[CSR] Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Sep 27. 2017

Engages Secondary School Students to Develop Innovative Ideas on Applying Technology to Benefit Wheelchair Users Smart Future for Disability Inclusion

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Photo 1: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow workshop of on app design and VR application was held especially for secondary school teachers, with professional instructors presenting on the creative design of apps and the application and development of VR. Participating teachers also had the opportunity to experience VR and Gear 360.

Hong Kong – September 27, 2017 — Samsung Electronics H.K. Co., Ltd. (hereafter referred to as “Samsung”) has always cared for society and is committed to making a positive impact through innovative technology. Samsung announced the official start of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017 competition. With “Smart Future for Disability Inclusion” as this year’s theme, Samsung is engaging young people to come up with innovative ideas for applying technology to help wheelchair users solve problems in their daily life, such as when they travel, dine out, enjoy leisure activities, etc. The goal is to help build a more inclusive community in Hong Kong for the disabled.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Photo 2: (from left) Mr. Albert Wong Kin-wai, Chairman of Association of I.T. Leaders in Education; Prof. Kong Siu-cheung, Director of the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology at The Education University of Hong Kong; Paulona Cheung, Marketing Head of IT and Mobile Communication Business for Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd.; and Moon Lau, campaign ambassador have attended the sharing session of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017.

Smart Future for Disability Inclusion

Data from 2013 released by Census and Statistics Department [1] indicate there were around 320,500 people with limited physical ability living in Hong Kong, amounting to about 4.5% of the population. However, the numerous difficulties and challenges they face in their daily life are often overlooked by the public. As such, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017 Competition aims to deepen students’ interests in e-learning while teaching them to care for the underprivileged by developing ideas that are creative, practical and functional for wheelchair users, thereby raising their quality of life and bringing them a better future. 

Organized by Samsung, with Hong Kong Education City and AiTLE Association of I.T. Leaders in Education as co-organizers, Solve for Tomorrow 2017 has invited Mr. Leung Yuk Wing, who won gold medals in boccia on behalf of Hong Kong at the 2004 and 2016 Paralympics, and actress Moon Lau to serve as campaign ambassadors to drive student participation and make a positive impact on the community. They also participated in the campaign promotional video (https://youtu.be/hm1D3mefeE8). The campaign will contribute to the community in different ways, highlighted by Hong Kong PHAB Association and SAHK as the two beneficiary organizations. 

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Photo 3:Mr. Leung Yuk Wing, who won gold medals in boccia on behalf of Hong Kong at the 2004 and 2016 Paralympics to serve as campaign ambassador and judge for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017. (Photo credit: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)

Fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility for a Brighter Future

Ms. Yiyin Zhao, Head of IM Samsung Electronics Hong Kong said, “Committed to reciprocating the community’s support, Samsung has presented Solve for Tomorrow competitions for many years around the world in addition to Hong Kong, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Korea, China. We started holding the Solve for Tomorrow Competition in Hong Kong as part of a commitment to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. By joining this meaningful event, students are encouraged to be engaged with the community while helping solve problems through the creative use of technology to build a brighter future together.” 

Professor T.H. Tse, Honorary Secretary of Hong Kong PHAB Association, Honorary Professor in computer science at The University of Hong Kong said, “Hong Kong PHAB Association is committed to promoting disability inclusion. We are delighted that through this competition, young people can become concerned about the difficulties faced by the disabled in their daily life by developing ideas that are creative, practical and functional for wheelchair users, thereby elevating their quality of life, autonomy and integration into the community.”

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Photo 4: Moon Lau, campaign ambassador, encouraged students to help build a more inclusive community in Hong Kong for the disabled during Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017 event.

Fabulous Prizes Entice Student Participation

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017 will run from September to November 2017. Students from all local secondary schools are welcome to form teams and apply e-learning to develop innovative ideas for wheelchair users as a way of helping the underprivileged. The top 15 teams will be recognized with gold, silver, bronze, excellence and merit awards. They will receive cash and prizes worth over HK$430,000.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2017

Photo 5: Teachers who joined Samsung Solve for Tomorrow workshop had the opportunity to experience VR and Gear 360.

To complement the competition, a workshop on app design and VR application was held especially for secondary school teachers, with professional instructors presenting on the creative design of apps and the application and development of VR. Participating teachers also had the opportunity to experience VR and Gear 360. In addition, Professor Tse shared his thoughts on how technology can help the disabled in society. This has inspired teachers to help their students develop ideas on applying technology to benefit wheelchair users. 

If you would like to join or get more information about Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition details, please visit http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/solvefortomorrow2017.

 

[1] Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics, 2015 – Persons with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases in Hong Kong

 

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