Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC)
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Stages of Competition
All teams will summarise 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
WaysOut Hong Kong
Job Creation,Environmental Sustainability,Empowerment, 2021
Web Site: http://www.waysouthk.com.hk
"Turn Trash into Treasure" - WaysOut Hong Kong provides young underprivileged mothers with training and job opportunities through upcycling household food waste into sustainable jewelry.
We are building an ecosystem that comprises 3 spectrums – (1) creating opportunities for young underprivileged mothers, (2) upcycling waste fruit peel and veggies into sustainable jewelry, and (3) creatively educating the public on food waste.
We have already recruited 5 young underprivileged mothers onto our Marvel Mami talent-training development program with job and training opportunities with flexible working hours. We aim to enhance their capabilities to improve their financial situations and also becoming socially active with the community. In the course of 12 months, we have provided a remarkable 500+ hours of training and social engagement. During this time, our Marvel Mami have handcrafted a range of sustainable jewelry and also taken up leadership roles in facilitating our public educational workshops and markets! Our Marvel Mami are obviously fully satisfied with the talent-training development program!
WaysOut reduces food waste, reduces pressure on landfills, but fulfills the market demand for sustainable fashion items and locally made products. Amazingly, in the past year, we have hosted more than 37 educational #TrashyTreasure Workshops in partnership with secondary schools, universities and other organizations, for example, Unilever, CUHK, the Methodist Centre, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School, TECM.
Our #TrashyTreasure workshops and markets are also reaching out into the community, with over 1,000 individuals promising to take individual action towards sustainability – turning more trash into more treasure!
^Invited team from Innovator Farm
LAM Lun Pik (HKU)
HO Ngai Yin (HKBU)
CHOW Tin Wai (University of Potsdam)
LAM Yik Ha (HKBU CIE)
Dr. Bernie WONG (HKU SPACE)
Youth,Social Tech, 2021
Web Site: http://www.ukei.hk
Hong Kong has been well-known for its burdensome housing cost. While public housing usually takes too long to process, an estimated 226K of citizens chose to cram into subdivided flats that brought their tenants high social alienation, depression and suicidal risks. Some youngsters know about co-living but feel concerned about the reliability, match of personality and lifestyle and the liaison with landlords.
In light of such health inequality from HK’s housing conditions, we hence created UKEI (Cantonese pronunciation of “Home”) - a geo-networking app that matches flatmates with flatmates, tenants with landlords, in dating-apps-like fun processes and with the aid of big data and psychology-backed Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis. On UKEI, tenant users can conveniently match with each other by borrowing the science of valid psychology tests that surround extraversion, conscientiousness and other attributes, all tested to be most relevant to co-living. Our deep-learning mechanism, via repeated exposure, will then learn each user’s preferences and deduce the best matches for them.
On one hand, we nurture the confidence in co-living among young working professionals, local tertiary education students and non-local students who seek for shared-living at lower cost, independent yet comfortable lifestyle or short-term living. On the other hand, UKEI equips landlords with versatility to rent to grouped tenants instead of entire families, as well as big data insights for retargeting. Through building trust among these parties, UKEI ultimately aims to promote a healthy co-living culture, ultimately helping the younger generations secure quality housing, with reliable buddies, at more bearable cost.
TO Shu Ying (HKU)
WONG Kwan Ching (HKU)
Muhammad Ali FAROOQI (HKU)
TSE Yuen (HKU)
Dr. HUANG Zhongqiang Tak (HKU)
Time To Gold
Empowerment,Elderly,Cultural Preservation, 2021
Web Site: http://www.timetogold.hk
「糕點時光 Time To Gold」是一間致力保存傳統中式糕點文化的社會企業。我們提供糕點銷售和寄賣、技能培訓、體驗工作坊及資訊分享等服務，在大眾在享用美食同時，亦促進了婦女充權和長者就業。
團隊將開設全港首間中式糕點茶室，由金齡婦女負責研發、製作及銷售新造型和新口味的傳統糕點。我們的宗旨是「活化糕點」，保存傳統文化手藝同時鼓勵婦女充權，讓老師傅們「Time To Go」 重新出發。
LEE Yan Kwan (HKU)
YEUNG Ming Chu (HKBU)
LEE Yan Yu (HKU)
Argens NG (HKU)
Dr. WONG Pui Fung Gary (HKU)
Environmental Sustainability, 2021
Web Site: http://www.tamee.hk
Tamee offers a PLATFORM to match newly listed HKEX ListCo with small-scale projects specified NGOs. This allows listed companies to directly sponsor UN-SDG audited projects organized by different NGOs. Companies can then include these certified projects in annual reports to demonstrate their commitment to ESG.
Social and environmental impact has become a growing concern. Also, mandatory reporting of ESG is now required by an increasing number of Exchanges including Hong Kong. However, corporates are also burdened by having to meet more standards and guideline restrictions in assessing the effectiveness of ESG reporting.
Furthermore, organizing events for ESG reporting is problematic. They are costly, time consuming, human resources dependent and have low credibility. Despite this, there is a growing need for ESG investment and ESG sponsorship – corporates need to be associated with ESG, especially for corporate branding.
To meet these needs, we have designed a one-stop matching PLATFORM for corporates to select projects for sponsorship. For each project that is submitted by an NGO or SE, we will review and audit them through our UN-SDGs certified auditor. Local projects can then be elevated to UN level and categorized according to different UN-SDGs.
As a result, by sponsoring these projects corporates can solve several problems: how to improve their branding, how to acknowledge ESG in their annual reports, and how to sponsor reliably audited SDG projects. Our PLATFORM will also provide independent reports on each project for corporates to use to acknowledge ESG in their own annual reports.
CHAK Man Ho (CUHK)
YAU Hon Kiu Edwin (HKU)
KO Yan Kiu (HKU)
LI Chi Hung (HKU)
Dr. LAW Chau Sing Rocky (HKU)
Social Tech,Elderly, 2021
Web Site: http://www.talktag.hk
TalkTag is a low-cost NFC reader/writer designed for visually impaired persons (VIPs) to be used for audio reminders and identifying everyday objects. It allows VIPs to associate NFC stickers, which are cheap and can be stuck to many surfaces, with audio reminders set by the VIPs themselves. The reminder set will be played back when the device is simply placed in near proximity of the NFC sticker.
This has a wide variety of applications including assisting in the identification of sensitive personal items, especially those with similar shapes, such as cards in a wallet, to everyday items like books, CDs, and even medicine. This independent device has been developed with feedback from VIPs and so it includes accessibility features designed specifically for them. However, due to its simplicity, affordability and reliability, this idea has wider applications for other groups, including the elderly who may be suffering from age-related memory loss.
