Startup Weekend HK: Social Innovation

    Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

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Startup Weekend HK: Social Innovation

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The BASE, HKUST (Lift27-28, 1/F)
Hong Kong University Of Science And Technology
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Change the world at the next Startup Weekend Social Innovation!

Welcome to Startup Weekend Social Innovation!

You may have long noticed many social problems around you. And yet no existing system can solve them…
Here’s your opportunity - to turn these problems into solutions with viable business plans, in just 54 exciting hours. Work with other technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, mobile developers and product experts to be the next CHANGEMAKER!
In Startup Weekend Social Innovation, we care about social impact, as well as the business strategy; we care about your passion for a better world, as well as your wisdom in entrepreneurship.  
-       You will tackle social problems in an innovative way! Do bring your kindness here, because we need to see your concern for social good.  
-       You will build amazing teams, and cooperate with them. It will be an uncensored taste of what it’s like to be entrepreneur: volatile, chaotic but full of surprises.  
-       You will also access awesome mentors, judges & speakers. Some are successful social innovators themselves, some excel in entrepreneurship… They are all there to help you along the journey.  

Come and spend the most mind-blowing 54 hours of your life with us at the Startup Weekend Social Innovation! See you there!

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Friday July 22nd

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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Ice breaking games
Get known to each other by playing mini games

8:10 pm
1-minute pitch
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:10 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:20 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 July 23rd

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:30 am
Social business canvas
We will share you some tips about social business canvas and importance of market validation.

11:30 am
Lunch & Market validation
Teams can choose to leave the event venue to do market validation

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:30 pm
Relax session
Enjoy the light refreshment

7:00 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 July 24th

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
After breakfast, check-in, status reports, call for help

12:00 pm

1:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Photo time!

9:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Richard Chow
Deputy Head, HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre

Richard is the Deputy Head of HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC). He has joined the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) since 2008 and has over 10 years experience in social entrepreneurship, project management, corporate social responsibility, and public relations.  

Before joining SEBC, Richard served WebOrganic, a social enterprise wholly owned by HKCSS, as Senior Manager of Marketing and Technical Support. He was also one of the founding team members.  

Between 2008-2011, he managed the Digital Solidarity Fund, and TechDonation, an online technology donation platform, as Project Manager of Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) of HKCSS. He also initiated and participated in the development of District Cyber Centre Alliance and ITRC Forum, the largest non-profit information technology forum in Hong Kong. Prior to joining HKCSS, Richard served Microsoft Hong Kong as Community Affairs Program Specialist, and Sing Tao Daily as a reporter.  

Richard is an MBA graduate of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and exchanged out to London Business School for entrepreneurship training. He received his Bachelor degree in Communication and Media Management, and was being awarded the University Medal from the University of South Australia. 

Rebecca Choy-Yung
Founder of Golden Age Foundation, Founder & Vice-Chair of Education for Good

Rebecca was a pioneer of the exhibition industry in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. She founded and successfully organized over a dozen world-renowned trade fairs and conventions, covering a wide spectrum of industries such as jewelry, furniture & lighting, footwear & leather goods, golf & fitness, education, etc. Before running her own exhibition business, Rebecca was Editor of the first “Official Annual Report of the People’s Republic of China”,“New Horizon”, the first inflight magazine of the CAAC etc.

Rebecca has been participating actively in community and voluntary works over the past three decades. After retiring from her own business, Rebecca has turned from a business entrepreneur to a serial social entrepreneur. She is a strong advocate of social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Hong Kong and Greater China. She is currently:

Founder of Golden Age Foundation
Founder & Vice-Chair of Education for Good
Founder of Ednovators
Founder & Hon Secretary of Social Impact Fellows
Director of Teach For Hong Kong
Director of Social Investors Club
Writer of the Hong Kong Economic Journal

Rebecca is also a most sought after Speaker and Trainer for charities, corporations and tertiary institutes on social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Doris Leung
Director of Social Innovation, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Doris Leung is the Founder and CEO of Diamond Cab and Director of Social Innovation at Social Ventures Hong Kong. Doris is a journalist turned social entrepreneur, with 16 years of past experience working with i-Cable as a TV host and reporter. Having experienced difficulties travelling with her wheelchair-bound mother, Doris was determined to set up her own social enterprise – Diamond Cab, introducing 5 wheelchair-accessible taxis to Hong Kong in 2011. Diamond Cab was established with a social mission to provide much-needed, quality point-to-point transport to the disabled, elderly and able-bodied, and has a team of 17 dedicated drivers with a caring heart to promote wellbeing of the wheelchair-bound.

