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GeoSpatialTech Challenge

Building a Smart City with Spatial Data –
Promoting Smart Living and a Healthy Lifestyle in Hong Kong
(12 April 2021 – 30 June 2021)

The Challenge, which comprises two categories (Student Category and Open Category), is now open for entries. To support the visions outlined in the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint, participants are invited to submit proposals for the improvement of community facilities such as hospitals, sports centres and homes for the elderly with the use of geospatial data on Hong Kong GeoData Store and other open data, thereby promoting smart living and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Using 3D thematic maps and 3D spatial analysis to determine the optimal location of establishments such as sports centres and food stores;
  • Applying route tracking, crowd control and pedestrian network analysis;
  • Producing thematic maps, web map applications and store locators; and
  • Many more innovative applications.

Join the Challenge to improve the living experience for yourself and the community! To submit your application, please email the application form and proposal to GeoSpatialTech_Challenge@landsd.gov.hk ! Your proposal should demonstrate the following:

  • Gaps in your chosen field and the proposed solutions, as well as how your plan supports public administration, public services and government policies in the long run to promote public interest;
  • Ability to introduce new creative elements;
  • Innovative methodology; and
  • Feasibility

Your proposal should be confined to no more than 3 sheets of single-sided A4 paper. The text shall be of font size not less than 11 points and singleline spacing. Please refer to the details of the Challenge for more information.

Open Category
  • Cash prize of $15,000 for Champion
  • Cash prize of $5,000 for 1st Runner-up
  • Cash prize of $3,000 for 2nd Runner-up
Student Category
  • Cash prize of $3,000 for Champion
  • Cash prize of $1,500 for 1st Runner-up
  • Cash prize of $1,000 for 2nd Runner-up
Sr. Tak Ming Koo

Sr. Tak Ming Koo

Chairman, Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors – Land Surveying Division

Sr. KOO has been working in the land and hydrographic surveying industry for over 40 years in the public sector.

He has extensive experience in land and engineering surveying in various large scale infrastructure development, port facilities development and public housing development projects using GNSS, GIS, BIM, UAS and other innovative surveying technologies.

Sr. KOO is currently the Chairman of the Land Surveying Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.


Dr. Jack Cheng

Dr. Jack Cheng

Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Director of GREAT Smart Cities Institute, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Jack Cheng is currently a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of BIM Lab, Director of RFID Center, and Associate Director of GREAT Smart Cities Center at HKUST. He has been teaching and conducting research related to BIM and digital construction at HKUST for over a decade. His research areas include BIM, 3D GIS, IoT, digital twin, AI, construction informatics and management, construction robotics, and smart and green buildings. He has co-authored over 250 publications. He is currently the Chairperson of HKCIC BIM Standards Task Force, Honorary Treasurer of HKIBIM, Director of HKGBC, Member of the BIM Committee and the Construction Digitalization Committee at CIC, Immediate Past President of ASCE Greater China Section, and Immediate Past Chairman of AIAB. He is a Professional Member of HKIBIM, CIC Certified BIM Manager, and a Certified Carbon Auditor Professional. He has received the Construction Industry Outstanding Person Award in 2019 and Young BIMer of the Year in 2014 from CIC.


Mr. Thomson Lai

Mr. Thomson Lai

Asia Digital Leader, AECOM

Mr. Thomson Lai is a Geospatial and project management professional with rich experience in the Geospatial/IT industry, who manages well in both sales qualification and project management tasks. He is knowledgeable in solution formulation for prominent projects and experienced in managing projects of various scales with a full understanding of the challenges and requirements of customers.


