Ngan Chiu-ming (second from left), Cherries Chung (fourth from left), John Cheung (fifth from left), Sarah Chung (sixth from left) and Joscelin Yeung (seventh from left) show their concern for members of the society and capture three awards at the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge for their innovative barrier-free information platform


顏招銘同學 (左二)、鍾卓澄同學 (左四)、張子耀校友 (左五)、鍾嘉希同學 (左六) 和楊臻茜同學 (左七) 積極關注社群,他們的創意無障礙資訊程式設計成功贏得香港社會企業挑戰賽三大獎項

Date: 21 Apr 2015 (Tuesday)

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HKBU students’ innovative business plan sweeps three awards at Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge

浸大生無障礙資訊程式設計 贏社會企業挑戰賽三大獎項

Team “@ccompany” formed by five HKBU students and alumnus entered into the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge organised by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Their innovative platform designed to provide information on barrier-free facilities including local sights and eateries has successfully won them the first runner-up prize from over 200 participating teams. It was awarded the Best Social Mission Award and the Best Presentation Award together with a startup prize of HK$150,000 in support of their winning project.
 
The winning team comprised of John Cheung (Finance alumnus), Ngan Chiu-ming (Information Systems and e-Business Management, Year 3), Cherries Chung (Information Systems and e-Business Management, Year 3), Sarah Chung (Human Resources Management, Year 3), and Joscelin Yeung (Government and International Studies, Year 3).
 
According to a survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department of the HKSAR Government, there are currently over 360,000 people with disabilities in Hong Kong. In view of this figure and a rapidly aging population, “@ccompany” hoped to design a platform of barrier-free information on travelling and eateries so people with disabilities and mobility difficulties can obtain information instantaneously and free of charge. The interactive mobile application also allows users to leave comments and suggestions. In addition, people with disabilities will be employed and trained to collect information and write reviews on barrier-free access for the platform which will also serve to enhance their confidence and affirm their personal value. Details of the team’s project can be found at: http://hksec.hk/page/accompany.
 
The team thanked their advisor Professor Gordon Tang, Head of the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, and other faculty members for their patience and guidance. Besides providing important information to help people with disabilities, they aimed at enhancing the community’s awareness of their needs. They hoped they could continue to expand the scope of service in order to further promote a barrier-free culture and social integration in the territory.
 
The Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge was launched in 2007 with the aim of educating students and the general public about social enterprises in Hong Kong and encouraging students to employ a creative entrepreneurial approach to solve real world social issues through a social venture business plan competition.

五位浸大人早前組成隊伍「同路行」參加由香港中文大學創業研究中心舉辦的香港社會企業挑戰賽,憑著他們的無障礙旅遊及飲食創意資訊程式設計,成功從逾200支參賽隊伍中脫穎而出,贏得亞軍、「最具社會使命獎」和「最佳演說獎」三大殊榮,並獲頒發港幣15萬元的起動金以實踐他們的社會企業項目。
 
五位得獎人分別是張子耀校友 (財務學)、顏招銘同學 (資訊系統及電子商貿學三年級)、鍾卓澄同學 (資訊系統及電子商貿學三年級)、鍾嘉希同學 (人力資源管理學三年級) 和楊臻茜同學 (政治及國際關係學系三年級)。
 
根據政府統計處調查顯示,香港現時有超過36萬名殘疾人士,有見於人口老化問題日益嚴重,同學們希望能設計一個無障礙旅遊及飲食資訊網,免費為全港有需要人士提供無障礙資訊,並透過手機應用程式,方便用家即時獲取無障礙資訊及意見。此外,殘疾人士亦會受聘和培訓成為無障礙資訊的調查員,藉此提升他們的自信心和肯定他們的價值。有關「同路行」的得獎項目可瀏覽網頁:http://hksec.hk/page/accompany
 
同學們非常感謝顧問老師、財務及決策學系系主任鄧裕南教授和其他老師的悉心指導,並希望能繼續擴大服務範疇,推廣無障礙文化,讓更多社會人士關注殘疾人士的需要,藉此促進社區共融。
 
香港社會企業挑戰賽自2007年舉辦至今,旨在透過社會企業策劃比賽,提升學生和社會人士對本地社會企業的認識,並鼓勵學生運用創意的企業策略,以解決國際社會議題。