Ada Yip
Executive Director, Urban Spring, Co-Founder, 43 Ventures

Ada is the Executive Director at Urban Spring, a purpose-driven start-up with a mission to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Hong Kong through the provision of safe and modern water drinking experience to the citizens. Ada is also a co-founder of 43 Ventures which invests financial and human capital in innovative social start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada is on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts and Teach4HK. Ada is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada is dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong.  Prior to joining the impact investing industry, Ada worked at Goldman Sachs and a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Ada earned a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Coaches and Mentors

Arnold Chan
Founder and CEO of Teach for HK

Arnold Chan is the Founder and CEO of Teach4HK. Since the start of Teach4HK in 2015, Arnold has recruited 18 graduates as teaching fellows to teach in Hong Kong's underprivileged schools, serving over 2,000 students. He has raised close to US$1mn to support the future development of the nonprofit and Teach4HK's stories were featured on all major local newspaper.   

Previously, Arnold has served 3 years as Institutional Sales in Goldman Sachs covering Greater China's institutional clients such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance companies and corporations. During his time in Goldman Sachs, Arnold served as Summer Program Champion and managed the firms' summer internship program. He represented the firm in campus recruiting and has involved in selection of incoming graduates.   

Arnold attained 10 Distinctions in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination in 2006. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BBA in Global Business Studies and Harvard Business School with a MBA. During his MBA, he has focused his studies on Education Innovations and Technology and conducted a research on EdTech accelerators and incubators. 

Ava Lui
Co-Founder and CEO,Easycare

Co-Founder and CEO
Built up E-commerce companies from scratch to sales within 56 days, Ava managed to expand business with her team with successful track record and revenue over HKD 8 million per month. With experience at Haiwan, Lashou, Groupon, etc, Ava found Easycare with an amazing team that consists of different expertizes with passion to serve. 

With a Master degree in Business Analytics and consultancy, Ava is specialized in strategic planning and business development. She has over 9 years of working experience, of which 5 years in E-commerce and startups. She is the Former Country Manager of, Former Country Manager of Lashou and Department Head of Groupon China.

She is also a qualified Personal Care Worker herself.

Donny Siu

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Centre and Associate Director of Student Affairs at HKUST.
His latest publication "Dreams x Passion -- the road for young entrepreneurs" was in the Best 10 Sellers Chart in the HK Book Fair (2015).

Fung Kum

Fung Kum is the co-founder of VolTra, a social enterprise promoting international voluntary services. In collaboration with local partners in over 50 countries, more than 3,000 global experiential projects of various topics are organized each year. Since its establishment, VolTra has successfully arranged 3,000+ volunteers from Hong Kong to participate in international voluntary projects all over the world, contributing 290,000+ volunteer hours. Currently, Fung is focusing on extending the impact to Chinese mainland. Meanwhile, he is also assisting two charitable foundations in sponsoring and supporting different global citizenship or social innovation

Gigi Au-Yeung

Dr. Au-Yeung is a full stack scholar and entrepreneur in the fields of design, engineering, life science, biomedicine, environment and business. She is the Innovation Director of Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited, overseeing their commercialization and technology management in the view of rising product and food biological safety standards worldwide. Vitargent, awarded the Grand Prix winner of the 43th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2015, has developed innovative bio-testing solutions using cost-effective, high-throughput, Zebrafish embryo and patented transgenic Medaka fish embryo. Both cruelty-free in-vivo models are able to screen more than 1,000 toxicants in 24-48hr, evaluating products’ overall biological toxicity and estrogenic activity level.

