InnoSpark
Pitch your ideas and grow your own community of passion and interest.
About InnoSpark

InnoSpark is a pitching event for students to present their project ideas and recruit prospective teammates and supports to form student interest groups on a wide range of topics such as robotics, artificial intelligence, electric automobiles and healthcare technologies. The process helps to improve students’ ability to effectively advocate an idea or proposal to a large group of audience. It also provides an opportunity and flexibility for students to form their own team and grow their community of interest and passion. The judging panel will also provide suggestion on areas of improvement for strengthening their soft and technical skills.

Recap of Briefing Session
  • All engineering undergraduates and InnoHub members are welcome to submit proposals.
  • Shortlisted proposals will be invited to join the pitching on February 23, 2021 (Tuesday).
  • You can join as an individual or as a team.

Your ideas should belong to one or more of the following themes:

  • Smart technology for better living
  • Innovations under post-pandemic world
  • Human-computer interface and integration
  • Any other technology-related themes

And your ideas can fall into one or more of the followings categories:

  • Design concept/ research idea
  • Hands-on projects
  • Technology-related service-learning
  • Product realization/applications
Submission and review of proposals

Please submit your detailed proposal and a one-minute video by February 1, 2021 (Monday) at below:

  • All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Assessment panel and will receive feedback.
  • Shortlisted proposals will be invited to the pitching event and will receive a Certificate of Merit.
  • Other good proposals will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and may be approached by Innovation Academy for other suitable opportunities.
Shortlisted proposals
  • 8 proposals are shortlisted and they will give a 5-minute presentation and a 5-minute Q&A in Innovation Wing on February 23, 2021 (Tuesday).

InnoChat

InnoChat is an AI-powered application that makes use of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Deep Learning and Big Data to provide accurate and immediate diagnosis and fun treatment for children suffering from speech sound disorders wherein patients have difficulties in articulation and phonology.

In the first phase, our app will do a diagnosis test with the child with the help of AI and a pronunciation database, which is the phase that we would like to focus on right now. The next step is to provide personalised and interactive speech therapy through gamification.

We hope children with speech sound disorders, especially underprivileged ones, can benefit from the easy, accessible and affordable speech diagnosis and therapy services provided by InnoChat. We believe InnoChat is the solution to assist speech therapists in delivering more efficient services, and to ensure that every child who struggles with pronunciation can get the timely diagnosis and effective therapy that they need.

Using drones to deliver medical products

It is a project application proposal that aims to alleviate some of the health threats in Southeast Asia due to low road access and sparse amount of healthcare facilities. It suggests the use of drone networks for medical supply delivery. The design of our drone service differs from existing companies in operation because it proposes new service areas of greater geographical scale (Cambodia, Myanmar, and Indonesia), it incorporates the idea of a telemedicine service to reduce the need to travel for medical consultation, it focuses on a supplier-to-patient network structure rather than a supplier-to-hospital network structure, and it proposes using public health centers and small clinics as delivery centers in the event that patients do not have access to phone or internet. All of these ideas help innovate medical drone services that are already in existence, and would help to increase medical access even more acutely.

Analysis and Visualization of MTR Passenger Behavior During COVID-19

With the help of Professor Reynold Cheng we have acquired daily MTR transactions for the months January to August for 2019 and 2020. This data contains 6 columns including Passenger ID, Card type, Entry Station, Exit station, Entry Time and exit time.
We aim to explore and analyse this data to find relation between COVID19 spread and public transport.

We also aim to build a platform that would provide easy access to this data to the authorised users. Also provide a high level overview by using Visualisations. Finally, also conduct analysis like Someone like you.

The Solaris Hybrida

The Solar H stands for Solaris Hybrida, which is the latin of Solar Hybrid. It is a revolutionary lighting experience that combines conventional solar tube that diverts light into buildings, solar powered led, solar-tracking panels and the unique modular add-ons.

Health-monitoring Integrated Patch

Vital signs monitoring like heart rate and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) is important for athletes such as marathon runners. Sudden changes or any abnormal values may be warnings of deteriorating body condition caused by fatigue, heat exhaustion and hidden heart diseases which can be fatal.

Thus, we propose a smart, lightweight and waterproof integrated health monitoring patch using optical characteristics (measuring heart rate, blood oxygen (SpO2) level, body temperature and blood glucose level) that sticks onto the skin. Together with GPS tracking and bluetooth function, data can be transmitted to computers and mobile phones wirelessly along aid stations for continuous monitoring. Powered by human body motion, it is safer than using cell batteries and also more portable. When abnormalities are spotted, emergent medical help can be offered before the condition becomes irreversible.

InnoTrial – VR Mock Trial

InnoTrial: a LegalTech initiative to enhance access to justice by providing self-represented litigants with Virtual Reality (VR) mock trial sessions. We will customise a simulated court environment using VR, enabling litigants to familiarise themselves with courtroom procedures. The aim is to help litigants perform their best in their actual trial through VR practice.

Social Networking Mobile App – Reciprocating and healing yourself

We want to build a platform where people can share their trauma, loneliness, distress, thought, and experience to others without fear to be criticised and can easily get support from people instead. Through or writing journals sharing stories with others can not only have a better understanding to oneself or other people, but it also helps building a high quality relationship and improve the sense of connectedness, which is beneficial for mental health and well-being for an individual and the society.

