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Hong Kong Techathon+ 2024 Successfully Concluded

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Opened to Overseas Tertiary Institutions for the First Time and with Record-breaking Numbers in Participation

HONG KONG SAR 5 February 2024 – Hong Kong Techathon+ 2024 (HK Techathon+ 2024), the highly anticipated academic spectacle in innovation and technology (I&T), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and ten co-organising universities, namely The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong, has successfully concluded with overwhelming support and applause.

HK Techathon+ 2024, jointly organised by HKSTP and ten co-organising universities, has successfully concluded with overwhelming support and applause.
HK Techathon+ 2024, jointly organised by HKSTP and ten co-organising universities, has successfully concluded with overwhelming support and applause.

This year’s event not only marked a historic milestone in terms of scale and participation, but also featured the unprecedented participation of the International Group, gathering around 1,500 local and non-local participants from the United States, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Thailand, and Singapore taking part in the spectacle, an increase of nearly fifty percent from last year.

Mr. Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, expressed in his closing ceremony address, “HKSTP is committed to promoting the development of I&T in Hong Kong, exemplified by the endeavors involved in this annual spectacle. We aim to bring together young talents from Hong Kong and overseas, providing them with a variety of entrepreneurial support and a platform for cross disciplinary exchange to strengthen the city’s I&T ecosystem. I wish all the winning teams success in realising their visions in I&T, and creating a better future for the world with their aspirations.”

Nearly 1,500 innovation and technology talents competing for top honors

HK Techathon+ 2024 aims to unearth young people in Hong Kong who are passionate to get involved in startups to promote more I&T opportunities. A total of 92 startup teams from local and overseas tertiary institutions gathered during the three-day final competition, competing for top honours in the Hong Kong Student Group, Hong Kong Open Group, and International Group. These talented teams conceived their original innovative solutions which would combine creativity and feasibility, based on one of the four major technology themes, namely “Trusted AI & Data Science”, “Sustainability & ESG”, “Digital Economy” and “Smart Cities”. Top performing teams of each track were awarded. The International Group has also attracted entry from a number of top overseas universities, such as the Stanford University in the United States, the National University of Singapore, and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University.

All of the winning teams of each track were awarded with initial funding, and also direct access to over HK$3 million seed funding and numerous incubation support programmes, gearing them up for success in realising their startup goals.

In addition, to compete for the “Best Presentation Award”, all ten gold winning teams from various groups delivered a two-minute elevator pitch on stage, sharing the advantages and potential value of their startup solutions with potential investors and partners. “InsectX“, the winning team from the Local Student Group, excelled with their outstanding presentation skill and innovative proposal in the theme of “Sustainability & ESG”, and won a cash prize of HK$ 5,000.

HK Techathon+ 2024 Winner Highlights:

Local Student Group

Technology Area Award Winning Team Tertiary Institution Proposal Outline
Trusted AI & Data Science Gold Pivot BME CityU, CUHK & HKUST Fusing AI with biotechnology to develop an easy-to-use, precise and portable home-use blood pressure monitor, which serves to enhance medical assessment standards.
Sustainability & ESG Gold InsectX CityU & HKUST Constructing a bacterial vector to transfer external genes to insectsenvironmentally-friendly biofuel, promoting sustainability in energy production.
Digital Economy Gold AISight CUHK & HKUST Developing an AI-powered art-tech SaaS platform that combines machine learning, computer vision and Web 3.0 technology, to inspire new ways of experiencing public art appreciation.
Smart Cities Gold SAFERIN IVE Establishing a one-stop smart care platform to provide cost-effective and reliable medical solutions in risk assessment, operation, healthcare and safety monitoring.

Local Open Group

Technology Area Award Winner Tertiary Institution Brief Introduction
Trusted AI & Data Science Gold CUROBIT HKBU, HKUST & HKU Building an intelligent abnormality detection system, which includes a one-of-a-kind smart ring and connected app, to intercept potential in-sleep strokes and track sleep health for everyone.
Sustainability & ESG Gold ProRuka PolyU Developing a novel prosthetic hand for upper hand amputees and physically challenged people in need, controlled by a wireless wearable ultrasound sensing system.
Digital Economy Gold Project e-MUSE EduHK Employing AI technology to tailor-make innovative, cost-effective music learning solutions for students, promoting music education for all.
Smart Cities Gold HYELE HKUST Developing a time reversal-based diagnostic system to monitor urban water supply systems and infrastructure, ultimately saving water, energy, cost and minimising disruption.

International Group

Technology Area Award Winner Tertiary Institution Brief Introduction
Sustainability & Smart Cities Gold Charco Science and Research Co., Ltd. National Tsing Hua University Developing non-pesticidal technologies to replace traditional pesticides and insecticides, in order to enhance crop yield, prolong storage life, thereby increasing the overall value of agricultural production.
AI & Digital Economy Gold Tera Thinker National Tsing Hua University Utilising AI technology to create personalised learning plans for students, with experts tailor-making courses and analysis for each student, providing a one-stop, comprehensive AI learning experience.