Gigi obtained her Doctorate at the age of 26 from Singapore Nanyang Technological University on regenerative medicine for cardiac restoration therapy utilizing patented biomaterial-stem cell-bioreactor system. During which she worked in-parallel as a project officer for the 4 years and spent a research attachment at Technion Israel Institute of Technology. 

After returning to Hong Kong and prior to joining Vitargent, Gigi found the award-winning eco-social innovation enterprise, DunDum Solutions Group Limited; while being a lecturer at the Technological and Higher Education Institute; as well as consultant for numerous investment, skincare and biotechnology projects. 

Involving also actively in community and youth development projects, her social dedication, academic achievement, research excellence and entrepreneurship spirit have been recognized by over 20 prestigious scholarships and awards, allowing her being reported or invited to be speaker at over 30 media and seminars.

Hayes Tang

Hei-hang Hayes Tang is Assistant Professor of Education Policy at the Education University of Hong Kong. He currently researches youth entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. A sociologist, Hayes is committed to create new knowledge in application for enhanced alignment between education and the world of work/ professions in East Asian entrepreneurial societies. He aspires to build lifelong partnership with students and professionals so as to enlighten his analysis on educational development and policy anew with fresh perspectives, alongside greater social and professional relevance. 

The notions of democratisation in education, scholarship of application and academic entrepreneurialism inform his current research projects. A hard problem in social science that Hayes has been engaging in is possible solution to educating a meaningful citizenship for Hong Kong young generations, in the era transformed by ever advancing digital technologies. 

His research articles can be found in International SociologyInternational Journal of Technology ManagementJournal of Research in International Education as well as in world class university presses and international publishers. Upon invitation, he delivered a Fulbright-Hays seminar entitled "Seeing China's Governance from Hong Kong Youth Perspective" for a delegation of American school teachers during their visit to The University of Hong Kong in August 2015. The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad are hosted by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, USA. 

Dr Hayes Tang welcomes media consultation, external membership, community/professional seminars and commissioned R&D projects. He can be contacted at

Kit Wong

- Cantonese pop song lyricist, with over 100 published songs, writing for singers including Alan Tam, C AllStar, HoCC.

- Awardee of the 7th Youth Leader Selection

- Founder of La Violet Education promotion career and life planning through creative education.

- Founder of 「今生不做機械人夢想計劃」to encourage Hong Kong people to pursuit dreams.

- Founder of Under Production to help young and passionate designers and those in arts and creative field to explore more job opportunities, publish or produce their own products.

- Author of 《今生不做機械人》and 《畀返個仔我》.

- 10 years banking experience.

Marco Shek
Assistant Programme Manager, Good Seed

Marco Shek is experienced in working at non-profit organizations and social service field with comprehensive understandings of different social issues in Hong Kong. He actively involves in inspiring young people to find alternative ways to intervene social problems. He is passionate in social innovation and is now the in-charge of Good Seed Programme in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Mohammed Saif V Qureshi

Mohammed is an Aeronautical Engineering opt-out turned education entrepreneur. He founded Intelaeon, a live educational events and content company at 18 and co founded Pleolabs, an EdTech Startup at 21. Pleolabs was acquired in 2015 by XSEED education.

Mohammed currently works as the Entrepreneur in Residence with the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Cooking to teenagers.

He has experience working with NGOs, schools, intra governmental organisations like UNICEF and UNESCO and governments. Besides education he is interested in how people learn, social impact, disruptive technologies, design, aviation, hiking, cooking and running.

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Nivey Tsang

Nivey Tsang is graduate from HKUST. He actively participates in various volunteer services and social enterprise activities. He joined the internship program of Diamond Cab project partnership with Social Venture Hong Kong (SVHK) from which he developed strong interests in social enterprise during college. In 2012, He won the Champion of Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC) and became one of the founders of Eldpathy which is a social enterprise striving to promote "Empathy for elderly" by encouraging public participation in elderly philanthropy.

