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IdeaGO Ideathon 2024

The IdeaGO Ideathon 2024 (“Ideathon”) organized by JYC Girls Impact Foundation (“JYCGIF”), aims to provide teen girls with a platform to learn and develop Innovation and Technology (“I&T”) capabilities, and to demonstrate leadership and creativity in the field of I&T. Through the application of project management, design thinking, and I&T tools, participants have the opportunity to propose innovative solutions to contemporary social issues. Ideathon participants will benefit from the support of industry professionals, who will guide participants in devising and implementing their end-to-end solutions. Riding on the success of Ideathon 2023, we have introduced a new theme to our roster, to further tap into students’ skills and competencies.

Competition Themes (Choose 1):

  1. Challenges and / or opportunities faced by women in society
    Explore the challenges and pressures faced by women in modern society and encourage participants to discover opportunities within these challenges. Participants can research and share insights from a scientific perspective on women’s leadership, self-worth, and personal growth.
  2. Environment and sustainable living
    Encourage awareness of environmental issues and consider how technology can protect the environment, achieve sustainable development, and promote environmental consciousness and action. Participants research and propose solutions to address challenges related to climate change, energy issues, resource management, and environmental conservation.
  3. Mental wellness
    Promote positive mental health and encourage participants to focus on and care for their own mental well-being. This is an important topic of lifelong concern for urban residents. Participants research and share information and practices related to stress management, emotional wellbeing, psychological balance, and happiness.
  4. Sports and Fitness
    Encourage participants to prioritize their physical health and promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Participants research and share knowledge and experiences related to exercise, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and athletic competition.

Important Dates (Participants are highly encouraged to join ALL workshops, which are interrelated to complete the Ideathon journey. Those marked with * are compulsory.:

Participating in the Ideathon not only enhances individual skills and knowledge but also paves the way for future academic and career opportunities . Participants will demonstrate:

  1. Project management skills and a design thinking process: Participants will learn how to effectively manage projects, from planning to execution, and apply design thinking methods to problem-solving. They will be able to propose end-to-end solutions, including ideation, design, prototyping, testing, and evaluation.
  2. An in-depth understanding of the chosen theme under the guidance of industry experts: Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry experts to gain deeper insights into relevant knowledge and trends of the chosen theme. This will stay informed and up to date on latest developments in the  respective field.
  3. Their knowledge of innovative technology tools: Participants will have the chance to learn how to use innovative technology tools such as 3D printing, AI applications, robotics, and programming, and apply these tools flexibly to real-life solutions.
  4. Essential skills: Participants will have the opportunity to cultivate various essential skills, including creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving, confidence, adaptability, and public speaking. These skills are valuable for their future learning and career development.
  5. An ability to network: The competition provides an opportunity for participants to interact with peers from different schools and organizations, which helps expand their network of connections and establish valuable relationships.
  6. The potential to contribute to society: By providing innovative solutions, participants unleash their potential to make a positive impact on society. Their ideas and achievements may be be of value to the community.

Language: Cantonese-, Mandarin- and English-speaking students are welcome. The training workshops will be mainly conducted in Cantonese, while presentation materials and key messages will be recapped in English. Students can use their language of choice to present their projects.

Team Formation and Eligibility:

  • Team Size: Each team consists of 3-4 participants.
  • Facilitator: Each team will have an adult coordinator who is a schoolteacher or an authorized representative of a non-profit organization. The facilitator is responsible for communication, facilitation, and supervision.
  • Limitation: Each school/non-profit organization can send a maximum of two teams. A participant can only participate in one team.

Award:

  • Teams will compete for Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards at the Ideathon. The winning teams will have the opportunity to take part in a student exchange in the Greater Bay Area.
  • Individual and team merit awards will be allocated.
  • Certificates of Participation will be issued to participants who fulfill all requirements; (1) at least 70% attendance from Day 1 – 5; and/or active participation in activities.

How to apply?

