HKBU virtual hackathon connects global youth under "new normal"


Students from Hong Kong, Germany, Italy and India win the competition with their concept of an online platform called “Quokkonnect”, which aims to connect children around the world.

Graphical concept of "Quokkonnect"

HKBU hosted the Global Virtual Hackathon 2021 from 7 to 9 April. The competition aimed to address the sustainability of the “new normal” under the COVID-19 pandemic, and it brought together around 90 university students from 16 countries and cities who then devised innovative plans and creative solutions to the associated issues in 48 hours.

With the theme “Hack for a Sustainable New Normal”, the competition was organised for the second year in a row by the Department of Computer Science, School of Communication, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning and Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with West Virginia University in the US, Ritsumeikan University in Japan and the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

The championship title and the Best Team Work Award went to the team that came up with the idea of creating an online platform called “Quokkonnect”. It aims to help children overcome physical boundaries and make friends with people from different regions, and it also provides them with opportunities to work on projects, including those focused on sustainable development.

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