Sustainable Development Goals
About the Competition

The “HSUHK Social Innovation Competition” (“the Competition”), jointly organised by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Institute of Youth Sustainability and Leadership (IYSL), and the Wu Jieh Yee Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WUCIE), aims to promote to HSUHK students a culture of innovation and creativity and to raise their awareness of the critical social issues locally or globally. Through training of various modes and selected themes, and a showcase of project proposals through on-stage pitching, the Competition also strives to enrich the student learning experience at HSUHK.

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About Social Innovation

Social innovation suggests a new solution to a social need or problem in a more effective, efficient, sustainable or fairer way compared to existing solutions. Such solutions generate value primarily for society, instead of single individuals or organisations.

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Themes of the Competition 2021

Three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specified by the United Nations are selected as the themes of the HSUHK Social Innovation Competition 2021:

3. Good Health and Well-being

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Students are invited to address the social issue(s) relevant to at least one of the above SDGs with their innovative solutions.

HSUHK Social Innovation Competition 2021 Poster

Goal 3 Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

What are included in the Goal 3?

Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

What are included in the Goal 11?

Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

What are included in the Goal 12?

HSUHK Social Innovation Competition 2021 Pitching Competition

Pitching Competition and Awards Presentation Ceremony

25 February 2021 (Thu)
14:30 – 16:00
Live @ Zoom (Quota: 300)
English

12 teams have come up with their social innovation project proposals. They will pitch their ideas and compete for your votes and the prizes. Come to support our students for their presentations in the Pitching Competition and share their pride in the Awards Presentation Ceremony!

Mr Douglas Cheng, the Assistant Project Manager of IF Program of Fullness Social Enterprises Society Limited (FSES), will talk about his invaluable experience and views on social innovation after our students’ show time.

Mr Douglas Cheng has embarked on his social entrepreneurship journey since 2015 by running a work integration social enterprise (WISE), YM Balloon.  He created colourful balloon-arts with deaf and hearing youths, arousing public awareness on the deaf people.  He was later involved in various youth-related social innovation programs.  Douglas now oversees Innovator Farm, a youth social entrepreneurship program, providing grant application, training and incubation for prototypes and start-ups.

Rundown

14:30 – 15:30  Pitching Competition
15:30 – 15:50  Talk by Mr Douglas Cheng
15:50 – 16:00  Results Announcement

* 1.5 ECA hours / 1 iGPS unit

Support to the Participants

A series of talks and training workshops on the ideas and knowledge of the 3 selected SDGs, the concept of social innovation, and research, writing and presentation skills will be organised for students to prepare them for the proposal write-up and Pitching Competition. The talks and the workshops provide necessary knowledge and skills for the participants, but are not prerequisites to submission for the Competition.

Get prepared before the write-up

Dr Holly Chung (Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
25 Nov 2020 (Wed) | 16:00 – 16:30 | D401 and live @ Zoom (Quota: 300) | Cantonese

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Skill-Based Workshop Series

Mr Gary Lee (Learning Support Librarian, Research and Learning Support Team of the University Library)
13 Jan 2021 (Wed) | 15:00 – 16:00 | Live @ Microsoft Teams | English

Skill-Based Workshop Series #1: Let’s Research!

Getting ready to write a proposal for the HSUHK Social Innovation Competition 2021? Here is your chance to learn how to find useful resources on the three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

* 1 ECA hour / 1 iGPS unit

Mrs Vannessa Misso-Veness (Corporate and Education Trainer @ Cascade Train Teach Learn)
15 Jan 2021 (Fri) | 14:00 – 15:30 | Live @ Zoom (Quota: 300) | English

Skill-Based Workshop Series #2: Let’s Write!

A teacher trainer and English Language Learning Specialist, Vannessa has held a multifaceted role in teaching, managing teams, delivering professional development programmes and working with international learners. She has taught and trained in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong.

* 1.5 ECA hours / 1 iGPS unit

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Mrs Vannessa Misso-Veness (Corporate and Education Trainer @ Cascade Train Teach Learn)
18 Feb 2021 (Thu) | 14:00 – 15:30 | Live @ Zoom (Quota: 300) | English

Skill-Based Workshop Series #3: Let’s Speak!

A teacher trainer and English Language Learning Specialist, Vannessa has held a multifaceted role in teaching, managing teams, delivering professional development programmes and working with international learners. She has taught and trained in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong.

* 1.5 ECA hours / 1 iGPS unit

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Talk Series

Mr Tony Chan (Co-Founder, Craving Good)
11 Nov 2020 (Wed) | 15:30 – 16:30 | D403 and live @ Zoom | Cantonese

Talk Series #1: On SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Tony Chan is an educator and social entrepreneur, the founder of Craving Good, established in 2018 aiming at helping and empowering the underprivileged in difference countries through sales of their products. He is also keen on connecting universities, NGOs and partners all over the world to provide service-learning opportunities for students and young people.

* 1 ECA hour / 1 iGPS unit

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Ms Queenie Man (Founder and CEO, The Project Futurus)
17 Nov 2020 (Tue) | 15:30 – 16:30 | D407 and live @ Zoom | Cantonese

Talk Series #2: On SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being

Queenie is the Founder and CEO of The Project Futurus, a social enterprise that is committed to promoting the future of aging. Queenie is also the Managing Director at Culture Homes and Forward Living. Inspired by the many possibilities in delivering better aged care, Queenie joins the industry hoping to transform the way people perceive aged care, while making it relevant to the consumers of tomorrow through products, service and social innovation.

* 1 ECA hour / 1 iGPS unit

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Ms Sita Ng (Assistant Programs Manager, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong)
24 Nov 2020 (Tue) | 15:30 – 16:30 | D407 and live @ Zoom (Quota: 300) | Cantonese

Talk Series #3: On SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Habitat for Humanity, a global non-profit housing organisation, works towards a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing.  They have been serving families in Hong Kong since 2004, helping to improve the housing conditions of vulnerable households.

* 1 ECA hour / 1 iGPS unit

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Dr CA Tse (Founder, Social Entrepreneurship School Education (SEnSE) Program; Program Architect, Innovator Farm)
25 Nov 2020 (Wed) | 16:00 – 17:30 | D401 and live @ Zoom (Quota: 300) | Cantonese

Talk Series #4: On social innovation cum briefing session

Integrating education, social philanthropy, business and government sectors, Dr CA Tse established SEnSE Program in 2014, with the objective to promote the development of social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong.  He is also the Program Architect of Innovator Farm, one of the Intermediaries’ Programs of SIE Fund.  The program provides the youth with initial capital, social entrepreneurship training and various supports during their entrepreneurial journey.

* 1.5 ECA hours / 1 iGPS unit

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Eligibility

All current HSUHK full-time undergraduate students are eligible to participate.

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Entry Requirements
  • Participants must form a project team of no more than three students.
  • Each project team may submit ONE entry only.
  • Each project team has to devise an original proposal to address the identified social need(s) or issue(s) relevant to at least one of the following SDGs:
    3. Good Health and Well-being
    11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • The entry must be the students’ own work demonstrating their innovative concept, creative design/modelling, as well as its practicability and impact.

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Submission
  • The entry shall be a comprehensive proposal outlining a local or overseas social innovation project, which may be in the form of an advocacy event, a social enterprise start-up, a collaboration with NGO(s), an enhancement plan for an existing project of an NGO or a social enterprise, etc.
  • Each project team is required to complete an Online Application Form and a Proposal Form with detailed project description in English or Chinese (only for projects related to Chinese culture) illustrating the following content:
    – Social need or problem identification
    – Existing solution(s) (if any)
    – Proposed solution(s) (including format, timeline, operation details, budget, expected difficulties and solutions, etc.)
    – Expected impact to the beneficiaries and/or the society
    Multi-media illustration may be attached to supplement the entry.
  • Completed Proposal Form (with at most 5 supporting materials, each within 100Mb) must be submitted electronically via the Online Application Form to the Centre for Teaching and Learning by 22 January 2021.
  • Participating project teams will be invited to give a 3-minute pitch on their projects at the Pitching Competition in February 2021. The organisers may shortlist the teams for the Pitching Competition if they receive a large number of entries.
Schedule

Date

Action

Stage 1:
Talk Series in SDGs and Social Innovation

9 – 27 November 2020

Talks on the 3 SDGs and social innovation (please refer to the above section of “Support to the Participants”)

Stage 2:
Skill-Based Workshop Series

January – February 2021

Workshops on Research, Writing and Speaking (please refer to the above section of “Support to the Participants”)

Stage 3:
Proposal Write-Up

Mid-November 2020 – 22 January 2021

Writing the social innovation project proposal and planning the pitching. Project submission deadline: 22 January 2021

Stage 4:
Pitching Competition

25 February 2021 (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)

Pitching Competition and Award Presentation Ceremony

Assessment Criteria

The judge panel reserves the right to shortlist the participating project teams for the Pitching Competition.

Each (shortlisted) project team must send at least one member to attend the Pitching Competition to compete for the awards.

A panel of judges will be appointed to assess the entries based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness (25%)
  • Relevance and impact (25%)
  • Proposal write-up (30%)
  • Presentation (20%)

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Awards
  • Champion: HK$10,000 and an award certificate
  • 1st runner-up: HK$6,000 and an award certificate
  • 2nd runner-up: HK$4,000 and an award certificate
  • Honourable Mention in selected categories (if deemed applicable)
  • The awarded teams will also be recommended to join the Pre-Incubation Programme and HSUHK x SCMP E-Challenge organised by the Wu Jieh Yee Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WUCIE).

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Announcement of Results
  • The results will be announced shortly after the Pitching Competition at the Award Presentation Ceremony.
  • The awarded project teams must attend the Award Presentation Ceremony to receive the awards.
  • The organisers reserve the right of rescheduling the date of the Award Presentation Ceremony depending on the situation.
  • The decision of the judge panel is final.

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General Terms
  • The organisers reserve the right not to accept any application submitted in response to this Competition and the right to interpret, amend, supplement the terms and conditions in the guidelines.
  • The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, conditions or spirit of the Competition. In case of any dispute, any decision made by the organisers shall be final and conclusive.

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Confidentiality and Intellectual Property

All materials submitted must be original work and must not contain any unauthorised use of copyrighted or proprietary materials of any person or entity. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. Use of thoughts or work of another source must be properly referenced.

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Submit for the Competition!

Complete the Proposal Form (with at most 5 supporting materials, each within 100Mb) and submit electronically via the Online Application Form on or before 22 January 2021 to join!

Enquiry

E-mail: ctl@hsu.edu.hk
Tel: 3963 5073