As the application of Information Technology is essential to improve the operating efficiency and productivity, quality and overall competitiveness and customer service for both our business and public sector enterprises, this stream recognizes outstanding locally developed products and applications which provide cost-effective and innovative IT solutions to business enterprises as well as public sector organisations, through the deployment of proven and emerging information technologies including cloud, IoT, mobility, smart devices, AI, and big data. The awards encourage original products and services development by our IT industry as well as in-house applications developed by business and public sector organisations.
The stream is to recognise outstanding achievements in technological innovations in locally developed IT products and application/services for effective use by SME. The backbone of our economy is our SMEs, of which the adoption of ICT is crucial for its efficiency and productivity, and its global reach in marketing strategy and business expansion.
Big Data is “high volume, high-velocity and/or high variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation.” (Gartner). With the availability of low -cost high-speed processors and innovative analytics software to manipulate and analyse massive structured and unstructured data, big data is now universally recognised as an essential tool to enhance productivity, competitiveness, customer services and business growth.
A major segment of big data is Open Data, an essential feature of a successful smart city. Open Data refers to the great quantity and variety of information collected, produced and disseminated by governments and public bodies (e.g. demographic, socio-economic, geographical, meteorological and municipal management data) as well as business enterprises in their day-to-day operations. Such data, if made available to the public in digital formats, can be creatively re-used to develop innovative products.
This stream is to recognise outstanding locally developed IT product and services in big data including general big data analytics/visualisation hardware/software and service platform; tailored products/services for specific business and industry domains and sectors; as well as innovative big data user applications developed in-house by an enterprise to enhance its business planning and operational objectives.
This stream is also to recognise innovative and effective IT enabled Open Data schemes implemented by public and private sector organisations, as well as innovative applications by the open data community in creatively utilising open datasets to advance business interests.
5. “Residents in Hong Kong”, in the context of HKICT Awards, include both permanent and non-permanent residents. If an entry is submitted by more than one person, at least half of the members of the group must be Hong Kong resident. For the case of Student Innovation category, certification of Hong Kong resident status can be performed through certifying student status collectively by concerned educational institution.
6. Examples are applications and products already in the market, application systems deployed internally in a company, and mobile solutions available at App stores. For startup companies competing for ICT Startup Award, prototypes appear only on kickstarter or similar platforms are NOT considered as available in the market.
|Official call for entries||23 April 2021|
|Deadline for Enrolment||16 July 2021 (12:00nn)|
|Categories’ Awards Presentation Ceremonies||15 - 23 November 2021 (TBC)|
|Awards Presentation Ceremony||23 November 2021 (TBC)|
Ms. Connie Chan