The 42nd WorldSkills Competition was held in Leipzig, Germany, where competitors from Hong Kong won 3 Medallions of Excellence after a keen competition with other young talents from all over world.
Wong Chung Man, student of the Higher Diploma in Software Engineering programme of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) was awarded the Medallion of Excellence in the Web Design category as well as the Best of Nation Medallion as the top competitor in the Hong Kong team.
Wong Yat Sing, also a student of the IVE who came from the Higher Diploma in Business Analysis, won the Medallion in the IT Software Solutions for Business category, whereas Chloe Chan, a graduate of the IVE Higher Diploma in Health and Beauty Therapy, clinched another Medallion at the Beauty Therapy category.
A team comprising 4 students of the Higher Diploma in Exhibition Design and Higher Diploma in Interior Design programmes of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) clinched the first runner-up and the Best Youth Entry of the Open Group of the Hong Kong Science Park "Gift" Design Ideas Competition. Their design may be adopted by the Hong Kong Science Park for the Phase 3 architecture development.
Their winning design was named "Sky Tree" which featured an innovative green concept on the theme of “Vitality”. The design used a variety of features on sustainable development with an emphasis on the connection between people.
Students of various member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) swept the championship, and the first and second runners-up of the Student Group of the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition.
The championship went to Cheung Sui Cheung, student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery Design and Technology programme of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), whose work, “Shuttle”, paid tribute to the success of the space programme in launching of the first man into space several decades ago.
While the first runner-up was won by a degree student of product design programme offered by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in collaboration with the Birmingham City University, the second runner-up together with all of the three merit prizes of the Student Group were also won by students from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI).
Students of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) won the championship and second runner-up of the Student Group of the 6th Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition.
The champion piece of the Student Group was designed by Nip Fu Yuk, HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Interior Design programme. Her design of a wood chair incorporated plants at the bottom and built in light bulbs, is used to light up ambience of the hospital. Hung Ying Nga, the second runner-up, was also a student of the Higher Diploma in Interior Design programme whose lamp design was streamlined and sleek.
Students of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) won 10 prizes in the 13th Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition, including the gold prizes in the categories of Children’s Shoes, Ladies’ Boots, and Ladies’ Shoes and Bags.
The Gold awardee of the Children’s Shoes category, Lee Ngai Yi, a student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design of the HKDI, designed the shoes by incorporating different musical instruments into her product. Wong Ka Man, HKDI student of the same programme, styled her work on the structure of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which won her the Gold prize of the Ladies’ Boots category. Separately Wong Mei Ying, an HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in International Fashion Business programme, was inspired by the film “Black Swan” and tuned the inspiration into a pair of ladies’ shoes and bag that won her the Gold prize of the Ladies’ Shoes and Bags category.
Students and graduates of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) won 6 prizes in the Hong Kong Fur Design Competition 2013, including the top 3 prizes of the Full category, championship of the Fur Combination category, Best Sketch Award and Commercial Award.
Lee Ngai Yi, the Full Fur category champion, was an HKDI student, also the Gold prize awardee of the Children’s Shoes category of the 13th Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition earlier. She won the championship with her checkered fur design called “Illusion”. Championship of the Fur Combination category was won by Chui Ka Ying, HKDI graduate, with her kimono-style design named “The Illusion of Romance”.
The champions of the two categories would be sponsored by the organiser to receive one-week practical fur training at Copenhagen of Denmark and Toronto of Canada respectively on top of their scholarships and trophies.
Students from the Higher Diploma in Accountancy programme of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) Kwun Tong campus swept 4 prizes in the ACCA Hong Kong Business Competition 2012 (Sub-degree Category) out of over 400 teams from tertiary institutes in Hong Kong. The prizes included the First Runner-up, Best Budgeting, Most Creative Team and Best Team Spirit.
Contesting teams were required to submit an innovative and feasible business proposal to bid for a sponsorship of HK$3 million from CreateSmart Initiative to promote the creative industries of Hong Kong.
The biennial “Challenge Cup” National University Students Business Plan Writing Competition was held in Tong Ji University in Shanghai for 4 consecutive days in late November 2012. 3 student teams fielded by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) won 1 Silver and 2 Bronze awards on the strength of their innovativeness.
