▲ Wang Ziwei (left 2) and her team members won two prizes in the hackathon.
The Department of Journalism and the Department of Computer Science of HKBU co-organized a Hong Kong-wide Data and Media Hack 2019 (DMH 2019) in HKBU from 25 January to 27 January 2019. The event is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, combining hackathon with the elements of data and media. The event attracted 100 participants from 7 universities in Hong Kong.
Wang Ziwei, a Year 3 student of Data and Media Communication Concentration (DMC), teamed up with six teammates from HKU, HKUST and CityU, won the championship in the final presentation after a 48-hour non-stop competition. Their Team CYDA, also secured the “Wisers AI Innovation Award” as a special award selected by one of the sponsors, Wisers Information Limited.
The solution of the winning team was to energize elders’ life based on text analysis of their social media posting. Meanwhile, they inserted Wisers API into their project. Their prototype was created to let people have a better understanding of the elder’s daily life and needs.
“It is amazing how my role changes while being a team player — from problem, finding to problem, solving. And I do enjoy the changes.” said Wang Ziwei, the championship team member, who is also the first cohort of DMC student.
DMC, the main supporting body of this event, is a young and cutting-edge programme in HKBU. With the aim of facilitating the interdisciplinary teaching, learning and discussion on data-driven reporting, DMC has dedicated to exploring further in this big data era.