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Sustainability Hackathon 2020

永續發展實驗坊2020 [中文版]



The Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at The University of Hong Kong is pleased to launch its second Sustainability Hackathon in August 2020. It is a 4-day community incubation event to bring together a diverse range of community stakeholders to generate innovative ideas for improving rural-urban interactions in Hong Kong. Participants will propose innovative action plans, business models or product prototypes to solve real challenges in Hong Kong’s food system. Selected teams will be invited to pitch for the awards.



Hong Kong’s Sustainable Food System

  • Enhancing food security
  • Raising food literacy
  • Fostering social cohesion through food culture
  • Reducing and recycling food waste


Judging Criteria
  • Innovativeness of the idea
  • Contributions to food system sustainability
  • Viability of solution


Prizes and Rewards
  • Champion, first runner up and second runner up will receive a cash prize of HK$10,000, HK$5,000 and HK$3,000 respectively together with an invitation to apply further seed grant from the Rural Start-up Scheme for prototyping and testing.
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation and become eligible to applying for the Rural Start-up Fund which is now accepting applications.


* The Hackathon will be conducted mainly in Cantonese and is Free of Charge!

Download, fill out and submit the application form to ruralsd@hku.hk by August 14, 2020.

You may apply individually or as a group of maximum 5 persons. Participants must be aged 18 or above. Priority will be given to fellows of the Academy for Sustainable Communities.


Programme Details

Day 1


August 21, 2020 (Friday)


7:00pm to 9:00pm (virtual participation)


Introduction to the programme (in Cantonese) and sustainable food system (in English)


  • Ms Katie CHICK
    Senior Project Manager, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU
  • Ms Heidi SPURRELL
    CEO, Food Made Good - Hong Kong


Day 2


August 22, 2020 (Saturday)


9:00am to 6:00pm (virtual participation)


Team formation, ignite talks on food; teams will also participate in various activities to go through the design thinking steps and generate innovative proposals


  • Ms CHAN Sum Wai, Joey
    Assistant General Manager – Social Enterprises, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
  • Mr Kenny TSO
    Owner of New Age Organic Farm
  • Mr Jack PONG
    Third generation sauce maker at Yuet Wo
  • Mr Joseph CHEUNG
    Founder of Perfume Trees Gin
  • Mr WONG Yu Wing
    Owner of Au Law Organic Farm


Day 3


August 23, 2020 (Sunday)


9:00am to 23:59pm


Participating teams upload their proposals to an online platform and response to comments given by other teams and the organiser. Each team votes for three best proposals. The organiser will also evaluate all the proposals.

Determined by (1) number of votes received and (2) the evaluation from the organiser, each accounting for 50% of the total score, a maximum of eight finalist teams will be selected to enter the final pitching of the competition.


Day 4


August 29, 2020 (Saturday)


2:00pm to 6:00pm


11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


Pitching and announcement of winners


  • Professor Wai-fung LAM
    Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU
  • Mr Barry KWONG
    Regional Head of Sustainable Networks and Entrepreneurship, Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific, HSBC
  • Mr YIP Tsz Shing
    Convener of Agrivengers
  • Ms Zoe LEE
    Associate Chief Executive Officer, Food Angel
  • Mr Edwin LEE
    Founder of Coffee Power Championship Association



ruralsd@hku.hk / 3917 4768 (Ms. Jass WU)