The Joint Workshop on Design for Sustainability allows students to creatively look at challenges in society.


工作坊讓同學設計創新方案以面對社會挑戰。

Professor Jiming Liu (left) and Professor Toru Ishida (right) present a souvenir to Mr Ambrose Cheung.


劉際明教授(左)及Toru Ishida教授(右)致送紀念品予張永森先生。

Students get first-hand data through interviews


同學透過實地採訪獲得第一手資訊

Date: 05 Jun 2018 (Tuesday)

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HKBU joins universities in Japan and Taiwan to boost social innovation transfer

浸大聯同日、台大學培育同學探討社會創新轉移

The Department of Computer Science of HKBU, the Unit of Design of Kyoto University, Japan and the Institute of Creative Industries Design of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan organised the 2018 Joint Workshop on Design for Sustainability in Kyoto from 5 to 8 April, and in Hong Kong from 25 to 27 May 2018, respectively.

The joint workshop series marked the partnership’s 7th anniversary. With the theme “Design for Social Innovation Transfer”, participating students could show care to the community and create solutions for Hong Kong’s social challenges through collective wisdom. The first part was held in Kyoto for preliminary ideation and the second part in Hong Kong for implementation.

Taking part were 51 students and faculty members from the three universities with diverse backgrounds including business, architecture, engineering, social informatics, geography, communication and computer science. They formed groups to come up with proposals for social innovation transfer in Hong Kong. The scope covered education, heritage, lifestyle, childcare, environment and urban design. Through lectures, fieldwork, interviews, and intensive group discussions, the students learnt how to make a prototype and implement plans with local partners ranging from NGOs, schools, Government offices and district communities.

In the Hong Kong session, honorable guests included Chairman of Sham Shui Po District Council Mr Ambrose Cheung, Project Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Bernard Suen, Senior Engineer of the Transportation Department of the HKSAR Government Mr Stephen Ho and Senior Project Manager of the charitable institution Green Sense Ms Gabrielle Ho.

Workshop Co-Chairs Professor Toru Ishida from Kyoto University, Dr Yang Chiahang from National Cheng Kung University and Professor Liu Jiming from HKBU agreed that the ideas generated during the workshop were creative.

The Co-organiser and also Director of the HKBU Centre for Innovative Service Learning Ms Cindy Chan appreciated how the workshop provided an international platform with intercultural and interdisciplinary learning opportunity, which motivated participants to solve social problems using human-centred design.

Li Hao (PhD in Computer Science) commended the workshop for motivating participants to think out of the box. Ng Pui-yan (Computer Science, Year 3) said the activities enabled her to see things from a different perspective.

浸大計算機科學系與日本京都大學研究院及台灣國立成功大學創意產業設計研究所,於4月5至8日在日本京都,及5月25至27日在香港聯合舉辦「2018聯合可持續發展設計工作坊」。

今年是聯合工作坊第七年舉行,以「社會創新轉移」為主題,讓學生透過關注社區、集合不同國家及地區參與者的智慧來設計創新方案,解決香港的社會問題。第一部份在京都初步構思擬定方案,第二部份在香港對照現實情況,考量方案的可行性。

來自三所大學共51位師生以小組形式,探討有關教育、文化遺產、生活、幼兒照顧、環境及城市設計的社會挑戰。參加者的專業範疇包括商業、建築、工程、社會資訊、地理、傳理及計算機科學。同學透過講座、實地調查、現場訪問和深入討論,以及學習與非牟利機構、學校、政府機構及社區團體合作,將設計原型應用到實際環境中測試成效。

在香港舉行的工作坊邀請到深水埗區議會主席張永森先生、香港中文大學創業研究中心項目總監孫耀先教授、運輸署高級工程師何勁松先生,以及環保觸覺高級項目經理何嘉寶女士出席。

工作坊三位聯合主席,京都大學Toru Ishida教授、成功大學楊佳翰博士和浸會大學劉際明教授對同學的創意成果表示欣喜。協辦工作坊的浸大創新服務學習中心總監陳璧瑩女士認為,工作坊提供一個跨文化、跨學科學習的國際平台,讓同學用以人為本的設計解決社會挑戰。李浩同學(計算機科學博士生)讚賞工作坊鼓勵同學跳出框架思考;吳佩欣同學(計算機科學三年級)認為活動讓她從另一個觀點觀察事物。