The "YIAA 3.0 - Youth ImpACT Award" offers workshops on experiential learning and human-centered design thinking to help participants understand the needs of the community and conceive ideas for helping others. The winning teams are given the opportunity to conduct prototype testing for their proposed solutions.

Competition Details


Secondary and University Students in tams of 3 to 8 members.



2023-24 Competition is now open for registration.

Teams must:
  • choose from the four designated social problems: population aging, difficulties experienced by people with disabilities, challenges faced by children and challenges of sustainable development.
  • Take part in training workshops provided by YIAA
  • Submit a proposal introducing an innovative solution to one of the listed problems. The proposal should consist of an introduction of not more than 500 words, a video clip (no more than 3mins.) and 1 to 5 photos/images. (Video and images are optional)


  • The finalist teams will receive a maximum of HKD $20,000 of Social Coins as seed funding to implement and prototype their projects within a period of 6-10 months. Afterwards, the teams can apply for a maximum of HKD $30,000 of Innovative Service Development Fund to sustain and further promote their social initiatives.
  • All participating students will be awarded a certificate


Empathy and Innovation

2023-2024 competition is divided into three stages.



Registration and Social Innovation Taster Programme

2024.01 - 05

  • Register and join workshops
  • Submit project ideas
  • Shortlisted teams will undergo interviews to select Bronze Award and Finalists



Community Service Study

2024.06 - 09

  • Finalists gain a deep understanding of user needs
  • Refine and improve project ideas



Idea Presentation


  • Finalist teams present their project ideas
  • Judges deliberate and decide on the required seed funding for the plans

Make an ImpACT

Project Implementation and Prototyping

2024.11 - 2025.08

  • Teams that have succesfully obtained funding will implement and prototype their projects to service the community with the guidance of professional mentors

Join us and Make an ImpACT!




Supporting Organizations