The competition consists of three rounds: First Round, Semi-final and Final. President's Cup winners of different awards would be determined at the final round.
The four classes of awards:
|President’s Cup||HKD 10,000|
The eminent winners get an extravagant treatment for winning the prestigious awards. Winners not only are entitled to trophies, certificates and cash prizes*, a gathering with the President is arranged for the winners to present their projects to the President and exchange ideas on related topics. On top of that, the award-winning projects may be recommended to participate in the Challenge Cup, a national academic competition held every two years, subject to the rules of the competition.
* Amounts of cash prizes for President’s Cup 2018 are HKD 10,000, HKD 6,000 and HKD 3,000 for the President’s Cup, Gold and Silver awards respectively. The amounts are subject to change for future competitions.
The Selection Committee is nominated by the Schools/Office and appointed by the Office of the Dean of Students to be responsible for:
- overseeing the management and operation of the President’s Cup;
- selecting entries for the semi-final, the final and the awards.
To enter the competition, participants must (1) submit online application from on or before 13 October 2017 (2) submit a concept proposal on or before 3 November 2017. All submitted entries are judged by the Selection Committee based on the following selection criteria:
i) Project Objective ii) Innovativeness iii) Originality
Only a small number of entries are shortlisted for the Semi-final. The number of shortlisted entries varies from year to year and is determined by the Selection Committee.
Semi-finalists should spend about three-and-a-half months on their projects to produce a final report for evaluation of the judges. The submission of the final report is followed by the President’s Cup Project Exhibition, which is open to public and usually held on campus in mid-April. Each project is designated a booth for presentation in the form of a poster exhibition along with onsite demonstration of the new invention or display of any project deliverables, such as models, photographs, leaflets, booklets, etc. Semi-finalists must be readily available at a scheduled time for direct communication with the Selection Comittee.
Based on evaluations of both the final report and the project exhibition, the Selection Committee would determine which projects to proceed to the final round.
The final round is an oral presentation usually scheduled in late April to early May. Finalists are required to give a 15-minute oral presentation followed by a Q & A session for Selection Committee members to ask questions.
Selection Committee would deliberate at a scheduled meeting after the final round to determine the winners.