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Samsung Hope for Children App
Creation Competition Award Ceremony

Empower Children with Speech Difficulty to Learn Better

 
Hong Kong - December 5, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co., Ltd (Samsung), a leading global consumer electronics provider, and Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter (ACM-HK) join forces this year to create the Samsung Hope for Children App Creation Competition, and the award ceremony was held at Fu Cheong Shopping Centre in Sham Shui Po today. Contestants from local universities have been recruited to create an App that would serve as a training tool for children with speech difficulty to learn and communicate better.

 

Samsung is dedicated to applying the latest technology to enhance children’s learning and growing environment. Last year, Samsung launched the Samsung Hope for Children program in Hong Kong and set up the first-ever Samsung Digital Hub in Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Jockey Club Tin Shui Wai Integrated Services Centre with a focus on underprivileged children. The Centre is equipped with 47 computer equipment, including notebooks, colour printers, projectors, cameras, tablets and LED TV for the sake of over 2,000 children in Tin Shui Wai area.

 

  1. Beneficiary children learning through the tablet.

 

Having noticed some children in Hong Kong are being diagnosed with speech delay, Samsung therefore has decided to use Smart Learning as the theme for this year’s Samsung Hope for Children program. Partnered with ACM-HK, the organizers created the first Samsung Hope for Children App Creation Competition. Local university students majoring Computer Science were recruited in June to design a meaningful and stimulating App by virtue of contributing to the learning and therapeutic environment of children with speech delay in Hong Kong.

 

Before the commencement of the competition, students visited beneficiary organization, Benji’s Centre, to understand the needs of children with speech difficulties through sharing by speech therapists. In addition, Samsung invited an experienced app developer to hold a workshop, teaching students basic skills of developing Android app and things to note when designing
education app tailored to speech difficulty children. After three months of development, contesting groups from Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology completed their app by end of October. All of the Apps will be uploaded to Samsung Apps Store for free download.

 

Left: Officiating guests taking photos with Contestants (from left), Contestant UST Appsters; Champion Phoenix; Professor Lei Chen, Chairman, Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter; Lawrence Chow, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong; Raymond Wong, Founder and Executive Committee Chairman of Benji’s Centre; 1st runner-up winner GPA.

 

Right: Officiating guests presented prizes to Champion Phoenix (from left), Raymond Wong, Founder and Executive Committee Chairman of Benji’s Centre; Professor Lei Chen, Chairman, Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter; Champion Phoenix; Lawrence Chow, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong.

 

Left: Officiating guests presented prizes to 1st runner-up GPA (from left), Lawrence Chow, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong; Professor Lei Chen, Chairman, Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter; 1st runner-up GPA; Professor Lei Chen, Chairman, Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter.

 

Right: Mr. Raymond Wong toured around with the officiating guests at Benji’s Centre.

 

Lawrence Chow, Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong said, “Samsung is committed to enhance human’s quality of life through innovative digital technology. We are delighted to collaborate with ACM-HK to create the first Samsung Hope for Children App Creation Competition. We hope the beneficiary children, parents and speech therapists could fully utilize the smart technology and Apps to enrich learning experience, enhance communication and facilitate interactive learning. In the meantime, we will extend the scale of Samsung Hope for Children program through the latest technological products, resources and collaboration with local non-profit organizations. We endeavour to contribute to the learning of children in Hong Kong, and this resonates well with our corporate values and commitment.”

 

Professor Lei Chen, Chairman, Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter also stated, “This is such a meaningful project where students are able to leverage their own knowledge, creativity and training provided by the Organizers, in addition to the Galaxy Tab and professional support from Samsung, which equip them to design app for children with speech delay. Being one of the judges, the App design, story flow and rationale behind are well deserved with high appreciation. We look forward to welcoming more enterprises to offer a platform and great resources for students to translate their knowledge which in turn benefits the society.”