Dr. Yang Xu

Dr. Yang Xu

Assistant Professor, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Yang Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research lies at the intersection of GIScience, Transportation, and Urban Informatics. Leveraging big data, his work focuses on the quantification and modeling of human activities in cities, aiming to reveal their linkage with urban and technological developments, and their impact on future economic, social and transportation systems. Before joining PolyU, he worked as a joint postdoctoral associate at the MIT Senseable City Lab and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), where he focused on human mobility mining and modeling based on large scale urban datasets. (Personal website: https://yangxu-git.github.io)


Sr. Danny Yeung

Sr. Danny Yeung

Committee Member, RICS HK Geomatics

Mr. Yeung is a professional land surveyor and has over 20 years of experience in land surveying, specialising in Geographic Information System. He has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since 1997 and is a current member of the Geomatics Committee of RICS HK. Besides, he has been a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) since 1998. Mr. Yeung holds a degree in Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and a degree in Master of Science in Information Technology.


Mr. Sammy Ng

Mr. Sammy Ng

Chairman, bSHK

Mr. Sammy Ng is a Director of Operations and Executive Director of Structural, Building Engineering, Hong Kong, AECOM. He has extensive experience in all aspect of the master planning, design and construction for a variety of projects. He has been in charge of a number of major public and private office, low-rise and high-rise residential, railway station structures, highway structures, park and entertainment facilities, retail and shopping center, hotel and management of multi-disciplinary engineering services across the regions in local and overseas. He has dedicated over 20 years in the engineering design both in infrastructure and building development. He has actively participated in various institutional and government committees and fully supported the development of the HKIE’s professionalism to share the vision to our next generation.


Dr. Bruce Chong

Dr. Bruce Chong

Director, Arup

Dr. Bruce Chong is the Director of Arup, who leads the Urban Sustainability team on formulating strategy and implementation approach on resources efficiency, green infrastructure, smart and climate resilient. He is also the Skill Leader of City Resilience and Sustainable Infrastructure Design Leader in the East Asia region and has led many projects at both strategic and implementation level on climate resilience, smart city and resources management in Hong Kong and Southeast Asian countries for city governments, private developers and international organizations. Mr. Chong is also a Cambridge Overseas Scholar, and a Research Fellow at the Sydney University. Based on his project and research experiences, he wrote a book on ‘Smart-Green-Resilient’, published by HKU Press in 2016.


Student Category
  • Champion – AED
  • 1st Runner-up – CUHK
  • 2nd Runner-up – Diocesan Boys' School
  • 3rd Runner-up – AIRUNNERS
Open Category
  • Champion – Varadise Limited
  • 1st Runner-up – Maphive Technology Limited and Smart Life, Smart Live
Group photo of winners of Student and Open Categories with judges

Group photo of winners of Student and Open Categories with judges

AED, Champion of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

AED, Champion of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

CUHK, 1st Runner-up of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

CUHK, 1st Runner-up of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

Diocesan Boys' School, 2nd Runner-up of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

Diocesan Boys' School, 2nd Runner-up of Student Category and Dr. Crystal Fok, Director of STP Platform, HKSTP

Varadise Limited, Champion of Open Category and Mr. Andrew Lai, Director of Lands

Varadise Limited, Champion of Open Category and Mr. Andrew Lai, Director of Lands

Smart Life, Smart Live and Maphive Technology Limited, 1st Runner-ups of Open Category and Mr. Andrew Lai, Director of Lands

Smart Life, Smart Live and Maphive Technology Limited, 1st Runner-ups of Open Category and Mr. Andrew Lai, Director of Lands

A Healthy Lifestyle with Innovative Ideas and Maps

A Healthy Lifestyle with Innovative Ideas and Maps

A Caring Society with Connections and Maps

A Caring Society with Connections and Maps

Opening up the MapAPI as OpenData

Opening up the Map API as Open Data

Opening up the 3D Visualisation Map Dataset and 3D Pedestrian Network

Opening up the 3D Visualisation Map Dataset and 3D Pedestrian Network

GeoSpatialTech Challenge Competition Highlight (in Cantonese)

GeoSpatialTech Challenge Competition Highlight (in Cantonese)


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