hackUST 2021 will be held online in March - April 2021

Co-organizers


Deloitte Digital

HKUST Entrepreneurship Center

Google Developer Student Club

Platinum Sponsors


Jardine Restaurant Group

Deloitte Digital

Gold Sponsor


Xiaomi

Mi Campus Ambassador

Technical Supporting Organization & Sponsor


AWS Educate

Technical Supporting Organization


Soqqle edu

Google Developer Group HK

Supporting Organization


Salesforce

Women in Finance Asia

Student Supporting Organizations


Traders@HKUST

HULT Prize @HKUST

AIESEC HKUST

theBASE team

APKsi HKUST Chapter

China Entrepreneur Network

Enactus HKUST
About Us

What is hackUST?

hackUST is an annual hackathon at HKUST since 2014 which aims at cultivating student innovation and entrepreneurship through providing a platform for both technical and non-technical students with like-minded interest to tackle problems with creative ideas and solutions.

The hackUST is more than a platform for the students to tackle problems but a platform with a pool of talents with entrepreneurial mindset who are potential candidates sought after by organizations which are looking for new recruits and creative solutions adoptable for their operations.

With 6 years of development, the hackUST + hardUST has become the largest hackathon held in the Greater China region [News]. It is also one of the most sought after hackathon event by university students around the world.

  • most craziest hackathon
  • biggest hackathon in Greater China region
  • open to all university students / alumni in the world
Highlights

Past hackUST Moments

Moments

Unforgettable Experience

Building your solution within 24 hours is definitely an unique experience!

Data

2019 Statistics

510

Participants

129

Teams

31

Countries

Schedule

The Virtual hackUST 2021 Timeline

Due to the pandemic situation, the hackUST 2021 will be held online instead of a face-to-face event on HKUST campus. As such, there will not be hardUST in 2021 which requires use of hardware construction along with coding. We hope to resume a face-to-face hacking event at HKUST in 2022.
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22 February 2021

Launch of the hackUST 2021

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15 March 2021

Deadline for enrollment

3

18 March 2021

1. Kick-off Ceremony (online)
2. Confirmation of acceptance of enrollment
3. Announcement of themes for the hackUST 2021

6

24 April 2021

Final Presentation by the Finalists, Announcement of Finalists + Presentation by Finalists

5

16 April 2021

Deadline for submission of Entries

4

19 March - 16 April 2021

Workshops and Mentoring

For details, please check it here:

Eligibility

Eligibility of Joining hackUST 2021

  • Part-time or full-time student studying in a higher education institution (Associate/ Bachelor/ Master / PhD) located in any city or region of the world
  • Individual and team enrolments are accepted*.
  • Team enrolment: Up to 5 members per team

*Once enrolment is confirmed, applicants will have access to the hackUST Matching Platform, which allows individual applicants to form teams or join existing teams after confirmation of enrollment. Likewise, existing teams may search for additional members from this Platform as well.

Themes

The Challenges in hackUST 2021

Each participating team can ONLY SUBMIT ONE SOLUTION that address one of the six themes listed below:

1. Environmental/ Energy Technology

Our earth is plagued by environmental problems that deplete natural resources and strain livelihoods. Pollution, as one of the biggest environmental problems happening and affecting livelihoods all over the world, is causing different degree of serious health issues to human being and economic consequences to societies.

With advance in technologies, can you develop a viable and justifiable solution that can greatly improve and solve the problem?

2. Smart Travel Technology

In many cities, many offline services have been enhanced (or suppressed) by the power of mobile internet. Smart travel with enhanced itinerary planning and location-detection and recommendations prior to one’s travel is getting more and popular. It is expected there will still be huge challenges for both individuals, travel agents, as well as tourism boards, even when cross broader travel is to be allowed and resumed.

You are to prepare and develop an APP with anything that you consider applicable to quickly bring back the travel industry and individual’s interest in travelling.

