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.
Alan Yip, a fresh graduate of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) who designed the "Birdgazer", clinched the design concept award of the prestigious red dot design awards, hailed the "Oscar" of the design industry. Alan would attend the prize presentation ceremony to be held in Singapore in November and his winning work will be on display in the red dot design museum there for one year. If the "Birdgazer" is being launched into the market, it will be affixed a red dot design label permanently to testify to its international appeal and innovative design concept. "Birdgazer" is a combination of telescope, bird watching machine, and camera with online functions. A quick look at the "Birdgazer" will find it like a trendy telescope but in fact it's much more than that. Built in with bird watching software programmes, users of the Birdgazer have only to input weather of the day, time and location and the Birdgazer will log online to provide information needed by the bird watchers. The most appealing part about the design is that when the user takes the photos of a bird, the Birdgazer will match it with information on the species and the name of the bird using the face detection technology.
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.
Riding on the remarkable success of last year, students and graduates of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) again clinched a number of major prizes at the 2011 Hong Kong Fur Design Competition including championships of the Full Fur and the Fur Combination Categories. The two champions will represent Hong Kong to take part in the Remix International Fur Design Competition to be held in Milan, attesting to the international standards achieved by HKDI students. 7 awards were set aside for the competition this year, and 4 HKDI students of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design and Product Development walked away with 5 major awards, including the championship and second runner-up of the Full Fur Category, the championship and first runner-up of the Fur Combination Category and the Best Sketch Award, the last of which was won by the HKDI students for the third year. The outstanding results are testimony to the high standards of HKDI programmes which train up quality professionals continuously.
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.
To get crowned in the first Asian Flying Day, one's flying machine must be excellent in look as well as in substance. The professional expertise of the Engineering Team of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), coupled with the creativity of Dreamsbond, the online video production team, helped them beat 40 competitors and get landed in victory at the first Asian Flying Day held in West Kowloon on 10 October, 2010. The flying machine was the fruit of the work of some 60 teachers and students of the IVE Engineering Team, including students of the Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Together they spent 2 months designing and manufacturing the flying machine. The key to the success lied in its 9m x 3m wings. To reduce the weight of the streamlined flying machine, the wings were made of wood light in weight, and wrapped up with cloth which was thin and non-permeable to air, to enhance its gliding capacities. Apart from the professional design, the mutual understanding of the team members was also pivotal to the success. Prior to the competition, the 4 members of Dreamsbond received special training from the teachers and students of the Engineering Team, which enabled them to push the flying machine with the running speed of 8m per second to add momentum to the machine. In addition, the pilot, weighing 77 lbs, grasped the skills of balancing and kept wiggling in the sky to increase the time of the glide of the machine. In the end, the flying machine recorded the longest flying distance among all others.
After claiming victory at the Robocon 2010 Hong Kong Contest, the Autobots Fighter Team from IVE (Tsing Yi) represented Hong Kong to take part in the 2010 ABU Asia-Pacific Robocon Contest, which was held in Cairo on September 21. They were up against 17 strong teams from 16 countries and cities across Asia-Pacific. The contest required competitors to use manually operated and automated robots to build three pyramids of varying sizes within three minutes. With their stable techniques and conscientious efforts, the team grabbed the second-runner-up awards in the contest.
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.