Solve for Tomorrow 2018
What is Solve for Tomorrow?
As the world’s leading technology company, Samsung has always worked to inspire the world and shape a better future with transformative ideas and technologies. Samsung believes in the limitless potential of youth and fosters positive change in local communities by bringing together the creativity and passion of students around the world through the Solve for Tomorrow competition under its global corporate citizenship program. In 2013, Samsung introduced this initiative to Hong Kong and since then inspired tens of thousands of students to develop innovative solutions that help solve a wide range of social issues.

Samsung also promotes an innovative education philosophy called “STREAM4CARE” through Solve for Tomorrow 2018. The aim is to mobilize young people in Hong Kong to acquire knowledge of STREAM – Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, while at the same time developing empathy, a sense of responsibility and the ability to put their STREAM knowledge to work contributing to society. Through this territory-wide movement, Samsung hopes to cultivate the thought leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with both technological knowledge and the empathy to use that knowledge for those in need.

Solve for Tomorrow 2018
Under the theme “Imagination that Connects the World”, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2018 encourages Hong Kong students to develop an understanding of the special needs and characteristics of children with Special Education Needs (SEN), and then use their creativity and STREAM knowledge to design innovative solutions or tools to address the needs of SEN students, as well as their families, caregivers, teachers, classmates and other people surrounding them. Through the creative use of technology, Samsung hopes to create a more inclusive community for SEN students to unleash their potential and better connect with their loved ones.

Increasingly Severe Problems Related to SEN Students
SEN has a broad definition encompassing dyslexia, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical disabilities and more. SEN students are often diagnosed with multiple learning difficulties. According to data from the Census and Statistics Department and the Education Bureau, over 45,000 SEN students are currently studying in mainstream primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, a figure 34% higher than five years ago (Table I) and 1.6 times more than a decade ago (Table II).



SEN students account for about 7% of the total number of primary and secondary students. This means that of the 1,083 primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, each institution averages nearly 42 SEN students. Coupled with a growing number of confirmed cases each year, the difficulties SEN students face is increasingly severe.

SEN students differ from their peers in terms of learning, communication, social interaction, and emotion management in mundane situations. In addition to affecting the personal development of SEN students, these differences can also have an adverse impact on families, caregivers, teachers, classmates and others. For example, students with dyslexia generally encounter difficulties with reading and writing and their teachers may need to be more patient in guiding them. Students with ADHD may find it difficult to stay focused, which can lead to conflicts with classmates due to misunderstandings. Autistic students are less comfortable communicating and interacting with others and it be may be hard for them to understand the words and feelings of others - even their families.

Although it is impossible to change these symptoms, by understanding the characteristics and needs of SEN students and providing appropriate education, training, counselling and support, there are opportunities for them to improve in learning and social performance. This can ultimately help develop SEN students’ full potential. Thus, Hong Kong needs to focus its creative efforts across all of society to raise public awareness of SEN students and work together to create and provide them with a suitable environment.

Number of Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) Studying in Public Sector Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools in the Past Five Years
(Source: Replies to initial written questions raised by Finance Committee Members in examining the Estimates of Expenditure 2017-18 (Secretary for Education)
https://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/about-edb/press/legco/others/17-18-EDB-2-e1.pdf (Page 529))


Eligibility and Entry Format
The Solve for Tomorrow competition accepts entries from all primary, secondary and college students from Hong Kong who form teams to participate. Each team must be comprised of three to five students from the same school. Primary and secondary schools may send up to three teams, while there is no restriction on the number of teams for colleges and universities. Students from different classes or disciplines are welcome to form teams for the competition.

