Hong Kong Alliance of Technology and Innovation sponsors an award known as hk Prize to recognize technological and scientific innovation achievements, their transformation, as well as their social and economic value creation. Candidates are nominated and selected by a team of experts; review is done independently and objectively and the results published subsequently; in addition, an awards ceremony for winners takes place publicly.
As well as receiving monetary prizes, winning scientists will gain international exposure and recognition for their work. Winners of the top prize will present their research at an awards ceremony and participate in academic activities and science popularization activities interdisciplinary activities; furthermore they may even receive mentorship from prominent scientists.
As part of their award, winning students must write a paper detailing their research and present it before a panel of judges. Individual or team entries may enter; thousands are submitted every year! Winners are determined based on writing quality as well as being able to show its importance.
This year, two doctoral students and a university professor received awards for their groundbreaking research on medical imaging technologies and language policies in Hong Kong respectively. Both recipients were invited to the award ceremony where their prizes would be handed out personally by Prof Hendrik Tieben, President of City University of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Prize is one of Asia’s premier awards, known for rewarding excellence and offering world-class talent an opportunity to shine. Open to individuals and institutions from any field or discipline for their contributions in science and technology fields. Winners receive cash prize, an official certificate as well as access to some of Hong Kong’s premier research facilities.
HK Prize is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 with the mission to support groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary research on sustainable development, welfare development and positive energy with particular attention given to Hong Kong. Comprising three pillars – recommendations committees, selection panels and prize council – this organization stands as an advocate for innovative ideas from researchers at all stages.
US lawmakers, led by Republican senator Marco Rubio, have nominated Joshua Wong and other members of Hong Kong’s umbrella protest movement for consideration of winning the Nobel peace prize. Last summer, activists protested Beijing’s clampdown on freedom in China’s financial hub as part of an attempt to obtain democratic concessions from their government. Many activists remain on trial for national security offenses related to organizing Tiananmen Square vigils and leading a 79-day street occupation that paralysed parts of China in late 2014. Many were jailed and remanded into custody until trial begins. Beijing has intensified its campaign against Hong Kong activists as part of a plan to subdue dissidence before its handover from British rule to Chinese control next summer. More activists may face prosecution as the government implements its stricter version of National Security Law.