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Sustainability Hackathon 2019

永續發展實驗坊2019 [中文版]

The Policy for Sustainability Lab is proud to present its first sustainability hackathon to be held in June 2019. It is a 3-day community incubation event to bring together a diverse range of community stakeholders to generate innovative ideas for the betterment of rural areas in Hong Kong. Participants will propose innovative action plans, social models or product prototypes to solve real challenges in rural areas. By the end of the hackathon, the participants will pitch to a panel of judges followed by a Q&A session with the judging panel and other audience.


Partner Villages
  • Lai Chi Wo
  • Mui Tsz Lam
  • Pokfulam Village
  • Tai Kong Po

Rural technology for

  • Sustainable agricultural development
  • Teaching and learning on the theme of rural sustainability
  • Sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in rural areas


Judging Criteria
  • Innovativeness of the idea
  • Impact for rural 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 may consider applying for the Rural Start-up Fund which will be open for application in August 2019.


* The Hackathon will be conducted in Cantonese and is Free of Charge!
Download, fill out and submit the application form to ruralsd@hku.hk by June 3, 2019.

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
Date: June 8, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30am to 6:00pm (lunch provided)
Venue: Function Room, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Contents: Competition briefing, design thinking concepts, inspirational short talks, team formation


Mr Joseph CHAN
Programme Lead of Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation
Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Information Management
The University of Hong Kong


  • Dr Winnie LAW
    Associate Director & Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU
  • Mr CHAN Yiu Hung
    Managing Director of Hong Kong Cultural Imaging Workshop
  • Mr Charles CHOW
    Political and Government Outreach Manager (Hong Kong and Taiwan), Facebook
  • Mr Stephen KO
    Intellectual Property Manager, Technology Transfer Office, HKU
  • Mr YIP Tsz Shing
    Convener of Agrivengers
  • Ms Lynn YAU
    Chief Executive Officer of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection
Day 2
Date: June 16, 2019 (Sunday) / June 22, 2019 (Saturday)
Venue & contents: Participating teams will have consultation sessions with village consultants at a time and venue suitable for both parties

Village Consultants:

  • Mr Nigel KO
    Founder and Vice Chairman of Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Group
  • Mr TSANG Yuk On
    Mui Tsz Lam Village Representative
  • Ms Katie CHICK
    Senior Project Manager, Policy for Sustainability Lab, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU
  • Representative of Land Education Foundation
Day 3
Date: June 29, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Venue: Function Room, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Contents: Pitching and announcement of winners


  • Professor Wai-fung LAM
    Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU
  • Dr IP Wai Cheung
    Advisor of Heung Yee Kuk New Territories
  • Dr Benjamin YIU
    Director of Hong Kong Architecture Centre
  • Mr Barry KWONG
    Regional Head of Sustainable Networks and Entrepreneurship, Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific, HSBC
  • Mr YIP Tsz Shing
    Convener of Agrivengers



3917 4768 / ruralsd@hku.hk