  1. Complete and submit the application form (Download the Application Forms here: (1) For SCHOOL / NGO & FACILITATOR, (2) For PARTICIPANT & PARENT / GUARDIAN) via email on or before 24 May 2024 (Fri) by 6 PM to obtain a link to upload your Pitch Video;
  2. Prepare a Pitch Video in less than 3 minutes. For details, please read the guidelines of the Pitch Video below.
  3. Upload the Pitch Video on or before 31 May 2024 (Fri) by 6 PM.
  4. Please note: a successful application includes a completed application form AND a Pitch video.

Guideline of Pitch Video (for shortlisting)

Teams interested in joining the Ideathon are required to submit a Pitch Video (select 1 of the 4 competition themes) as part of the application:

Guiding Questions:

  • Please introduce your team and team name.
  • Why do you wish to participate in the IdeaGO Ideathon?
  • Choose 1 of the above 4 themes – which specific challenge would you like to solve and why?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share with us in the video?

Specifications of Pitch Video:

  • Maximum video length: 3 minutes
  • Landscape format
  • Video resolution: 1920 x 1080.
  • Max video file size: 800 mb
  • Video formats: mp4 and mov
  • Video max frames: 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Cantonese, Mandarin and/or English

Judging Criteria:

  • Demonstrated Interest: 25%
  • Understanding of the Topic: 25%
  • Presentation Skills: 25%
  • Uniqueniess: 25%

Frequently Asked Questions (Click here)

For Enquiries: info@jycgirlsimpact.org or +852 2119 3158.

Organiser: JYC Girls Impact Foundation

Supported By: Home and Youth Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

Supporting Organisations (Rankings are not listed in any particular order and will be continuously updated.) :  

  • Agent of Change Foundation
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • HKU Business School, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Hong Kong 3D Printing Association
  • Hong Kong Association for Computer Education
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hong Kong Institute of Information Technology
  • InspiringHK Sports Foundation Limited
  • Integrated Solutions Limited
  • Po Leung Kuk
  • Pok Oi Hospital
  • Project Management Institute Hong Kong Chapter
  • St. James’ Settlement
  • Tencent Holdings Ltd.
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The Nature Conservancy Hong Kong
  • WomenX Biotech Ltd.

Remarks: JYC Girls Impact Foundation Limited reserves the right to elaborate, change, or modify any of the above details.

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CareerXplorers Experience “Green Culture” firsthand at T•Park Operated by Veolia

Don’t waste your energy! (No, really — don’t!)

At our latest CareerXplorer event, teen participants from TWGHs C Y Ma Memorial College and TWGHs Kap Yan Directors’ College experienced “Green Culture” firsthand at T • PARK, a sewage sludge treatment facility that converts waste into energy!  

T • PARK is more than just a plant. It is also a recreational and educational resource on sustainability, recycling, and conservation. T • PARK is making a positive change in the community’s approach to waste management – and our students were inspired by its impact and empowered to pursue green career opportunities! 

“I realized that green technology is very important to our future,”
said one participant from TWGHs Kap Yan Directors’ College.
“This activity gives me a deeper understanding of green technology!”

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CareerXplorer enjoyed a hands-on experience at HSBC!

Financial #SuperSkills!

At the latest CareerXplorer event, 15 teen girls from Wa Ying College and S.K.H. All Saints’ Middle School enjoyed a hands-on experiential visit to @HSBCHK!

HSBC’s PayMe team introduced their mobile payment app at a special student workshop, where they also assisted girls in visualizing and realizing their financial goals. The HSBC team shared personal journeys to success, and students asked engaging questions!

Thanks to HSBC for welcoming our explorers with open arms!

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FutureGEN Girls Leadership Summit 2023 Empowers Nearly 300 Teen Girls to ‘Discover Their Purpose, Unleash Their Potential’

Building on the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural FutureGEN Girls Leadership Summit, the second FutureGEN Girls Leadership Summit 2023 (“FGG Summit”) organized by the JYC Girls Impact Foundation (“JYCGIF”) was held on November 4, 2023 at the Hong Kong Palace Museum. Guest of Honour, Miss. Alice Mak, SBS, JP, Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), officiated at the Opening Ceremony of the Summit, alongside Mrs. Jennifer Yu Cheng, Founder of JYCGIF, and Ms. Diana Cesar, JP, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank.