The Silver awardees, IVE students of the Higher Diploma in Software Engineering programme, designed an electronic tour guide application tailored for tourists who visited Hong Kong on the Individual Travel Scheme. Through the smartphone application they could plan their travel route, obtained the latest news on dinning, shopping and entertainment at one click. The application could also activate proxy booking for hotel rooms and reservation of theme park tickets.
One group of Bronze awardees came from the Higher Diploma in Mobile Applications Development programme of the IVE, whose work “Customer Relationship Management System” enabled clients of fashion shops to obtain the latest fashion information of the shop through smartphone apps where a virtual system for trying on new outfits was also provided. Another group of Bronze awardees, students of the IVE Higher Diploma in Digital Entertainment – Games and Animation programme, produced the animation named “The Legend of Dun Huang”. They narrated how the Mogao Caves were built and their characteristics in a storytelling format to spread the message of heritage conservation. All the 3 winning works earned commendation of the judges.
Tam Ho Yin, student of the Higher Diploma in Product Design and Technology programme of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), was conferred the Design Student of the Year Award 2012 by the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) in recognition of his outstanding design of an environmentally and user friendly dryer.
The winning work of Ho Yin was named “H2 Dryer”. He created a combined dryer for both hair and hand. The hairdryer can be switched to a hand dryer when connected to the infrared sensor. The design was practical and earned commendation of industry judges.
Students of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) Lee Wai Lee Campus won the championship, the first and second runners-up of the student group of the 14th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. Pang Horng, student of the Higher Diploma in Product Design programme of the HKDI, designed the champion piece “Look Back”, which also beat other entries in the professional group and the open group and won the Creativity and the Made-to-Sell Awards.
The design concept of his work originated from old-fashioned toy robots. Pang Horng incorporated parts like the arms and gearss of the robots into the eyewear design which also looked trendy with the use of vivid contrasting colours and unique frame design. The second runner-up winner, Ko Kin Long, a student comes from the same HKDI programme, named his product “The New Eiffel”. The arms of his frame were modeled on the structure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris which added grace and elegance to his entry.
The first runner-up winner, Lam Ying Kit, was a student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery Design and Technology course of IVE (Lee Wai Lee). His entry, by the name of “Forgotten Beauty”, was inspired by a pair of old-fashioned PVC frames of his grandfather.
A team comprising 13 teachers and students from the Department of Engineering, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) Tsing Yi Campus, competed at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2012 held in Malaysia. With their professional prowess and high tech design, the team clinched first runner-up at the Solar Prototype Class with their self-developed solar-powered car - SOPHIE, marking another world-class achievement.
There were more than 100 teams coming from 18 countries and territories taking part in the competition. This was the first time for a Hong Kong team to take part in. All the competing teams exchanged on the race track with their self-developed environmentally-friendly car to travel the longest distance with the least energy.
Lamb Tse, current graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design course, HKDI, was presented the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award this year, which won her a scholarship worth HK$250,000 for overseas study. This was the third design prize Lamb won in 2011. Her washing basin and faucet set design named "Pond and Pine" clinched the design concept prize of the prestigious red dot design awards, which was hailed the Oscar of the design profession. Lamb also won the second runner-up of the Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition 2011 with her work entitled "Stone". She planned to make use of the scholarship to pursue product design related courses overseas to broaden her horizon.
Students and teachers of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) emerged with flying colours in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2012 on the strength of their creative concepts in animation, multimedia installations and computer software system that won the recognition of industry.
Stan Mok and Lau Ying Shan, both graduates of the Higher Diploma in Digital Entertainment of the IVE (They completed a top-up degree programme in multimedia and entertainment technology in 2011 offered by the School of Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in collaboration with Leeds Metropolitan University, UK) grabbed the Best Digital Entertainment (Student and Independent Group) Silver Award with their 3D animation feature, "Deep Legend". Besides, a team of students of the Higher Diploma in Creative Media of the HKDI, won the Special Mention Award of the same category.
Apart from students, the teaching team of the Department of Construction, IVE, walked away with the Best Professional Development (Other Professional) Silver Award. At the same time, another teaching team, comprising Ricky Ng, Norman Li and Jet Hsu of the Department of Multimedia and Internet Technology, IVE (Lee Wai Lee), entered the contest as an independent team and finally clinched the Best Digital Entertainment (Student and Independent Group) Special Mention Award.
