiene, the system will be maintained by elderly employees, who will also be Body Activation users.
When your body feels good, so does your mind. Therefore, pain sufferers, especially the elderly, will be relieved of their pain and regain their dignity to continue doing what they like in life. Body Activation, the best way for you to relieve body pain.
遊沐 Nature Bathing
Youth, Public Health, 2017
Web Site: http://naturebathing.hk
Nature Bathing addresses the problem of stress faced by secondary students in Hong Kong. The surging number of youth suicide and students suffering from severe stress reflects a serious social issue. Unfortunately, stress is not well-managed and schools often lack the time and manpower to help students cope.
By engaging students in outdoor workshops and experiences, Nature Bathing offers a solution to help them relieve stress and enhance their stress management skills. Inspired by the Flow Learning TM model and experiential learning through nature, these activities provide immediate stress relief and stress management skills. As students participate in outdoor workshops, day camps and overnight camps, they can establish a new network of friends – friends they can connect with before a crisis occurs. It is also expected that students are more likely to continue to actively engage in nature in the long run, as a way to control their stress.
From a broader perspective, the project offers a solution for schools to alleviate stress by engaging students with nature. The promotion of Nature Bathing programs will also increase social awareness towards youth stress and the benefits of nature for stress relief and mental well-being.
Nature Bathing intends to cooperate with strategic partners like Gaia Association, Principal Chan Free Tutorial World, Social Entrepreneurship and School Education (SENSE), Tithe Ethical Consumption and different corporates. We hope to connect around 150 secondary schools and 24,000 secondary students with our network, and ultimately create a change in our leaders of tomorrow.
童創文化 Kiddy Imagination
Minority Integration, Education, 2017
Web Site: http://www.kiddyimagination.hk/
教育工作者作為人類靈魂的構築師，應根據每位學童的需要，設計出符合他們個人的教學方式和內容，為他們提供優質的教育服務，以促進他們的 多元發展，讓他們發揮個人所長。「童創文化 Kiddy Imagination」由一個跨專業人員的團隊組成，當中包括：精神科學護、言語治療師、畫師和心理 輔導員等，針對坊間SEN學童不同年紀之需要，創作不同的遊戲卡，供學校及家長為初小至高中的SEN學童進行針對性訓練。遊戲卡共分為五大方向：識 字、情緒認知、社交溝通、認識不同行業出路、反思人生方向及意義，以涵蓋SEN學生成長過程中的不同需要。
- 鼓勵為理念和目標而牟利的概念(Profit for purpose)
Wearables, Social Tech, Minority Integration, 2017
Web Site: https://www.gensetechnologies.com/
Seventy million people in the world use sign language as their first language, with an estimate of up to 30 million in China alone. However, the deaf and mute population lack the means to communicate with non-sign language speakers in daily life, resulting in challenges in integral parts of life such as securing employment and social interactions.
What if we could develop a device to give them a voice to speak?
Gense is developing a real-time sign language to voice translator wristbands and smartwatches. By simply putting on two wristbands, users will be able to speak in sign language as normal and communicate with anyone through a wearable speaker.
How does Gense Labs technology work?
As your hand moves, the inner biological tissues including muscle groups, tenders of your wrist changes with different hand gestures.
Gense wristbands contain multiple electrodes that contact your skin around the wrist. Through procedural stimulation and a back-projection process, a bio-signal web can be constructed to form a live dynamic bio-image. Gense detects hand gestures through bio-image reconstruction and recognition with machine learning algorithms.
Who are Gense Labs?
The technology is developed by a team of five entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds from Cambridge, Stanford, HKU and HKUST. The team consists of two Ph.Ds in bio-medical engineering specializing in human imaging, an electronics expert with experience working in Huawei, a software engineer in cloud computing and machine learning, and a dedicated entrepreneur.