Ryan Yeung
Founder & CEO of Happy Retired

After graduating from University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. Ryan Yeung started to make his foot print in Hong Kong Government, joined as an Executive Officer posted with both Transport Department and later with Lands Department serving these two departments for six years in total. ​

In March 2014, Ryan was inspired by his father’s retirement. He and two like-minded friends decided to set-up a Social Enterprise, a digital platform serving and focus on the young-old generation. Happy-Retired’s vision is enabling the retirees to cultivate a meaningful life for social good. He named the company “Happy-Retired”. Ryan holds the title Founder and Chief Executive Officer. ​

Having the opportunity in September, 2014, Happy-Retired entered HK Science Park Incubation Programme. ​

In 2015, Happy-Retired joined a competition, The Hong Kong ICT Awards and won “The Best Start-up Award” ​

Later of the year Happy-Retired won “The Social & Technology Award” in E2-Entrepreneur Square Day 2015 sponsored by the Government SIE Fund. ​

Happy-Retired is operating for more than two years now and Ryan is proud of Happy-Retired’s 20,000 users and the number of users continues to grow every day.

Co-founder SLLIN Consultants

Became a management at the age of 28 serving clients in APAC and Europe. Since then, he applied his A.I. and technology knowledge into business operation, provide consultation to companies to enhance the operation and marketing effectiveness. 

Passionate in supporting younger generation, by providing mentorship and internship to students, and deliver speech and guest lecture in universities.

In 2012, SL had co-founded his first company SLLIN Consultants with his partners. As the Director and the support from his partners, SL drives the growth of the company quickly, from 2 people to over 30 staff in 3 years time.

Since 2015, SL also responsible for evaluate new business opportunities for investment for HITA Group.

Area of Interest:
- Technology 
- A.I. (Artificial Neural Network)
- Youth Development
- Startup
- Music Industry

In 2016, SL became the Program Director and lead for the execution team of Google EYE Program. On the other hand, he also became the programme host of DBC radio station, to connecting independent music to public.

Wallace Wong
Co-founder and CTO of Well Being Digital Limited (WBD)

Wallace Wong is the co-founder and CTO of Well Being Digital Limited (WBD), which was founded in 2012. Meanwhile, he is the inventor of over 20 patents.  Under his guidance, WBD101 is currently leading in physiological sensing technology for both wearables and hearables. The company won several awards including,  the best Mobile Wearable Technology Award in Mobile World Congress 2016, multiple awards at the 43rd Geneva Invention Exhibitions, Grand award in HKICT and listed as strategic partners with semiconductor component vendors such as Texas Instruments and ST Microelectronics. 

Prior to founding WBD101, Wallace worked in Perception Digital as a technical leader and was a co-founder and partner for Imaginative Design Operation Co Ltd.   

Wallace obtained his Bachelor and Master of Philosophy degree in EEE from HKUST and he was the 1st official engineering exchange student from HKUST to the University of Pennsylvania in the year of 1996. Whilst, he was also one of  the group members of the ENIAC-on-a-chip project.  Wallace was the author for the 1st paper in Hong Kong published and accepted by Symposium on VLSI circuits, and he is an active Member of Sir Edward Youde Scholar Association.

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Andy Kun
Co-Founder, Urban Health Group Limited,

Co-Founder of Urban Health Group Limited, first in Hong Kong to provide Gluten-Free Restaurant & Factory consultation service which integrates food safety protocol consultancy for gluten-free cooking and quality assurance for gluten-free manufacturing with gluten detection test kits that provide fast and accurate gluten level testing in food, drinks and surface as low as 5 part per million. Urban Health aims to bring gluten-free food safety standard in Asia to a whole new level by utilizing scientific method to verify safe gluten level and to provide staffs and consumers of establishments with the confidence to eat and to produce their gluten-free options safely. In addition, Urban Health Home Kitchen is also the first private home kitchen in Hong Kong which hosts 100% gluten-free private dining events and provides Chef-to-me for private dining parties and cooking workshops. With expertise in gluten-free and allergy-free cooking, Urban Health promotes healthy lifestyle and eating which specialized in accommodating people who have allergies or eating restrictions.

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