Interestingly, it is also easy to see how many existing devices can be improved by using NFC technology. This is because an NFC tag can be read/sensed from several centimetres away – a very similar process to using an “Octopus” card (a commonly used fast payment technology using in Hong Kong). This will bring a huge improvement in tag sensing performance, as it is easy to explain how to use our device. Finally, the concept of using NFC tags will become more widely used because they are rewritable and so new tags will be unnecessary for soundtrack modification.
CHUNG Wing Lam (HKU)
SZE Tsz Ho (CityU)
Dr. CHEUNG Chak Chung Ray(CityU)
Youth,Social Tech,Education, 2021
Web Site: http://www.sentor.hk
"SENtoR" network is a social innovative platform in training up, pairing up and following up the tutors and interest class teachers in serving the children with Special Education Need (SEN). The tutors and interest class teachers would be working together with Speech Therapist (ST), Occupational Therapist (OT), Social Worker (SW) and Special Child Care Worker (SCCW) to provide outreach services for the people with Special Education Need (SEN), such as Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The project adopted a hybrid model of "T (Therapist) plus T (tutor)" to develop the competency of the tutors or interest class teachers in serving the people with SEN.
The name of the project “SENtoR” refers to “SEN to R (R for Rehabilitation and Resources)” and “SEN-centered tutoring and mentoring” as the purpose and goal. The vision of the project aims to create a nurturing and supportive community for the children and youth with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and their family. The mission of the project is to connect people with SEN and their family to the trained private SEN tutors and interest class teachers as the rehabilitation related resources in the community.
WONG Wai Yu (HKU)
TANG Suet Long (EdUHK)
WONG Man Yee (CUHK)
KAN Chun Ying (RMIT University)
YIP Kwan Kit Taurus (HKU)
Social Tech,Social Inclusion, 2021
Web Site: http://www.seekr.hk
Seekr is a compact wearable for the visually impaired people (VIPs). We wish to transform the assistive device market by using modern technologies such as computer vision and natural language processing to elevate the quality of life for the VIPs.
How we make a difference:
1) Our sleek and minimal design blends in with fashion trends and eliminates stigma of using assistive device.
2) Our navigation, object and text detection features offer realtime and simultaneous feedback.
3) Seekr is easy to use and does not require VIPs to learn new technical knowledge to operate.
4) Seekr ensures that VIPs gain independence and explore new spaces with minimum intervention from others.
We are Seekr, your visual companion!
Turzo BOSE (HKUST)
Lamia Sreya RAHMAN (CUHK)
Kartikay SHARMA (HKUST)
Reno Adley PRAWOTO (HKUST)
Dr. Tristan Camille BRAUD (HKUST)
Job Creation,Environmental Sustainability,Empowerment, 2021
Web Site: http://www.retrovert.com.hk
We already have enough good clothes. (Re)use them.
Retrovert是一間O2O二手衣物平台。在消費主義盛行和資源滿瀉的世代下，我們希望透過在地回收與重用（香港製造的）時裝垃圾，推動循環經濟，減輕時尚產業對環境造成的負擔。我們以「Recycle, Reuse, Recreate」為使命，回收二手衣物，並透過網上平台、旺角門市及各類體驗活動延續它們的生命，期望帶動本港二手衣尋寶文化。我們相信，理性消費和選擇不但能改變我們的生活，更能改變世界。
“The Retrolution is here.”
WONG Nga Yung Tiffany (CUHK)
TONG Pak Wei (Rice University)
TANG Pui Wong (CUHK)
CHOW Ting Yu (CUHK)
Prof. LAM Hiu Fung Alan (CUHK)
Environmental Sustainability, 2021
Web Site: http://www.planeteers.hk
We at Planeteers envision replacing disposable cutlery with incrEDIBLE! - our 100% vegan, biodegradable, delicious and edible cutlery. If one is too full to eat it, it can be composted completely, enabling an end-to-end closed life cycle loop. Our beneficiaries include our well-known partner restaurants like Treehouse, Green Common, Swire group and Jardines, who are interested in replacing their cutlery with incrEDIBLE! So, diners will enjoy a better culinary experience, and central kitchens will be provided with an additional income source.
Technology has been the backbone for us to bring incrEDIBLE! to market. However, in order to replace single-use plastic and wooden cutlery, we had to offer restaurants an extremely competitive price of less than 50 cents/unit to entice them. We are only able to achieve this price by dramatically reducing the opportunity cost for our partner manufacturers to make incrEDIBLE! We achieved this by developing a proprietary mould design which cuts, moulds, and places 25 units of cutlery in the oven within one swift motion. Our design managed to slash production costs and allowed us to match the prices of single-use disposable cutlery!
The facts speak for themselves! incrEDIBLE!’s carbon footprint is 4.6 times less than bioplastic and 2.1 times less than wooden cutlery. By 2023, we project that we will be replacing 9 tonnes of disposable cutlery and in the process, manage to reduce emissions equivalent to planting 11,000 trees in Hong Kong! That’s incrEDIBLE!
Swapnil MISHRA (HKUST)
Aditi Parag DEODHAR (HKUST)
Srijan SAXENA (HKUST)
Prof. ZHANG Kun (HKUST)
Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.panopticai.hk
PanopticAI's award-winning camera-based health and wellness monitoring solution provides users with a holistic analysis of their health simply by using the camera of their smartphone, tablet, or computer. Users can learn about their physiological signs (e.g., heart rate, respiratory rate, heart rate variability, stress index, etc.) and get actionable insights from their own comfort and privacy within 30 seconds. By combining remote photoplethysmography (rPPG) techniques with AI computer vision and signal processing, our software algorithms extract a person’s vital signs by analyzing subtle changes in skin color due to blood flow. Accurate measurement of these core vitals enables further diagnostic capabilities such as fever, stress, cardiac and respiratory risks, and more.
PanopticAI’s unique value proposition is a contactless technology for the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of health information that would traditionally require the use of a contact-based sensor. Although contact-based health monitoring devices have risen in popularity, they suffer from everlasting complications (e.g., costs, upgrades, charging, shipping, etc.). Our camera-based monitoring solution offers a more efficient and affordable alternative that directly improves the user's quality of life.
The company was founded by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and scientists spun-out of HKUST and are currently incubated at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. The team is committed to powering the next era of high-performance solutions with innovative technologies that are backed by academic research expertise in AI algorithms, advanced data analytics, and cloud computing.
WONG Kwan Long (HKUST)
CHIN Jing Wei (HKUST)
CHAN Tsz Tai (HKUST)
Kunnipa PRAE-ARPORN (HKUST)
Prof. SO Hau Yue Richard (HKUST)
Neurodyssey Association 心腦歷情
Youth,Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.neuro.hk
“Neurodyssey” (心腦歷情) is a social enterprise aiming to promote well-being and boost the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of SEN kids.
