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COMP Student Won Best UI/UX Award at Cathay Hackathon 2022

19 Jan 2023

Our Year 3 student, YU Man-Fai Daniel, won the Best UI/UX Award at Cathay Hackathon 2022 with a project called “Tripify”. As the team leader, Daniel joined hands with three teammates from The University of Hong Kong in creating an app extension for the “Cathay Learn” application. The concept of Tripify is building an ecosystem that not only motivates continuous learning activities by implementing a reward system, but also connects the airline to everyday life of the users.

Daniel’s team stood out from a hundred teams and reached the final round. In 24 hours, finalists needed to develop a creative application that could address travel and environmental topics. The organiser, Cathay Pacific, prepared a behind-the-scenes tour for the finalists to deepen their understanding of aviation operations, helping finalists develop the application that fits best in real practice. “Before the competition, we know a little about how technology can be applied to real life. With the instructions and mentoring phase, we learnt to adapt innovative ideas and emerging technologies to building real-life solutions,” Daniel said.

Despite the achievement in the end, the team had a bumpy start. Their first project idea was considered unworkable at the beginning of the final. Therefore, they decided to start all over again, but there was only half a day left for the development when their ultimate idea came out. Daniel shared that they cherished every second, clearly divided the tasks and work shifts, and most importantly, worked as a team. The result turns out to be encouraging, all the hard work worthwhile.

Cathay Hackathon 2022 was organised on 19 and 20 November 2022 at Cathay City. Local university students who want to disrupt the status quo and drive everlasting impacts gathered at the event and created pioneering technology solutions. A series of activities and mentoring sessions were arranged to boost young techs up.

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