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Your most creative weekend on campus

April 26th - 27th 2014

We are pleased to announce our winner in Hackathon@HKUST 2014 :

What is Hackathon@HKUST 2014

Hackathon@HKUST 2014 will be a weekend event where HKUST students can propose an idea for a software application, build it, and present it to the public. It will be held on the weekend of April 26-27, 2014. You will get to form teams, propose your idea and build a prototype of the technical solution for your idea in 24 hours. During the course of developing your prototype, there will be mentors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts who are going to help the teams out. Of course, we will provide you with free flow of snacks, pizza, coffee, tea, and other refreshments. Hackathon@HKUST is the first event of its kind to be organized at a university in Hong Kong.

Hackathon@HKUST 2014 will take a competition format. At the beginning of the event, participants will be able to form teams, brainstorm for solution ideas, and design the system. Teams will then get the chance to implement their solution within 24 hours. Following that, they will get to present their solution in front of a judging panel that consists of faculty members from CSE, HKUST Entrepreneurship Center, a HKUST alumnus entrepreneur, as well as a leading representative of the Hong Kong startup community. There will be a number of prizes and internship opportunities for the winning teams.

Hackathon@HKUST 2014 will be open to ALL undergraduate and postgraduate students of HKUST. Students will form teams of 2-5 members, either before the event, or at the beginning of the event. Each team MUST have at least one member with programming skills. Other team members can take various roles, such as business idea generation, user interface design, etc. Your solution can be a desktop application, web application or mobile application. Whether you love coding or have a great idea (or both!), this will be your chance to shine.

Hackathon@HKUST 2014 will also feature inspiring speakers to share their experiences, and many startup companies are expected to attend the final presentations. The event will be a great opportunity to network with companies who are looking for talents here, at HKUST. For those interested in pursuing their business idea further, this will also be a chance to connect with experienced mentors.

 

There will be 3 winning teams (voted by a judging panel) and an Audience's favorite team (voted by the audience).


Cash Prizes :

Best Entrepreneurs

HKD 8,000

Best Innovators

HKD 5,000

Best Developers

HKD 4,000

Audience's Favorite

HKD 2,000


Free web server hosting for 1 year

Each winning team can enjoy free professional-level VM hosting for 1 year worth HK$ 5,988. This way, your team can continue developing your solution and launch it to the public.

Technical specifications: Virtual machine hosting (Linux OS). 1 CPU Core, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB Network HDD, Shared bandwidth (International routing). Hosting provided by BiTOSS.


Internship Opportunities

Individual members of winning teams may be offered internship opportunities by companies who have agreed to be our sponsors:

  • Makible
    • Makible is a multi-disciplinary company developing systems and services in the adaptive manufacturing arena. In software, we produce web apps, desktop apps, mobile apps, and firmware for systems using a variety of languages such as Go, C, HTML5, JavaScript, and native desktop or mobile development tools. We are looking for people that want to be part of changing that way that things are made and are brought to market. This is a great opportunity to learn about some cutting edge technology and to work on notable projects.
  • Radica
    • Radica offers three kinds of internship opportunities for the winner :
      • Marketing Executive
        • Marketing event support and co-ordination.
        • Market intelligence research of HK and China markets.
        • To maintain and update our Social Media Platform and Website.
      • Designer
        • To support graphical design / layout artwork in various online marketing projects for our brand-name clients.
        • E-marketing research project to study updated e-marketing & design trends
        • Project co-ordination for our Consulting team
      • R & D Officer
        • To perform testing exercise before product launch to market
        • To support the development of enterprise new product
        • To co-operate with development teams from different regional offices

Each of the participant will be given a certificate issued by Department of CSE and signed by the department head.

 

  1. Main idea : How robust is your idea and how thorough have you thought about your solution?
  2. Usability : The user interface design, user experience, and overall usability of the system.
  3. Implementation : Implementation of your solution, the technology employed, architecture design, and implemented prototype.
  4. Business value : Thinking about your solution from the economic perspectives, the eye of investors, your stakeholders, and your customers.
  5. Presentation : Presentation of your solution to public.

 

Before the judging session, there will be a sharing session from experienced speakers who has successfully build their business :


Position :

  • Makible - Founder
  • BootHK - Founder
  • StartupsHK - Co-founder

Cheap, good, and fast, pick all three. Jon comes from a traditional product development and manufacturing background, having spent a decade in and around the toy industry in development, marketing, and sales roles. His expertise is in electromechanical system design, but typically plays the role of connector in a multi-disciplinary team.