SNAPP the SAR Fish

“SNAPP”, The Search and Rescue (SAR) Robotic fish is a fast-swimming robotic fish that strengthens the capacity of search and rescue operations, with unparalleled underwater mobility through its unique fish-like design. It provides floating support and towing capability in the absence of lifeguards. SNAPP currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest robotic fish at 2.3 m/s.

Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury and death. SNAPP’s potential as the fastest swimming robot in alleviating this issue is centralised on the golden rule of rescue: “In a drowning situation, timing is essential.”

Our team is currently working on enhancements to its design, taking into account SNAPP’s performance in turbulent waters, integration of communication devices, and improved buoyancy.

Winners

The Solaris Hybrida

The Solar H stands for Solaris Hybrida, which is the latin of Solar Hybrid. It is a revolutionary lighting experience that combines conventional solar tube that diverts light into buildings, solar powered led, solar-tracking panels and the unique modular add-ons.

InnoChat

InnoChat is an AI-powered application that makes use of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Deep Learning and Big Data to provide accurate and immediate diagnosis and fun treatment for children suffering from speech sound disorders wherein patients have difficulties in articulation and phonology.

In the first phase, our app will do a diagnosis test with the child with the help of AI and a pronunciation database, which is the phase that we would like to focus on right now. The next step is to provide personalised and interactive speech therapy through gamification.

We hope children with speech sound disorders, especially underprivileged ones, can benefit from the easy, accessible and affordable speech diagnosis and therapy services provided by InnoChat. We believe InnoChat is the solution to assist speech therapists in delivering more efficient services, and to ensure that every child who struggles with pronunciation can get the timely diagnosis and effective therapy that they need.

SNAPP the SAR Fish

“SNAPP”, The Search and Rescue (SAR) Robotic fish is a fast-swimming robotic fish that strengthens the capacity of search and rescue operations, with unparalleled underwater mobility through its unique fish-like design. It provides floating support and towing capability in the absence of lifeguards. SNAPP currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest robotic fish at 2.3 m/s.

Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury and death. SNAPP’s potential as the fastest swimming robot in alleviating this issue is centralised on the golden rule of rescue: “In a drowning situation, timing is essential.”

Our team is currently working on enhancements to its design, taking into account SNAPP’s performance in turbulent waters, integration of communication devices, and improved buoyancy.

InnoTrial – VR Mock Trial

InnoTrial: a LegalTech initiative to enhance access to justice by providing self-represented litigants with Virtual Reality (VR) mock trial sessions. We will customise a simulated court environment using VR, enabling litigants to familiarise themselves with courtroom procedures. The aim is to help litigants perform their best in their actual trial through VR practice.

Important dates
Date Task
January 7, 2021 (Thursday), 2pm
Briefing session
February 1, 2021 (Monday)
Submission deadline of proposal
February 23, 2021 (Tuesday)
Pitching event
Awards & Prizes
  • Winning proposals are eligible to apply for the InnoSupport programme for further developing the ideas, and will be awarded a cash prize of HK$1,200.
  • “The Best Presenter” will be awarded a cash prize of HK$1,000.
Pitching event on Feb 23, 2021
Judging panel


To be announced

Organizing committee
Dr. T.F. Chui (May)
Associate Head
Innovation Academy
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Looking forward to be impressed and inspired!

Dr. N. Wong (Sam)
Associate Head
Innovation Academy
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Where is the wow factor?

Simon
Civil Engineering
Innovation Wing tutor
Managing the Engineering InnoShow

Let the spark of creativity light a prairie fire of innovation!

Felix
Mechanical Engineering
Innovation Wing tutor

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. Let’s discover the new ocean with our courage and creativity.

Kenny
Civil Engineering
Innovation Wing tutor

An idea starts with observation.
Innovation starts with ideas.
Engineering starts with innovations.

Winson
Civil Engineering
Innovation Wing tutor
Leader of Makerspace Management Team

Engineering: Converting Innovative theories into practical usage.

Emily
Clerk
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

I feel honored to serve on the organizing committee to take forwards the students’ project showcase in the event which brings students and teachers close and act as a platform to breed innovative ideas.
Heartfelt thanks to our team of very motivated and dedicated committee members with their involvement shown. I am also grateful to the projects present here, the encouragement helps us to carry out such a meaningful event.
I am looking forward to more Engineering InnoShow events. With our collective efforts, they must be memorable and successful.

Seto
Technical manager
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organization. In view of the irreversible impact of modern technology on the human race, it is my passion to work with the team to maximize our contributions in the areas we are currently serving. Through the endless creativity and new inspiration from our works, we hope our students will be equipped to be versatile and flexible, ready to walk on a successful path when stepping into the rapidly changing world.

Edward
Executive Officer
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

I am proud to be working at Innovation Wing team, in which the the team spirit motivates me to learn and grow. I always devote particular attention to innovation and technology in belief that innovation has the most impact on our future, and it’s necessary to prepare our students for this technology-driven world. 

Motivation is the spark that get us started. I am grateful to work with other committees with a lot of creativity here, which also inspires me with my son as a kid to create the fantastic moment.

Dr. C.K. Chui (Kit)
Director
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

We believe our future engineers should nourish a sense of mission to make a better world with technological innovations. Engineering educators should engage students to explore the world, creating opportunities for them to learn about the needs of the underprivileged, and acquiring practical work experience in developing solutions with real-world impact.