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HK students win grand prize at Technovation

HK students win grand prize at TechnovationA team of five Hong Kong girls have won the grand prize in the junior division at the 2017 Technovation World Pitch Summit in Silicon valley.

The team from Diocesan Girls School was selected from 1,100 teams worldwide for the grand prize for their innovative Dementia Care Companion mobile app solution.

Katrina Liu Tin Nam, Amanda Looi Nga Man, Sharon Ng Yan Laam, Celine Mung Hoi Yan and Natalie Tsang Sum Yee created a mobile app that provides patients with personalised training and games to help them maintain their abilities to interact with loved ones and allowing family members to monitor patient progress using game statistics.

The team visited Silicon Valley as part of TechnovationHK: #GirlsMakeTech, a pilot tech entrepreneurial program organized by Young Makers ChangeMakers in conjunction with co-organizer Cyberport and main prize sponsor the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. The team was selected in July to take part in the finals.

Technovation is the world’s largest technology entrepreneurship challenge for girls aged 10-18. It is designed to encourage girls to identify and solve a problem in their community that corresponds with one of six United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals using mobile app solutions.

Hong Kong's top senior team from  St Paul’s Convent School was a world semi-finalist and took part in the World Pitch Summit held at Google’s Mountain View headquarters as a visiting team.

This marked the first time Hong Kong youth participated in the global challenge. Nearly 300 girls from over 40 schools across Hong Kong participated in the challenge.

“Technovation HK: #GirlsMakeTech is an innovative model for encouraging and supporting girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), connecting them with STEM skills and knowledge for social improvement," HKSAR secretary for innovation and technology Nicholas Yang said.

"In an Internet-driven economy, increasing STEM participation is a core component of our ecosystem. The Government will continue to inspire the younger generation to have more exposure in innovation and technology and attract more young people to pursue STEM disciplines and careers."