He has been involved with the Hong Kong tech startup scene since 2009, when he was one of the original founders for StartupsHK. On the rebound from his first online startup, he founded BootHK in 2010, bringing coworking to Hong Kong and providing an accessible space for the startup community to grow.

He currently spends his time running Makible, who created the MakiBox A6, the world's most affordable 3D printer, which is made in Hong Kong. The next stage for the company is to expand the local manufacturing resources and develop new and innovative adaptive manufacturing technology.


Casey Lau is one of Hong Kong's tech start-up pioneers, having launched one of the first HK-based web design studios; Rogue Media, co-founded ActionAce.com; one of Asia's first e-commerce sites, co-founded Velocity9; a new media development agency and Popcorn Media Network; a digital publishing company.

He along with Gene Soo, John Buford and Daniel Cheng formed StartupsHK in 2009 to ignite the tech startup scene in Hong Kong through a series of conferences and networking events - and helped grow the Hong Kong ecosystem from the original 4 founders, who met weekly at coffee shops in Hong Kong, to over 5,000 members today.

He is currently the Community Development Manager for SoftLayer's Catalyst Startup Program in Asia-Pacific, providing virtual incubator services for startups across the region working with startups in supercharging their efforts from China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Casey speaks regularly around Asia on Hong Kong's startup scene at conferences like Startup Asia, Geeks on a Beach, Open Web Asia and Echelon, as well as teaching a class for new entrepreneurs at General Assembly.

He is also a mentor at Chinaccelerator, judge at Startup Weekend, SeedStars World and has travelled with Dave McClure's Geeks on a Plane and survived.

In his spare time, Casey also writes comic books: like his original series Super Kaiju Hero Force available now on iBooks and his upcoming graphic novel about a "social media detective" that solves mysteries in the disturbing world of 2019.


Passionate starter (I prefer not using the word "entrepreneur", too old-school for our generation) who never stops. Richard took 2 years gap when studying in UST (BBA) and started his adventure in Google as Project Manager, he was involved in over 10 countries' product developments. After his graduation, Richard was Chief Business Officer of 3D-Gold Online Ltd and currently the Chief Operation Officer of InnoAccelerator Ltd.


Experience :

2011 - present :Volunteer, Children Life Stimulation Organization to visit Tin Shui Wai families in needs
2009 - 2011:Volunteer, Playright Children's Play Association to assist proper running of children outreach / recreational activities
2009 - 2010:Volunteer, Hong Chi Association to organize recreation activities with people with intellectual disabilities
2008:Volunteer, Society for Community Organization (SoCo) as a Children Mentor in Sham Shui Po

Benny found SillyCube Technology Ltd. in 2009 and entered the Hong Kong Science Park as one of incubatees under incu-Tech programme in 2010. The company was funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission under Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme (SERAP). By focusing on custom-made mobile solution development, SillyCube has accumulated customers from various fields like education, facility management, construction, engineering. Our customers include the Hong Kong University, British Council, Urban Group, etc.

Our mobile form system, QA Assistant, is featured as an innovative product by HKET and TVB (MoneyMagazine). The system can be used in building inspection, facility checking, survey taking, medical checking. Enterprises can deploy tablets to outdoor workers, achieving mobile working network connected with back offices. SillyCube brand Android applications have accumulated around 3 million downloads in Google Play. The applications are facing consumer market in US and Europe.

Benny is also interested in sports like tennis, table tennis, badminton, bowling, snooker, swimming, running, hiking, sport climbing, cycling.


  • Member of the Task Force on E-Government Service Delivery (ESD) of the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee (D21SAC)
  • Business Adviser, SUCCESS of Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department, HKSAR
  • Council Member, Internet Professional Association (iProA)
  • e-Marketing Consultant, Hong Kong Institute of Marketing (HKIM)

Francis is responsible for strategic direction, business development and investor relations of the company. Under his excellent leadership, Radica has become top eDatabase marketing solution provider with sales operations in six markets across Asia within 2 years. Francis has worked closely with the top enterprise clients across the globe such as LVMH group, Mercedes-Benz, Global Sources, CTrip, etc. and enabled them to develop highly effective e-marketing campaigns with advanced personalization technology. Being a veteran in the industry, Francis is also a regular author and guest speaker on eMarketing topics, including commercial, governmental and academic sectors.

