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Hong Kong industry leaders gather to judge civil engineering student competition

09 June 2023

The Shaping Our Future City 2023 campaign ended with a poster exhibition and a mock stakeholders forum.

Hong Kong industry leaders gather to judge civil engineering student competition
The last event of the Shaping Our Future City 2023 campaign.

Hong Kong industry leaders have gathered to hear local students’ proposals for transforming a park into a hypothetical public sustainability exhibition centre.

As part of the Shaping Our Future City (SOFC) 2023 campaign, students attended site visits across Hong Kong to learn more about the latest technology and construction methods.

Based on their learnings, around 40 students from eight schools had been working on this scenario-based project competition under the guidance of facilitators, who are young engineers.

The competition concluded with a poster exhibition and a mock stakeholders forum on 14 May 2023.

Susanne Wong, Principal Assistant Secretary (Works) 1 at the Development Bureau of the HKSAR government, attended and delivered the opening speech as the guest of honour.

Susanne Wong giving speech
An opening speech given by Susanne Wong marked the beginning of the event.

Industrial leaders from a wide spectrum of backgrounds were invited to evaluate the students’ performance as the panel of judges. ICE HKA committee members and industry talents also attended.

What did the competition involve?

Students sourced their design ideas from various technical visits, including those to the CIC i - Hub and T · Park where latest construction technologies and local waste management policy are showcased.

They participated in the Walt Disney Imagineering Storytelling Workshop and engineering workshop to train their presentation skills and engineering thinking skills four weeks before the presentation.

To showcase what they learned, the students presented their redevelopment proposals at the final event within exhibition booths supported by visual aids like posters and a handmade model.

students present at shaping our future city
Students presented their redevelopment proposals with posters and models and received suggestions from judges from different backgrounds.

To promote peer support, a popular vote award was given to the most popular booth, chosen by all participants.

In the afternoon, the students actively took part at the mock stakeholders forum, where most of them enjoyed their assigned roles, raising potential concerns of their corresponding stakeholder in the hypothetical project.

Hearing from the judges

judges feedback shaping our future city
Felix Fong, Louise Pang, and Dr Tony Ip shared their feedback towards the end of the event and raised examples of how sustainability could be incorporated into development projects.

Towards the end of the day, the judges gave students advice on green building design and offered recommendations on how to present more coherently.

They also shared their passion in working in the construction industry and encouraged them to choose civil engineering for their further studies.

The winners

The ICE offers its congratulations to the following teams/individuals:

  • Champion (Maryknoll Convent School [Secondary Section])
  • 1st runner up (Po Leung Kuk Wu Chung College)
  • People's Choice Award (Holy Trinity College, Leung Shek Chee College)
  • Best-performing stakeholder (Methodist College)
  • Best model design (Immaculate Heart of Mary College)
  • Best sustainable concept (Maryknoll Convent School [Secondary Section])
  • Best presenter (Addison Lau, Po Leung Kuk Wu Chung College and Li Yin Pui, Leung Shek Chee College)

The ICE also thanks students and teachers from the following institutions for participating in the competition:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary College
  • Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
  • Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)
  • Methodist College
  • Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College
  • Po Leung Kuk Wu Chung College
  • Holy Trinity College
  • Leung Shek Chee College
  • Adrian Lo, graduate at ICE Hong Kong