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The 36th Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition is NOW open for application

Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition is co-organised by Sing Tao Daily, The Standard and the Education Bureau. This annual competition aims to provide all round training to improve students' language, debating, analytical and organisational skills, as well as enhancing their interest in social affairs and liberal studies. Since 1984, the competition has fostered and nurtured groups of talents in school debate. The competition has become a renowned academic event among Hong Kong secondary schools. Over the years, we received an overwhelming response from over hundreds of local and international schools. More than 10,000 students and teachers participated in each year. The competition will be held from November 2020 to May 2021 divided into English and Chinese Sections with 208 teams (56 teams for English Section and 152 teams for Chinese Section.) This year the seeding team system will be adopted again. The eight finalists of last year’s English section and sixteen finalists of last year's Chinese section can enter the competition automatically if application is submitted before the application deadline. To encourage more participation, 'Most Outstanding Debater Award', 'Most Improved School Award' and 'Best Motion Award' will be presented again. Adjudicators briefing section will be included at the Briefing Seminar to facilitate the teachers’ adjudication and coaching. To encourage the instant analyzing and debating skills, the 'Interrogative Debating' section will continue to run from the Preliminaries to the Quarter-Final. A 'Best Interrogative Debater' award will be presented to the student with the best outstanding performance in this session. For the 'Interrogative Debating' section, please visit Interrogative Debating Session & Award . For other award details, please visit Awards & Prizes.

Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge

- Since 2007- Social venture startup competition- Organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau- First inter-collegiate competition of its kind in Hong Kong The Framework: Education -Training for all Challengers  -Training for Semi-Final teams   Competition -1st Round -Semi-Final  -Final Incubation  -Startup Award -Mentorship -Overseas exposure

AI Challenge - Identifying Surgical Instrument

Computer vision has advanced considerably but is still challenged in matching the precision of human intelligence. Could AI assist humans to perform surgical instrument counting go in and out of Hospital Operating Theatre - a task that takes place over a hundred thousand times per year! In this competition, you are challenged to build a machine learning model that identifies the categories of Ophthalmology surgical instrument in an image dataset on HKSTP’s latest service addition – Validation Platform where Optimal Performance Metrics can be formed. By automating the task, your participation will help spare enormous amount of health professional time for direct patient care and connection. Ready to compete and be the FIRST to experience the Platform? Registration Deadline: 30 Sep 2020Contestant Briefing: 5 Oct 2020Model Training: Sep to Nov 2020 Winner will be invited to present to Hospital Authority for collaboration opportunity.

“Secure Use of Mobile Devices” Sticker Design Contest

The Contest aims to arouse the awareness of public on mobile device security and to encourage them to exercise care when using mobile devices. Participants could design a set of stickers, which could be used in instant messaging applications (e.g. WhatsApp, WeChat and LINE), in an innovative way to convey the message of taking precautions to protect mobile devices in this contest. ObjectiveThe Contest aims to arouse the awareness of public on mobile device security and to encourage them to exercise care when using mobile devices. Participants could design a set of stickers, which could be used in instant messaging applications (e.g. WhatsApp, WeChat and LINE), in an innovative way to convey the message of taking precautions to protect mobile devices in this contest. EligibilityThe Contest is divided into Open, Secondary School and Primary School categories. Each participant can enrol to only one of the categories and should submit only one entry. Participants shall agree and abide by all the rules and regulations of the Contest. CategoryOpen Category - All Hong Kong residentsSecondary School Category - All secondary school students in Hong KongPrimary School Category - All primary school students in Hong Kong

The 22nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition

In order to further enhance the design and quality of Hong Kong-made jewellery and encourage creativity, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will once again join hands with the Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China to organise the 22nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition as a concurrent event of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2021.

Scriptwriting Incubation Programme opens for application

The Government has introduced five major measures under the Film Development Fund (FDF) earlier to help the trade tide over this difficult period and re-energise Hong Kong's film industry. Among these measures, the Scriptwriting Incubation Programme (SIP) is now open for application from August 15 until October 14. Scriptwriters and would-be scriptwriters who are interested in the profession are encouraged to participate. With a total funding of $8 million, the SIP, in the form of competition with coaching provided, aims at identifying and nurturing local scriptwriting talent to help incubate quality scripts, thereby enhancing the quality of Hong Kong productions. The SIP consists of four phases, applicants are required to submit (1) synopsis and logline, (2) treatment and (3) full script in respective phase. Funding will be disbursed to winners of different phases at an amount of $30,000, $80,000 and $300,000 respectively; cumulatively, a final winning script will be awarded a total amount of $410,000. During the competition process, seminars and workshops will be arranged with experienced scriptwriters sharing techniques of writing treatments and scripts. There will be dedicated one-on-one coaching to assist applicants in perfecting their scripts as well.

Mini Robocon 2021

Mini Robocon is the annual robotics competition for all secondary students in Hong Kong. First started in 2018, the Contest aims to bring together junior students who are passionate about mechanical engineering and information technology. Mini Robocon 2021 is organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), and co-organised by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong (IET Hong Kong). Each year, Mini Robocon designs its game rules with reference to ABU Robocon, the robotics competition of Asia Pacific university teams. This year’s game is “ROBO RUGBY 7s”, which is inspired by rugby, the national sport of Fiji. Through workshops and boot camps, students are encouraged to use their inventiveness and creativity in robotics, coding, hands-on assembly, as well as team strategic planning to complete tasks.

“Protect Hong Kong Marine Environment” 4-Panel Comic Drawing Competition 2020

Objectives • To raise students’ awareness of environmental protection through the competition.• To disseminate the message of protecting our marine environment and marine life through exhibitions of winning entries. Theme All entries should take “Keeping the marine environment clean" and "Protecting marine life” as the theme.   Eligibility Local full-time primary and secondary students.   Categories 1) Family Group (P.1 - P.3 students & parents)2) Senior Primary Group (P.4 - P.6)3) Junior Secondary Group (F.1 - F.3)4) Senior Secondary Group (F.4 - F.6) Specifications of Entries 1) All entries must be a 4-panel comic and original work of entrants.2) There are no limitations on the size of each panel, painting tools and styles. However, entries must be drawn or colour printed on plain A3 drawing paper (29.7cm x 42 cm).3) Entries produced using computer must be submitted together with a digital copy (in JPEG/AI format with 300 dpi resolution). No need to submit digital copy for non-digital entries.4) Entries may contain words and captions in Chinese or English.