In 2009, Francis was awarded AD100 TOP Men Award of Online Advertising by Adworld 2010 China Francis received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The hackathon prototypes will be judged by experienced judges:


Kin Tsang has been recently promoted to be Compliance Manager, who is responsible for monitoring and ensuring all the product development cycles as well as departmental workflow across 4 regional offices are well complying to the company policy and the industry standard. Previously, he directly supervised quality assurance and infrastructure of our core technology products and was in-charge of our customer support teams in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Kin and his team have developed email marketing and eDatabase marketing software and platforms for our clients to have a richer user experience with frequent updates. Before joined Radica in 2009, Kin had over 6 years of both software and hardware testing experience in 2 of the world's technology leaders, Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. in USA. Being a core member of Windows Live Experience Social Networking Team of Microsoft, Kin has strong background on test automation and product lifecycle management.

Kin received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington.


Position :

  • Makible - Founder
  • BootHK - Founder
  • StartupsHK - Co-founder

Cheap, good, and fast, pick all three. Jon comes from a traditional product development and manufacturing background, having spent a decade in and around the toy industry in development, marketing, and sales roles. His expertise is in electromechanical system design, but typically plays the role of connector in a multi-disciplinary team.

He has been involved with the Hong Kong tech startup scene since 2009, when he was one of the original founders for StartupsHK. On the rebound from his first online startup, he founded BootHK in 2010, bringing coworking to Hong Kong and providing an accessible space for the startup community to grow.

He currently spends his time running Makible, who created the MakiBox A6, the world's most affordable 3D printer, which is made in Hong Kong. The next stage for the company is to expand the local manufacturing resources and develop new and innovative adaptive manufacturing technology.


  • Professor - Department of Computer Science and Engineering - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Director - HKUST RFID Center (香港科技大學 物聯網研發中心)

Dr. Shing-chi (S.C.) Cheung received his BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, and his Ph.D degree in Computing from the Imperial College London. In 1994 he joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he is a full professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He participates actively in the program and organizing committees of major international conferences on software engineering. His work has been reported by publications at international journals and conferences, which include TOSEM, TSE, ASE, ICSE, FSE, and ESEC.

He is currently serving on the editorial board of Information and Software Technology, Science of Computer Programming, Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), and the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. He was an editorial board member of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE, 2006-9). He is an extended member of the executive committee of the ACM SIGSOFT. He is the General Chair of the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2014) as well as a General Chair of the 19th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2012). He was the tutorials chair of ICSE 2006, and the doctoral symposium co-chair of ICSE 2010, and is now the doctoral symposium co-chair of ICSE 2014. He co-founded the first International Workshop on Automation of Software Testing(AST) in 2006. He has co-edited special issues for the Computer Journal, the Journal of Service-Oriented Computing and Applications, and he International Journal of Web Services Research (JWSR). He is the HKUST representative co-founding the Global RF Lab Alliance. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a senior member of the IEEE


Past Experiences :

  • Founder, President & CEO at CT Group
  • Tenured Associate Professor at HKUST
  • Retained Consultant at ASAT LImited

Steven was a tenured Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at HKUST, before he resigned in 2006 to lead the high-tech startup that he had founded. In 2011, Steven sold the high-tech startup, and in 2012 re-joined HKUST as the Acting Director of the HKUST Entrepreneurship Center. From 1999 to 2011, Steven has been involved with 3 high-tech startups, one of which later became listed on NASDAQ. Steven has over 12 years of experience in technology development, technology productization, business planning, business development, sales & marketing, team building and startup financing. In technology development, Steven also has deep experience in crafting patent strategies ranging from “how to maximize” the chance of receiving defendable patents from around the world, to structuring “continuations” to defend against would-be infringers and strategies to manage actual infringers.

In 2012, Steven received his part-time MBA degree from HKUST in Marketing, and before that, received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University in Experimental and Computational Thermal-fluids, respectively in 1990 and 1993. In 1987, Steven received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Cooper Union in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Steven was born in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10 where he became a U.S. citizen.

During the hackathon, there are mentors available to help participants in developing their solution:

NameCompanyExpertise
Richard ChengInno Accelerator LtdBusiness, Product
Ka Him Eng (Gary)Inno Accelerator LtdBackend Development
Lee Kwan Chi (Chi)Inno Accelerator LtdWeb and mobile app development
Albert KwongBitOSSBusiness development,
Web applications (Backbone & Java),
Software engineering,
Cloud systems architecture
Dick TangVizz Group (Holdings) LimitedOnline Marketing, Web Development
Maxim Lapis  Serial entrepreneur/full stack developer

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