3. Food and Beverage / Catering Technology

What does the food and beverage industry look like in the next normal? While dine-in is expected to rebound, the habit of eating out of store is here to stay. Whether it is ordering online, picking up from stores or delivery, how do we make every customer experience remain great or even better every single time?

You are to develop a viable solution to meet customers’ expectation of hygiene or even go beyond that. And to inject agility into a caterer’s operations and leverage data to enable fast response to shifts between dine-in and out-of-store orders.

4. Social Innovation

The latest edition of the Women in the Workplace survey indicates nearly 500 women surveyed, nearly 90% note they are facing challenges when it comes to financial, familial and professional responsibilities.

A recent United Nations study cautioned that COVID-19 could undo decades of meaningful progress around gender equity and more than 60 percent of working women surveyed concur. One survey respondent noted, “Women are a vital portion of the workforce. They often bring new viewpoints to male dominated fields. However, women shoulder the burden when children cannot go to school. Often, it is a woman who needs to take time off of work or quit their job to take care of kids or sick family.”

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that since February 2020, women account for 55 percent of all jobs lost. For those who are self-employed or own their own business, the pandemic has created an additional layer of challenges. An independent architect commented that business has halted and “additionally, I have had to take care of all the housework, so the hours dedicated to new projects are each day more limited.”

Your team is to develop an innovative solution to address this social challenge facing female, whether they are in the workplace or as housewives.

The following two challenges are designed particularly for the Xiaomi Vela - Smart City IoT Awards (total 2 Awards)


5. Health Technology (IoT)

Under the “Smart City” development, "Smart Voice Service" focuses on the following (choose either 5.1 or 5.2 for your solution):


Requirements: Use Xiaomi's Smart Voice Service to complete the challenge through Xiaomi "Xiaoai Open Platform 小米开放平台"

https://developers.xiaoai.mi.com/

5.1. Contactless Content, Service Distribution, and Device Interconnection

During the pandemic, contactless services have become a necessary improvement to prevent the pandemic. The original content and service provision in communities and homes, such as notification for express delivery, elevator switches, access control, and retrieving / pressing of remote controls, etc., are expected to be done in a contactless manner to reduce the chance of infection.

Using voice to complete contactless services and interconnection with peripheral devices is one of the best choices.

5.2. Aging Improvement

Aging is becoming a problem for social development. Elderlies are in need of accompany, first aid, smart control for home equipment. However, due to the fact of living alone and limitation associated with physical capability, etc., they could not obtain the needed support and service in a timely manner.

How can the use of intelligent voice enabled technology solves the problem facing the elderly?

Additional Resources for Xiaoai Open Platform:

Click Here
Rules

Submission Requirements, Rules and Regulations

Full version about submission requirements, rules and regulations are available here:

Judging

Judging Criteria

Problem Definition (25%)

  • Is it relevant to the challenge imposed?
  • Is it a good solution to the initial challenge?
  • Was the problem appropriately understood?
  • Do they understand the multiple stakeholders who might be involved?

Creativity (15%)

  • How creative is the challenge?
  • Was it incremental of existing solutions or a radical solution?

Practicality/ Execution (15%)

  • Does it work?
  • Is it testable?
  • Did the idea come to live?
  • What is the UI and UX like?
  • How good is the design?
  • User friendliness?
  • Any bugs?

Design and Polish (15%)

  • What is the UI and UX like?
  • How good is the design?
  • User friendliness?
  • Any bugs?

Feasibility (15%)

  • How feasible is the project?
  • What is the key value of the project economically, socially and environmentally?
  • Is it sustainable?