Empowering Teen Girls through Leadership Development and STEM Learning

This year’s FGG Summit, supported by The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau of HKSAR, Hang Seng Bank, and other 19 organizations, dedicated its theme to “Discover Your Purpose, Unleash Your Potential.”

Guest of Honour, Miss. Alice Mak, SBS, JP, Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs of HKSAR said: “The Summit is one of vision, specifically upskilling our teens to cater the future needs of society. I hope that students will take this opportunity to contemplate their position in the future society and I am very eager to witness their transformation into a female leader in different areas.”

The FGG Summit drew nearly 300 teen girls from over 40 schools. At the Summit, teen girls took their first steps toward developing their education and career pathways through unique leadership development and STEM learning opportunities, and by networking with peers.

In her Opening Remarks, Mrs. Jennifer Yu Cheng said: “We are living in the information age, a time when the world is changing at a rapid rate but also there are infinite new possibilities. The FGG Summit is just the beginning of teen girl’s journey – to empower them to take a leap forward, to explore possibilities and unleash their boundless potential to pursue their own unique goals. It is my hope that students will leave the FGG Summit inspired, embraced, and supported enough to fly wherever their purpose takes them, and to continue to make meaningful contributions to the lives of others around them.”

Ms. Diana Cesar, JP, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank said: “Hang Seng Bank believes in the power and potential of young talent. It’s crucial for the younger generation to embrace the unknown, strive to excel, and don’t fear mistakes. We will continue to promote a worldly perspective and a constructive mindset, enabling them to gear up effectively for what’s ahead.”

Discover Your Purpose, Unleash Your Potential

The FGG Summit 2023 featured: a Future Readiness Lab and New Technology Interactive Zone, inspirational panels led by industry leaders and trailblazers, as well as future workplace skill-building workshops. The Summit presented diverse opportunities for young people’s well-rounded development.

  • Preparing for the future: New Technology Interactive Zone (AI, Robotic, 3D Printing technology)
  • Career exposure: Keynote speech by Ms. Diana Cesar, JP, Executive Director and Chief Executive. Panel discussions by Mr. Terry Tsang, Chief Executive Officer of Madhead, Dr. Shannon Chan, Médecins Sans Frontières International mobile staff and Ten Outstanding Young People Awardee 2022, Angel Cheung, General Manager, Head of Motor Related Business & Yachts (HK & Overseas) of Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited, and Christina Ho, Airline Pilot and Creator of #christina_meow, with Ms. Secy Cheung, Legal and Compliance Advisor of JYCGIF as moderator
  • Well-rounded development: Future Readiness Lab including Design Thinking Introductory WorkshopAI and Digital Academy, Chinese Culture and A.I. Artistry, as well as Hang Seng Fireside Chat (Passion to Profession: Nurturing Your Dreams). 
  • Contributions to society: The HKSTP-JYCGIF IdeaGO Ideathon 2023

The IdeaGO Ideathon: Contributing to Society through I&T  

The Finale of the IdeaGO Ideathlon 2023 (the ‘Ideathon’), jointly organized by the JYCGIF and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), was also held at the Summit this year, with the ion of empowering teen girls to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for innovation and technology (I&T) fields.

Over the last few months, Ideathon participants learned and adopted design thinking and I&T to formulate solutions and mockups/prototypes to address issues related to health and wellbeing, sustainability (low carbon & green living), and challenges faced by women in society. Industry professionals from renowned technology companies offered mentorship and workshops in 3D printing, AI applications and Robotics to the teams. Participants also visited Science Park and its InnoPark to gain knowledge of the I&T ecosystem and new industrialization.