Environmental Friendly, Culture, 2017
Web Site: https://www.vairhk.com/
「V’air」以青年人為主要服務對象，核心理念包括本地遊歷、公眾教育及青年充權三個元素。我們期望成為連結旅遊傳媒和環保組織的橋樑，以深入 淺出的方法，為本地遊注入教育元素，鼓勵大眾遊歷之餘愛護環境。我們在網站發佈本地遊路線和相關環保資訊，推廣可持續旅遊；並舉辦城市和郊野 導賞團，讓市民深入認識景點。此外，我們更積極與不同機構合作舉辦公眾教育活動，宣揚理念，增加影響力。
Mobile App, 2017
Web Site: http://www.void.com.hk
Void delivers an affordable and sustainable mental health service. However, our difference is the multi-functional self-help mobile application. This allows Void to deliver mental health service anywhere and anytime - even within 15 minutes!
Void relieves stress through three main functions: Sleep Quality Improvement, Pressure Relief and Focus Training. Our service is based on the concepts of meditation, hypnosis and psychotherapy.
Void provides three main features:
- Relaxation game: based on the “Ji” concept in Taichi, the game guides users to reach calmness. It comes with a 4(inhale) - 6(hold) - 6(exhale) breathing rhythm, which has been proven to allow people to reach a relaxation state. Also, with the 3D touch technology, the relaxation game can perform pressure optimisation. Users can then reach a relaxed state before they hear the hypnosis recordings.
- Smart wristband: this integrates kinesthetic anchoring with our audio program to achieve an optimal effect. It measures body condition data (eg heartbeat and sleep quality), which users can then use to monitor their progress and improvement.
- Hypnosis recordings: after the wristband records the body condition data (eg heartbeat, force and duration of playing finger exercise), it automatically adjusts the hypnosis recordings for each user by using an adaptive model to match their specific needs.
We fill a huge void with an affordable and sustainable mental health service.
Anywhere and anytime - even within 15 minutes!
Web Site: http://www.istem.com.hk
STEM is a hot topic, which will be an integral part of education curricula. However, most school teachers still lack the resources to begin teaching STEM. Fortunately, iSTEM has designed 30 different DIY kits to help them. These kits contain explanatory booklets and teaching materials to enhance students’ happy learning, design creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
iSTEM has created a movement in “flipped learning. Our environmentally-friendly solution provides a personalized hands-on experience through enhancing co-learning and co-creation.
Our mission is “Everyone can be a happy STEMer 全民科普 你我同行”
Our team experience and supportive advisors can empower all stakeholders. iSTEM offers effective STEM learning packages and tailor-made solutions to all stakeholders at very affordable costs. Our solutions include workshops, exhibitions and a “Train the Trainers Program”.
With the increased application of iSTEM, we expect enhanced sustainable experiential learning for everyone - even for the disabled (the Blind) and underprivileged groups. More and more people will enjoy STEM with iSTEM – a quadruple win for the education community, social harmony, vulnerable communities and the government.
Youth, VR/AR, Social Tech, Education, 2017
Web Site: http://www.careersky.hk/
Love what you Do;
Do what you Love!
iSEE MOBILE APPS
Social Tech, Mobile App, Minority Integration, 2016
Web Site: http://web.iseemobile.com/zh-hant/
「iSEE MOBILE APPS」的願景是透過資訊科技打破隔膜，以促進香港視障人士在生活上的平等參與。透過智能電話的科技，視障人士能衝破視力的障礙 ，能連接社會。
「iSEE MOBILE APPS」是一間製作簡單易用手機程式的科技公司，透過製作多個不同種類的手機程式，提供充足社會資訊及支援，以便利視障人士的日 常生活，包括工作、社交、旅遊及生活所需。透過提供服務及機會，產品能讓視障人士如視力正常的人般生活。
Social Tech, 2016
Web Site: https://www.heycoins.com/tc/
Coins have been in circulation since 1863 in Hong Kong. While making transactions more convenient, coins have caused some problems and inconvenience. For example, coins are not easy to be paid out after the public receive change in a transaction, since many retailers do not accept smaller bills and the denomination of coins vary. Also, coins are heavy and easy to lose. As a result, we store a large amount of coins at home. In addition, retailers also need a store of coins for change. Unfortunately, over the past five years, this required the government to produce more than HK$30 billion worth of coins.