Participating teams must apply their knowledge in Technology and other disciplines of STREAM, including Science, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, to develop an innovative and practical solution for SEN students and/or the people around them. Teams from the Primary sector are only required to submit a PowerPoint proposal and a presentation video, while teams from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors are required to additionally submit an Android Application or a Prototype to reflect their designs.
Method of Entry
The competition will be open for application from 1 September 2018 and participating teams must apply via the online form on or before 30 September 2018. A supervising teacher is responsible for entering the competition on behalf of teams from the Primary and Secondary sectors, while teams from the Tertiary sector can enter the competition on their own. The teams will receive a confirmation email upon successful application. If they wish to make changes to the number or names of the participating students, the teams must notify the Solve for Tomorrow 2018 Secretariat by sending an email to SamsungS4T2018@pulsecom.com.hk. Participating teams must submit their designs on or before 6:00 p.m. on 31 October 2018.
Entry Submission
Participating teams must send the below documents to the Solve for Tomorrow 2018 Secretariat by emailing SamsungS4T2018@pulsecom.com.hk on or before 6:00 p.m. on 31 October 2018 (the Prototype must be submitted by courier):

For all teams
PowerPoint Proposal
Based on the template provided by the organizer, submit a PowerPoint proposal explaining in detail the innovative solution, using graphics, images, text, audio and video links (max. 15MB and within 15 slides).
AND
Presentation Video
Film a short video of no longer than three minutes in length to present the innovative solution. Participating teams must upload the video to an online platform and set it as “private”, then include the video link in the PowerPoint proposal.
Extra materials for Secondary and Tertiary sectors - Actual Product
Android Application
Participating teams must upload the APK of their Android application to an online platform and set it to “private”, then include the link to the PowerPoint proposal.
OR
Prototype
There is no limit to the size of the Prototype. It must be couriered or submitted in person to “23/F, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central” before the entry submission deadline.
Remarks
  • The time of the entry submission is recorded according to the time it is received by the Secretariat’s email server. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The teams will receive a confirmation email upon successful entry submission. Submitted entries may not be modified after the deadline.

Event Timetable
9 July 2018
Kick-off Ceremony and Seminar
1 September 2018
Application Opens
30 September 2018
Deadline of Application
Mid-October 2018 (TBC)
Consultation Workshops (more details to be announced soon)
Before 6:00pm on 31 October 2018
Deadline of Entry Submission
November – December 2018
Judging
January 2019
Award Ceremony

Awards

Tertiary Sector (10 teams):
Award
Quota
Cash Prize (per team)
Product Prize (per team)
Champion
1
HK$50,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$30,000)
1st runner up
1
HK$30,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$20,000)
2nd runner up
1
HK$20,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$10,000)
Creative Idea Award
1
HK$20,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$10,000)
Merit Award
6
-
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$5,000)
Secondary Sector (10 teams):
Award
Quota
Cash Prize (per team)
Product Prize (per team)
Champion
1
HK$50,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$30,000)
1st runner up
1
HK$30,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$20,000)
2nd runner up
1
HK$20,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$10,000)
Creative Idea Award
1
HK$20,000
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$10,000)
Merit Award
6
-
Samsung Products (Total value: HK$5,000)
Primary Sector (10 teams):
Award
Quota
Cash Prize (per team)
Product Prize (per team)
Creative Idea Award
10
HK$2,500
-

Consultation Workshops

Consultation Workshops (more details to be announced soon)