 

Raymond Wong, Founder and Executive Committee Chairman of Benji’s Centre pointed out, “Communication is the most important skill set of learning as a means to convey one’s needs and express feelings. Indeed, many children in Hong Kong are suffered from speech difficulties which defer their personal developments. We hope to enhance children’s learning interest and enrich their learning experience by marking use of multimedia and diverse content, or even colourful images for stimulating their senses. With the presence and explanations given by parents, teachers and speech therapists, children can play while enforcing two-way communications, thus facilitating interactive learning. Samsung and ACM-HK have offered a platform and resources where children are given a fair learning opportunity that they are enabled to access the advanced technology in their daily lives like other ordinary children.”

 

Additionally, Samsung has also donated 64 tablets that are already installed with Apps created by all participating teams as well as other educational programs. These tablets were donated to Benji’s Centre and Heep Hong Society for learning purposes and benefit over 1,300 children with speech difficulties aged between 1 to 12. Samsung hope to continue the momentum of Samsung Hope for Children program and further promote digital education and smart learning within the local community for the sake a better educational development for Hong Kong children.

 

Samsung Hope for Children App Creation Competition Winners

 

Name of Team,

Team Members,

School

Name of App

About the App

 First Place

 Phoenix

 Michael Lee Koon Kit,

 Lee Ching Ching,

 Cheung Wan Ho,

 Ying Pei Lin

 

The Chinese University  of Hong Kong

 

 Children
 Learning Fun

Children Learning Fun is created to help prove children with speech delay’s interest towards learning and to broaden the tools available for their therapy. The App focuses on the language learning process of children, and seeks to develop student’s knowledge towards shape, color and related ocabularies through its games. The games encourage children to interact with their parents; it is intended to foster communication, improve speaking skills and to prevent learning barriers.

 Second Place

 GPA

 Ben Chau Lung - HKBU,

 Yip Chi Wai - HKBU,

 Chan Ngai Lam - CUSCS,

 Chan Sze Ming – HKBU

  

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and, School of Continuing and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUSCS)

 Learning Gallery 

Learning Gallery is created for children aged between 4 to 6 years old. Its objective is to train children’s daily word usage and listening, speaking and reading ability. Children will be engaged in learning through 2D and 3D illustrations and will therefore increase their attentiveness towards words. Various games in this App are linked by a storyline, thus created a more coherent flow and allow children to learn while playing games.

 Third Place

 Lion Ken

 Ken Cheung Wai Kin,
 Vincent Tsang,

 Chan Lok Him,

 Ivan Yu Ho Ming

 

Hong Kong Baptist University

 Shape and Bubble 

Shape and Bubble is created for children around 4 years old as a tool to improve their reflex ability while learning how to identify shapes and color. Children can earn points through finding the right bubble. Therapists could reward children accordingly based on their scores. While the app can train children’s reactivity, therapists and parents could help increase the interaction of this game by teaching their children how to identify these shapes and colors.

 

Winning team of first Place, second Place and third Place will be awarded a total of HKD10,000, HKD8,000 and HKD6,000 cash prizes respectively. Each winning team member will also receive one Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE (16GB) as rewarding prize.

 

 

 

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion.Employing approximately 227,000 people in 203 offices across 75 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

About Samsung Hope for Children program

Since our founding in 1969, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has worked with passion and purpose to actively serve as a generous and ethical corporate citizen everywhere we operate. Samsung Hope for Children program was launched globally to bring attention to the worldwide need for childhood education and healthcare. By supplying Samsung products, lending our expertise and providing financial support, we’re able to give thousands of children in communities around the world access to education, mentorship, leadership skills and life-saving medical treatment. It is one of the ways in which Samsung uses our innovation to create a better world. For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/citizenship/hopeforchildren

 

About Association for Computing Machinery – Hong Kong Chapter

ACM is widely recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession; enable professional development; and promote policies and research that benefit society.

 

ACM hosts the computing industry's leading Digital Library, and serves its global members and the computing profession with journals and magazines, conferences, workshops, electronic forums, and Learning Center.

 

ACM-HK chapter has around 500 members. In addition, there are around 110 ACM-HK professional members, among which 100 are from industry and around 10 to 15 from academic. For more details, please visit http://acmhk.cse.ust.hk/home.php