Walk21 Hong Kong is an international, five-day conference co-sponsored by Walk21 a global leader in championing walking – and Civic Exchange – a renowned Asian public policy Think Tank. Walk21 Hong Kong promotes Walking and Liveable Communities and highlights how “pedestrian-first” environments foster economic growth, social inclusion and general health and wellbeing. This forum will bring together over 500 delegates with world-class speakers including city mayors, industry experts, chief executives, civil society organizations and leading academics. The Conference is designed to enable participants to build networks and create an impact on local policy making.

Technology and technology service providers have a large role to play in the walkability of urban societies. That’s why CityTech Awards, the first ever award to celebrate innovations for walking, was created. The goal of the program is to showcase how the integration of “smart” elements into urban settings has changed the modern walking experience.

On day three of the Walk21 Hong Kong Conference (Wednesday, 5 October 2016), we want to recognize outstanding and innovative technological ideas as they relate to walking – from the integration of apps on phones, tablets and wearable gadgets to technologies that encourage new walking habits and anything in between. CityTech Awards is a competition whose theme is “Innovation and Ideas for Implementing Walkability.” Share your ideas with us and gain worldwide exposure!

We are pleased to invite you to submit your “walkability” projects. We welcome both physical and theoretical entries and accept products, prototypes and concept-stage submissions.


VOTE for the Social Media Winner among 20 Finalists Now!


Awards and Recognition

Awards: The 20 CityTech Award finalists will be recognized at the Walk21 Hong Kong Conference on 5 October 2016.

Winning entries will also achieve:

  1. Walk21 Hong Kong Conference
    The ability to showcase and explain your project to 500 international urban walkability experts and business leaders – a fantastic networking opportunity and a chance to meet potential investors!
  2. Media and Publications
    CityTech Awards will be introduced at the Conference’s Welcome Remarks and through press releases in the lead up to the event. This assures that winning entrants receive media attention and generate public interest.
  3. Walk21HK Website
    Each winning entry will be on the Walk21HK website which can showcase the idea and provide stakeholders with contact details and information.
  4. Newsletter Announcement
    Winning entries will be listed in our newsletter, which has a circulation of over 15,000 from both Civic Exchange’s and Internet Society Hong Kong’s databases.
  5. Social Media Campaign
    An online voting campaign will be launched in September. The 20 winning entries will be promoted on Walk21HK, Civic Exchange, Internet Society Hong Kong and all the other supporting organisations’ social media platforms.

We are excited to see some creative and out-of-the-box ideas along with some practical urban walking technological solutions. No concept is too small! Start your submission now!

For enquiry, please contact Ms. Fiona Ho at +852 3157 1357 or citytech-startup@walk21hk.com. Please quote the Entry Number (if any) in all enquiries or correspondences.

Judging Panel


 Dr Toa Charm, Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited


 Mr Raymond Chu, Assistant Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


 Mr Felix Lam, Managing Director, Red Chapel Advisors


 Mr Tony Lee, General Manager, Information Technology Resource Centre, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service


 Mr Donny Siu, Associate Director, HKUST Entrepreneurship Center​ cum Student Affairs Office

6  Mr Chester Soong, Chairman, Internet Society Hong Kong
7  Ms Maura Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Exchange

 Mr Andrew Young , Chief Commercial Officer, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation


Judging Criteria


Start-up category

Public category
(entrepreneurial ideas)

 Innovation and Creativity

  • Innovative business idea, strategy and model
  • Innovative products and services
  • Innovative application of technology
30% 40%

 Benefits and Impact

  • Promoting walking or sustainable transport
  • Accessibility to people with different abilities and needs
  • Social impact
40% 35%

 Feasibility and Performance

  • Feasibility and potential for implementation
  • Potential for investment
  • Market recognition
30% 25%



Application Procedures

  • Please fill in the form in ENGLISH. (Chinese could be used alongside English to support your application)
  • Interested parties wishing to submit an entry should fill in the online application form no later than (HKT) 18:00 on 5 September 2016.
  • Submissions from STARTUP CATEGORY should provide the following documents along with the completed online application form:
    1. A copy of Business Registration of the entrant or equivalent supporting document;
    2. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the entrant or equivalent supporting document (if applicable);
    3. Attachments or supplementary information (if any).

Information supplied by the applicant such as product or software sample, catalogues, photographs and any other relevant materials will be considered by the judges when assessing the merit of the product. It is in the applicant's interest to provide as much detailed information as possible. Entrants should be prepared to demonstrate the product or relevant materials, or explain the concept in person on the 9 - 10 September 2016.



Official call for entries: 18 July 2016
Closing date for entries: EXTENDED TO 5 September 2016
Interview: 9 – 10 September 2016, Civic Exchange Office
Awards Presentation Ceremony: 5 October 2016, Walk21Hong Kong, HKCEC

(The Judging Panel will take into consideration all supporting materials when assessing the merit of the submission, such as product or software samples, catalogues, photographs and any other relevant information. Entrants should be prepared to demonstrate the product or explain the concept on the 9 – 10 September 2016 if requested.)


Walk21HK CityTech Awards Co-organisers:




Walk21HK CityTech Awards Supporting Organisations: