Message from Mr Daniel Lai JP
President, Hong Kong Computer Society
The IT industry is today experiencing unprecedented global
challenges. It is therefore particularly encouraging to
note that Hong Kong has made a strong and special point
of turning challenge into opportunity by developing and
bringing to market many useful and
popular IT applications and products in order to create
fresh value for all kinds of business.
The IT Excellence Awards, organized by the Hong Kong Computer
Society, help to celebrate and encourage this Hong Kong
strength. Whether our entrants have taken a fresh look
at old ideas or have come up with completely original
concepts, their achievements have all experienced the
tests of the marketplace and shown the extent to which
they can contribute to a better society.
Through these Awards, first instituted in 1998, Hong Kong
IT proponents have become thoroughly familiar with the
disciplines and procedures that go along with rigorous
and fair assessment and judging. This has in turn led
to higher and higher standards of selfselection. The knock-on
effect has been remarkable and I am delighted to report
that Hong Kong achieved the best results among the participating
countries and cities in the Asia Pacific Information and
Communication Technology Awards (APICTA) 2002. Eight Hong
Kong companies took part in five categories and won the
grand award in four categories.
With the almost complete collapse of the dot.com bubble,
real value creation must now be our watchword. The quality
of this year's entries deepens my conviction that Hong
Kong can really exploit IT to become even more competitive
through higher productivity and
stronger societal benefits.
Message from the Hon. Henry Tang GBS,
Secretary for Commerce, Industry and
The IT Excellence Awards 2002 Presentation Ceremony today
is a prestigious occasion for the local IT industry. The
Awards aim to recognise local talents for developing innovative
IT products and services that promote the wider use of
IT in the business sector and the community at large.
Since the launch of the award scheme in 1998, it has become
one of the most prestigious events in the local IT industry.
I would like to take this opportunity to compliment the
Hong Kong Computer Society for its commitment and dedication
over the years to organise innovative and meaningful events
to upgrade the tandard of IT professionals in Hong Kong
and drive the adoption of IT in the community. I would
also like to congratulate the award winners this year
for their innovation, creativity and hard work in developing
good quality IT applications and products, which will
help stimulate and foster an increasingly mature IT culture
Message from Professor Paul C.W. Chu Chairman,
Panel of Judges
President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
My heartfelt congratulations go to the winners of the
IT Excellence Awards 2002 whose ingenuity and technological
expertise have created masterpieces that earmark Hong
IT advances over the year past.
I would also like to pay tribute to the other participants
too. All 40 entries offer intelligent IT solutions to
commerce and industry, showing how information technologies
can help advance the knowledge era. A considerable number
of entries this year were submitted by SMEs, along with
other enterprises. Hong Kong's concerted efforts to harness
science and technology to create a vibrant economy is
clearly gaining good momentum.
The success of this year's IT Excellence Awards should
be attributed to everyone involved; the Organizing Committee
in particular has wholeheartedly worked toward its realization.
Fellow judges who helped select the awardees did an excellent
job which was by no means easy.
Finally, a vote of thanks is due to the Hong Kong Computer
Society. Its unwavering effort to champion the cause of
IT in Hong Kong dates back to the 1970s, when IT was still
unheard of. Today, information technologies constitute
an indispensable part of our life, and the IT Excellence
Awards have chronicled these exciting changes in Hong
Kong over the past 3 decades. Everyone in Hong Kong, and
not only the winners, can take pride in these achievements
that stand for the pursuit of excellence.
Message from Mrs Agnes Mak JP
Chairman, Organizing Committee
This is the fifth edition of the IT Excellence Awards,
and I am pleased to say that the Organizing Committee
is continuing to innovate in order to maximize the benefits
of the Awards to the technology industry and the community
as a whole.
The most significant new element in this year's scheme
is the introduction of an extra stream of awards that
recognizes the major contribution that small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) make to Hong Kong's economy. The response
to this carefully targeted opportunity has been most encouraging
and we are proud to showcase the way in which Hong Kong's
SMEs continue to challenge global players with IT applications
and products that work hard but very successfully for
I would like to thank the many organizations and individuals
who have contributed their talents and resources. Their
experience and dedication has helped us immeasurably to
reinforcing the value of the Awards.
Finally, my sincere thanks to the panel of judges and
the assessors, who have been more than diligent in sifting
through the entries to find the truly meritorious and
the worthy winners.