We developed the [友童感] Walk Along With the Kids program, a one-stop service platform for SEN families, especially for those in financial difficulties. The program starts with a neuropsychological assessment, then we customize the intervention program based on scientific data. We have developed a set of professional neuropsychological assessments and a tailor-made intervention program for SEN kids with expertise from Dr SIU (Team member: Dr SIU, PhD in Neuropsychology, specializing in neuropsychological assessment and intervention research on children with SEN for over 10 years). We are able to offer a wide variety of interventions supported by our registered therapist pool, including music, horticulture, brick-by-brick [formerly known as Lego Therapy]. We adopted a feedback mechanism to regularly monitor the progress on SEN kids and adjust the intervention program accordingly to ensure high effectiveness.
We have a good network of NGOs and corporates/financial institutions. We also keep a frequent dialogue with NGOs to fill their gap of services by offering our programs, then we pitch corporates/financial institutions for funding and leverage their financial resources to help SEN kids. Nowadays, many large corporate and financial institutions, all have a budget for Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) and Environment, Social, Governance (“ESG”). Our program offering at affordable costs will fit most budgets.
SIU Yat Fan (CUHK)
CHAN Hoi Man (PolyU)
LAM Ho Yi (EdUHK)
CHEUNG Wing Tung Vince (HKBU)
Dr. CHUI Chi Fai Raymond (HKSYU)
Dr. HUI Pui Hung Bryant (PolyU)
Social Tech,Elderly, 2021
Web Site: http://www.medmindtechnology.hk
HUEN Yin Fan Denis (Imperial College London)
CHENG Kwok Leung (VTC)
LI Chung Ling (HSUHK)
HUI Tin Ho (PolyU)
CHIU Lap Kee (CUHK)
Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.layspace.hk
‘Without good mental health, people feel unable or less able to carry out activities of daily living, including self-care, education, employment and participation in social life.’ (SDG target 3.4)
90% occupants of inadequate housing suffer from mental health issues. An inadequate housing dwelling provides an average area of 6 sq.m little more than a bed, which may not even be enough for sleeping and is far from ideal to rest in. In fact, the lack of resting space is Hong Kong peoples’ daily life. Studies found that exposure to long term stress without sufficient rest may cause burn out. LAY designs space with multiple stress-relieving elements, such as sound, visuals and odour of nature, providing tranquility for users to relieve stress and in long term reduce risk of health issues. LAY focuses on early intervention to avoid the high costs of emotional therapy. With the previous prototype of designing a personal emotional haven, users’ subjective wellbeing has increased in 30% (from 6.3 to 8.2).
LAY Anywhere is being developed as a portable installation that can be easily deployed in different NGOs for the target beneficiaries, so that the service can be extended to benefit more people. It provides immersive, convenient breaks for the underprivileged that suit their availability. This is facilitated by using VR to break through the walls and immerse in a virtual and natural environment. Other technologies would also be applied to improve the effectiveness. LAY Anywhere would be deployed in the NGOs serving the occupants of inadequate housing. It is easy to install and demolish, without NGOs having to commit to assign a permanent space. It also reduces the costs of renovation.
Wellness should not be for those who can afford it only but for everyone. By providing the Personal Emotional Haven to users, the occupants of inadequate housing can relieve stress. As supported by studies this would reduce the medical cost to society due to long term stress of workers.
^Invited team from Innovator Farm
YAU Mei Ling (PolyU)
LEUNG Chun Ho (HKBU)
CHAN Wai Ki (PolyU)
WONG Sin Tung (CityU)
NG Mau Wai (PolyU)
Kinnectus: Connect Us
Youth,Social Tech,Empowerment,Education, 2021
Web Site: http://csnt.hk
Kinnectus is a matching platform that merges behavioral therapy with technology, to deliver a quality and affordable service for the special educational needs (SEN) community. Through Kinnectus, parents with SEN children can search and book assessments as well as find suitable Chartered Special Needs Tutors (CSNT) and community centres in real time for therapy sessions.
However, since the need for qualified CSNTs has often been greater than the resources available, the Chartered Special Needs Tutors Institute was established by Bridge AI to train parents and caregivers to become qualified Chartered Special Needs Tutors (CSNT) to conduct high quality behavioral therapy sessions.
To become qualified, prospective CSNTs will go through online training, practical role-play sessions, practicum training and computer system training. After attaining the qualification, CSNTs will be able to conduct therapy sessions for SEN children anytime, anywhere, further allowing them to reach their full potential.
The development of Kinnectus marks an important step as it connects qualified tutors and resources to create stronger communities and a support network. It does so by connecting the parents with SEN children, children with SEN, CSNTs and different community centres.
Kinnectus also increases job opportunities, income and allows a flexible schedule for people who are passionate in working with SEN children. Finally, Kinnectus increases the utilization of different community centres in order to serve the needs of the community. Through this support network, low income families with SEN children will be able to receive quality behavioral therapy at a much lower cost.
WONG Chun Man Victor (EdUHK)
CHAN Sze Ting (HKU)
WONG Hiu Fung Chris (University of Bath)
TO Chun Sze Jacqueline (The University of Sydney)
Prof. CHAN Yuen Yan Rosanna (CUHK)
Prof. SIN Kuen Fung Kenneth (EdUHK)
Invisible & Innovative Technology
Social Tech,Environmental Sustainability, 2021
Web Site: http://www.invisibletech.hk
Invisible Tech is a tech startup under HKSTP & HKU iDendron, initiated by a group of HKU postgraduate students, which was also the 1st runner up winner of the 7th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, winner of HKTDC IP Hatch Innovation Competition, and the awardee of the HKU MEICOM Tang Chui Wai Hing Project Prize 2020-21.
Invisible Tech specializes in research, development, production, and distribution of acoustic audio systems; and integrating waste wood into the materials. From our perspective, we aim to promote environmental protection and an eco-lifestyle by creating upcycled products. This because, recycling requires the destruction of waste in order to create something new, whereas upcycling takes the waste and creates something new - giving it a second lease of life. This is the idea behind our upcycled red wine box speakers.
The vision of Invisible Tech is to bridge the gap between technology and the environment, as they can both coexist and use our upcycled products as a catalyst to raise greater awareness of our natural environment. Finally, Invisible Tech is firmly committed to continually fostering a green and innovative environment in this digital era.
CHEUNG Ngai Hang (HKU)
CHAN Kam Ho (HKU)
NG Ka Yiu (HKU)
WAN Cheuk Kit (HKU)
Prof. CHEUNG Ying Sheung Paul (HKU)
Youth,Social Inclusion,Job Creation,Empowerment, 2021
Web Site: http://www.homeycafe.hk
Hello, we are Homey Cafe! We are a social enterprise entrepreneurial team composed of a group of college students and we plan to open a social enterprise cat cafe within one year.
First, let us introduce what's behind our name. Homey - meaning a place that feels at home, comfortable and friendly. We hope to bring this feeling to all our customers, employees, and stray cats.
