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.


  • 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: 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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: 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.

Check out Frequently Asked Questions here

Supporting Organisation:

The Hong Kong Association for Computer Education


HKSTP Partners with JYCGIF: New Memorandum of Understanding Aims to Draw Female Secondary Students to I&T

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 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.

Ideathon Details:

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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