HEYCOINS is a chain kiosk that tackles the hassle and inconvenience created by the use of physical coins. HEYCOINS Kiosk collects coins from the public and then converts them into digital currency, including e-wallets recharge, transportation/cash cards top-up, e-cash coupons purchase and charitable donations.
HEYCOINS will bring direct economic benefits and positive social impacts by recycling coins and removing coins from unwanted circulation. Also, by controlling the return of the stored coins back into circulation, HEYCOINS will greatly reduce the massive cost of manufacturing coins for future use.
HEYCOINS is positioning itself to be the gateway to FinTech for the masses. Our B2B2C business model takes the advantage of coins for attracting people to continually use our product and service. We will accumulate HEYCOINS users, build brand trust and build greater acceptance of FinTech solutions like e-wallets/cross-border settlements.
LAU Kong Shing (CityU)
HUANG Ruo Cao (CUHK)
LAM Chun Wai (CUHK)
RONG Nan (LU)
Prof. GAO Jin (LU)
街坊帶路 Kaifong Tour
Culture, Community, 2016
Web Site: http://KaifongTour.hk
Public Health, Elderly, 2016
Web Site: https://www.patermater.org/
WONG Bing Kin Solomon (HKU SPACE)
AU Yuan Ting (CUSCS)
CHAN Ching Ho (CUHK)
Ko Kin Man (HKUST)
LEE Lek Hang (Cornell U)
Mr. CHOW Wai Shun (HKU)
Wearables, Social Tech, Public Health, 2016
Web Site: http://peacify.com.hk
Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) causes over 15,000 deaths each year – the major causes being suffocation and strangulation. These cases are often associated with incorrect sleeping positions where the babies are found with their faces covered by a blanket or even found dead face down in the bedding.
Current prevention measures are basic. Parents need to wake up frequently through the night to check if their baby is breathing normally. However, as a result of frequent checking, over two thirds of parents report that they regularly lose 3 hours of sleep because of the stress and worries. However, we aim to provide a solution to relieve the pressure on parents and allow them to sleep better.
Peacify is an innovative wearable for babies. Our device brings medical grade sensing technologies into every household through an affordable and adorable baby sock. It is equipped with the most advanced biomedical sensors and algorithms to monitor a baby’s vital signs and then transmit the data to smart devices. By connecting to an app, parents or medical professionals can monitor a baby's heart rate, blood oxygen level, skin temperature and sleep habits at a glance. The device can also alert parents to abnormalities and rolling over.
Being a monitoring tool rather than a medical or diagnostic device, Peacify will alert parents to potential health-related danger signs so that they can take preemptive actions to safeguard their child.
Upcycling, Minority Integration, Environmental Friendly, 2015
Web Site: http://worksheet.hk
Work,Sheet. aims to promote the concept of Permaculture and putting the whole system into daily life. We cooperate with St. James Settlement (NGO) and sheltered workshops to collect food waste with HK local features in the community. We use 100% biodegradable ingredients and sustainable procedures from start to end. We have also developed a new innovative Fiber-material, share profits from the goods sold as a return to reward workers and introduced a whole system to serve the community.
After a series of experiments and testing, we successfully developed an efficient system for processing local food waste into commercially viable products (Fiber-Material: 2D.FiberSheet, 3D.FiberBlock). Our Fiber-Material can be used in industrial manufacturing as well as custom-made production. The material can be used as a semi-final material to produce daily products, range from large objects like furniture, lighting and installations, to small products like stationery, containers, utensils and any paper product. We specifically chose food waste that is rich in HK local characteristics, which made our Fiber material more representative of Hong Kong. At present stage we focus on 1. tea leaves from tea-houses; 2. fruit from local fruit markets; 3. plants from The Flower Market at Prince Edward; 4. Chinese medicine herbs from Chinese pharmacies.
