The winner of the award will be selected after a thorough review and evaluation of their scientific research, its transformation, and the social or economic value created. The awardee will receive a cash prize of HKD 2,000,000, an official certificate and a trophy. The awards ceremony will be held in Hong Kong and attended by representatives of the government, the sponsoring enterprises, and prominent celebrities. The prize is open to fields of scientific innovation including Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Life and Health, New Materials and New Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, FinTech, and other related areas. The award will be given to no more than 5 persons (or teams) per year.
In the news writing category, China Daily reporter Eric Ng won first place for his report on how jobs with a focus on environmental, social and governance issues are offering salary premiums of up to 50 percent. Business reporter Martin Choi was runner-up for his series of reports on cut-rate tour operators. The newspaper competition was organized by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong and received 617 entries from 12 Chinese and English newspapers in the city.
Joshua Wong, leader of Hong Kong’s umbrella protest movement, has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his non-violent campaign to wrestle democratic concessions from Beijing. US lawmakers, including Republican senator Marco Rubio, have endorsed the nomination of Wong and other members of the group that paralysed swaths of the city last summer in their quest for freedom. The protesters drew their name from the umbrellas they used to shield themselves from police teargas. Most of the group’s members are currently serving jail terms or awaiting trial for charges related to their activism, which they maintain were politically motivated.
The board of the hk prize is responsible for interpreting the articles of the Charter; suggesting important scientific research fields for THE PRIZE; setting requirements for nominating experts; overseeing and approving the final review results; and making decisions on the awardees. The board is made up of a review committee, a compliance oversight team, and a secretariat. Its decisions are final.