HSUHK Innovation Project Competition

HSUHK Innovation Project Competition 2024

About the Competition

The “HSUHK Innovation Project Competition” (“the Competition”), organised by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), aims to promote to HSUHK students a culture of innovation and creativity and to raise their awareness of the critical social issues, locally or globally. Through training of various modes and selected themes, and a showcase of project proposals through on-stage pitching, the Competition also strives to enrich the student learning experience at HSUHK.

Theme of the Year: FinTech x ChatGPT

The computational power of artificial intelligence is immense. And with the emergence of Chat GPT, an interface to interact with the Open AI model, its impact is expanding across various aspects of our lives. 

This year, The HSUHK Innovation Project Competition 2024 (“the Competition”) will focus on financial technology, or better known as Fintech, which utilises technology to enhance and automate financial services so as to make financial services more efficient, accessible, and user-friendly. With the advent of Chat GPT, what does the future hold for fintech innovation? More importantly, what if it is YOU, our students and future pillars of society, who may hold the key to shaping the future?  

You are cordially invited to challenge yourself to develop innovative solutions and suggestions that leverage Chat GPT to enhance the user experience, improve customer engagement, automate process, make predictions, or provide personalised financial advice.  

Through joining this Competition, you can:  

    • Develop expertise in AI and natural language processing by working with real-world financial data and gaining hands-on experience in developing chatbots that can provide personalised investment advice, help manage individual or company finances, and more; 
    • Learn from industry leaders by attending workshops and talks given by experts in the Fintech and AI industries, providing you with valuable insights and knowledge on the latest trends and best practices in the field; 
    • Collaborate and network with peers from participating local universities, allowing you to exchange ideas and learn from different perspectives, together with networking with potential future colleagues;  
    • Showcase your creativity and skills by developing innovative solutions that tackle Fintech problems using ChatGPT; and 
    • Refine your presentation skills by submitting a multimedia PowerPoint or Canva presentation, and pitching your solution on stage in front of a panel of judges, encouraging you to communicating complex ideas in a clear and concise fashion, an essential skill for any career. 


    Your innovative Fintech x ChatGPT project can fall into one of the following categories:  

    • Wealth management and investing 
    • Leading and financing  
    • Personal finance and budgeting  
    • Insurance  
    • Payments and money transfer
    • PropTech  
Stages Date Actions
Stage 1:
From October 2023 Students form teams and submit application forms online.
Application submission deadline: 29 December 2023, Friday
Stage 2:
Talk Series in FinTechxChatGPT
2 November 2023 Talk #1 – Application of Chat GPT in the fintech industry
Stage 3:
Proposal Write-up
January to March 2024 Writing the innovation project proposal.
Project submission deadline: 8 March 2024, Friday
Stage 4:
Theme-based and Skill-based Talks & Workshops (Updated)
13 January 2024 (Sat)
25 January 2024 (Thur)
1 February 2024 (Thur)
8 February 2024 (Thur)
29 February 2024 (Thur)
InnoXplore Saturday (13/1/2024) – (1) Write Your Way to Success: Unlocking the Secrets of Winning Proposals & (2) FinTech x ChatGPT
InnoXplore Thursday (25/1/2024) – Revolutionising Insturance: The Game-Changing Impact of AI Technology
Innoxplore Thursday (1/2/2024): Henderson Suite Visit
InnoXplore Thursday (8/2/2024) – Pitch your Pitch
InnoXplore Thursday (29/2/2024) – Design & Creative Thinking
Stage 5:
February to March 2024 Consultation sessions will be provided.
Stage 6:
Pitching Competition
21 March 2024 (Thurs)@A401 Pitching Competition and Award Presentation Ceremony
Competition Details
  • All current HSUHK full-time undergraduate students are eligible to participate.
    • Participants must form a project team of 2 to 4 students and submit the application form by 23:59, 29 December 2023 (Friday)(Participating project teams DO NOT need to submit proposals in the application stage). 
    • At least 50% of their teammates should sign up for all the workshops and activities lined up. The attendance may affect their chance of being shortlisted/ will be shown in the marking sheet. 
    • Each project team may submit ONE entry only. 
    • The entry must be the students’ own work demonstrating their innovative concept, creative design/modelling, as well as its practicability and impact. 
    • The entry shall be a proposal outlining a FinTech and ChatGPT innovation project, which may be in the form of an advocacy event, a start-up, a collaboration with NGO(s), an enhancement plan for an existing project etc.  
    • The proposal should illustrate the following content: – Need or problem identification – Existing solution(s) (if any) – Proposed solution(s) (including format, timeline, operation details, budget, expected difficulties and solutions, etc.) – Expected impact to the beneficiaries and/or an organisation
    • Each team has to submit a proposal with the following requirements: – MUST be in Powtoon or PowerPoint format – Maximum 30 slides for Powerpoint or 5 minutes for Powtoon – Any text, images and videos can be included – Should be in English – Submitted electronically via the Proposal Submission Microsoft Form by 8 March 2024 23:59 (Friday).