Presentation (15%)

  • How well are you selling it?
  • Is it convincing?
  • Are you confident in their idea and in answering questions?
Prizes

18 prizes, total value of over USD40,000

Champion

HK$50,000 Cash prize + Certificate* + Deloitte's Internship** + Direct entry to Round 2 of the HKUST-Sino One-Million-Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2021

First Runner-up

HK$30,000 Cash prize + Certificate* + Direct entry to Round 2 of the HKUST-Sino One-Million-Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2021

Second Runner-up

HK$20,000 Cash prize + Certificate* + Direct entry to Round 2 of the HKUST-Sino One-Million-Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2021

JRG Young Innovator Award

HK$20,000 Cash prize + Pitching opportunity to Jardine Restaurant Group for incubator funding


Xiaomi Vela - Smart City IoT Awards (x2)

RMB15,000 Cash Prize + Certificate* + Internship @ Xiaomi***

The Most FAiL Award

HK$10,000 Cash prize + Fail Certificate*

Deloitte Female Specific Solution Award

HK$10,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

The Most Adoptable Idea Award

HK$10,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

The Most Adorable Idea Award

HK$10,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

Finalist Excellence Award (x4)

HK$2,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

Judge Special Mention Awards (x3)

HK$5,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

Deloitte Women Hacker Recognition Award****

HK$5,000 Cash prize + Certificate*

Notes

1. Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up will be granted to direct entry to Round 2 of the HKUST-Sino One-Million-Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2021 (Terms and Conditions apply)

2. FAiL: First Attempt in Learning

3. Judge Special Mention Awards: to be selected from all entries other than the Finalists


* All Certificates will be issued by HKUST Entrepreneurship Center with Deloitte Digital and AWS logos

** Members of the Champion will be offered internship places at Deloitte's "Consulting Digital Team" to be held in Hong Kong SAR with a monthly internship allowance of HK$8100 each x up to 3 months (subjects to passing a selection process to be conducted by Deloitte), Cash value total HK$121,500.

*** Subjects to passing a selection process to be conducted by Xiaomi

**** Details will be provided to the female hackers upon acceptance to the hackUST2021.


HKUST reserves the right to make the final interpretation of the above and final arrangement for the event.

Souvenirs

For all hackers who are accepted for and completed the hackUST 2021:

AWS Free Credits

up to USD 100 free credits on AWS Console (USD100 for new AWS Console members and USD50 for existing AWS Console members)*

AWS Souvenirs

500 pieces of AWS souvenir (for those to be accepted for the hackUST 2021)*


Registration link

An exclusive AWS Educate registration link will be provided only for hackUST participants to sign up for AWS’s free credits.

Notes

* An exclusive AWS Educate registration link will be provided only for hackUST participants to sign up for AWS’s free credits and souvenirs


HKUST reserves the right to make the final interpretation of the above and final arrangement for the event.

Media

News Coverage

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大公報

HackUST, encourages coders, designers and entrepreneurs to find digital solutions for real social problems.

South China Morning Post

Organizing Committee of the hackUST 2021

Donny
Siu

Chief

Thomas
Chong

PIC of Overall Coordination

KHAN
Umer Shehzad

Logistics Team

Monesh
Lalwani

Logistics Team

Hannah
Cheng

Logistics Team

Samson
Wong

Marketing Team

Aryan
Sholapure

Website Team

Singh
Jaspreet Dhaliwal

Website Team

Yvonne Tong

Marketing Team

Jaymi Yeung

Marketing Team

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hackUST 2021?

hackUST 2021 is a online competition in which talents (including students and alumni) from different backgrounds (including software engineers, business students, designers and among others) and universities can mingle, learn and build cool stuff together!

Do I need to know Cantonese to attend?

No, the official language of the hackathon is english.

Who can participate?

Any students studying in Associate/ Bachelor/ Master / PhD programs or recent graduate can join hackUST! It doesn’t matter whether you are a computer science major or a business major, anyone who is passionate about building cool stuff can join.

What if I've never been to a hackathon before?

hackUST is designed to be beginner friendly. We'll have a spectrum of workshops during the event as well as mentors on site to teach you new skills and guide you towards your first hack.

What if I don’t have a team?

We have an hackUST Matching Platform, which allows individual applicants to form teams or join existing teams after confirmation of enrollment. Likewise, existing teams may search for additional members from this Platform as well.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?

No. Working on your hack before the event will disqualify you from winning any prizes at hackUST. You can think of ideas, as well as use open source code, frameworks, and libraries.

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