As a social enterprise, we would like to provide supported employment for young people with autism, so that they can have real work experience and improve their chances of employability. With proper training and the assistance of professional social workers, they will be equipped with different skills including making coffee, packing goods, as well as taking care of stray cats. This not only enhances their sense of competence, but also enables them to reintegrate into the free market and achieve self-reliance.
However, what makes us stand out from ordinary cat cafes is our social value. We would like to save stray cats from a tragic ending, so they can live a life with a happy ending. Through our business operation, we will provide the cats with temporary shelter and let more people have the opportunity to socialise with them. It is our ultimate desire to let people understand the story of each stray cat and help the right person find the right cat to live happily ever after!
LEE Sum Lon (CUHK)
SIT Hoi Lam (HKU)
CHENG Tsz Yan (CityU)
CHEUK Sze Lon (CUHK)
Dr. YEUNG Wai Keung Jerf (CityU)
Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.hollo.hk
Hollo – Mental Health, Articulated.
Hollo is a platform of clinical-grade Digital Therapeutics, driven by Behavioral Health AI to treat the mental health of chronic patients.
Chronic health is a leading cause of preventable death, accounting for 75% of annual deaths worldwide. In fact, up to 91% of chronic conditions lead to mental health conditions - which further worsens their chronic conditions. Patients that are depressed claim 2x more from Insurers, and cost Hospitals up to USD 16,000 more in their Cost of Care. With a large social and economic need, and lack of psychological expertise to resolve the issue, this calls for a digital solution (up to clinical standards!).
Our Treatments are gamified psychological training modules targeting depression and anxiety in chronic patients. However, our unique Behavioral AI personalizes these treatments using unique Biomarkers and healthcare data analyzed in our Patient app. This digital treatment can be easily prescribed and costs less than traditional Mental Health interventions, allowing: (1) Healthcare providers to lower the Cost of Care through integrated remote chronic management and treatment; (2) health conditions of patients to improve; (3) a clear Care Plan to be provided to Payers (Insurance or Pharma) with measurable impact.
We’re aiming to partner with Insurance and Pharma to distribute through hospitals, clinics, and telemedicine. Our doctors can trust Hollo to deliver better Patient Outcomes and better Treatment Adherence because our medical grade software is in the pipeline for clinical studies and approvals from the FDA and University Research Partnerships.
Cameron Xavier VAN BREDA (HKU)
Ajit NAMAKKAL RAGHAVENDRA (HKU)
LUK Kin Fai (HKU)
CHONG Wing Lam (HKU)
Dr. LAW Chau Sing Rocky (HKU)
Youth,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.heartlinehk.hk
Exacerbated by the pandemic and social unrest in 2019, mental health issues are prevalent among university students and youths in Hong Kong. For low-income young people who have emotional distress, their needs for support fail to be addressed by current public services due to the long waiting lists for public sector care and the high cost of private sector care. Therefore, there is an inequality for those on low incomes to receive quality mental health services. In view of this inequality, we wish to create a free online de-stress platform for young people, to help them relieve stress.
In September, we launched HeartlineHK, a free, peer-to-peer, non-judgmental listening service that operates from 7pm to 5am every night, through an online texting platform and a hotline. We hope (1) to address the emotional issues among adolescents; (2) to achieve early intervention and prevention, and (3) to promote emotional wellbeing and awareness on campuses and at schools.
To sustain our service, we will launch a de-stress marketplace on our website that contains products such as candles, essential oils and fidget cubes. Users who wish to browse for products to relieve their stress can find them on our website. Also, 100% of the proceeds acquired by the sale of these products will go into the operation of our listening service.
Does it work? Yes! To date, our volunteers have served over 600 users, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 in our post-service survey.
LIN Wing Yan (CUHK)
IP Ho Ching (HKU)
CHEUNG Hoi Lam (HKU)
YIP Wing Hang Angus (HKU SPACE)
Vera – An AI Speech Therapist
Youth,Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being,Education, 2021
Web Site: http://www.veraspeechapp.hk
Due to the expensive cost of speech therapy in Hong Kong and limited speech therapy services by the government, many children with speech disorders fail to receive timely diagnosis and therapy. Vera’s vision is to provide these children with services that are accessible, affordable and convenient. We hope children can access the speech diagnosis and therapy they need regardless of their backgrounds.
Vera overcomes the temporal, spatial, and financial barriers faced by children with speech disorders, and also tackles the practical problems faced by speech therapists. This is because Vera is an AI-powered application that makes use of deep learning and big data to provide immediate diagnosis and personalized treatment for speech sound disorders. The app also provides speech therapists with rich resources that help children practice pronunciation, and provides progress reports that track their progress. Furthermore, the stress-free and interactive diagnostic process is facilitated by a speech-enabled chatbot. So, after providing a fast and accurate diagnosis, Vera then analyzes the results to provide personalized and gamified pronunciation exercises to encourage children to actively receive treatment.
Vera will pioneer the use of AI, deep learning and big data to diagnose and treat speech sound disorders in Hong Kong. Also, since a Cantonese database does not exist for our needs, we have initiated the creation of such a database that uses speech samples from Cantonese speakers in Hong Kong (with and without speech disorders).
CHAN Lee Yan (HKU)
CHEUNG So Yee (HKU)
Tratik DIXIT (HKU)
CHAN On Ying Angel (HKU)
Dr. CHOI Tsun Man William (HKU)
Environmental Sustainability, 2021
Web Site: http://www.forecastech.hk
Forecastech – is a technology innovation and business strategy company. Our expertise is in Research & Development of tech products and business services.
Our clients are leaders in cutting-edge tech trends and innovative applications across the industry, enabling them to beat their competitors and achieve superior business results. In addition, we provide a professional advisory service in product assessment & enhancement, intellectual property, marketing strategy and distribution management – our services cover the full range of business areas, which will allow our clients to execute their strategy flawlessly. We focus on technology innovation projects related to ESG Technology, Smart Living, Supply Chain Enablement and Digital Entertainment.
Our recent ESG Technology Project is a powerful mobile App Platform - “BLOCKGISTIC”. This app links up Restaurants, Drivers, Consumers and Waste Food Recyclers, to facilitate Waste Food handling logistics and operations. We can optimise all resources and processes throughout the chain of operations. The benefits include:
1) Saving costs for restaurants: to reduce cost on handling waste food, storage, increase turnover time of waste food in shop
2) Optimising transportation usage: reduce the idle time in trucks to increase income and increase number of deliveries
3) Promoting sustainability: recycling waste food through regeneration into new energy
4) Increasing waste food recycling: maximizing capacity, increasing energy output and increasing the rate of waste recycling
With our innovative solutions, we aim to lift and showcase Hong Kong as a modern and sustainable waste food recycler!