At the Summit, the Finale presented 12 outstanding projects developed by participating schools and teen girls.:

The Champion and Team Spirit Awards – Empower Me (Carmel Pak U Secondary School): A groundbreaking AI platform revolutionizing career development for mothers. By offering AI-generated CVs and skill matching services, Empower Me empowers mothers to maximize their spare time and unlock their professional potential.

1st Runner-up and the Most Popular Award – (True Light Middle School of Hong Kong): An innovative social project making purchasing menstrual products such as sanitary pads, disposable panties and black skirts, easy and accessible, with the aim of destigmatizing menstruation and normalizing associated purchases and learning, promoting correct health knowledge and concept.

2nd Runner-up Winner – Your Way Home (Marymount Secondary School): Harnesses the power of 3D printing to create personalized tracking devices for the elderly. This device, equipped with AI GPS devices and imprinted with images of their loved ones (such as grandchildren), encourages individuals with dementia to wear them, protecting their safety.

Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, said, “HKSTP is dedicated to nurturing future talent and empowering young people as influential figures in the I&T ecosystem. In this golden era of I&T, there are infinite possibilities for youth to grow and thrive. Through the collaboration with JYCGIF, we look forward to enhancing the interest in I&T and entrepreneurial spirit among teen girls, motivating them to contribute to Hong Kong’s development into an international I&T hub.”    

Under the partnership between HKSTP and JYCGIF, an array of activities including the IdeaGO Ideathon were organised for female secondary school students from local schools to experience first-hand opportunities in the I&T sector, spurring more young women to pursue a career in the industry.

Looking forward, “JYCGIF is committed to continuing to work closely with local and global community leaders to create diverse opportunities that empower teen girls regardless of their backgrounds to become next generation leaders and contributors,” said Mrs. Jennifer Yu Cheng.

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Changing the FUTURE OF BANKING!

In our latest CareerXplorer event, teen girls discovered the past, present, and FUTURE of banking in Hong Kong!

Thanks to HSBC for guiding our CareerXplorers on a trip down memory lane through HSBC’s rich history in Hong Kong, as well as showcasing the mobile banking innovations – PayMe – @hsbc introduced to make mobile payments accessible and convenient for all.

After hearing directly from HSBC professionals about their personal journeys in finance, our CareerXplorers aced a special banking trivia pop quiz!

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Feeling empowered @microsofthk!

At our sixth CareerXplorer event, Microsoft HK hosted students from schools across Hong Kong for an office tour, inspirational career talks, and Al demos!

Our JYCGIF CareerXplorers explored the application of Al and how it impacts the workplace and society, with an first-hand look at how Al is used in Minecraft, Medtech (X-Ray), Clear Bot, Facial Recognition, and Copilot programmes.

An amazing experience had by all! Thanks again to Microsoft HK for empowering teen girls to expand and deepen their interest in tech fields and careers!

Stay tuned for more #CareerXplorer events around the corner!

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CareerXplorer Participants Enjoy Crash Course in Digital Marketing at Hang Seng Bank!

Students and teachers from four HK schools – Carmel Pak U Secondary School; Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College; True Light Middle School of Hong Kong; and Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College – took part in a one-of-a-kind CareerXplorer event hosted by Hang Seng Bank in July, 2023.

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The event provided a comprehensive understanding of digital banking and its diverse career opportunities to enthusiastic CareerXplorers! The ‘crash course’ in digital banking was made possible through the dedicated efforts of Ms. Diana Cesar, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank, and Ms. Kim Lay, Head of Digital Banking.  During the discussions, Hang Seng Bank professionals shared their insights on working in digital banking, discussing emerging trends, challenges, and the skills required for a successful career in the field.

Throughout the day, students actively engaged in various activities and discussions, and said they felt inspired to explore different career paths within finance!

