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HKICTA 2021: SMART BUSINESS AWARD

Objectives

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021: Smart Business Award is established for three major purposes:

  • The application of Information Technology is essential to improve the operating efficiency and productivity, quality and overall competitiveness and customer service for both our business and public sector enterprises. This stream recognises outstanding locally developed products and applications which provide cost-effective and innovative IT solutions to business enterprises as well as public sector organisations, through the deployment of proven and emerging information technologies. The awards encourage original products and services development by our IT industry as well as in-house applications developed by business and public sector organisations.

  • The backbone of our economy is our SMEs, of which the adoption of ICT is crucial for its efficiency and productivity, and its global reach in marketing strategy and business expansion. One of the streams in this Award, Solution for SME, is to recognise outstanding achievements in technological innovations in locally developed IT products and application/services for effective use by SME.

  • With the availability of low-cost high-speed processors and innovative analytics software to manipulate and analyse massive structured and unstructured data, big data is now universally recognised as an essential tool to enhance productivity, competitiveness, customer services and business growth. Open Data, if made available to the public in digital formats, can also be creatively re-used to develop innovative products. One of the steams in this Award, Big Data and Open Data Applications, is to recognise outstanding locally developed IT product and services in big data for specific business and industry domains and sectors; as well as innovative big data user applications developed in-house by an enterprise to enhance its business planning and operational objectives. It is also to encourage innovative and effective IT enabled Open Data schemes implemented by public and private sector organisations, as well as innovative applications by the open data community in creatively utilising open datasets to advance business interests

Background


The Hong Kong ICT (HKICT) Awards aims at recognising and promoting outstanding information and communications technology (ICT) inventions and applications, thereby encouraging innovation and excellence among Hong Kong’s ICT talent and enterprises in their constant pursuit of creative and better solutions to meet business and social needs.


The Hong Kong ICT Awards was established in 2006 with the collaborative efforts of the industry, academia and the Government. Steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, and organised by Hong Kong ICT industry associations and professional bodies, the Awards aims at building a locally espoused and internationally acclaimed brand of ICT awards.


There are eight categories under the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021. There will be one Grand Award in each category, and an “Award of the Year” will be selected from the eight Grand Awards by the Grand Judging Panel. HKCS is officially appointed by OGCIO to be the Leading Organiser of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021 - Smart Business Award category. The Smart Business Award covers 3 streams, including Solution for Business and Public Sector Enterprise, Solution for SME as well as Big Data and Open Data Applications.

The Leading Organiser

The Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) is a well-established non-profit organisation that has been striving to improve and develop Hong Kong’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry since its founding in 1970.

HKCS is the first officially recognised professional association for the ICT industry in Hong Kong, dedicated to the promotion of the highest professional standards for the industry. Members hail from a broad spectrum of Hong Kong’s ICT industry, from corporations to like-minded individuals, all coming together to raise the profile of the industry.

During its over 50 years’ history, HKCS members have come to form the core of a wide and influential network throughout the whole spectrum of Hong Kong services and other industries. The Society offers a chance for Hong Kong’s communities to exchange ideas and to carry out a dialogue with the Government regarding ICT and its impact to the society. Being a highly active association, HKCS is regularly organising many activities to help promote ICT in Hong Kong, including lectures, discussions, seminars, and open forums on subjects related to ICT.

Prizes for Winners

The remarkable achievements of the Awards winners (Gold/Silver/Bronze) will be recognised by customers, organisations, the ICT industry practitioners and across the community. Winners will be entitled —


  • to receive trophies (Gold/Silver/Bronze) of the Hong Kong ICT Awards;
  • to display the official logo of the Hong Kong ICT Awards in their promotional materials;
  • to participate in various promotional campaigns to publicise their achievements;
  • to be supported for entering into other international awards and competitions
  • to 3 months free access to Lion Rock 72 (co‐working space in InnoCentre) or co-working space in Hong Kong Science Park Incubation Centre for SMEs1;
  • to participate in investment matching activities of the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN);
  • to 3 months free access to Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for SMEs2 and
  • to free participation in some large-scale local ICT events (e.g. International ICT Expo) for marketing exposure.

Further details and conditions are available at the web site: www.hkictawards.hk



1. HKSTP offers 1 free seat access to Lion Rock72 in InnoCentre or co-working space in Hong Kong Science Park Incubation Centre for 3 months (assigned by HKSTP, subject to availability) to SMEs who are HKICT Awards 2021 Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners.

2. Cyberport offers 1 free Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for 3 months to SMEs who are HKICT Awards 2021 Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners. The number of flexi-desk offered to ICT Winners is capped to 32. Given the quota, flexi-desk will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to the availability. Winner shall submit application to Cyberport for the offered flexi-desk on or before 31 Mar 2022 after the announcement of results in Nov 2021. Any submission after the deadline will become ineligible.

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Ms. Connie Chan

Tel: +852 2834 2228

ictawards@hkcs.org.hk

Fax: +852 2834 3003