HKDAS's hackathon 2023 - Web3 & ESG

This is a 2-day event for Future Entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to leading venture capitalists and industry leaders and get their advice on Web3 technologies & ESG approaches in businesses and our society. It is a fast track to obtaining professional mentoring consultation, growing a business network and putting ideas into a real business.


Actualize your ideas

  • Win cash prize up to HK$100,000

  • Fast-track to seed funding or incubation programmes

  • Fast-track to internship program

  • Access exclusive CEO mentorship and talent program

  • Certificate presentation


2023 Theme

Theme: Web3

“The adoption of Web3 has been significantly growing in recent years, but security issues are also mounting. We are looking for innovative ideas and applications to tackle the problem.

​You are welcome to propose anything from digital wallet protection, malicious contract detecting system to any creative solution.”

Theme: Web3

“One of the biggest crypto exchange platforms has blown up and become insolvent. Some evidence shows that the team has mishandled its client’s assets. We are looking for innovative solutions to better monitor and manage the operation of centralized/ decentralized exchanges.

You can provide ideas that are based on but not limited to transaction monitoring systems, security systems and audit system with analytical tools.”

Theme: ESG

“Everybody loves the idea of ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance), but centralization and standardization may make ESG more costly, authoritarian and exclusionary. Decentralising authority and decision-making with diverse stakeholders to reach consensus shall enable wider and more effective ESG participation.

​You are encouraged to propose any solution that can inspire the industries to start thinking and acting on ESG or assist them to do better than status quo.”



Entry Requirements 

The Hackathon is open for all aspiring future entrepreneurs. Application can be made by teams of no more than 5 members.

Teams are required to submit the application form online.


After submitting the form, please also send your pitch deck to for our record. Demo video is also accepted as supplementary materials.


The pitch deck should be up to 15 slides in PDF format, including but not limited to:

  1. Market Analysis

  2. Value Proposition and Product/ Service Description

  3. Business Model

  4. Implementation Plan

  5. Fundraising Plan

  6. Team Profile

  7. Social Impact (if applicable)


Semi-pitch on Hackathon Day 1

  • 5-min presentation

  • 3-min Q&A by judging panel


Final pitch on Hackathon Day 2

  • 10-min presentation

  • 5-min Q&A by judging panel

prerequisite to enter the Hackathon is to become HKDAS member. Please register now if you haven't done so, 

Judging Criteria


20% Innovation and Creativity

  • Evidence of innovative advances in product, service, application, adoption, etc.

  • Value proposition


20% Business Viability

  • Ability to address user requirements in the target field

  • Improved competitiveness in terms of effectiveness and efficiency

20% Market Potential

  • Ability to generate revenue

  • Scalability

20% Development Plan

  • Go-to-market strategy

  • Product roadmap

10% Social Impact

  • Contribution to the collective wellbeing of the society

10% Presentation & Delivery

  • Ability to articulate the project ideas

Champion: Cash Prize HK$30,000

1st Runner-up: Cash Prize HK$20,000

2nd Runner-up: Cash Prize HK$10,000


The Most Innovative Award: Cash Prize HK$10,000

An award to spotlight the team delivering the most innovative solution that can create a solid Web3 use case.


The Best Business Idea Award: Cash Prize HK$10,000

An award to recognize the team with the greatest business vision in ESG.


The Best Progress Award (2 places): Cash Prize HK$10,000

An award for the team achieving greatest progress after the competition.


Competition Timeline

Call for Application

1 Dec 2022 to 11 Jan 2023

Application Screening

Early to mid-Jan 2023

Announcement of Top 20

23 Jan 2023

Hackathon – Mentorship & Semi-final Pitch

4 Feb 2023

Hackathon – Final Pitch & Award Ceremony

5 Feb 2023


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