Partnership Focused on Developing Female Talent Pipeline for Hong Kong’s I&T Ecosystems
- Summer “Ideathon” between HKSTP and JYCGIF targets female secondary school students.
- Participants will compete in groups to propose innovative I&T end-to-end solutions, under the guidance of leading female entrepreneurs.
- A MoU was also signed between the two organizations that aims to organize other such I&T related activities in the future to help draw female secondary school students to the I&T field.
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTP”) and Jennifer Yu Cheng Girls Impact Foundation (“JYCGIF”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) that aims to draw female secondary school students to the field of Innovation and Technology (“I&T”), promote gender diversity in the industry and empower women as influential figures promoting Hong Kong as an international I&T hub.
The partnership will involve organising and conducting various I&T-related activities to allow female secondary school students to experience first-hand the opportunities made available by Hong Kong’s I&T ecosystem. The hope is such exposure spurs more young women opting for I&T-related tertiary courses and a career in these industries.
One of the collaboration highlights is the “Ideathon”, a programme scheduled to launch in the summer through November 2023. Under the guidance of leading entrepreneurs, female secondary school participants will compete in groups to propose innovative end-to-end solutions involving planning, prototype production and marketing to address specific challenges in society. The programme aims to nurture greater understanding and interest in I&T, new industrialisation, and grow entrepreneurship among female students.
Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, said, “We have entered a golden era of innovation and technology in Hong Kong, providing a platform for young people to realise their full potential. Within HKSTP’s thriving I&T ecosystem, many of the founders or senior management of Park companies are women, demonstrating exemplary contributions made by women in the industry. I sincerely hope that this collaboration with JYCGIF will enable more female students to experience what Hong Kong’s I&T sector has to offer to attract them to become advocates for the city’s innovation scene, and thereby contribute to Hong Kong becoming an international I&T hub.”
Mrs Jennifer Yu Cheng, Founder of JYCGIF, said, “Hong Kong is poised to develop into an international I&T hub. Considering the opportunities ahead in the changing landscape of the future world of work, there is an urgency to level the playing field for women across industries and sectors, particularly in I&T fields. Through our new partnership with HKSTP, we hope to help teen girls map out their educational and extracurricular goals leading to future careers, particularly in I&T. By empowering teen girls today, we are working together build a strong pipeline of future women talents motivated to drive the development of Hong Kong as a world-class I&T hub.”
Archireef Co-founder and CEO, Vriko Yu, shared her insights along her journey in innovation and technology during a panel discussion: “Many people have stereotypes about women in the workplace in which they would perceive women to be mostly work in nursing and teaching. However, by sharing my experience, I hope we can see that young women can also become CEOs of I&T companies. Furthermore, I wish for female students to be able to discover and develop their strengths through the innovation experience, as well as to explore the limitless possibilities.”
Mr Chu Ka Tim, Vice-principal of Hong Kong True Light College (left), said the school observed markedly increased enthusiasm about STEM among its students after their participation in JYCGIF’s programmes.
Among the programmes’ avid participants was Ms Chan Oi Yiu (right) of Hong Kong True Light College. She said that CareerXplorer and other programmes inspired her to contemplate the close link between empathy and design thinking, which is driving her to pursue opportunities in the I&T field.
Ms Fanny Wong, Head of Talents & Human Resources of HKSTP(left), and Ms Cecilia Hon, Executive Director of JYCGIF(right), highlighted the essence of their collaboration programme. The two organisations plan to hold an “Ideathon” from summer to November, to allow female students to deepen their understanding and interest in I&T, new industrialisation, and entrepreneurship through group competitions under the guidance of entrepreneurs.
Campaign period: July to November, 2023 (Finale: November)
Target: Girls from secondary three to secondary five in 2023/24 academic year in Hong Kong
Requirements: A team of four, with school teachers/youth organisation representatives as advisors and liaison
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