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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) a standalone event?

The Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) could be viewed as its own event, but also doubles as a pre-conference workshop of the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) 2019 in Hong Kong, under the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). It differs from traditional IFMSA Pre-RM/Pre-GA workshops in scale and duration (HIC ends on June 24, while pre-APRM workshops end on June 23).It is open to both international members of IFMSA and local non-members.


Who is organizing the HIC and what are their credentials?

The HIC is organized by the Organizing Committee of APRM 2019 Hong Kong, ambitious Year 1-4 medical students from HKU and CUHK with experience in winning hackathons, leadership roles in student organisations, and involvement in global health initiatives.


We are partnered with IFMSA, multinational HealthTech enabler HealthConnect Digital and innovation hubs of Hong Kong local universities. These experienced establishments provide skilled mentors and will be the main deliverer of the training programme.


With participation from the above organizations, we can ensure the delivery of a well-tested and impactful programme.


Who will the adjudicators be?

Distinguished individuals from the field of Medicine, Business, Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology, etc. will be invited to adjudicate for HIC. Preliminary assessment rubrics is published with the invitation package and will be updated in time for the challenge. We believe a diversified assessment allows for diversified ideas.


Can post-graduate students/graduated individuals apply?

Postgraduate students and individuals graduated from university less than 1 year ago (as of 20 June, 2019) are welcome to apply.


Can I participate in the APRM too if I applied/was accepted for HIC?

For IFMSA members (international and local), which would apply to all local medical students, you can register for the APRM (we will ask you again when you apply for HIC!) You will be able to participate in all sessions, including the Opening Ceremony on June 23, within the APRM.

For non-IFMSA members who are not in the allied health sector, unfortunately, you will not be able to join the APRM except for its theme events on June 24.


Where is the HIC held and where will I be staying?


For June 20-23, workshops will be delivered at the Centennial Campus of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Accommodation will be near-site at Chi Sun College, HKU (approx. 15 mins by foot or 1 metro station apart).


On June 24 (final pitch day), the pitch will be held at The Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) in the New Territories. Depending on the final number of participants, and if the participant will be joining the APRM afterwards, lodging at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (also in the New Territories) from June 23 may be accommodated.


What is included in the 90 USD registration fee?

Registration fee includes:

- Accommodation for 20-23 June night

- 3 days of workshops

- Transportation between venues

- Meals: 3 meals a day (on campus)

- Buffet APRM19 Welcoming Dinner on 24 June

- Insurance: venue and event insurance


It does not include:

- Air ticket from country of origin to Hong Kong

- Visa

- Personal travel insurance


Are there any prizes for winners?


We are still in discussion with sponsors and have yet to finalize the prizes. But you can expect more than 1500 USD in cash prize for the winning teams, and working opportunities at world’s top MedTech incubators!


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