Besides the character of the material supplier, Work,Sheet. also builds social responsibility through educating the public on the concept of permaculture by holding workshops and exhibitions; as well as producing designer products and services, which will be targeted mainly at the corporate sector. With our current corporate work experience and up-coming projects, we have the confidence to launch our unique HK material to the global market in the near future.
Minority Integration, Education, Culture, 2015
Web Site: http://unlimitedinstitute.com
UNlimited Institute (UNi) is a social business established in April 2014. We design experiential learning programs for university students in Hong Kong and Southeast Asian countries. Our programs include elements of international cultural experience and community engagement. With our visions "Learning without Borders, Travel beyond Limits", we create unique cultural exposure and understanding, and also theme-based problem-solving training for students.
Our featured program is the formal credit-bearing program entitled the Capstone Program, in which we have partnered with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and College of International Education of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU CIE), offering overseas study program for Food and Nutritional Science students from HKU and HKBU CIE. Our participants from HKU are also exclusively subsidized by the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC) of HKU.
This professional program is divided into three phases:
Phase 1 - Pre-trip training: we cooperate with Inter Cultural Education (ICE) and the Crossroads Foundation for cultural mindset training, associated with professional lectures and demonstrations from the universities.
Phase 2 - Overseas excursion: we cooperate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) and World Food Program (WFP) for professional seminars on the research projects in rural Cambodia. During the excursion, the participants can visit local NGOs, social enterprises, and historical heritages and conduct village-based research.
Phase 3 - Post-trip reports: participants submit reports and give a presentation for university credits.
For public programs, we also offer cultural exchange trips in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia and Mongolia.
Sticky Rice Love
Youth, Public Health, Education, 2015
Web Site: http://www.stickyricelove.com
What is Sticky Rice Love?
Sticky Rice Love is a resource for young people to discuss and understand sexual health. Whether you’re curious or want to check the facts, we aim to provide reliable information to your questions.
Online Forum: Want to discuss something? Go to our forum and see what people are saying.
Online Journal: Hear about the latest issues and happenings in Hong Kong
Want to Know?
Hong Kong people seldom talk about sex, and most of the conversations we have about it are surrounded by shame and guilt.
However, people can’t be expected to know all the answers by themselves. If you need information, just ask!
Web Site: http://seniorcid.hk
Giving elderly people and abandoned dogs a new lease on lifeSenior CID equips Hong Kong’s elderly with pet sitting, training and grooming skills through working with abandoned dogs. Our programme empowers senior citizens to generate a stable income while helping numerous canine lives.
Our population is greying fast. By 2035, one in 3.2 people will be aged 65 or above. Currently, one third of the elderly live in poverty. Some of them are physically capable and should be given the chance to work. By matching their resources with the needs of abandoned dogs, Senior CID can solve three of society’s problems: 1) ageing population; 2) abandoned dogs; and 3) high demand for affordable pet services.
We collaborate with expert trainers who teach our elderly members to provide quality pet services. The elderly will learn to care for, train and groom through working with abandoned dogs at our partner shelter. They will keep the dogs healthy, happy and attractive, increasing their chances of finding a new home. Once the elderly complete their training, we will offer their services at below market prices. Our elderly will benefit from having a flexible, fun and rewarding work schedule. Pet owners can also enjoy cheaper services while knowing that their money spent are for the benefit of the elderly and abandoned dogs.
Our vision lies further. To broaden our network and impact in a sustainable model, experienced members will become trainers themselves to empower not only other elderly, but also other groups of people in need.