Tips: More information about SEN and Tips for designing

Below is more information about Dyslexia, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism, as well as more tips for designing tools for SEN students.
Characteristics
  • Verbal expression better than written expression
  • Mispronounces or forgets the correct pronunciation of words
  • Poor memory
  • Confused by Chinese characters’ structure and stroke sequence of writing
  • Easily gets tired when doing homework that requires reading and writing, due to more energy needed to stay focused
Tips for Support and Applying Technology
  • Set goals for studying and track progress
  • Training that breaks down words or structure of Chinese characters, improves spelling and helps recognize vocabulary
  • Training on memorizing and organizing ability
  • Voice-to-text tools
  • Training that strengthens presentation skills
Characteristics
  • Hyperactive, hard to remain seated or keep quiet for a long time
  • Short attention span, easily distracted
  • Weak self-control
  • Hard to follow instructions, especially for complicated and time-consuming tasks
  • Always interrupts when others are speaking
  • Forgetful
Tips for Support and Applying Technology
  • Set rules
  • Establish a clear reward and punishment system
  • Training that improves attention and concentration ability
  • Promote the “stop-think-act” approach
  • Training that enhances communications skills
Characteristics
  • Self-centered with little concern for others’ feelings, significantly affects social life
  • Slow in language development, weak in vocabulary
  • Stubborn and insists on doing things in particular ways repeatedly, resistant to changes
Tips for Support and Applying Technology
  • Set clear rules
  • Training to learn to understand the emotional changes of others
  • Training that enhances social skills
  • Training for emotional control
  • Training that strengthens vocabulary and communications skills
  • Use of visuals and graphics to provide hints for the procedures of certain tasks
  • Training that encourages the use of pictures to express emotions or thinking
  • Interesting, game-based formats
  • Use more graphics, fewer words and an interactive approach
  • Collect data for parents as reference
  • Set crystal clear rules
  • Encourage positive actions
  • Background music with option to turn on/off
  • Design different training levels to sustain on-going process

How does Technology help SEN students?
SEN students and the people around them face different types of challenges. Those who are participating in Solve for Tomorrow are encouraged to think from multiple perspectives to come up with innovative solutions to solve these challenges, by referring to the following design directions:
Early Diagnosis
SEN students’ key period for diagnosis is three years old or earlier. Through early diagnosis, SEN students can receive the right support as soon as possible, so that they can seize the Golden Hour to improve their learning and social performance before the age of six.
Training Support
Through targeted training, SEN students can improve their learning and literacy skills, behavioral and disciplinary issues, social skills, level of concentration and memory.
Social Interaction
Some SEN students may find it hard to communicate or interact with others. Finding ways to make social interaction fun can help SEN students better understand the expression of others and encourage them to interact and communicate more.
Support Network
Families, caregivers, teachers and classmates of SEN students also face difficulties and pressure. They need comprehensive support to help them further guide the growth of SEN students.

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will select winners based on the four criteria below:
Design Concept
How does the design concept help SEN students and the people around them?
Creativity
How does the design concept reflect innovation and creativity?
Feasibility
The design concept must reflect a certain degree of feasibility. The feasibility and level of completion of the Android Application or Prototype, such as operation and user interface, by teams from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors will also be graded.
Presentation
Each participating team must present their design concept clearly.

Judging Panel (in no particular order)

Judging Panel (in no particular order)
  1. Ms. Amy Fung Dun-mi, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
  2. Mr. Albert Wong Kin-wai, Chairman of Association of I.T. Leaders in Education
  3. Mr. Victor Cheng, Executive Director of Hong Kong Education City
  4. Dr Catherine Lam, Honourary Advisor of Hong Kong Association For AD/HD
  5. Ms. Yiyin Zhao, Vice President and Head of Information Technology and Mobile Communication Business for Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd.

