Day: May 23, 2024

The HK Prize – An Award For Excellence in Science and Literature

HK prize is an illustrious writing competition that attracts authors from around the world. This prestigious award offers top ten finalists both monetary awards as well as shopping vouchers and F&B perks. The contest is held annually and judging panel members consist of reputable publishers from all over the globe. The contest is free to enter and participants should read all rules and regulations thoroughly before submitting their work.

This year, the Hong Kong prize honors those who advance world civilisation and inspire others towards creating a harmonious society. Previous recipients include selfless volunteers helping homeless people and scientists who developed liquid biopsy technology for faster cancer diagnosis. In order to win, applicants must submit a research article published in an accredited peer-reviewed journal that makes an impact on society – clinical studies, observational or epidemiological studies, or meta-analyses can all qualify. Winners are honored at a prestigious awards ceremony and gain access to Hong Kong’s premier research facilities, making this one of Asia’s premier science prizes.

Art and literature also dominated this year’s hk prize, with the late director Benny Chan’s cops-and-robbers actioner Raging Fire winning best film and Donnie Yen taking home the award for best actor. Xi Tianqi, a young journalist who joined China Daily Hong Kong just over a year ago, earned second place for her piece on sex trafficking in human organs. Other winners included the art gallery Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio for their exhibition Colors of Humanity, and Justice Centre Hong Kong for its work advancing protection and inclusion of forced migrants.

The BOCHK SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PRIZE, founded by the Hong Kong Alliance of Technology and Innovation, was renamed in 2022 to recognise scientific research innovation and its transformation for the benefit of humanity. It is a merit-based award with the highest decision-making body of the Review Committee and Compliance Oversight Team comprising renowned scholars from all over the world.

Thousands of researchers compete for this award each year, and it is considered one of Asia’s premier science prizes. Winners receive significant monetary prizes as well as the opportunity to present their work at seminars and access to Hong Kong’s premier research facilities. They also gain international exposure for their work. Last year, a researcher named Thein Swee Lay won the prize for her discovery that altering a gene called BCL11A using gene editing could reactivate fetal haemoglobin production and provide an alternative to blood transfusions for patients with sickle cell disease. Her work demonstrates how basic discovery, disease research and translational medicine can lead to transformative therapies that save lives. The winner received a prize of HK$ 2 million sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. Xi was presented with the prize by her colleague Bonnie Bassler, Chair of the Life Sciences and Medicine Selection Committee. The winner will also be offered a research internship at a local biotechnology company.