Minority Integration, Community, 2015
Web Site: http://festyle.hk
Festyle is an online platform that provides fresh grocery and cuisine package deliveries. It recruits women to handpick and purchase fresh food from wet markets, and process raw food into convenient cuisine packages for customers. Festyle aims to promote healthy dining culture in Hong Kong and provide tailor-made job opportunities for women. This helps them develop their strengths and unearth their potential, as well as improve the economic situations of their families. To achieve genuine empowerment of women and release their productivity, women employees will be responsible for designing new recipes and packages, and take up managerial and business development positions in Festyle. By providing fresh grocery deliveries and convenient cuisine packages online, we care for the families who have difficulties in shopping for fresh groceries and cooking healthy homemade food due to their busy and tight schedules. We are offering not only fresh and healthy food, but also warm and skillful care from women. We aim to open up the online grocery market and facilitate the everyday needs of families. Customers can order online every day before 1pm and receive same-day deliveries. Once we receive orders from customers, our employees will handpick, purchase and process food accordingly. The ordered fresh groceries will then be delivered at the selected timeslot. Festyle provides you the best solution to fresh and healthy meals.
Mobile App, Minority Integration, 2015
Web Site: https://www.doulaeasy.com
陪月，是十年前開始興起的行業。可一直以來，陪月服務給人的感覺都是奢侈的，為中產以上家庭專有。「陪月通」作為一家社會企業，就是要改 變這個局面，以一個活用共享經濟(shared economy)的網上平台，提供自由的配對服務，讓陪月和保姆服務更普及(accessible)和實惠(affordable)。
Youth, Minority Integration, Environmental Friendly, Elderly, 2014
Web Site: http://startalenthk.strikingly.com
StarTalent HK is committed serve to serve the underprivileged groups, e.g. students with special educational needs (SEN), disabled persons and elderly. Services include physiotherapy, NLP and Life Coach training, tailor-made career guidance and integrated training of stage performance and therapy. Participants are no longer recipients but performers who are actively involved in their own stage of life with confidence and smiles.
Education, Culture, Community, 2013
Web Site: https://www.wedoglobal.com
Founded in 2011, WEDO GLOBAL is an SE advocating multi-cultural education. Through workshops, cultural tours and profound cultural experience programmes, it aims to proactively minimise racial discrimination against ethnic minorities and enhance the understanding of local Chinese towards the culture of ethnic minorities. Furthermore, the ethnic minorities will be provided with training as a way to increase their employment opportunities, boost their confidence and help them understand and embrace their own culture.
Minority Integration, Education, 2013
Web Site: http://www.bfschool.hk
Barrier-free School (BFS) is an SE which provides training and job coaching to people with disabilities (PWDs) in Hong Kong. The school develops an easy-accessible eLearning platform and high quality career-oriented courses to let PDWs learn without barriers anywhere and anytime. Meanwhile, BFS also provides IT accessibility consultancy services and customized training packages for companies/organizations.
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, Culture, Community, 2012
Web Site: https://www.thepreface.hk/
The Preface (formerly known as Harmonia), by making use of organic agricultural products as raw materials, produces environmentally friendly skincare products and shows support to local agricultural development. Since May 2013, more than 10 natural products including soap bars and liquid soap have been successfully introduced. The Preface also takes the opportunity during the publicity of its products to educate the public about the concept of using skincare products without additives to protect water resources, animals and our skin.
Minority Integration, Culture, 2012
Web Site: http://www.lensational.org/
Lensational’s photo-education program aims to empower women in developing countries both economically and emotionally through the power of a camera lens. They envisage women in those area be equipped with a camera and professional photography techniques to express their hopes and dreams and enhance their living standard. In addition to helping women in developing countries, Lensational will also hold small-scale exhibitions to promote the message of women's rights to the public.
Minority Integration, Elderly, Education, 2012
Web Site: http://www.eldpathy.hk
Founded in 2013 as the first SE offering an elderly simulation programme in Hong Kong, Eldpathy has held over 70 simulation workshops in various secondary schools, tertiary institutions, social welfare agencies and commercial organisations so far. The Eldpathy programme enables participants to experience the daily life of an elderly person through a series of simulation games under the theme of “dressing, eating, living and travelling” of the elderly so as to develop participants’ empathy for and gratitude towards the elderly. In the future, Eldpathy will extend its promotion to various sectors across the territory in the hope of spreading the message of caring for the elderly to the whole community.