LEE Pak Yu Patrick (HKU)
LEE Ming Alan (HKMU)
LAW Yau Loi Louisa (HKU)
KHAN Pik Lin Helen (EdUHK)
Prof. CHEUNG Ying Sheung Paul (HKU)
Social Inclusion,Job Creation, 2021
Web Site: http://www.ensembledining.hk
The pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in Hong Kongers' means of food consumption and patterns of gatherings with family and friends. In the first quarter of 2021 alone, Foodpanda recorded a 60% increase in their number of users. Clearly, there’s an increasing demand for catering services. At the same time, travel bans have increased many locals’ and expats’ interest in tasting and enjoying international cuisines in Hong Kong.
Ensemble! sees these new demands as important opportunities that should be capitalised on to help increase income opportunities for low-income ethnic minorities, many of whom are cooking talents!
Ensemble! is, first, an international cuisine provider that works with chefs from ethnic minorities and low income backgrounds in Hong Kong, set out to meet foodies and food photographers’ demand for authentic, delectable international cuisine that appeal as much to the stomachs as to the eyes, camera lenses and Instagram followers; and second, a cultural educator and social inclusion advocate, who creates opportunities for celebrating and promoting EMs’ food cultures, and giving everyone residing in Hong Kong more chances to interact closely and mingle with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
By drastically scaling promotional efforts to make these chefs’ amazing culinary skills and personal stories known to more potential customers, we hope to bring more businesses and income to them, to facilitate cultural understanding and social inclusion between different ethnic groups.
WONG Pui Ting (CUHK)
TO Wun Ling (University of Rochester)
CHAN Chun Hang (CUHK)
WONG Yat Ching Godfrey (CUHK)
Dr. YUEN Chi Lok Andrew (CUHK)
同行鳥 Companion HK
Social Inclusion,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: http://www.companionhk.hk
CHAN Wai Man (CUHK)
IP Ming Yan Dora (CUHK)
YEUNG Lok Yin (HKU)
Prof. LI Wei (CUHK)
CLAIRE Clinical AI Research
Social Tech,Elderly, 2021
Web Site: http://www.clairekoa.hk
Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common degenerative disease with no cure, but affects 10% of the Hong Kong population. KOA also jeopardises mental wellbeing, as patients with KOA are at a higher risk of dementia and depression. Besides this, it affects mobility for social interaction and self-care, causing isolation and reduced self-efficacy.
Unfortunately, KOA is a complex disease and an accurate prognostic model is lacking. Furthermore, delayed diagnosis means that KOA patients miss the golden period to reverse the progression of the disease and may suffer irreversible damage to their knee joints. Therefore, the current flawed approach leads to poor treatment outcomes for KOA patients and hefty annual health costs of HKD 1.4 billion, both of which are largely preventable.
In response to the foreseeable ageing population, we developed a state-of-the-art AI-based KOA prognostic system for better disease management and a mobile application for patient self-management. The prognostic system will be implemented in different healthcare settings, e.g. our basic version of AI could provide KOA risk assessment and screening at the community healthcare centers with simple checkup procedures.
Our advanced version of KOA prognostic AI system provides detailed analysis on medical images, biochemical markers and electronic health records of the patients at the secondary healthcare. This system not only serves as a triage system for surgical planning, but also generates results to construct optimal and personalised therapeutic plans.
We also develop a mobile application to allow KOA self-management on the palm for the general public. The app provides quick AI-based KOA risk assessment with a short questionnaire and a novel video gait analysis that examine the users’ walking pattern captured by their mobile devices. Following closely to international clinical guidelines, the app also provides personalized health education on exercise and lifestyle modification. Users could also find suitable clinicians for help via our platform.
CHAN Lok Chun (PolyU)
LI Ho Hin Toby (PolyU)
LI Pik Kei Tiffanie (PolyU)
CHAN Ho Lam (PolyU)
Dr. WEN Chunyi (PolyU)
Youth,Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being, 2021
Web Site: https://www.carebear.hk
Care Bear is a mental health early detection service. We match students with mild to moderate levels of depression through a gamified app. Also, our service alleviates symptoms of depression by utilising an accountability peer-support model.
Under COVID-19, mental health problems have become more prevalent - with 50% of students suffering from early symptoms of depression.
We will target the negative triad of:
We will detect and alleviate early signs of symptoms of depression by:
1.Transforming negative cognitions into positive thoughts
2.Reinforcing and building habits to break inhibiting cycles
By connecting people going through similar experiences, we can enhance their sense of community and mutual comfort. Also, since we will target secondary school students, we can focus on strength-based approaches that facilitate a process of working on attainable tasks, and more importantly, highlight the preventive nature of the service prior to the onset and diagnosis of mental health disorders.
Throughout the process, we will conduct empirical and vigorous research. The results will help to prevent clinical depression and provide a buffer against the problems of long-waiting time and high therapy costs. Our distinctive hybrid methodology of incorporating technology with a human touch will facilitate the gamification of data collection and lead to providing a highly personalised and authentic experience.
Our package is designed to promote transferrable skills and personal reflection, including perspective-taking, empathy, altruism, grit, self-esteem & efficacy and artistic development. So Bear with Us as we redefine mental health in Hong Kong and beyond!
#Invited team from Good Seed
LEE Ching Yee (HKU)
WONG Tik Man (PolyU)
YUENG Kwan Yin Gladys (HKU)
CHU Choi Yin Simchah (CUHK)
Prof. HO Tin Hung Rainbow (HKU)
Environmental Sustainability, 2021
Web Site: http://www.archireef.hk
Coral reefs are at risk, and the ones we have in Hong Kong and the entire Greater Bay Area are no exception. The loss of this living ecosystem means a widespread decline of their associated marine biodiversity including commercial species.
archiREEF provides eco-engineering solutions for ocean ecosystem restoration. We aim to restore degraded ecosystems and mobilize Blue Carbon to achieve carbon neutrality. Our team designed the world’s first artificial reef structure 3D-printed in terracotta, being truly ocean-friendly, and integrates the biomimicry element to enhance coral survivorship and growth. The biomimetic pattern is aesthetically and being functional - with the function of enhancing coral’s survivorship and growth. Our reef tiles have been proven 4 times more effective in keeping the corals alive than the conventional methods.
The tiles were fabricated utilizing a six-axis industrial robot with a 3D clay-extruder attached that is based on a DIW method (direct ink writing). The project developed a unique fabrication method that balanced the tile's algorithmic design with the clay 3D printing strategy and the drying and firing procedures to minimize cracking and deformation. With the beauty of algorithm-based adaptiveness and 3D printer’s versatility, the design can be tweaked for different environments and even organisms like mangroves and oysters.
“We combat climate change by restoring degraded marine ecosystems using advanced eco-engineering technology - 3D printing.”
