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AwARD STREAMS

Applicants may select one of the following three streams:

SOFTWARE AND APPS

To recognise the ICT startup companies with products / services in the category of mobile apps,software and related services, basic research, gaming,etc.

HARDWARE AND DEVICES

To recognise the ICT startup companies with products / services in the category of Internet of Things, wearable devices and various kind of smart devices, medical equipment, robotics and innovation that leverage hardware as a delivery platform.

SOCIAL IMPACT

To recognise the ICT startup companies that innovate, launch, create social impact related service, program, platform, etc.

 

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. The applicant must have the intellectual property right and / or legitimate right over the ICT product / service mentioned in the application.  The applicant shall disclose disputes any place over the world over intellectual property right about the applicant’s ICT product / service, if any, for the Leading Organiser to consider eligibility of the application.

  2. The application must be submitted by locally (Hong Kong) registered entities (please enclose Company / Business Registration proof) or residents in Hong Kong[1] at the time of closing for entry enrolment.

  3. A significant part of the innovation, design, research and development (R&D) of the mentioned ICT product / service must come from resources in Hong Kong.  The applicant should demonstrate significant value-add by the Hong Kong resources contributing to the success of the ICT product/service in the target market.

  4. With the exception of the Student Innovation category, the submitted product / service must have been available[2]  in the market for at least 3 months or in live operation for at least 3 months at the time of closing for entry enrolment (please enclose proof – e.g. delivery note, invoice, public announcement, advertisement, internal announcement, etc.).

  5. The same application is only allowed to be submitted to a maximum of ONE award stream among all the Categories. Any application found to have entered into more than one award stream will be disqualified.

  6. Winning entries of the Gold / Silver / Bronze award in previous years of the HKICT Awards can enter the Awards again only if there is significant change or enhancement in the product/service, or for a new award category.

[1]  “Residents in Hong Kong”, in the context of HKICT Awards, include both permanent and non-permanent residents. If an entry is submitted by more than one person, at least half of the members of the group must be Hong Kong resident.  For the case of Student Innovation category, certification of Hong Kong resident status can be performed through certifying student status collectively by concerned educational institution.

[2]  Examples are applications and products already in the market, application systems deployed internally in a company, and mobile solutions available at App Stores.  For startup companies competing for ICT Startup Award, prototypes appear only on kickstarter or similar platforms are NOT considered as available in the market.

 

Rules and Regulations

  1. The company is incorporated after 4 January 2015 according to its Business Registration with the Companies Registry or equivalent supporting documents.

  2. Applicants are advised to be aware of the best practice and case-based experience as promulgated by the Office of Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. 

  3. Applicants are reminded that any person who, without the permission of Steering Committee of Hong Kong ICT Awards, offers an advantage to parties involved in the Awards as a reward or inducement for doing any act or showing favour in relation to the Awards commits an offence of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

  4. To avoid conflicts of interest and the perception as such, applications for the Awards from sponsors will not be accepted.

  5. In case of any dispute, the decision of the Leading Organiser will be final and binding on all parties concerned.
     

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Innovation and Creativity in ICT 


Functionality 


Market Potential/ Performance, Internal User Buy-in or Public Acceptance 


Benefits and Impact 


Quality 

Software and App

25%

10%

30%

15%

20%

Hardware and Devices

25%

10%

30%

15%

20%

Social Impact

25%

10%

20%

30%

15%

 

Prizes and Benefits for Winners

The remarkable achievements of the Awards winners (Gold / Silver / Bronze) will be recognised by customers, organisations, the ICT industry practitioners and across the community. Winners will be entitled 

  1. to receive trophies (Gold / Silver / Bronze) of the Hong Kong ICT Awards; 

  2. to display the official logo of the Hong Kong ICT Awards in their promotional materials;

  3. to participate in various promotional campaigns to publicise their achievements;

  4. to be supported for entering into other international awards and competitions;

  5. to 3 months free access to LionRock 72 (co‐working space in InnoCentre) or co-working space in Hong Kong Science Park Incubation Centre for SMEs[3] ;

  6. to participate in investment matching activities of the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN); 

  7. to 3 months free access to Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for SMEs[4]; and

  8. to free participation in some large-scale local ICT events (e.g. International ICT Expo) for marketing exposure.

Further details and conditions are available at the website: www.hkictawards.hk

[3] HKSTP offers 1 free seat access to LionRock72 in InnoCentre or co-working space in Hong Kong Science Park Incubation Centre for 3 months (assigned by HKSTP, subject to availability) to SMEs who are HKICT Awards 2020 Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners.


[4] Cyberport offers 1 free Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for 3 months to SMEs who are HKICT Awards 2020 Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners.

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Tel: +852 2989 9164

Email: ictstartup@hkwtia.org

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