20-21 NOVEMBER 2020

G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Hackathon Kick-Off


Venue: TBC

Friday evening will be a kick-off event for the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Hackathon. It will be a chance for the registered participants to come together for the first time and meet their peers, other teams, organisers and some of the mentors.



17:30 - 18:00             Registration

18:00 - 18:30             Hackathon opening & Practical info session

18:30 - 19:30             Dicussion with mentors

19:30 - 19:45             Presentations of Ideas

                                           (recruitment of team members)


19:45 - 20:30             Networking & Final Team Formation


G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Hackathon Competition


Venue: Explorium Hong Kong

The hacking in the teams will happen on Saturday between 9:30 am - 5 pm. The teams will work together to make their initial ideas into a pitch with the aim to present their project or product to the audience at the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night the same evening.


*tea & coffee, snacks provided throughout the day


08:30 - 09:30              Welcome & Energizers


09:30 - 13:00             Morning hacking

12:45 - 13:00             Submission of posters


13:00 - 14:00             Team Working Lunch 


13:00 - 17:00             Afternoon hacking

13:00 - 16:30             Mentoring sessions (based on the schedule)

17:00                              Submission of final project decks

17:00 - 18:00             Pitch preparation


18:00 - 19:00             Light Dinner & Change to the evening venue


G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night 


Venue: Explorium Hong Kong


All members of the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Hackathon registered teams will attend the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation night which is the pitching event where the projects and products of the competing teams will be presented. This event is open to the public.

19:00 - 19:15             Opening remarks

19:15 - 20:00             First pitching round


20:00 - 20:20             Networking Break


20:20 - 21:00             Second pitching round


21:00 - 21:15             Audience voting & judges deliberate


21:15 - 21:30             Announcement of winners

* Note: Program is tentative and subject to change

G.R.E.e.N. Hospitality hackathon

innovation night

Waste Segregation

In 2008, the Hong Kong Government launched a new waste sorting system, colour-coding material to make segregation easy. In the hospitality industry, there is only one bin in the hotel rooms which may demotivate recycling. This initiative was sadly insufficient as recyclable items regularly end up in the wrong recycling bins or normal trash cans. Through this challenge we expect participants to come up with creative ideas to tackle the problem of wrongful segregation and promote waste segregation in different means.

CHALLENGE: How can the hospitality industry change its business and operational policies to help to change this pervasive struggle in Hong Kong?

 Waste Reduction and Circularity of waste

Within the board field of hospitality, there is a common problem that waste reduction policies are not well-implemented. On one hand, a wide range of products is made of plastic such as toothbrushes, which could not be decomposed. On the other hand, various single-use products, like shampoo bottles and cutlery, are thrown and end up in the landfill. Through this challenge, we hope that participants could combat this problem with innovative ideas.

CHALLENGE: With the support of technology, what can the hospitality industry do to be the pioneer in solving this chronic problem and let other sectors or industries imitate our practice?

Food Waste

Buffets are a prevalent practice in hotels to offer dining options to their guests. Plenty of leftovers are produced in the buffet restaurant. According to the data from The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, 3600 tonnes of food waste were produced every day in the commercial sector in Hong Kong. Only 2.06% of food waste would be recycled locally in 2018. Through this challenge, we anticipated that participants could suggest solutions to ease the current situation of food wasting.

CHALLENGE: How can the hospitality industry use their network and resources in a bid to change this phenomenon and back on the right track?




20-21 november 2020


Explorium hong kong

Teams for the Hackathon will be made up of three to five people. If you would like to register to compete, you can do so as an individual or as part of a team. You do not need a team to register - we will link you up with other participants and help you create a team.

Who can form a team?

  • Students from any Hong Kong university

  • Hospitality companies and their staff

  • Members from the community, civil society organisations or entrepreneurs

Participation fee

  • Students: 150 HKD 

  • Others: 275 HKD (Early Bird 15% OFF)

Each G.R.E.E.N. Hackathon participant will benefit from the presence of mentors who are experts from relevant fields. Mentors will be available for individual team mentoring sessions to help participants shape and develop their ideas.


Who are our mentors

  • Hospitality & sustainability experts 

  • Entrepreneurs & innovators

  • Civil Society & NGO representatives

Each competing team will pitch their final project idea to a panel of judges and a larger audience on Saturday evening during the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night. After the pitches, the panel of judges composed of hospitality and sustainability experts will select the 3 best ideas. 


Judging criteria

  • Quality of idea

  • Originality of idea

  • Potential for implementation and impact

  • Presentation

1st Place

Cash award for the team

VIP tickets to the GREEN Hospitality Conference 2020

2nd place

Cash award for the team

Tickets to the GREEN Hospitality Conference 2020

3rd place

Cash award for the team

Tickets to the GREEN HospitalityConference 2020

Special Audience Award: 

To be announced.