4 students of the Higher Diploma in Creative Media Design programme of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), namely Jimmy Chiu, Eva Chan, Sam Lau and Benny Tsoi won the first runner-up of the mobile game design competition, Best Scene in Town @ PICNIC 11, organised by the technology festival of the Netherlands, PICNIC Festival 2011.
The awarded mobile game named "THE SPIRIT OF A SOLDIER". When the application was activated, the mobile phone user would turn into a soldier marching towards different scenic attractions around the venue where the PICNIC Festival was held with the aid of the guided tour function. When the solider reached a destination, he would be instructed to perform a task such as uploading the pictures of the logomark of shops before he was to be given another instruction to continue with the game. The students wished to raise the users' awareness of the Festival and the surroundings of the city.
Lamb Tse, a current student of the Higher Diploma in Product Design of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) won the Design Concept Award of the prestigious red dot award. Named “Pond and Pine”, the design was the second piece of work by an HKDI student that won the same prize in a row.
The winning design is hope to remind the public of the importance to conserve water. It comes with a projection device built into the faucet. When users washed their hands, the image of a lively fish will be projected into the palms, just like it was swimming swiftly through the running water. When the level of water used was low, the fish will be red in colour. However, with the water level rising, the fish would turn into yellow and then white and simply disappeared at the end. It was a reminder to the user that the amount of water use was excessive.
Students of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) excelled in open competitions. They walked away with the championships of two categories as well as the Grand Award of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) E-Game Design Competition co-organised by the MTR Corporation and the Hong Kong Computer Society. Judges said their designs were comparable to the works of professional designers. The winning game designs are now available for public download.
Kwan Chung Kiu, Wan Ying Kit and Au Chin To, students of the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, IVE (Sha Tin), won the championship of the category of Mobile Application and the Grand Award with their design named “Tap Tap SCL”. Their game was original, where players were required to devise the shortest and the most convenient MTR route for commuters.
Meanwhile two students, namely Wong Chi Wing and Yeung Kin Wai, of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, IVE (Tsing Yi), won the first runner-up of the same category.
For the category of Facebook Applications, the championship was clinched by Li Chung Hei, Chu Sai Chung and Kei Kwong Lam, students of the Department of Multimedia and Internet Technology, IVE (Lee Wai Lee).
6 students of the Higher Diploma in Digital Music and Media of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) beat more than thousand competitors and won the Overall Champion of the The Hong Kong Anti-drug Songwriting Contest 2011 on the strength of an adapted song called "Drug Addiction";. The students would have the opportunity to perform on the television to spread the anti-drug message to young people. Apart from the Overall Champion, they also won The Best Ensemble of Open Age Group award and the Champion of the Best Lyric Writing. The HKDI was awarded the Top Ten Participating Schools Award as well.
The HKDI student band was called "Sound of Rookies" with Tse Hiu Sun as the vocalist, Choi Tsz Man and Yau Yuk Pui on the guitar, Li Wing Wai on the bass and Lai Chun Wa on the drum. Cheng Wing Ho, the only female in the band, was the lyricist of the champion song, which also clinched the Champion of the Best Lyric Writing.
The old song used by the HKDI students was "Fourteen Days" of Endy Chow. Cheng Wing Ho, lyricist of the new song, said the tempo of the song was crisp and was of the Rock N'Roll style, which appealed to young people. With a passion for composing lyrics, the imaginative Wing Ho put herself in the shoes of young people, and came up with the new song embodying the message of "Stand firm, knock drugs out", with some of the words running like "keeping the head in the sand can't solve the problem, think clearly, you don't need to be addicted to anything, stand firm and keep drugs out. There is a bright path ahead, you shouldn't ruin your future". During the performance, all members of the band contributed to the outstanding results earned. Choi Tsz Man, the guitarist, attributed their victory to their passion for music and what they learnt at the HKDI on theory, instruments and arrangements.
Sarah Lam, a student of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), won the Gold Prize in REMIX, the International Fur Design Competition at La Visionnaire held in Milan with her work named “Whirlpool”, beating 40 other entries from contestants around the world. This is the second occasion of HKDI students winning this prestigious competition. Sarah Lam won the championship of the Full Fur Category at the Hong Kong Fur Design Competition organised by the Hong Kong Fur Federation and was successfully shortlisted into the final round of the REMIX International Fur Design Competition. Sarah treasured her very first entry into an international competition in spite of the challenge of having to face an international judging panel. She was the youngest among the 8 finalists. Although she was confident with her work, she maintained her composure in facing the competition. She was exhilarated by her victory. Her work “Whirlpool” incorporated the streamlined and whirling features of contemporary architecture into the fur design, by spraying brown whirlpool patterns onto a natural pearl-coloured mink coat to create the dizzying visual effects. The theme of Sarah’s fur design was clearly spelt out and the work was able to actualise the concept. Coupled with her brilliant presentation on the spot, she was able to earn commendation of the judges for her design piece.
