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 13 Jun 2024 (Thu) 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 17 Jun 2024 (Mon) 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.

Share with Friends

16.02.2024
CareerXplorers Experience “Green Culture” firsthand at T•Park Operated by Veolia
21.12.2023
CareerXplorer enjoyed a hands-on experience at HSBC!
23.11.2023
FutureGEN Girls Leadership Summit 2023 Empowers Nearly 300 Teen Girls to ‘Discover Their Purpose, Unleash Their Potential’
30.08.2023
Changing the FUTURE OF BANKING!
03.08.2023
Feeling empowered @microsofthk!