YU Pik Fan (HKU)
MAN Hiu Tung (HKU)
DOMINIC Co Lim (HKU)
Keiven LEUNG (HKU)
Dr. David BAKER (HKU)
Youth,Social Inclusion,Education, 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,Good Health & Well-Being, 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.
組長 Team Leader
許真達 XU Zhen Da (PolyU)
組員 Team Member
馬俊鴻 MA Chun Hung (CUHK)
鐘悅瑜 ZHONG Yueyu (HKU)
岑易燐 SUM Yik Lun (CityU)
院校顧問 Faculty Advisor
郭嵩教授 Prof. GUO Song (PolyU)
Web Site: https://www.snaildy.com
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)
Social Inclusion, 2020
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/sightfeelinghk/
LEE Long Yin (EdUHK)
TSOI Sin Man (PolyU)
MOK Ka Wai (CO1 School of Visual Arts)
TAI Ming Yeung (PolyU)
Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being,Elderly, 2020
Web Site: https://www.seniordeli.com/
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)
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)
Job Creation,Empowerment, 2020
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)
Environmental Sustainability, 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）。
組長 Team Leader
陸衍杏 LUK Hin Hang Anisa (University of Hertfordshire)
組員 Team Member
趙美兒 CHIU Mei Yi (Keele University)
趙寶儀 CHIU Po Yee (HKU)
溫偉成 WAN Wai Shing (De Montfort University)
院校顧問 Faculty Advisor
黃雋溢 WONG Chun Yat (HKU)
Social Tech,Elderly, 2020
Web Site: https://www.kinhealthcare.co/
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.
楊灦 YEUNG Hin Oswin (HKU)
黃子亨 WONG Tsz Hang (CUHK)
譚家朗 TAM Ka Long (HKUST)
Shiven KAPUR (HKU)
黃楚瑩 WONG Cho Ying (HKU)
King's Phase Technologies
Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being,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,Social Inclusion, 2020
Web Site: https://www.techinnospire.com/
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)
Grand Blue AquaTech 菁出於灆
Environmental Sustainability,Cultural Preservation, 2020
TONG Ho Yi (OUHK)
CHUM Ka Wai (CUHK)
LEE Yuen Sung Sunny (LU)
LAW Shing Chiu (IVE)
Dr. David LIU (OUHK)
Youth,Job Creation, 2020
為了解決這個全球性的社會問題，福斯特環球在香港推出了首個虛擬全球實習計劃。年輕人將獲得在海外公司的實習機會，以及來自 Foster Worldwide 及其主管的在線職業培訓和職業指導。實習結束後，他們不僅會有推薦信，還會有工作績效評估報告。成績優異的貧困學生甚至可以獲得獎學金。
自 2014 年以來，我們已成功與來自 60 多個國家和城市的 170 多家公司合作，為全球 5000 名青年提供安置和培訓，以提高他們的就業能力。我們的合作夥伴包括企業（Wluper – 倫敦（福布斯 30 Under 30）、Strategy Sprints GmbH – 維也納（福布斯 30 Under 30）、大學和非政府組織 – One Young World 和聯合國全球契約。
為了更進一步，Foster Worldwide 致力於利用教育技術提供優質的職業教育和虛擬全球實習和指導機會。
MAK Wing Yan (CUHK)
Dr. MING Wai Kit (HKU)
OUYANG Shaoming (HKU)
CHENG Hui Kiu (HKU)
Prof. NG Wai Lung Billy (CUHK)
Social Tech,Elderly, 2020
Web Site: http://drugicon.cc
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)
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)
Environmental Sustainability, 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)
Social Inclusion,Environmental Sustainability, 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)
Social Tech,Social Inclusion, 2019
Web Site: https://www.techinnospire.com/
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)
Social Inclusion,Good Health & Well-Being,Empowerment, 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,Good Health & Well-Being, 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)
Youth,Job Creation,Empowerment,Education, 2019
Web Site: https://www.summer-pro.com.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)
Social Tech,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)
Good Health & Well-Being,Elderly, 2019
Web Site: https://www.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)
Social Tech,Environmental Sustainability, 2019
Web Site: https://lukadvisor.tech/
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)
JUST FEEL 感講
Youth,Good Health & Well-Being, 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”
Heart to Heart 心•照
Youth,Good Health & Well-Being, 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!
CHENG Yat Hin (HKU)
MA Man Lok (HKU)
YIP Alvin Cheuk Sing (HKU)
LAI Tsz Yung (HKU)
WONG Paul Wai Ching (HKU)
Social Tech,Environmental Sustainability, 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
Good Health & Well-Being, 2019
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/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”
Environmental Sustainability, 2019
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/doshawoodcraft
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)
Youth,Social Tech,Education, 2019
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/cardadventure/
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 M.K. Karen (HKU)
Dr. LAU Man Lung Newman (PolyU)
Job Creation,Good Health & Well-Being, 2018
CHAN Ka Lung (HKU)
CHIANG Ryan (HKU)
TONG Woon (HKU)
CHAN Ka Yee (PolyU)
TANG Yat Long Laurence (HKU)
Good Health & Well-Being, 2018
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/WeCareBill/
WeCareBill 是一個開放的數據庫，供患者根據預算選擇醫療服務。它減少了患者因成本不確定性而對私有化的恐懼：這個簡單的步驟將重新安排 3-5% 的公共患者私有化，為有需要和緊急的患者留下更多資源。
在選擇醫療服務之前，提前了解費用是患者的基本權利。然而，由於醫務委員會實施的行為準則，醫生不得公佈手術價格，導致某些極端情況下手術費用成倍數變化。因此，大多數香港患者必須支付諮詢費用才能獲得價格估算 - 不像其他國家有統一定價或明確的價目表。
因此，很大一部分對價格敏感、沒有保險的老年人選擇不使用私人服務，即使他們有能力這樣做。這給我們的公共衛生系統帶來了負擔，導致公立醫院的輪候時間變長，直接影響我們的健康。這些不幸的結果也與保柏 2018 年的報告結果相呼應：數據透明度是提高香港醫療體係可持續性的關鍵。
- 公立醫院輪候時間更短： 為有需要的人提供更多公共資源
- 更高的開支節省： 來自香港更好地利用私家醫院和醫療保險。
HSIEH Chia Yen (CUHK)
BAI Yuin Ru (CUHK)
LEUNG Hei Tung (CUHK)
YEH Ting Hsuan (HKUST)
Prof. HUNG Chi Tim (CUHK)
OOI Tyan Chyi Nicholas (LU)
Good Health & Well-Being, 2018
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/theratalkhk/
有所作為 – TheraTalk 簡化心理健康諮詢中的溝通
TheraTalk 是一家 HealthTech 初創公司，它使有壓力和輕度心理健康問題的人能夠在一天中的任何時間通過文本與專業顧問進行交流。
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: https://www.facebook.com/AntzKnow/
AntzKnow 是一個思想家在線社區和一個分散的諮詢公司，它利用大眾智慧為客戶分析和預測未來的宏觀事件。AntzKnow 平台允許個人用戶分享各種預測問題的信息、意見和預測（例如，2018 年中國的出生率會增加嗎？）。之後，根據事件的真實結果，用戶根據他們的預測準確性進行評級和排名，並獲得準確預測的獎勵。在此過程中，我們的專有算法彙總個人的預測以生成實時集體預測，科學證明該預測比大多數個人更準確。
- 預測現實生活中的事件是一個學習過程，可以訓練高級信息搜索、批判性思維和解決問題的能力。AntzKnow 平台使人們能夠通過預測來學習，無論是在高中、大學還是公司。我們為此獨特的電子學習工具收取訂閱費 (SaaS)。
- 人群預測是一門經過驗證的科學。在建立起牽引力和可信度後，AntzKnow 將為需要準確預測的公司提供諮詢服務，並與貢獻預測者分享收入，以實現社區的有機發展。
AntzKnow 使個人能夠將他們以前分散、浪費的個人腦力貨幣化，並為客戶創造有價值的見解。此外，AntzKnow 培養批判性思維能力並提高學生和公眾的未來主義意識，從而產生巨大的社會影響。
LIU Yiwen (HKU)
YANG Liu (HKUST)
David BISHOP (HKU)
Minority Integration,Education, 2018
Web Site: https://www.animomo.com/
Before I tell you about our product, I would like to ask if any of you have visually impaired friends? The answer is probably ‘no’. And for visually impaired people, can you guess how many of their friends are sighted? You might guess ‘none’ or just one or two and you would be right.
