The HK Prize and the HK Science and Technology Innovation Prize

The hk Prize is a writing competition offering authors an opportunity to win monetary prizes and build their careers and increase cultural awareness of Hong Kong. Before submitting work, however, it is imperative that they read and abide by all rules carefully, while conducting in-depth research about their topic of choice.

This year’s HK Prize invited artists to explore diversity, equity and inclusion from both a local and global perspective. The selected works demonstrate how artists interpret diversity issues differently – from international displacement to labour migration; climate change to feminism – so artists were free to interpret this theme however they desired and communicate their thoughts through various mediums.

Kyan Cheung Ka-Hin and Ethan Soh Jon-Yi from Harrow International School Hong Kong received the Gold Award with their research report entitled: “On the Properties of the Semigroup Generated by RL Fractional Integral”. Their creative solutions and extensive understanding of Hong Kong culture and history earned them top honours.

Other winners included Wong Shiu Chi’s documentary on the 1967 riots, Tak Oi Secondary School and Carmel Pak U Secondary Schools’ articles about their relationship to the Canton-Hong Kong Strike, as well as Tak Oi Secondary School and Carmel Pak U Secondary Schools’ articles regarding it. Furthermore, in news writing category the Post’s production editor Matt Haldane and reporters Dylan Butts and Xinmei Shen from October 2023 won second prize; Victor Sanjinez and Eric Ng won merit for their November 2023 piece on core climate issues – they took second prize with both pieces written about them published that month.

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Prize is an non-governmental merit-based prize backed by Bank of China (Hong Kong). It recognizes scientific research with significant societal relevance, while encouraging young researchers to specialize in areas like artificial intelligence/robotics, life/health problems, new materials energy usage and advanced manufacturing – thus helping establish Hong Kong as a center of innovation.

Winners of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Prize receive not only a monetary award, but also the unique opportunity to conduct research in one of Asia’s premier science facilities. They may also meet leading scientists from diverse disciplines and gain the chance to broaden their global perspectives. Each year, the Prize is divided into four categories and all entries reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of experts with varied experiences and backgrounds. Evaluation processes should be carried out independently and without interference from any individuals or organisations. Judging criteria focus on relevance to societal needs and impacts, systematic use of collected materials, objective analysis, bibliography citation, footnote citation and bibliographic references. Finalists will then be invited to present their research at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Prize Ceremony early 2024; additionally all winning entries will be published online for public access.

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