HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 9 October 2020 – The Prize Presentation Ceremony of the second “Social Innovation · Neighborhood 4.0” Competitors, supported by Citi Basis and arranged by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), was held in the present day. Officiating the ceremony have been Mr. Caspar Tsui Ying Wai, JP, Secretary for Residence Affairs, HKSAR; Mr. Wayne Fong, Head of Company Affairs, Citi Hong Kong; and Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Govt of the HKCSS. Additionally attending have been representatives of the competitors’s companions, supporting organisations, academics and college students from the finalist groups. Fourteen prototypes have been showcased for company attending the ceremony.
The profitable entry “Simple Meals Waste”, developed by a staff from the True Mild Women’ School, goals at elevating consciousness of meals waste administration and enhancing hygiene in Kowloon Metropolis district. The mission features a recycling machine with a six-month interval of experimentation and analysis to develop the machine’s capabilities, and a three-month coaching interval to allow the eight taking part eating places to excellent utilizing it. The profitable staff will be part of a HKCSS-organized tour to go to a cluster of revolutionary start-ups and social enterprises in Bali subsequent yr.
The “Social Innovation · Neighborhood 4.0” Competitors is open to all secondary faculties in Hong Kong and was first launched final yr for the Central and Western district. This yr Kowloon Metropolis district was the chosen neighbourhood. Via experiential studying in the neighborhood and complete coaching in design pondering, know-how, and prototype making, in addition to interplay with native residents within the district with the assist of the District Workplace and NGOs within the space, taking part college students have been challenged to determine a group difficulty and provide you with options to deal with it. Regardless of the pandemic, 35 groups from 28 secondary faculties submitted their proposals. Fourteen groups have been invited to supply prototypes which have been flaunted to the general public on the Ko Shan Theatre from July 11 – 13 and thru an internet exhibition ranging from in the present day.
Mr. Caspar Tsui, JP, Secretary for Residence Affairs mentioned, “Throughout the competitors, college students had the prospect to become involved in native communities and study extra about them from completely different views by way of collaborating in workshops and website visits. Such experiences helped them deepen their understanding of the every day lives of native residents in addition to authorities insurance policies. The world is ever altering, presenting us with new challenges. Our society can be dealing with numerous challenges in areas resembling inhabitants, economic system, housing and surroundings. We want caring and empathetic younger folks with a robust sense of duty to try for the well-being of Hong Kong by making use of innovation and know-how. I hope all members, whether or not you win or not, will proceed to carry optimistic vitality into society by caring for our group with love and demonstrating your spirit of innovation within the days to return. Collectively we are going to make a greater Hong Kong.”
Mr. Wayne Fong, Head of Company Affairs, Citi Hong Kong, mentioned, “Citi Basis has been supporting initiatives that enhance youth employability and promote sustainability. This program emphasizes exploring, understanding, studying and inventive pondering, and presents members a style of social invention which is a good nurturing expertise for the scholars. This program creates a useful platform for our future generations to discover private pursuits and pave the best way for them to become involved within the creation and enhancement of communities.”
Mr. Chua, Chief Govt of the HKCSS mentioned, “The competitors goals to provide an opportunity for academics and college students to study and assume out of the field, apply STEM and design pondering abilities, work together with residents, and remedy group issues in Kowloon Metropolis district. Although the pandemic this yr elevated the difficulties of the competitors and restricted the prospect for native visits, the scholars have been in a position to full their initiatives utilizing completely different strategies, which demonstrated their perseverance and innovation. To watch social distancing necessities, some actions of the competitors had to go surfing. Particular thanks are prolonged to all our group companions, who enabled greater than 100 native residents from grassroots households, social housing and aged centres to take part in on-line Neighborhood Trial. On this surprising manner, social innovation was dropped at the group. It supplied incentives for NGOs to show and residents to make use of on-line communication software program to share their views to the scholars. In return, residents have instructed us that this expertise tremendously enhanced their confidence to make use of on-line providers sooner or later. “
A few of the prototypes have been examined in the neighborhood in September this yr. Residents in Kowloon Metropolis district have been engaged to work together with college students from a person’s perspective, to be able to enhance the feasibility and comfort of the prototypes. The third “Social Innovation · Neighborhood 4.0” Competitors might be open for purposes in November, and the focal district might be North District.
The HKCSS is an umbrella organisation of about 48Zero company members that present over 90% of the social welfare providers in Hong Kong. HKCSS launched the Caring Firm Scheme in 2002 to construct a cohesive society by selling strategic partnership amongst enterprise and social service companions and galvanizing company social duty by way of caring for the group, workers and the surroundings. HKCSS places a lot effort in constructing capability of social enterprises by way of the Social Enterprise Enterprise Centre (SEBC) to advance social entrepreneurship and mobilize social innovation.
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