HKBU Identifies Future AI Talent with AI x HK OpenCup to Address Global Sustainable Development Challenges

29 Nov 2022
Professor Rick Wong, Interim Provost at HKBU (middle), presents the awards to the co-champions in the Secondary Students Category.
Professor Jiming Liu, Associate Vice-President (Research Development) and Dean of Science at HKBU (1st right), presents the award to the champion in the Tertiary Students Category.
The winning teams at the award presentation ceremony.

Co-hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Faculty of Science, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) successfully organised the inaugural “AI x HK OpenCup” competition this year with the Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. The contest encouraged youngsters to address sustainability challenges in Hong Kong with innovative ideas and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The award presentation ceremony was held on 25 November.

The competition was well received by students in Hong Kong, and 69 teams joined its Secondary Students Category, while a further 152 teams signed up for the Tertiary Students Category. A total of about 920 students participated in the tournament.

A team from Diocesan Girls’ School with their project “Art In Anxiety Out”, which developed an art therapy mobile application, and a team from St. Louis School with their project “Medical Intelligent Aid”, which aimed to create a robot to help older people,were crowned the co-champions in the Secondary Students Category.

A team from City University of Hong Kong won the championship in the Tertiary Students Category with their project “MediMind”, which is a classification and training model for students with special educational needs.

Please refer to the event website for the full list of award recipients.

The OpenCup is an original and innovative competition scheme which provides an excellent platform for talented, up-and-coming young people. The contest enables them to ideate innovative AI solutions to address real-world problems under the four chosen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, namely good health and well-being, quality education, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action, in the Hong Kong context with their innovative minds, AI technologies, and collaborative efforts.

Professor Jiming Liu, Associate Vice-President (Research Development) and Dean of Science at HKBU, said: “Innovation and technology continue to foster global and social development. The OpenCup engenders an innovation-enriched platform that enables young talent to envision the future of AI technologies for tackling global challenges and adding new value to the community.”

The competition kicked off with an opening-cum-briefing session conducted in hybrid mode on 24 September. On 19 November, 20 shortlisted teams in the two competition categories participated in the Final Pitch contest. With the support of the judging panel, which comprised professionals from academia and industry partners, the award recipients of the OpenCup were selected.