The Hong Kong Prize For Young Researchers

The hk prize is a competition that rewards high school students for their hard work. It gives them the opportunity to win monetary prizes as well as visit Hong Kong’s premier research facilities. It also encourages them to participate in science and broaden their global perspectives.

The prize was founded in 2016 to recognize individuals who advance world civilisation and inspire others towards building a harmonious society. Its logo features two precious elements: a pearl and a jade amulet, symbolizing humanity’s spirit of harmony. It is open to anyone from Southeast Asia and beyond. The finalists receive a monetary prize, a trophy and the chance to travel to Hong Kong to meet with scientists and learn about cutting-edge research in the city.

Winners of the hk prize will have the opportunity to take part in seminars and research internships at Hong Kong universities and laboratories. They will meet and learn from top international scientists and gain exposure on a global stage. They will have the chance to share their research findings with the public and promote scientific cooperation in Hong Kong. In addition, they will be able to experience the city’s culture and beauty.

In the past, the hk prize has been awarded to researchers who have made significant contributions in the fields of artificial intelligence/robotics, life/healthcare innovation, materials/energy innovation and advanced manufacturing/FinTech. The winners are selected through an impartial selection process without sponsorship or committee influence. The prize is a non-governmental merit-based award and it is open to researchers worldwide.

This year, six people were nominated for the hk prize. Five of them are activists who fight against the erosion of Hong Kong democracy. The sixth, Zeng Jinshu, is serving a lengthy sentence for organizing vigils to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests. They are all ardent champions of Hong Kong’s autonomy, freedom and human rights.

Xi Tianqi, who has just finished her first year at China Daily Hong Kong, won second runner-up in the Best Young Reporter category. She says the prize is a boost to her career. “It confirms my belief that writing is a valuable tool to make positive changes in the community,” she said.

The Hong Kong News Awards presented 78 awards in categories such as reporting, writing, photography, design and news video. The awards are organised by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong. Among the highlights are photographer Andy Chong Chun-pong’s photo titled Piggyback Paddling winning first runner-up in the Sports Category and Edmond Tang Wing-on’s Making Waves taking home first merit in the News Category. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony next month. The event will be broadcast live on TVB, Channel 8 and radio stations. It will be held at the Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. Admission is free of charge. Visitors can also enjoy a special exhibition of the winning works from November to December 2023. Proceeds will be used to support the organisation’s charitable refugee protection work.