Unfortunately, while we have around 40 friends throughout our life, the visually impaired may only have around 10.
Hopefully, you can now imagine just how much our Visual abilities can enhance or limit our social life. It is also important to note that almost 80% of what we have learnt is acquired through vision. So, you can easily see how difficult it is for the visually impaired to interact with sighted people. But, don’t we all deserve a social life? Someone should do something to change the situation!
That’s why we have developed Animomo – an interactive story telling app with physical toys, that helps visually impaired young children to learn social skills. Unlike existing toys in the market, visual ability won’t be a competitive necessity to enjoy the game. Children can role play animals in an adventure story and make decisions at key turning points in the story. With Animomo, all children can play together and build the necessary social skills for a fulfilling life!
LAU Yin Chi (PolyU)
YIP Wai Ping (LU)
FUNG Sze Man (HKUST)
LING Kar Kan (PolyU)
A.I. Sight for Visual Impairment
Social Tech,Social Inclusion, 2018
Web Site: https://theiago.com/
LI Ka Wai (CityU)
CHEUNG Tsz Hin (CUHK)
HUNG Ngai Fung (VTC)
LEE Lik Hang (HKUST)
LING Kar Kan (PolyU)
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/WeWahMusic/
Javier PANG (CUHK)
CHAN Hiu Ching (HKU)
KWOK Siu Ying (CUHK)
LAM Kelvin Ka Wang (CUHK)
YIU Wai Tung (PolyU)
Dr. CHO Man Kit (CUHK)
Social Tech,Good Health & Well-Being, 2017
Web Site: http://www.void.com.hk
Void 提供負擔得起且可持續的 心理健康服務。但是，我們的不同之處在於多功能自助移動應用程序。這使得Void 可以隨時隨地提供心理健康服務——甚至在15分鐘內！
- 放鬆遊戲：基於太極中的“極”概念，遊戲引導用戶達到平靜。它具有4（吸氣）- 6（保持）- 6（呼氣）的呼吸節奏，已被證明可以讓人們達到放鬆狀態。此外，借助 3D 觸控技術，放鬆遊戲可以進行壓力優化。然後，用戶可以在聽到催眠錄音之前達到放鬆狀態。
我們以負擔得起且可持續的 心理健康服務填補了巨大的空白。隨時隨地- 甚至在15分鐘內！
CHAN Kai Ho Hercules (HKUST)
CHAN Chi Hin Samuel (HKUST)
LAM Chun Yu Iris (HKUST)
TSANG Ho Kwan Agnes (CityU)
CHOW Lok Hang Polly (HKUST)
Prof. CHAN Sheung Han Gary (HKUST)
Environmental Sustainability, 2017
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/vairhk/
YEUNG Tsz Chun (HKU)
NG Tan Ting (CUHK)
CHAU King Fung (HKU)
SI Fung Hoi (CUHK)
CHUNG Sum Yue (CUHK)
Prof. CHAN Chung Shing (CUHK)
遊沐 Nature Bathing
Youth,Good Health & Well-Being, 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.
TSANG Chun Wai William (HKSYU)
TSE Sze Wai (HKU)
WONG Sze Wai (HKU)
LO Kam Yin (HKBU)
Sally LEE (HKBUCIE)
Dr. NG Chui Ha Tracy (HKU SPACE)
Mosi mosi - In:visible wallet
Social Inclusion, 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
LEUNG Man Wai (PolyU)
LO Yun Faat (PolyU)
童創文化 Kiddy Imagination
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)
KAI Sung Hei (PolyU)
SHAO Suet Yiu Shirley (HKU)
HO King Pui (OUHK)
WU Man To Patrick (PolyU)
WU San Yee (EdUHK)
Dr. LEE C.P. Terence (BUHK)
Web Site: https://www.istem.ai/
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.
CHAN Kai Chi Eagle (HKUST)
Tae Jun LEE (HKUST)
NI Wengze (HKUST)
David Solomon WEXLER (HKUST)
Prof. Terrence YEE (HKUST)
Prof. Erwin WONG (HKUST)
Immortality - 不朽傳耆
Web Site: http://www.immortality.hk
LEE Yuen Sing (LU)
MAK Shing Ho (PolyU)
CHONG Yan Kit (PolyU)
MOK Siu Mei (CIHE)
YIP Tak Yee (OUHK)
Prof. LAU Chi Pang (LU)
Environmental Sustainability, 2017
Web Site: http://greenprice.hk
GreenPrice is a social supermarket based in Hong Kong with an objective to eliminate food waste. We resell safe and decent groceries that are getting close to, or have just passed, their “best before” dates. We will do this lawfully and at bottom prices through multiple distribution channels.
We are built on the mission to:
- 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
HON Chun Him (HKU)
SO Hon Wan (HKU)
HUNG Sze Ying (HKU)
CHAN Ling Yuk (HSMC)
CHAU Chun Yin (HKU)
Dr. Ernest LO (HKU)
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.
CHAN Pak Heng Justin (University of Cambridge)
WONG Chung San (HKU)
TAM Yuk Hang (HKUST)
LEUNG Man Chun Wilson (PolyU)
WONG Siu Wai (HKU)
Dr. HUI Sai Kam (HKU)
Good Health & Well-Being,Elderly, 2017
Web Site: http://www.bodyactivation.hk/
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.
