Award Streams

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021:
Smart Business
(Solution for Business and Public Sector Enterprise) Award

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021:
Smart Business
(Solution for SME) Award

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021:
Smart Business
(Big Data and Open Data Applications) Award

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021: Smart Business (Solution for Business and Public Sector Enterprise) Award

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 Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021: Smart Business (Solution for SME) Award

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.

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2021: Smart Business (Big Data and Open Data Applications) Award

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.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must have the intellectual property right and/or legitimate right over the ICT product/service mentioned in the application. The applicant shall disclose disputes any place over the world over intellectual property right about the applicant’s ICT product/service, if any, for the Leading Organiser to consider eligibility of the application.
  • The application must be submitted by locally (Hong Kong) registered entities (please enclose Company/Business Registration proof) or residents in Hong Kong 5at the time of closing for entry enrollment.
  • A significant part of the innovation, design, research and development (R&D) of the mentioned ICT product/service must come from resources in Hong Kong. The applicant should demonstrate significant value-add by the Hong Kong resources contributing to the success of the ICT product/service in the target market.
  • With the exception of the Student Innovation category, the submitted product/service must have been available6 in the market for at least 3 months or in live operation for at least 3 months at the time of closing for entry enrollment (please enclose proof – e.g. delivery note, invoice, public announcement, advertisement, internal announcement, etc.).
  • The same application is only allowed to be submitted to a maximum of ONE award stream among all the Categories. Any application found to have entered into more than one award stream will be disqualified.
  • Winning entries of the Gold/Silver/Bronze award in previous years of the HKICT Awards can enter the Awards again only if there is significant change or enhancement in the product/service, or for a new award category.

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.

Rules and Regulations

  • Applicants are advised to be aware of the best practice and case-based experience as promulgated by the Office of Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.
  • Applicants are reminded that any person who, without the permission of Steering Committee of Hong Kong ICT Awards, offers an advantage to parties involved in the Awards as a reward or inducement for doing any act or showing favour in relation to the Awards commits an offence of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).
  • To avoid conflicts of interest and the perception as such, applications for the Awards from sponsors will not be accepted.
  • In case of any dispute, the decision of the organiser will be final and binding on all parties concerned. 

Application Procedures

Each entrant should return the completed entry form on or before 12:00 noon, 16 July 2021 the Organiser (HKCS) (Room 1801, 18/F, Times Tower, 928-930 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon).


Official call for entries23 April 2021
Deadline for Enrolment16 July 2021 (12:00nn)
Categories’ Awards Presentation Ceremonies 15 - 23 November 2021 (TBC)
Awards Presentation Ceremony23 November 2021 (TBC)

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