Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Circular Lifestyle

    Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019

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Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Circular Lifestyle

Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019

Friday, June 14 - 16, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Explorium Hong Kong
1/F, LiFung Tower
868 Cheung Sha Wan Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Circular Lifestyle

In collaboration with Fung Group's Explorium HK, we are focused on unlocking the conversation around the circular economy and what it means for the way we consume and produce goods - aiming to put sustainability in the center of our lifestyle.From a consumption perspective, how can we engage in circular thinking in the products we consume? 

How can we be mindful about reuse and disposal? Can we move from individual consumption to shared consumption model? What systems are available, and which ecosystems need to be built?

From a production perspective, how do we think about extracting maximum value from usable products, recovering materials in them and thereafter returning safely to the biosphere when no longer of human use? What are different sustainable materials, design and packaging we can implement in the production cycle?

Come join us to explore the potential of a Circular Lifestyle and solve for an impactful challenge, as part of the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution!

What is Startup Weekend ?

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 
Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. The last decade, we’ve organized more than 4,000 in over 150 countries, consolidating Startup Weekend as the biggest incubator for the world!
An event open for all ages, experience levels and backgrounds, of motivated people with ideas or willing to join other teams and improve the sustainability of their communities and the world. If you’re looking for a team, co-founder, mentors or an idea to leave your mark in the world, Startup Weekend is the event for you.This edition will be part of the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution, a global initiative led by volunteers in order to put sustainable development at the forefront of the world stage. 
Here in Hong Kong the Startup Weekend will take place on June 14-16
At the same time, more than 50 cities around the world will organize their own Startup Weekend on sustainability! 
After that, a final round online will be held where each local winner will pitch its idea in a one minute video. The 5 best projects elected by the public will get special prizes to help them launch their startups in real life!

Why a Startup Weekend on sustainability ?

Because environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing, it’s our duty to help entrepreneurs find the best solutions to overcome it.The challenges of entrepreneurship in sustainability you can work in during this weekend are diverse:
  • Build eco-conceived products & reverse planned obsolescence
  • Upcycle
  • Substitute the disposable by the sustainable
  • Reduce food waste
  • Foster local production and local distribution
  • Build a sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food industry
  • Build highly energy efficient products and systems
  • Produce sustainable energy
  • (Re)Build sustainable buildings
  • Design resilient, smart and inclusive cities
  • Design Fintech for inclusive sustainable finance and markets
  • Build the future of sustainable transportation
  • Foster education on sustainability
Don’t be shy and join us to experience an exciting weekend full of all the highs and lows of the life as a startup founder. Even if you think you might be lacking some skills, your ideas and motivation are worth more than you think!

What do you need to bring? 

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team. 

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on and needs to be related with sustainability.
Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, build a viable business model and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

How to participate ?

  • Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.
  • Your ticket includes:
  • Hands-on chance to learn the process for going from concept to creation.
  • Opportunity to meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in your city.
  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend.
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners.
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors.
  • Focused time to learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or to take your own idea from concept to creation.
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  • Time to present your final pitch to a select panel of judges and investors.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!


This event is organized by volunteers, teams are coached by professional mentors, and all is possible with the support of great partners ♥

Still have questions? Feel free to reach us at

Don’t wait any longer and join the Startup Weekend movement! No talk, all action!

* Be careful: participating in a Startup Weekend presents a risk of resigning on Monday morning to set up your Startup, live your dreams and make the world a better place!

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Friday June 14th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday June 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Pamela Mar
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Futures, Fung Group

Pamela runs the Fung Academy’s programs that create key capabilities supporting sustainable, competitive advantage, in the supply chains of Fung Group companies. She also helps manage sustainability strategies and practices for the Group as a whole. In both roles, she seeks to accelerate the Group’s shift towards more sustainable business models, in order to mitigate key environmental and social risks, as well as open up sustainable, competitive advantage for the Group.

Pamela’s vision is for the Group to become the go-to leader and business partner for sustainable supply chains and sustainable products. In doing so, the Group will foster responsible consumption globally, while promoting growth, stability and prosperity in the developing world.
Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was Director of the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum as its Associate Director for China, as well as Population and Community Development Association, a Thai NGO based in Bangkok.
Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development.

Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics.

Eda Chow
Co-Founder, loftwork Hong Kong

Eda is an experienced entrepreneur, possesses a proven track record of start-up operations and emerging technologies in Hong Kong and Asia, having helped grown companies from birth into multi-million dollar organisations. She carried on her skills and knowledge into her new venture of innovation and creative business. She is the Partner and Co-founder of Loftwork Hong Kong, a Japan-based design and innovation consultancy that helps government, corporations and organizations to identify, create and realise new opportunities, and build innovative capabilities. She is also mentoring for a number of incubation programs in Hong Kong, Asia and United States.

