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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