HackUST 24-Hour Challenge Doubles Participants

Around 440 students and alumni in over 90 teams from eight local universities took part in Hackathon@HKUST (hackUST) 2016 in April. The highly successful student-led event saw the number of participants double from the previous year and served as the grand finale to HKUST’s Entrepreneurship Week, organized by the University’s Entrepreneurship Center.

Those taking part could focus on any of four areas: mobile gaming, financial technology (FinTech), applications for women consumers (WomenTech) and creative. The aim was to identify a problem in a particular area, form a team, and come up with innovative ideas to solve the difficulty. Teams had to design and build the software and/or hardware prototypes within 24 hours. Prizes totaling HK$150,000 were shared between 12 winning teams.

During the Hackathon, industry experts and entrepreneurs served as mentors to the teams. Time-out activities, such a yoga class and meditation session, were also organized to revitalize participants.

Sponsors included Madhead (mobile gaming), which contributed a total of HK$100,000, Bank of East Asia (FinTech), Google (WomenTech) and Microsoft (creative). Madhead was founded by School of Engineering alumni brothers Terry and Terence Tsang.