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HKSTP x JYCGIF IdeaGO Ideathon 2023

The HKSTP x JYCGIF IdeaGO Ideathon 2023 (the ‘Ideathon’), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (‘HKSTP’) and Jennifer Yu Cheng Girls Impact Foundation (‘JYCGIF’), will be held from 11 July to 4 Nov 2023. Under the guidance of industry professionals, participants representing secondary schools or NGOs will learn and adopt design thinking and Innovation and Technology (‘I&T’) to formulate solutions and mockups/prototypes to address health and wellbeing, sustainability (low carbon & green living) and challenges faced by women in society. Participants will compete in teams to propose innovative end-to-end solutions in this pilot Ideathon. We hope teen girls come away from the experience with a deeper understanding of and interest in I&T, new industrialisation and entrepreneurship.

Through the Ideathon, participants will:

  1. Master the design thinking process, propose end-to-end solutions involving planning, ideation, and mockups/prototypes to address specific challenges.
  2. Gain an in-depth understanding of a challenge stemming from i) Health and wellbeing; ii) Sustainability (Low carbon & green living) or iii) Issues specific to women in society, all under the guidance of industry professionals.
  3. Learn how I&T can be applied to different situations in real life.
  4. Develop competencies including but not limited to creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem solving, confidence, resilience, and public speaking.
  5. Pursue their full potential and contribute to society.

Target: Form 3 to Form 5/Grade 9-11 (academic year 2023/24) teen girls studying in Hong Kong.

Requirements:

  • 3 – 4 participants per team, plus an adult facilitator, responsible for contact and facilitation (teacher/authorized representative of a school/NGO).
  • Each participant can join just one team, and each school/NGO can send up to two teams maximum.

Competition Themes (Select 1):

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sustainability (Low carbon & green living)
  • Challenges faced by women in society

Important Dates:

Reschedule Notice:

[Day 2] Meeting with industry professionals, originally scheduled for July 17, 2023, has been rescheduled to July 31, 2023.

This decision was made due to the issuance of Typhoon Signal no. 8, which has made it necessary for us to prioritize the safety and well-being of our participants and staff. For details, please contact your facilitator. Thank you for your attention.

Award:

  • Teams will compete for Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards in the Ideathon. The winning teams will have the opportunity to exchange and demonstrate their product at Greater Bay Area exchanges.
  • Individual and team merit awards will also be allocated.
  • Each shortlisted contestant will receive a certificate. Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who fulfill the requirements; (1) at least 70% attendance; and/or (2) active participation in the activities.

How to apply?

Applications for the IdeaGO Ideathon are no longer being accepted. Please stay tuned for updates about the competition’s shortlisted teams!

For Enquiries: info@jycgirlsimpact.org or +852 2119 3158.

Remarks: Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and Jennifer Yu Cheng Girls Impact Foundation Limited reserve the right to elaborate, change, or modify any of the above details.

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CareerXplorer Program-The Full Playright Impact

Our 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿𝗫𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗿 participants – students from Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College – spent a full day in the world of NGOs, led by @playright_playscope!

The event featured a captivating tour of Playscope, where participants had the opportunity to delve into the NGO sector. This immersive experience provided valuable insights into impactful NGO work, inspiring participants and shedding light on the diverse career opportunities within this field.


Through hands-on activities and collaborative exercises, participants honed their creativity, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills. They were encouraged to think outside the box and envision themselves as playground architects, applying design thinking principles to create innovative and inclusive play spaces. This workshop not only fostered their creative thinking abilities but also equipped them with practical skills that are highly sought after in today’s workplaces.

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CareerXplorer – the Bloomberg Fast Track to Finance

At JYCGIF 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿𝗫𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗿, teen girls are experiencing their first foray into a wide variety of industries – helping them map out their educational and career goals for the future!

Thanks to Bloomberg HK, students from Holy Trinty College, Pui Ching Middle School, Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College enjoyed an inside look at finance and financial technology. 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿𝗫𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗿 participants heard directly from the experts, enjoying tips on interviewing, resume writing, and the unique aspects of working in finance. Our participants left feeling inspired and ready to lay the groundwork for their future careers!

There is so much more to come! Stay tuned! Get inspired!