UPDATED: 25-27 October 2013 – Social Innovation Camp Hong Kong Is Here


Social Innovation Camp comes to Hong Kong 25-27th October!

Hey, change makers around the city! Startup Hong Kong, Bonza Pie and Softlayer are excited to bring Social Innovation Camp to Hong Kong. This month 25-27th, we’re bringing some of the best of Hong Kong’s software developers, designers, business minds to meet those at the sharp end of social problems. [Read more…]

Help Change Hong Kong with Technology: Social Innovation Camp 2013 Hong Kong Call for Ideas Now Open


Sometimes the best innovations are ones that affect a small group of people’s daily lives.

So this is your chance to help change Hong Kong through technology.

The Social Innovation Camp held its first information night last night at Retro Spot in Quarry Bay – a cool new co-workspace set up for creative startups.

The point of the evening was to introduce the attendees to the concept of a “startup weekend for social innovation” and to brainstorm some themes that would work.

So the plan is as follows:

  • Submit your idea here for your social innovation – you have till August 30.
  • 6 ideas will be picked by a regional panel of jugdes.
  • On Sept 27 at The Good Lab everyone joins in to see what the 6 ideas are and form teams around them – teams of marketers, investors, designers, programmers, students – anyone who wants to get involved and help social innovation in Hong Kong.
  • Then these teams have 48 hours to build that idea into reality.
  • A panel of judges will vote on the best 1 of the 6.
  • The winners go to Kuala Lumpur to compete against the other winners from KL, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Cebu and Seoul.
  • The winner will get a bunch of prizes and potentially investment to continue to build the idea into a real social enterprise.

So if this sounds interesting to you please submit an idea and spread the word of this exciting event to your friends.

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Social Innovation Camp Asia Coming To Hong Kong


Every creation begins with an idea, and sometimes not a very clear one.

That initial spark of insight can lead to great inventions and possibly change the world, but more often than not, is left to deteriorate inside the minds of great thinkers. Fear, lack of resources, and a deficiency in skill leave many ideas unfulfilled. But Social Innovation Camp Asia is here to change that.

Sponsored by Softlayer, Bonza Pie and yours truly, StartupsHK, Social Innovation Camp Asia will be arriving in Hong Kong from the 27th-29th of September. Bringing together technology gurus with those who have a social itch to scratch, this weekend event will spark creations of web-based solutions to social problems in our modern society.

Mentors with impressive skills, like Andres Valera, So-Young and Raiyo Nariman will be available to guide the development process.  SICA is also teaming up with UNDP Global Centre for Public Service, picking one of the six ideas to focus on the improvement of public services. Given 48 hours to transform a concept into a working software, the competition is fierce, but the end result is rewarding.

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