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"Invent for Love" Secondary School Students Invention Contest

Introduction

Most Hongkongers are unaware of rare genetic diseases. Fewer still have met rare disease patients in person. For many patients, not only do they have to endure the physical suffering that comes with the disease, they also have to cope with society's cold shoulder and the lack of community support.

To encourage more youths to learn about rare genetic diseases and care for the patients, the Hong Kong Mucopolysaccharidoses & Rare Genetic Diseases Mutual Aid Group (HKMPS) is organising an innovation contest called "Invent for Love". The contest invites Hong Kong's secondary school students to invent assistive tools for the patients to improve their quality of living. The Organiser will host invention workshops and day camps for the shortlisted students. Winners of the contest will receive cash awards.

Objectives

Through this contest, HKMPS hopes to raise the public's awareness towards MPS and rare disease patients, and encourage youths to use their knowledge and creativity to contribute to society.

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Format

Entrants are to pick an entry category and invent tools to assist physically challenged rare disease patients in their daily lives.

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Eligibility

  • Full-time secondary school students in Hong Kong
  • Entrants should enter the contest as school teams

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Entry Categories

Many rare disease patients suffer from joint and limb damages, which result in short statures, short limbs, stubby fingers, inflexible joints, limb weakness, and even the need to be bound in wheelchairs. All these hinder the patients' daily living.

We have chosen 3 common hurdles of the patients and made them entry categories of this contest. Participating students should invent assistive tools to help the patients overcome these hurdles:

Category A: Opening bottles

Category B: Opening candy bag, potato chips bag and ketchup bag

Category C: Switching on computers and electric appliances

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Entry and Submission

Stage 1

  1. Submit your entry form
  2. Submit your invention proposal. Please use no more than 5 pages, 2,000 words and 10 illustrations to describe your concept.
  3. Email your Entry Form and Invention Proposal to mps.competition@gmail.com

Your Invention Proposal should contain:

  • Name of the invention
  • Description of the invention
  • How the invention can help HKMPS patients

Stage 2

The Organiser will assess the entries based on creativity, practicality and feasibility, and shortlist 30 teams. The shortlisted teams will be invited to join the Invention Workshops, where tutors and patients will provide constructive comments to improve the teams' inventions.

(Workshops will be held in December 2015)

Stage 3

A judging panel will assess the inventions submitted. The results will be announced at an awards ceremony held in February 2016.

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Important Dates

2015/11/27: Submission Deadline

2015/12/7: Shortlisted entries announced

2016/1/31: Submission of invention

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Awards

Grand Champion
(1 winner, selected from all categories)
  Award certificate and a cash prize of HKD3,000
Category Champions
(1 winner per category)
  Award certificate and a cash prize of HKD2,000
Merit Awards
(6 winners, selected from all categories)
  Award certificate and a cash prize of HKD1,000
Active Participation Award*   The school with the most active participation will win a cash prize of HKD3,000

(* Participation is calculated based on the number of students that take part in the contest. If there is a tie in the numbers of students, the school with the most entries will win.)

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Judging Criteria

Judges will assess the entries based on criteria including but not limited to the following:

  • Concept and creativity
  • Practicality
  • Appearance

The Judging Panel's decision will be final.

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Other Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be full-time Hong Kong secondary school students.
  • There is no limit to the number of teams each school can send.
  • Each team can comprise up to 3 members who should all belong to the same school.
  • Each team can submit up to 3 entries.
  • All entries must be original works and must not have won any awards at other competitions/contests.
  • The entries must not infringe the rights of any other party or breach any laws of Hong Kong. The entrant(s) shall be solely liable for any act of infringement of intellectual property rights and must indemnify the Organiser against any liability that may result from using the entries.
  • The information submitted by the entrants must be true and accurate. Documents and materials submitted will not be returned.
  • The Organiser shall have the perpetual right to use the entry in any way it deems appropriate.
  • The decision of the Judging Panel will be final.
  • Staff members of the organiser are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  • All personal data collected will be used solely for this contest.
  • All entrants are assumed to have agreed to the above rules.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to interpret and amend the rules.

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Enquiries

Please email your name and telephone number to mps.competition@gmail.com

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Organiser

Hong Kong Mucopolysaccharidoses & Rare Genetic Diseases Mutual Aid Group

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Quick Links

To learn more about the patients' daily needs, please refer to the following resources:

MPS brothers' plea for medical treatment (MPS Type 2)

HKMPS Publications

 

 

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