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, 2012
Web Site: http://alchemisthk.com/
Alchemist Creations is a community-based design company upcycling aluminium cans into timepieces and lighting products. The company partners with Christian Family Service Centre to create training and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. Attaching great importance to the overall system design, Alchemist Creations works with trainees and tutors at the workshop to design products and arrange suitable production procedures. This is to serve the purpose of enabling customers to appreciate trainees’ exquisite craftsmanship from the products, thus achieving the goal of “Turn Neglect Into Shine”. Wristwatches produced by Alchemist Creations are now available at the HKTDC Design Gallery and Autoshop, as well as European markets including Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
Web Site: http://www.wouf.co/
WOUF is an SE in the fashion design industry integrating innovative textile technology with animal care. Dog hair collected from pet owners and animal shelters are turned into Chiengora yarn for making exquisite fashion and accessories. This new initiative is both environmental-friendly and full of compassion towards animals.
Upcycling, Education, 2011
Web Site: http://www.oopshk.org/
Oops! upcycles surplus materials generated by interior design companies and transforms them into beautiful albums and notebooks as well as visual arts teaching materials for educational purpose. Echoing the concept of “upcycling”, Oops! also stimulates students’ creativity and provides an opportunity for students to understand the use of different materials in art making.
Care Watch, by Pronto Concept Limited
Wearables, Elderly, 2010
Web Site: http://www.prontoconcept.com.hk
By designing the smart watches Pronto Smart X501 & X502 (formerly known as Care Watch), the Pronto Concept Limited endeavours to create a safer environment for the elderly. These are specially designed wristwatches equipped with Wi-Fi indoor and GPS outdoor positioning functions as well as for emergency and daily calls. They are also installed with a corresponding smartphone application for family members to keep track of the elderly and feel at ease when the latter travels, hence improving the quality of life of the senior people.
ATB Auto Art
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, 2010
Web Site: https://www.atbautoart.com
ATB Auto Art Ltd. is the first company in South East Asia with upcycling approach as its modus operandi. It turns scrap vehicle parts into high-end household furniture. By bringing back those almost-abandoned hardware machinery technology, ATB Auto Art upgrades its brand to a high-end art level. At the same time, the founder of ATB reaches out to the young by organising upcycling workshops in various places, hoping to teach them all she knows and help them re-establish their self-value.
Social Alliance Communications Consultancy
Web Site: https://www.socialalliance.com.hk/
Founded in 2011 and based on the concept of “Impact Communications”, the Social Alliance Communications Consultancy (SACC) is dedicated to promoting cross-sectoral co-operation. It also endeavours to develop sustainable social innovative programmes with greater social impact through the provision of highly effective strategic services on publicity and public relations. The organisations or groups that the SACC has helped in planning and promoting programmes include Dialogue Experience (Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong Limited), Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation, Social Enterprise Summit, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, HKSEC, Green Monday, ORBIS Hong Kong, The Climate Group, World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong, Hong Kong Blind Union and Danone Nutricia.
Longevity Design House
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, Elderly, 2009
Web Site: https://www.longevitygroup.net/
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Inter Cultural Education
Youth, Education, Culture, 2009
Web Site: http://www.icehongkong.com/
Inter Cultural Education is an educational SE focusing on broadening adolescents’ universal horizons while shouldering corporate social responsibility. It mainly provides school-based training programs aiming at developing people’s global competitiveness, and Greater China Social Innovation Trips to help youngsters experience, understand and respect cultural diversity, explore their potential and gain new knowledge.
Déjà vu Creation
Upcycling, Environmental Friendly, 2009
Web Site: http://www.dejavucreation.com
Déjà vu Creation (formerly known as HK+1) specialises in upcycling waste materials into stylish and environmentally friendly products. It is hoped to give waste a chance to reborn and help solve solid waste problems in Hong Kong. In October 2013, as an extension of the business, the team partook in the establishment of WOODRITE which specialised in collecting waste furniture and wood flooring and converting them into new products. Woodrite is now the only eco-furniture manufacturer and interior design company in Hong Kong.