*Invited team from “Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society @ Lingnan University”
KOK Wai Hoong (PolyU)
CHEUNG Ka Hung (PolyU)
LAM Ho Yin (PolyU)
YUEN Ka Chun (University of Surrey)
Shiny LEUNG (University of Sussex)
Prof. JING Xingjian (PolyU)
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.
TSE Chi Fung Ronald (HKU)
HO Pak Cheung (CityU)
LEUNG Man Hong (HKBU)
CHENG Tak Kin (HKU)
KWOK Cheuk Lum (HKU)
Dr. Timothy HEW (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.
LAW Wai Lun (HKU)
POON Chun Yi (HKU)
LEEHeung Pan (HKU)
Dr. CHUI Chun Kit (HKU)
Public Health,Elderly, 2016
Web Site: https://www.patermater.org/
WoONG Bing Kin Solomon (HKU SPACE)
CHAN Ching Ho (CUHK)
AU Yian Ting (CUHK)
LEE Lek Hang Nicholas (Cornell University)
KO Kin Man David (HKUST)
CHOW Wai Shun (HKU)
街坊帶路 Kaifong Tour
Web Site: https://www.kaifongtour.com/
TAM Kin Lok (HKUST)
LAM Kam Ying (PolyU)
Dr. LO Chi HANG (PolyU)
iSEE MOBILE APPS
Social Tech,Mobile App,Minority Integration, 2016
Web Site: https://www.iseemobile.com/
「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
「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
FUNG Kwong Chiu (OUHK)
LUI Kin Ching (OUHK)
PUN Chin Wang (LU)
TAM Ho Yuen (LU)
YEUNG Ching Ping (HKDI)
Dr. MA Hok Ka Carol (LU)
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)
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.
YEUNG Sze Nga (PolyU)
WONG Yuk Ling (PolyU)
Michael LEUNG (PolyU)
UNlimited Institute 無涯學院
Minority Integration,Education,Culture, 2015
Web Site: http://www.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.
PANG Chun Wai Henry (HKU)
CHAN Yik (HKU)
KWOK Ka Ming Andre (HKU)
WAN Ho Fung (CityU)
NG Cheuk Lam (HKU)
Prof. WAN Man Fan Jennifer (HKU)
Dr. Lucy Porter JORDAN (HKU)
Sticky Rice Love
Public Health, 2015
Web Site: https://www.stickyricelove.com/
How do you tackle a hidden problem? The problem is the sexual health of Hong Kong’s youth. After all, shouldn’t we all be concerned about the consequences of being ill informed? These range from unexpected pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and discrimination against sexual minorities.
The current generation of young people have grown up with sexually explicit material being freely available on the Internet. In addition, the trend is that they are becoming sexually active at a younger age. So what are we to do?
Sticky Rice Love aims to develop a friendly community in Hong Kong. A community that is receptive to discussions on sexuality and then to empower young people with the knowledge to make responsible informed choices. Fortunately, Sticky Rice Love is gaining attention. Since our launch, we have received strong support – around 4,500 Facebook fans and around 20 reports in the media.
Our online platform has two main components: an online journal and an online forum for young people to ask questions anonymously. After we receive questions, our team of trained volunteers and sex therapists reply with practical answers. The topics we cover are sex and gender, how to accept oneself, communication and romance in relationships. In addition, we provide educational activities for schools, parents and the public. This online platform also allows businesses to advertise their products to the youth market and fees are charged for providing workshops.
Sticky Rice Love – we’re all about sex!
SO Mei Ki (HKBU)
SUN Wai Han (HKU)
HO Cheuk Fai (CUHK)
LIU Yuk Pui (CUHK)
Ms. Lucy ARTHUR (HKU)
Web Site: http://seniorcid.hk
Giving elderly people and abandoned dogs a new lease on life
Senior 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.
LEUNG Oi Ling (CUHK)
MAN Yuet Ching (CUHK)
CHAN Yuen Man (CUHK)
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.
YIP Hiu Wai (CUHK)
WONG Ka Wing (CUHK)
CHEUNG Siu Ting (CUHK)
FUNG Toi Sze (PolyU)
Cheung Man Chung (CHCHEd)
Prof. Bernard SUEN (CUHK)
陪月通 Doula Easy
Mobile App,Minority Integration, 2015
Web Site: https://www.doulaeasy.com
CHAN Ting Hong (HKU)
LAM Ho Yan (HKSYU)
CHIU Kei Yu (HKU)
LING Ho Wan Howard (Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Social Inclusion,Job Creation,Education,Cultural Preservation, 2013
Web Site: https://www.wedoglobal.com
FONG Nok Hang (PolyU)
NG Chung Lun (PolyU)
WONG Ching Hung (PolyU)
LAM Lok Yi (PolyU)
Dr. Alison E. LLOYD (PolyU)
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.
GUO Qi Qi (CUHK)
TAM Sek Ching (Hang Seng Management College)
WANG Zi (CUHK)
LAU Kit Yan (PolyU)
CHOI Chi Kin (CUHK)
Prof. YU Chai Mei (CUHK)
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.
TSE Pui Kei (CUHK)
CHIU Shun Yu (CUHK)
Prof. Denis WANG (CUHK)
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.
CHAN Ho Man (HKUST)
TSANG Ka Hing (HKUST)
KONG Wing Man (HKUST)
Dr. LAM Koon Fung (University College London)
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.
LING Ching Yin (PolyU)
SIU Tien Sum (PolyU)
HO Chun Kin Kenneth (PolyU)
Rémi LECLERC (PolyU)
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.
LAM Mun Yee Anita (PolyU)
Magaret LOK (PolyU)
CHAN Hiu Nam Amy (HKBU)
Rémi LECLERC (PolyU)
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.
CHU Yin Chi Joyce (PolyU)
LAW Ka Pui Keziah (PolyU)
LEUNG Cheuk Nga Irix (PolyU)
WONG Ka Ki (PolyU)
CHAN Kai Ching Patrick (PolyU)
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.
WOO Sze Wing Telly (PolyU)
YIU Chi Fai Alex (PolyU)
LAU Chui Wai Beatrice (PolyU)
LO Wah Kei Kei (PolyU)
CHAN Kai Ching Patrick (PolyU)
Social Alliance Communications Consultancy
Web Site: https://www.socialalliance.com.hk/
Longevity Design House
Upcycling,Environmental Friendly,Elderly, 2009
Web Site: https://www.longevitygroup.net/
Inter Cultural Education
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.
LAW Wai Hung (PolyU)
Patrick Bostrom (HKU)
LIU Han Stephanie (HKU)
YU Shu Hui Susanna (HKUST)
Pooja JHAVERI (HKUST)
Prof. Matthew YUEN (HKUST)