HKUST Hosts Hong Kong’s First Ever University-Backed Hackathon and Introduces Students to Startup Life

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) hosted the city’s first ever university-backed hackathon.

With HK $43,000 in prizes on the line and over 100 students registered, the hackathon proposed a broad challenge to participants: build a working prototype of an app within 24 hours and present it to an audience and a panel of judges. No pressure.

Judging criteria was based on main idea, usability, implementation, business value and presentation. While our own Jon Buford grilled teams on the judging panel, fellow StartupsHK founder Casey Lau also lent his support through an inspiring talk as a startup scene pioneer and veteran entrepreneur.

With sponsorships from a number of startups including Radica, Divide, Makible, and BiTOSS, the categories with cash prizes up for grabs were: ‘Best Entrepreneurs’ ($8,000), ‘Best Innovators’ ($5,000), ‘Best Developers’ ($4,000) and the Audience’s Favorite ($2,000).
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StartupsHK Founders Start Up Monthly “Office Hours” Mentoring Sessions


StartupsHK co-founders Gene Soo and Casey Lau are featured in this month’s Capital Entrepreneur magazine talking about the startup scene in Hong Kong on how it started and where it’s going. One of the main points is the need for more mentorship by startups to startups.

Since they’ve become the unofficial poster children for the Hong Kong start-up community Casey and Gene have decided to open their doors and offer new startups a chance to come in and talk about their startups for mentoring sessions with the two startup connectors in Hong Kong.

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An Overview of Hong Kong’s Very First Startup Grind Event Featuring StartupsHK Founders and Hosted By PaperclipHK

Last night was Hong Kong’s very first Startup Grind event at newly opened co-work space and academy Paperclip. We had a blast rubbing shoulders 100+ new and old friends within the startup scene at this sold out event.

Our founders Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford were the guest speakers du jour of this new chapter event. As pioneers of Hong Kong’s startup scene (they were around for the dot-com boom action in Hong Kong), they were asked to share memories and thoughts of our city’s past, present and future ecosystem via a Q&A. For those that couldn’t make it, this overview post will give you an idea of the energy and ideas that transpired last night.

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