Rules for Solve for Tomorrow 2018

  1. This is a team competition divided into three sectors – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Each sector has corresponding awards.
  2. Each team must be comprised of three to five students from the same school. Primary and secondary schools may send up to three teams, while there is no restriction on the number of teams for colleges and universities. Students from different classes or disciplines are welcome to form teams for the competition.
  3. The competition will be open for application from 1 September 2018 and participating teams must apply via the online form on or before 30 September 2018. A supervising teacher must apply on behalf of teams from the Primary and Secondary sectors, while teams from the Tertiary sector can apply on their own.
  4. The teams will receive a confirmation email upon successful application. If they wish to make changes to the number or names of the participating students, the teams must notify the Solve for Tomorrow 2018 Secretariat by sending an email to SamsungS4T2018@pulsecom.com.hk.
  5. Participating teams must select one type of challenge faced by SEN students and/or the people around them and apply their knowledge in Technology and other disciplines of STREAM, including Science, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, to develop an innovative and practical solution for SEN students and/or the people around them. Teams from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors are required to additionally submit an Android Application or a Prototype to reflect their designs.
  6. Participating teams must submit their designs on or before 6:00 p.m. on 31 October 2018. The time of the entry submission is recorded according to the time it is received by the Secretariat’s email server. Late entries will not be accepted. The teams will receive a confirmation email upon successful entry submission. Submitted entries may not be modified after the deadline.
  7. All participating teams are required to submit a PowerPoint proposal and a presentation video, while teams from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors are required to additionally submit an Android Application or a Prototype to reflect their designs. For more details, please refer to the “Entry Submission” section.
  8. Each participating team can only submit ONE entry. In the event the participating team sumbitted more than one entries, only the last entry submitted before the deadline will be accepted.
  9. A supervising teacher is responsible for entering the competition, serving as contact person and submitting the competition entry on behalf of teams from the Primary and Secondary sectors. Teams from the Tertiary sector can enter the competition, make contact and submit their competition entries on their own.
  10. Submitted ideas must be developed by the students and not have been submitted to any other competitions. Teams submitting plagiarized ideas will be disqualified. Entries that do not satisfy conditions will not be accepted.
  11. External sources of information must be properly referenced. Included materials such as graphics, images, text, audio and videos cannot infringe on copyrights. The main organizer/co-organizers/supporting organizations shall not be held liable for any form of copyright infringement. Teams found to have plagiarized others and/or infringed on copyrights will be disqualified immediately and bear the relevant responsibility.
  12. The organizer reserves the right to use the competition entries submitted by participating teams for any purpose, and reserve the right to modify, translate, edit, use and copy all or part of the entry content, without obtaining the consent of the participants or paying any fees in advance.
  13. The results of the competition are determined by the judging panel. The results and awards decision shall not be disputed or appealed.
  14. All personal information provided by the participants will be kept strictly confidential and will be destroyed within three months after the competition ends. For more information on Samsung’s privacy policy, please refer to https://www.samsung.com/hk/info/privacy/.
  15. The organizer reserves the right to amend details concerning the competition without further notice. In the event of discrepancies between the Chinese and English versions, the Chinese version shall prevail.
  16. The organizer reserves the right of amendment and final interpretation of the above-mentioned rules and arrangements.

FAQ

  1. Q: How can I find out that I have successfully registered to enter the competition?
    A: A confirmation email will be sent out after we have received the application forms.

  2. Q: Can part-time college students participate in the competition?
    A: No. Participating students must be full-time college students.

  3. Q: Can a participating team be comprised of students from different grades (e.g. two F.4 students and one F.2 student)?
    A: Yes. Students from different grades can form a team to participate in the competition.

  4. Q: Can a participating team be comprised of students from different colleges or universities (eg. two students from City University of Hong Kong and one student from The University of Hong Kong)?
    A: No. Participating teams must be comprised of students from the same school, college or university.

  5. Q: Can the same student participate in two teams?
    A: No.

  6. Q: Can a participating team submit both an Android application and a Prototype to reflect the team’s design?
    A: Yes, but the Android application and Prototype must reflect the same design instead of two different designs.

  7. Q: Can the participants upload the presentation video to Dropbox or Google Drive, or submit the video by USB flash drive?
    A: Participants may upload their presentation videos to any online platforms, but the video must be set as “private”. Submission of the video by USB flash drive is not accepted.

  8. Q: Apart from Cantonese, can the participating team use English or Mandarin as well in the presentation video?
    A: Yes.

  9. Q: What language should be used in the PowerPoint proposal?
    A: PowerPoint proposals in Chinese or English are both accepted

  10. Q: Can overseas students participate in the competition?
    A: Only students at local primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities are eligible to enter the competition.

  11. Q: Will the organizer provide any support to participating schools?
    A: Consultation workshops will be held for teachers and students in October 2018, before the deadline for entry submission. Tutors will advise participating teams on their preliminary design concepts at the consultation workshops. Please refer to the announcements on our website for more details and registration methods.

Contact Us

Secretariat Office for Solve for Tomorrow 2018
Email: SamsungS4T2018@pulsecom.com.hk
Tel: 2884 8295 (Miss Kwan)
Collaborating Organizations
Main Organizer
Co-organizers