The second City I&T Grand Challenge was launched today, inviting all sectors of the community to put forward innovative solutions from April 5 to May 16 to enhance the experience of nature and create a caring society in Hong Kong.

Organised by the Innovation & Technology (I&T) Commission, the competition aims to promote an I&T culture and enhance the application of I&T in the community.

The theme of this year's competition is “Hong Kong’s Got I&T”. Participants are invited to submit I&T solutions under the sub-themes of “I&T for Nature” and "I&T for Community”.

The nature sub-theme revolves around improving the operation and management of country parks and campsites, and enhancing hikers’ experiences in nature with the use of I&T, while the community sub-theme is about enhancing support for carers through the application of I&T.

Officiating at the challenge's launch ceremony, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the Government has been committed to investing in I&T development in recent years to bring new impetus to the city’s social and economic development, to enhance its competitiveness as well as to create more quality employment opportunities for people in Hong Kong.

As the city possesses unique advantages in artificial intelligence, data industry, biomedicine and green technology, the Government will develop these key areas in the future in order to further create room for I&T development, he added.

Mr Chan encouraged students and the public to actively participate in the competition to contribute to a better living and the future of I&T in Hong Kong.

Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Prof Sun Dong also spoke at the ceremony where he noted that the winning solutions of the first City I&T Grand Challenge serve as a testament to the strong creativity, observation and operability of the people in Hong Kong.

Apart from pointing out that he was pleased to learn that some projects have successfully been applied to the community to benefit the general public with the use of technology, Prof Sun invited the community to participate in the competition in an effort to achieve the “I&T for all” target.


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