– The judge panel reserves the right to shortlist the participating project teams for the Pitching Competition.
– Each (shortlisted) project team must send at least one member to attend the Pitching Competition to compete for the awards.
– A panel of judges will be appointed to assess the entries based on the following criteria:

    • Innovativeness (25%)
    • Relevance and impact (25%)
    • Proposal write-up (30%)
    • Presentation (20%)
    • Champion: HK$20,000 and an award certificate 
    • 1st runner-up: HK$10,000 and an award certificate 
    • 2nd runner-up: HK$5,000 and an award certificate
    • 4 Special Prizes in selected categories (if deemed applicable): HK$3,000 each and an award certificate 

    The awarded teams will also be recommended to join the Pre-Incubation Programme organised by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

      • The results will be announced shortly after the Pitching Competition at the Award Presentation Ceremony. 
      • The awarded project teams must attend the Award Presentation Ceremony to receive the awards. 
      • The organisers reserve the right of rescheduling the date of the Award Presentation Ceremony depending on the situation. 
      • The decision of the judge panel is final. 
  • The organisers reserve the right not to accept any application submitted in response to this Competition and the right to interpret, amend, supplement the terms and conditions in the guidelines.
  • The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, conditions or spirit of the Competition. In case of any dispute, any decision made by the organisers shall be final and conclusive.
  • All materials submitted must be original work and must not contain any unauthorised use of copyrighted or proprietary materials of any person or entity. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. Use of thoughts or work of another source must be properly referenced.
Talk Series and Workshops: Free-of-charge! Register Now!
A series of talks and training workshops on the ideas and knowledge of the FinTech, innovation, real-life case sharing, and presentation skills will be organised to prepare you better for the pitching competition. The talks and the workshops can certainly assist you to craft your proposal! Of course, all HSUHK students are welcome (even if you are not joining the Innovation Competition). *iGPS units will be granted to participants attending each workshop.

InnoExplore Thursday
Design Thinking: The Gateway to Innovative Entrepreneurship

Date: 29 February 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Venue: Room A403, 4/F, S H Ho Academic Building, HSUHK
Speaker: Mr Cyron Chan, Executive Director of Makerbay Foundation

Register on or before 27/2/2024 (Tuesday)
Click here

About the speaker:

Cyron is passionate about design thinking training, no-code development, and mentoring young entrepreneurs. As Executive Director of MakerBay Foundation, he directs the strategic development and growth of the organisation, to empower young people with maker skills and mindsets to make an impact. 

Cyron has founded two startups in the past. A startup was sold, and another was closed after learning from its mistakes. He previously worked for a German social enterprise that empowered social workers to become effective intrapreneurs running innovative change projects within the social work sector. Additionally, in his previous experience, he initiated and created a start-up incubator for a higher education institute in Hong Kong to foster young entrepreneurs. He was responsible for conducting training, coaching startup teams, and developing partnerships and businesses. Cyron is also the Founder of CEO Class, a global initiative that empowers young people. Youth are able to discuss personal goals and growth in virtual fireside chat sessions with the greatest leaders in the world. Currently, it has over ten chapter teams around the world, including Singapore, Thailand, Poland, Mexico, Kenya, etc.  

He has also spoken at global events in places like Hong Kong, Beijing, Lisbon, etc. Having graduated from The University of Hong Kong (Bachelor in Computer Science) & The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Master in Social Service Management), he pursued impact investing at Singapore IIX Institute. 


InnoExplore Thursday
Pitch your Pitch 

Date: 8 February 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Room A403, 4/F, S H Ho Academic Building, HSUHK
Speaker: Dr Sue Yip, Experienced English Language Teacher

Register on or before 6/2/2024 (Tuesday)
Click here


InnoXplore Thursday
Henderson Show Suite Visit

Date: 1 February 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Two IFC, Finance Street, Central

About the Henderson Suite Visit:

In the dynamic intersection of PropTech (short for Property Technology) and FinTech, ChatGPT emerges to enhance interactions and operations within the real estate sector. PropTech is all about delivering real-time, engaging advice, molds itself to fit the user’s financial and property preferences, and keeps the conversation flowing 24/7. This is where high finance meets high tech, all wrapped up in a user-friendly chat interface, making the journey of buying, selling, and managing properties a ride of convenience and personalisation! It’s not just about building smarter; it’s about building connections, experiences, and a future that’s more accessible and sustainable for all. 

It is a captivating and immersive showroom experience for you to explore a meticulously designed model of The Henderson, a world-class architectural landmark of Hong Kong located in the heart of Central. By stepping into the show suite, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of the building’s layout, interior design, and innovative features, enabling you to appreciate the fusion of aesthetics and functionality in a real-world context.


InnoXplore Thursday
Revolutionising Insurance: The Game-Changing Impact of AI Technology

Date: 25 January 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM 
Venue: Room A403, 4/F, S H Ho Academic Building, HSUHK
Ms Elaine Chan, Data Science and Management Director at AXA Hong Kong and Macau, PMP®️, FLMI®️, Certified Financial Technologist

InnoXplore Saturday
(1) Write Your Way to Success: Unlocking the Secrets of Winning Proposals
(2) FinTech x ChatGPT

Date: 13 January 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 – 13:15
Venue: Room A403, 4/F, S H Ho Academic Building, HSUHK
(1) Mr Aaron Au Yeung, Assistant Project Manager, Fullness Social Enterprises Society Limited (FSES)
(2) Ms Rebecca Lim, CEO of AutoML Capita

Submit for the Competition!

Form a team and complete the Application Form on or before 29 December 2023 to join! 

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