Innovate for Future (IFF) Competition is an open competition of innovation & technology to inspire our young people in Hong Kong to create innovative products or services for solving and improving our real life challenges, though idea generation to prototype development. The competition may apply to local schools including secondary and tertiary in Hong Kong SAR.  Students will pitch how to move human society forward with feasible innovation and products in our coaching process.

This competition is supported by our international partner, San Jose State University (SJSU) Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies (SVCGS). The final champion or winners will have opportunity to submit their projects to SJSU global program such as Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) Competition and Showcase.

This competition is also supported by our global technology partners and as well as other industry, exhibition, and training partners.  The final champion or winners will have opportunity to be nominated to join their industry support programs, internship programs and showcase in exhibition and sharing in technology conferences.

IFF2024 Pitch & Conference Day

27 July 2024 (SAT) 9:30am to 5:30pm at Cyberport Function Room 1-2

IFF2024 Competition Theme

Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development

Our Innovate for Future (IFF) Platform aims to cultivate a long-term goal of fostering social innovation and shaping a sustainable future. Social innovators play a crucial role in designing new principles and tools for sustainable development, and more importantly, putting them into practice. With this mission in mind, IFF’s competition event will specifically be designed for young people to create and design innovative products or services that can significantly improve our environment, health, and society as a whole.

Through IFF, students will be inspired to think outside the box and develop their ideas in an innovative way. They will be encouraged to address the pressing concerns of our society and learn to overcome real-life challenges through the competition. With the support of academic partners, industry mentorship, and various global programs, young participants will have the opportunity to turn their innovative concepts into reality.

The IFF2024 Competition will provide a unique platform for young minds to showcase their creativity, problem-solving skills, and passion for sustainable development. Participants will have the chance to collaborate, exchange ideas, and learn from industry experts, academic leaders, and fellow innovators. This multidimensional approach will foster a supportive and nurturing environment where young people can challenge existing norms, push boundaries, and contribute to a sustainable future.

By empowering youth through this competition, IFF aims to create a generation of social innovators who are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to drive positive change. The competition will not only inspire young participants but also encourage them to become change-makers and leaders in their respective fields.

Join us in the IFF2024 Competition and be part of the movement to empower youth for sustainable development. Together, we can create a future where social innovation thrives, and our world becomes a better place for all.

IFF2024 Competition Highlight

  • One-Day Competition Pitch & Conference
  • Finalist & IFF Project Showcase
  • Round-Table Tech Talks & Sharing
  • Local & Global Technology Partners Support
  • Global Competition Submission to SVIC/SJSU
  • Internship Program & Project Extension Support

Awards & Prizes

Total Cash Awards: HK$32,000

Awards with Cash and Certificate (for each stream)

  • Champion HK$8,000
  • 1st Runner up HK$5,000
  • 2nd Runner up HK$3,000


Awards with Certificate
  • Certificate of Excellence (2 teams)
  • Certificate of Merit (5 teams)
  • SJSU Global Program: Winners will be nominated to submit their projects to SVIC Showcase.
  • Public Exposure in EXPO: Winners will be invited to our Exhibition Partners to present talks and showcases.
  • Industry Support Program: Winners will be nominated to our local & global technology partners to extend their projects through their industry support and training programs.
  • Funding Program: Winners will be nominated to our HKETA partners to apply funding scheme to extend their project for commercialization.

: The organizer reserves the rights to make final decisions for the nomination and invitation.

Timeline for IFF2024

Open For School Team Registration

Register Now
Registration Deadline : 30 Apr 2024 12:00 nn

Final Project Proposal Submission
Judging Session for Top 5 Teams Selection
Past IFF Showcase Registration
Mentorship Kick off (Industry Visit/Workshop)
Pitch cum Conference & Awards Ceremony
Industry Support Program to Winner Projects
Global Competition to SJSU/SVIC2024


  • Dr Albert LEE, Ph.D., Lecturer, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong
  • Mr Lawrence LI, General Manager, IT Services, Hongkong International Terminals Limited
  • Professor Eric Wing Kuen SEE-TO, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computing & Decision Sciences, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Mr Perry TANG, Global Principal Training & Education Specialist, Medtronic
  • TBC, Axis Communications
  • TBC, Cyberport


  • Mr Dennis HO, Industry Specialist, Biomedical & Healthcare Industry Sector

Partners & Sponsors

Premium Supporting Organization
Venue Sponsor
Exhibition Partner
Gold Awards Sponsor
Global Technology Partners
Innovation & Training Partners
Micro-E in STEM Partner
SJSU Global Program
Supporting Organizations