Chan Ying Wai, a student of the Higher Diploma in Animation, Comics and Visual Effects of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), has won the championship of the student group of the Art Idol -HK Figure Design Competition with his comic work "Time Traveler Laplace's Demo". Building on the creative concept and coupled with his consummate computer drawing skills, he created the hero with the unique extra sensory powers to prevent human from changing history through time travel. Ying Wai said his victory this time was a huge recognition of his design talents and he hoped to develop more comic works and become a comic artist in future. Lau Kai Ling, a fellow schoolmate of Ying Wai, won a merit prize in the same competition with her work, "Pagba Gyaltsen". Leung Cheuk Yiu, again another student of the same programme, also emerged with flying colours in another comic competition. She developed the "3 Brothers" comic story, which won her the grand prize of the student group of the iPhone Comic Supernova Competition. Her work used the classical children's story New Clothes of the Emperor as the background. Desperate to raise money to pay the medical bills of their ailing parents, the 3 brothers tried to swindle the prize money out of the emperor by coming up with invisible clothes which they claimed could only be seen by the wise. When the scam was discovered, all the 3 brothers, out of love for each other, fought to shoulder the blame all by onself. When the emperor learnt the truth at last, he decided to help them to clear their debts and placed them in important positions in the royal office. Cheuk Yiu hoped to inspire students to develop a responsible outlook for life.
Students of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) swept a number of prizes in the 12th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition including championship, second runner-up and 3 merit awards of the Student Group. The theme of this year's competition was the spring time. The championship of the Student Group was won by Yiu Hoi Lun, student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery Design and Technology, IVE (Lee Wai Lee), with his work titled "Dancer". Inspired by the jellyfish, his work was a pair of earrings made of black silver and white diamond. After close observation of movements of the jellyfish, Hoi Lun associated them with the delicate movements of a dancer on his mind and came up with a pair of earrings emulating the looks of a jellyfish. The upper part of the earrings could be turned around like a translucent umbrella with the lower part of the earrings, set with diamond, resembling the tentacles of the jellyfish. The work earned him commendation of the judges for its graphical style. Hoi Lun said the minimal but elegant design could be worn by ladies of all ages to match with their evening gowns. He was especially delighted with the prize and thanked the judges for their recognition of his abilities.
The Tai O fishing village is known as "Venice of the East" and the stilt houses built by the Tanka fishermen are notably the landmark of Tai O. The decline of the fishing industry there has brought about the sad demise of the stilt house culture. To pass on the stilt house tradition, Lau Tze Chung, a student of the Higher Diploma in Interior Design course of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), came out with the idea of turning the stilt houses into a cultural hostel. The creative idea earned him the Bronze Award of the Student Category of the 18th Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards.
Two teams of students of the Diploma in Vocational Studies, Youth College, took part in the “2008 China Robot Competition and the RoboCup China Open” held in Zhongshan and beat many elite teams to finally walk away with the championship and second runner-up awards. “Seagull”, the work of the champion team, made use of Digital Signal Processing techniques to control the robotic arms, which allowed more flexibility.
A group of students from the Diploma in Vocational Education (Digital Electronics Technology Stream), Youth College, participated in the “Electronics Innovation Award” jointly organised by the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers and Electronics Technology Education Association (H.K.). By virtue of creativity and perseverance, they finally won the championship in the “Creative Leisure Group” with their innovative work named the “Bluetooth Audio Player”. By simply installing the device, users can send music stored in their mobile phones or computers to their audio player through Bluetooth, and easily control the player.
Hong Kong students won for the first youth innovative technology award of China. A student of the IVE's Higher Diploma Programme in Intelligent Building Technology and Automation Engineering, Yiu Yee Shing, was one of the 3 awardees from Hong Kong. He was awarded a scholarship of RMB$20,000 for his Automatic Domestic Waste Recycling System.