Hong Kong District

Cisco Innovation Challenge

Make a better world with technology and innovation


Academic Partners

Business Partners

Grasp this never seen great opportunity, and come up with your creative IoT solution to change the world!

IoT technology is expected to ease some of the world's most serious problems.

By 2030, 24.1 billion objects will be connected to the Internet, creating 1.5 trillion market value.

CIC Purpose:

Through "competition to promote learning, education and application”, provide secondary school students with the ability to apply scientific and technological knowledge to solve real-life challenges.


The key goal of the challenge is to help students to build the key skills needed to become an innovator who can:







CIC Special Features

  • Provide professional training and customized IoT course materials developed by Cisco to teachers and students at no cost.

  • Adopt IoT as the foundation to resolve real-life issues. Empower the students to become key members in the global village.

  • Participating teams will submit their STEM/IoT solutions by virtue of own development pace. Content of submission include: written proposals, demonstration video clips, and group presentations.

  • Upon being shortlisted for Phase 2, Cisco, Telstra and Hong Kong Broadband Network will provide mentorship for 2 months to assist each team with technical advice.

  • Student will gain first hand advice on STEM's influence in various career paths

  • Challenge :

Innovation Challenge Theme (2020/21): Internet of Things and Sustainable Earth

The team is free to choose one of the following topics and design innovative solutions to specific problems:

  • 「Good Health And Well-Being 」

  • 「Quality Education」

  • 「Sustainable Cities And Communities」


Teams consisting of an instructor and 3-4 student should submit a 2-page concept note and 3-min Youtube Video for Phase 1 & a working IoT prototype for Phase 2


Participants must be registered secondary school student between the age of 13 to 16 (born between 2004 to 2007)

  • Prizes:

  • Trophies, prizes and cash prizes

  • School Participation Award &Excellent Teacher Award

  • Mentorship (upon qualify into Phase 2)

CIC Time-line :

  • 25th Nov 2020 : Briefing Session (Link) (Video -Password:Yrej2JsP)

  • 16th Dec 2020 : Teachers online training (Link) (Video - Password:Yrej2JsP)

  • 8th Feb 2021: Online IoT Workshop (Video - Password: XxPuC2ct)

  • 18th Feb 2021: Online AI Workshop (Video - Password: hMqdPpH3)

  • 23rd Feb 2021: Online project practice (Video - Password: 5yPCmBET)

  • 26th Feb 2021, 11:59pm Submission of Application (Link), Student Start Learning Compulsory NetAcad course(s)

  • March 2021 Industry Information Sessions, Students Training

  • 19th Mar 2021, 5pm Submission of Phase 1 Concept Notes Concept Notes & Submission link (Link)

Phase 1 Submission_How to show students finished Ch 1 quiz (Link)

  • 9th Apr 2021 Announcement of Shortlisted Phase 2 Teams, Mentoring Kick-off, Student Start Learning Compulsory NetAcad course(s)

  • Mid April 2021, Time:4:00pm ~ 5:30pm Mentorship Programme kick off Session

  • 19th June 2021, 5pm Submission of Phase 2 Concept Notes & Submission link

  • 14th July 2021 Showcase of Solutions of Phase 2 (Online), 9 Teams of Finalist will be announced on 15th July 2021.

  • 17th July 2021 Showcase of Solutions of Finals and Award Presentation in person