General Information


Heats: (Proposal Writing) - April 2015

Each team is required to hand in a proposal (Not more than 20 A4 pages, total size must not exceed 10MB) and a poster (A1 size, total size must not exceed 25MB) illustrating their innovative IT solution to alleviate the deficiencies in the city, or facilitating Hong Kong to be a smart city. Teams will have a chance to display their idea in the “Hong Kong Digital Life Carnival 2015”(One of the highlighted events of the International IT Fest 2015) organized by the Hong Kong Software Industry Association, where the public can vote for the proposals. The voting results will be taken into account as part of the judging process of the Heats. Meanwhile, the proposals will be assessed based on certain criteria. More details concerning the Heats will be announced on the briefing session on 7th March 2015.

Semi-finals: (Proposal Presentation) - May 2015

Each team will be required to present their detailed ideas in the proposal handed in. Judges will adjudicate based on the consistency of the proposal, the presentation skills, intensity of the theme, the cooperation among teammates, etc. The best teams (at most 8) will be qualified for the Finals.

Finals: (Prototype Construction and Exhibition) - July/August 2015

Finalists are required to construct a prototype that stated in the proposal, which should be functional to demonstrate the mentioned solution. Each finalist team will be paired with a mentor from CityU Apps Lab and mentorship sessions will be arranged for the assistance on the production of the prototype. Subsidy of $500 will be provided for any purchase of materials. Meanwhile, Finalists are required to construct a booth and display their ideas on stage in the 26th Hong Kong Joint School Electronics and Computer Exhibition in August 2015.

The booth should be designed to introduce their ideas in an interactive and flexible manner. Teams have to cater for different age groups and people with different technology knowledge levels. They should be prepared to be questioned by visitors and give detailed explanations.

Format and Requirements

The proposal should be mainly in words, supplemented by graphics or drawings where appropriate. It can be written in either English or Chinese, but a mixture of both languages is not allowed.

There are no restrictions on the format of the booth and finalized products presented in exhibition. However, feasibility and effectiveness must be taken into account so that the products can be displayed clearly and properly.

Competition Schedule

1 February – 14 March 2015Application
7 March 2015Briefing Session
14 March 2015Application Deadline
14 March – 4 April 2015Heats(Proposal Writing)
9 April - 12 April 2015Showcase in the "Hong Kong Digital Life Carnival 2015"
18 May 2015Result Announcement of Heats
30 May 2015Semi-Finals(Proposal Presentation)
1 June 2015Result Announcement of Semi-Finals
Early JuneBriefing to Finalists
July/AugustFinals(Prototype Presentation and Exhibition)


The competition is open to all secondary schools, Application are submitted on a School Team basis. Each team shall consist of 3-6 students. Team members need not be the same form. Each school may nominate a maximum of 3 teams. If students are interested in the captioned award, please fill in the online application form by 7th March 2015 (Saturday) (23:59:59)14th March 2015 (Saturday) (23:59:59). Meanwhile, Teams are required to return the declaration form with school chop by 17th March 2015 (Wednesday) (20:00:00). The declaration form will be issued after completing the online application.

Letter of confirmation will be sent to the teacher-in-charge and team leader via e-mail within 3 days after receiving the application form.

Judging Panel

The judging panel of The Hong Kong Outstanding IT School Award will consist of professionals in the IT industry, Legislative Councilor, Government officials, as well as the professors from various universities.


  • Champion
  • 1st Runner-up
  • 2nd Runner-up
  • Merit Award
  • Best Presentation Award
  1. The teacher-in-charge from each winning school will be presented with a Certificate of Thanks.

  2. Each entrant will be given a Certificate of Participation to acknowledge their effort.


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