Lionel Gommery
Manager, Special Projects (Digital), Veolia

Mr Lionel GOMMERY is an Engineer and Manager at Veolia China Holding Limited. He is currently part of Digital Transformation Projects for Asia. He is a graduate in Computer science and specialised in Artificial Intelligence, his main domain of competence is Innovative Digital Operations, focusing on Water, Waste and Energy plant optimization. Starting with modelling expertise in bio-processes, he has led research and development projects in Germany and was in charge of the technical support for operations in the USA and China.

Jonathan Salmon
Senior Sustainability Manager, Li & Fung

As the Environmental account manager for the group`s largest customer, Jonathan manages coordination and maintenance of sustainability programs and initiatives at each business unit in Li & Fung, ensuring tracking of each division’s sustainability goals, energy and environmental program development and implementation.

Coaches and Mentors

Sunhera Cariappa
Innovation Catalyst, Fung Group

Sunhera Cariappa is an independent design consultant who runs her creative and strategic design business through Feel Good Design in Hong Kong.

Sunhera is focused on serving people in new & innovative ways. As a strategic designer, she’s partnered with companies like Phillips Healthcare, Australia Post and LVMH, working to understand problems through careful observation of people & environments, and rapidly prototyping ideas.

She has also worked in the branding and advertising industry since 2011 working with a range of clients including GE Healthcare, Toyota, SAP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has in depth experience in Art Direction and Visual communication having led teams for various projects and workshops. 

Margaret Leung
Partner, Ripple Effect Consultancy Limited

Margaret has over 20 years of experience in consulting and project management helping foreign companies in their new business development and expansion in Hong Kong and Greater China. Currently, she is one of the partners at Ripple Effect Consultancy Limited - a Hong Kong-based digital and business solutions consultancy offering a range of services to help companies to become more efficient and agile in today’s connected and digital world. Margaret is also one of the core team members of Startup Grind Hong Kong organizing monthly fireside chats with successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors.

Janice Lao
Director – Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and other luxury real estate assets.

She is an environmental scientist and development economist, multi-awarded throughout her 15-year career, most recently listed in Forbes as one of the world’s top female sustainability leaders and is the 2019 Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Awardee. Throughout her international career, she has worked for world-renowned international think tanks and blue-chip multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, FMCG, property and hospitality sectors. Her work has been highlighted by global organisations such as Fortune’s Change the World list in 2017.

Her expertise lies in embedding sustainability into businesses– ranging from sustainability management, successful identification and implementation of projects using green bond, M&A, and equity financing structures, as well as advising board members/senior management.

She has a masters and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford.

Anita Varshney
Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, SAP Next-Gen

I am leading the global strategy for SAP Next-Gen, a purpose driven innovation community empowered by SAP Leonardo aimed at driving exponential innovation with purpose tied to the UN 17 Global Goals.

The SAP Next-Gen innovation network supporting SAP’s 350,000+ customers across 25 industries in 180+ countries. SAP Next-Gen enables customers and partners to connect with academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, tech community partners, venture firms, purpose driven partners, and SAP experts to reimagine the future of industries with SAP Leonardo, seed in disruptive innovation with startups, and build skills for digital futures. SAP Next-Gen drives innovation with purpose supporting SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development. 

Brian Reilly
CEO, Revolv

who i am: someone fortunate to have put the entirety of their career towards work i believed was in the interest of the world. first climate change and renewable energy, and now plastics and waste prevention. the people i have called coworkers, teammates, peers and leaders are what have defined the experience. 

what i love: team and company building, leading by doing, unlocking potential.

where i have been: building teams and projects in wind energy, solar energy, battery storage, and carbon capture and sequestration. 

what i have learned: we are amazing, survivalist, and collectively capable of so much so quickly. perspective is key. urgent optimism until the end and from the beginning.

where i am going: we at revolv will show you with our actions.

Mr Christopher Pang
Business Development at State Street and Co-Founder of SUSTAINHK

Christopher works in business development at State Street and is interested in ‘value and purpose’ business. He is passionate about sustainable development and human rights: he co-founded Hong Kong’s first Global Goals Jam and SUSTAINHK, and is a contributor to Resolve Foundation. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community, Hong Kong Hub.

Yungmie Chin
Founder at Event Actually

Organize seminar/workshop/networking events regularly.

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The Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution: Circular Lifestyle team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Operations Coordinator of Greater China, Techstars

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Organizer, Startup Weekend

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