Regulations and Rules

Application Procedure:

1. Candidates should submit a completed application form at our website by 31 May 2023, and upload their proposal (PowerPoint and 3-5 mins video) to a cloud drive (hyperlink to be provided by email) by 30 June 2023.

2. Basic training and consultation session on the use of data will be offered in early June for solution evaluation and tech scoring.

3. Shortlisted result will be emailed to contestants.


Eligibility Requirements:

1. We welcome all talents in Hong Kong & the Mainland to share their open data-driven solutions with use of algorithms and take the challenge at the final contest in August.

2. Criteria of candidates:

  • Age at 18 or above, residents of Hong Kong or the Mainland
  • Both individuals or corporate teams are welcome

3. The proposal must be a data-driven approach solution with the use of datasets from both Hong Kong and Shanghai governments, or any other relevant and reliable source of data.

4. All information submitted must be true and valid.


Challenge Themes

The themes of this challenge are “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, “Smart Environment” and “Smart Economy” under the six smart areas of the Smart City Blueprint, as choices for the contestants to choose.

Smart Mobility – Intelligent Transport System and Traffic Management。Public Transport Interchanges/ Bus Stops and Parking 。Environmental Friendliness Transport 。Smart Airport

Smart Living – Wi-Fi Connected City 。Digital Payment 。 eID/”iAM Smart” Application 。Support for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities 。Support for Healthcare 。 Recreation, Sports and Leisure and Culture

Smart Environment – Climate Action Plan 2050 。 Green and Intelligent Buildings and Energy Efficiency。Waste Management。 Pollution Monitoring。Environmental Hygiene

Smart Economy – Fintech。Smart Tourism。 LawTech。 Facilitate the Development of Innovation and New Economy 。Promote R&D and re-industrialisation

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Screening presentation (to shortlist our contesting teams for final in August):

  • To be scheduled around mid to late June with notification through email and WeChat in advance;
  • 10-minute verbal presentation of solutions and data analytics in PowerPoint with additional 5-10-minute questioning from judges.


Judging Criteria (with weighing of score):

1) Innovation and creativity (20%)

  • The innovation in solving a specific problem or improving the development of a smart city;
  • Creative problem solving with a new form of application and use of effective data-driven solutions;
  • Cost-effective deployment and integration of resources (including list of datasets) or technologies.


2) Functionality with relevant use of open data sets (25%)

  • Understanding and effectively addressing requirements of user (customers, citizens, stakeholders) per study of related data to solve the issue;
  • Empowering users to accomplish their functions efficiently (customer-centric, citizen-centric);
  • Regulatory compliance, industry/ sector best practice compliance (if applicable)
  • Ease of implementation;
  • Providing scalability and interoperability;
  • Enhancement planning for foreseeable market/ sector/ community needs.


3) Market potential/ performance, internal user buy-in or public acceptance (20%)

  • Current market share/ user base and rolling take-up rate;
  • Realistic/ justifiable market growth projections for local;
  • Future diversification into new industries/ sectors/ communities.


4) Benefits and impact (20%)

  • Creating a new operational model for business and public sector enterprises;
  • The extent of new and enhanced revenue/profits and/or tangible cost savings, (monetary, efficiency and productivity);
  • Creating impact: industry-impact, sectoral-impact, social-impact on accessibility and availability, quality and satisfaction for customers/ citizens;
  • Enhancing public/ market/sectoral community awareness of the use and benefits;
  • Including ESG factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of this project.


5) Technical aspect (10%)

  • Use of algorithm to create a model of data with a set of heuristics and calculation;
  • Proven effectiveness of algorithm that can solve the chosen topic, improve efficiency and analyze the data you use for specific types of patterns or trends.
  • REMARK: The algorithm applied would be tested as part of the solution evaluation.


6) Quality (5%)

  • Reliability and stability;
  • Quality standards as reflected by external quality marks/certificates;
  • User-friendly interface (if applicable);
  • Good presentation with team work.


Other Evaluation Key Points on proposal:

  1. Thorough understanding of the selected proposition;
  2. Clear explanation on selection and use of data;
  3. Analytical tools/ models with insights justification;
  4. Level of impact towards business and people’s livelihood;
  5. Innovation of the team with its capability to utilize data;
  6. Utmost importance at the final in August: Vision of the team on similarities and differences of the two cities from data comparison and analytics (the participating teams must use the data of the two cities at the same time)


Assessment Process

In the course of evaluation, the organizer, i.e. B4B Limited and judging panel may require access to relevant information in the applicant’s possession. The applicant will be notified in advance if such access is required. Any information supplied by the applicant for the purpose of the Hong Kong/ Shanghai Open Data Challenge 2023 will be treated as confidential and will not be released by B4B Limited and related parties without the applicant’s permission.



  • Applicants are advised to be aware of the best practice and case-based experience as promulgated by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.
  • Applicants are reminded that any person who, without the permission of the organizer of this event, i.e. B4B Limited, offers an advantage to parties involved in the Challenge as a reward or inducement for doing any act or showing favour in relation to the Challenge commits an offence of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).
  • To avoid conflicts of interest and the perception as such, applications for the Challenge from business(es) owned by organizers or judges will not be accepted.
  • In case of any dispute, the decision of the organizer will be final and binding on all parties concerned.