About Data and Media Hack 2019 (DMH2019)

Data and Media Hack 2019 (DMH 2019) will set the stage for innovation, calling on teams consisting of students with their mentors from various backgrounds to address social or commercial issues that matter to our future. We are driven by a vision to bring talents and professionals together at HKBU, to share impactful insights, discover business opportunities, learn emerging media and communication technologies, and deploy data-driven projects.

In a 48-hour time span, participants are expected to apply knowledge and skills from data analytics, media and communication, artificial intelligence, business, design, education, and others to solve the most prominent problems that are faced by industries, and to bring value and impact through an innovative way. Participants shall choose one (among the three) topic and embark on your data journey.

  • Health and Ageing Issues

  • This theme aims to find innovative solutions to the most prominent healthcare problems in our society. A particular focus will be ageing problems, which is quite urgent in Hong Kong. The focus is to build solutions for supporting people in their later years of life.
  • Leisure, Retail and Tourism

  • The leisure, retail, and tourism industry are now the pillar of the economy in some of the fastest growing countries, and also representing most citizens' life attitudes. Under this theme, participants are expected to reform the leisure, retail, and tourism industries by innovative data-driven solutions. The topics can cover green traveling, unmanned convenience stores, achieving customized travelling experience, etc. The topic of travelling will certainly lead to many unprecedented possibilities!
  • Media, Culture, and Entertainment

  • Topics in this theme include cultural products or cultural artifacts, including film, graphics, literary arts, music, and multimedia contents. Try to come up with a new and innovative way that users either experience, consume, or create entertainment/media.



Application deadline: ** 31 December, 2018 (Sign up before 2019!) **

Event Schedule (Tentative)

Friday, Jan. 25 

18:00 - 19:00 Registration
(Light refreshment will be provided)
19:00 Opening session   WLB103
19:40 Team formation & Warm up   WLB103
20:30 Topic briefing WLB103
21:20 Discussion and Hacking begins WLB103

Saturday, Jan. 26 

08:30 Door opens   AAB301
09:30 - 12:30 9 workshops (paralleling sessions) AAB 2F Classrooms(tentative)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch AAB 5F Canteen
14:00 Hacking begins AAB303/304/305
16:30 Meet mentors AAB303/304/305
16:30 Snack food & Break Time AAB 3F Outdoor Platform
17:30 - 18:00 Cups stacking challenge AAB 3F Outdoor Platform
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner AAB 5F Canteen
20:00 - 22:30 Hacking continues AAB303/304/305

Sunday, Jan. 27

08:30 Door opens   AAB301
09:00 - 12:30 Hacking final rush   AAB301-303
10:00 - 12:00 Talk with mentors AAB304-306
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch   AAB 5F Canteen
14:00 - 15:00 Final preparation AAB301-303
15:00 - 16:00 Testing and rehearsal WLB103
16:30 - 18:00 Pitching and judging WLB103
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner and networking AAB 5F Canteen
19:30 - 20:30 Announce results and closing ceremony WLB103


During the hackathon, we will provide various workshops for participants to better equip themselves and work on their projects. Each workshop will run for 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Build Custom Applications Easily: Get Started Fast with AirTable

Prof. Suen, Yiu Sin Bernard

Project Director, Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Build and Release a Mobile-only Web Story in 10 minutes

Mr. Hu, Pili

Lecturer at Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University
(Workshop designed by Mr. Hu, Pili, speaker will be assigned to a trained helper)

Prototyping Mobile Apps

Mr. Tung, Cheung Leong Beeno

(Technical) Consultant at Urban Spring Co. Ltd

Python for Data Analysis and Visualization

Dr. Zhang, Xinzhi

Research Assistant Professor at Department of Journalism, Programme Director of Data and Media Communication Concentration, Hong Kong Baptist University

Multimedia Content Production (Video and Documentary)

Mr. Liang, Zerui

Professional lecturer for Advanced Multimedia Communication, Department of Media can Communication, City University of Hong Kong

Professional Writing and Storytelling

Dr. Guo, Songdan Nancy

Lecturer, Discipline of Social Sciences, The School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU SPEED)

Vision in Product Design

Dr. Jeffrey C. F. Ho

Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Pitching Your Idea by Professional Communication

Ms. Fan, Fei Felicia

Teaching Fellow at Department of Business Management, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)

Leverage the Power by R

Dr. Wang, Xiaohui Vincent

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University


Mr. Kevin Cai

CIO of Hospital Authority Hong Kong

Specialties in strategic IT development, corporate transformation with IT, aviation IT management, speaker and IT advisor to the board.

