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COMP undergraduate shined in the Chun Wo Innovation Student Awards 2020

Declan Leung Chun-hin (BSc (Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems, Year 4) teamed up with another PolyU student from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences to join the Chun Wo Innovation Student Awards 2020 and finally won the Silver Award and Best Business Potential Award with their project “Smart Bracelet”.

Hong Kong is transitioning slowly into an ageing populated society. Every elderly (aged 65+) is currently supported by 3.5 working adults but this number is expected to decrease to less than 2 by 2030. It is estimated that 25% of the elderly people fall more than once in a year while a timely response within the first two hours is highly important for them as it increases their survival rate beyond one year by up to 35%. However, fewer caregivers resulted from a lower birth rate and more elderly choosing to live independently cause a rise in elderly fall which becomes one of the stress factors for the caregivers and society as a whole.

“We are excited to turn our innovative idea into a gerontech product that assists the daily life of the elderly,” Declan shared. “We hope that both the well-being of the elderly can be enhanced and the burden of caregivers can be relieved.”

The Chun Wo Innovation Student Awards aims at encouraging tertiary students in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to solve problems relating to infrastructure, technology and social development in the city through an engineering approach. This year over 70 teams participated in the competition under the theme of “Engineers for a Smart Future”.