Prof. Alice Y. L. Lee

Professor, Head of Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University

Prof Alice Lee is the Head of the Department of Journalism. She has various sorts of media experience in Hong Kong. She is a co-founder and vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Media Education (HKAME). She has started promoting media and information literacy (MIL) after she joined the Editorial and Advisory Committee of UNESCO which developed the global MIL assessment framework. In Hong Kong, Professor Lee is a member of the Steering Committee on Strategic Development of Information Technology in Education, Educational Bureau, HKSAR Government.

Dr. He, Chao

Director of Wisers AI Lab, Wisers Information Limited

  • Founder & Director of Wisers AI Lab
  • Senior Member of IEEE
  • 20 year’s AI R&D experience (Canada, UK, HK)
  • Inventor of the World’s No.1 Commercialised AI Banknote Validation Technology
  • Co-author of the RSDE sparse density estimation machine learning algorithm
  • Inventor of 40+ international patents



  • 1. Am I eligible to participate?
    • All the full-time students in the higher education institutions in Hong Kong - undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research degree students - are welcome!
  • 2. When is the registration deadline?
    • Registration will open to all prospective participants between 20 November and 31 December, 2018. Please remember to sign up as soon as you can!
  • 3. How can I register?
    • To register, simply fill out the form found right here on our website. Due to the space limit, we will select up to 100 applicants based on your background and personal statement. The selected applicants will be notified through email.
  • 4. How much does it cost to attend?
    • The hackathon is FREE of charge! But 200HKD need to be deposited to lock your seat for each selected applicant. It is refundable if the participant attends the whole hackathon.
  • 5. Can I sign up with a team?
    • Yes. You can build your team before the event. But each participant needs to fill in the registration form for his/her own. We strongly encourage you to form the team on-site, however.
  • 6. How many people can be on a team?
    • Teams are limited to a maximum of 5 students, but shall be more than 3 students.

Preparing for the hack

  • 1. What should I bring during the event?
    • Your ticket, valid student ID, electronics, and your passion to build something great.
  • 2. Do I need to know how to code?
    • Not at all! Our hackathon is designed as an inclusive event that brings all sorts of people together, and everyone can contribute in their own way.
      What really matters is how you combine your different skill sets within your team. Our advice is that the more diverse participating teams are, the more diverse and innovative solutions will be.
  • 3. Can I work on my hack before the event?
    • No, you can start thinking on the topic then pitch your idea during the event. Data and media hack is designed to be an effective platform for growing new ideas from the ground up over the course of a weekend. We highly value the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in, and ownership.

On-site activities

  • 1. What kind of workshops and activities will be hosted?
    • There are several insightful workshops for you to freely attend. The themes will include but not be limited to Apps Development, Data Analytics (e.g., using Python, R, Excel), Data Visualization, Multimedia, Business Model, Design Thinking, among others!
  • 2. Can our group stay overnight?
    • Due to safety concern, we don’t have overnight stay. But the venue opens at 8:00AM and will close at 9:00PM during the event. You are always welcome to stay longer.
  • 3. What do you offer during the hackathon?
    • We offer free food, swag, prizes, and much more for your enjoyment!

Deliverable and aftermath issues

  • 1. What is the expected outcomes or deliverable of this event?
    • DMH is an innovative competition with unlimited possibilities! The final deliveries could be an interactive project, a news story, a video, a prototype, a computer application, a game, and so on.
  • 2. Can I use my group’s results after the event?
    • The actual ownership belongs to the team itself. The team should reach a consensus and decide how to address Intellectual Property issue. Our hackathon may only ask for the publishing right to upload teams’ projects on our website and/or other social media channels.

Partners and Supporting Organizations

Center for Entrepreneurship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited Data Studio @ Science Park Apps Resource Centre HKBU Nespresso Hong Kong

General Co-Chairs

  • Dr. William Kwok Wai Cheung (Head of Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Prof. Alice Y. L. Lee (Head of Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (Research Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Mr. Pili Hu (Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Dr. Li Chen (Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Dr. Yuanxi Li (Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Prof. Bernard Yiu Sin Suen (Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. Hai Liang (Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Ms. Jiehu Yuan (Project Assistant, Data and Media Communication Concentration, Hong Kong Baptist University)


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