Everyone: Goodies and gifts from our sponsors & partners including... 

foodpanda goodie bags with reusable cutlery

Jordan toothbrushes from Green Market


judges 2019

Fredrik Johansson

General Manager

Hilton Shenzhen Futian

Fredrik is the General Manager of Hilton Shenzhen Futian and one of the Hilton's Corporate Responsibility Champions in China with extensive experience in implementing sustainability into the daily operations. Hilton is recognized for its leadership in redefining sustainable travel and tourism our leading travel with purpose program is new innovative way, and by 2030 we shall half our environmental footprint and double our social impact investment globally.

carmen ng

Director of  Sustainability 

Langham Hospitality Group

Carmen Ng is Director of Sustainability at Langham Hospitality Group. In her role, she leads and drives the sustainability strategy within the Group. She is responsible for a diverse range of sustainability programmes including strategy and policies development, management system, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, communication and reporting. She also believes in sustainability is everyone’s responsibility and her role is implanting this concept like a DNA into every colleague in the company.

marco pellerey



Marco started his career as a public policy consultant in Southeast Asia, advising on political-economic issues and the Post-2015 Development Agenda for the UN and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He currently works for a Hong Kong-based family office with a strong entrepreneurial ethos that invests in growth-stage companies, often taking an activist approach to management. He is also the Co-founder of Earth.Org, a social enterprise that uses AI and remote sensing technology to map natural ecosystems worldwide. 

david bishop

Founder & Lecturer

Soap Cycling / HKU

David is a founder of Soap Cycling - Asia's first and largest soap recycling charity that works with students, hotels, corporates and volunteers in recycling soap to reduce waste and prevent hygiene-related diseases, and is also a co-founder of the Foundation for Shared Impact (FSI). At the University of Hong Kong, David teaches Social Venture Management, an experiential learning course that gives students an opportunity to work directly for social enterprises as he believes that many of society's largest problems can be addressed through social business.


Corporate CSR and Sustainability Manager

Shangri-La Group

Rachel Yan develops impact-driven ESG strategies and programmes for Shangri-La’s 100+ hotels. She was previously co-founder and Project Director of Make a Difference Social Lab, Hong Kong’s first community-initiated public services innovation lab that teams up government agencies and citizens to redesign services for a better public life through design thinking. A tri-sector athlete and a social innovation advocate, she has a career trajectory in consulting, non-profits and co-creation.

Mentors 2019

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Alvin Li

Co-founder & CEO

The Kommon Goods

Alvin is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Kommon Goods, which produces eco-friendly products, gifts and souvenirs for corporates, hotels and events. He has been named Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and has been a keynote speaker and panellist at forums globally, also advocating for responsible investments and consumption on live TV, radio and newspaper articles. He holds two Masters degrees at the University of Cambridge.

Andrea Springmann​

Director & Lecturer

AS Management Services / CityU

“I really believe in the idea of Future!”

- Zaha Hadid

Andrea’s entire career is driven by sustainability, empowerment and community support. She is a Destination Management and Development expert, helping destinations to sharpen their product portfolio, getting different stakeholders and key concept owners together to secure resources for future tourism needs. She teaches Destination Management and works as a consultant for ESG projects. Her strategies and concepts are based on authenticity and sustainability.



K2 Business Sustainability Solutions

Kim Smith, the founder of K2 Business Sustainability Solutions, has worked for the UN, EU, UK & US Governments and NGOs in economic and political development roles, normally in austere, post-conflict regions. His projects have included a restaurant business demonstrator; sustainability projects in Kosovo, and institution building in Iraq. He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

Naveet McMahon



With over 20 years of Greater China multi-media experience, Naveet McMahon is a highly respected executive in the media and tech sector. Leveraging her connections in Asia Pacific whilst tracking market trends, Naveet McMahon has co-founded bakbamboo, a consultancy and supplier of environmentally sustainable products, where she leads the business strategy to accelerate the company's expanding presence globally with the mission of eliminating single-use plastics.

Tania Sibree

Associate General Counsel & Co-founder

HSBC / bakbamboo

Tania is the co-founder of bakbamboo a consultancy and supplier of environmentally sustainable products for the hospitality sector. Tania is also a seasoned financial services lawyer and manager having worked in the industry for over 18 years in London, Australia and Hong Kong. She has also worked for a number of NGOs and not for profits and started sinfreestraws in Hong Kong prior to bakbamboo.

stanley pang

General Manager


Stanley Pang is the General Manager of Weava, a fast-growing education startup with 100K+ members globally. He is also a board member of the non-profit Soap Cycling, a leading soap recycler in Asia. He is passionate about social ideas that impact Hong Kong positively and how technology can help change the social enterprise landscape.

diana chen

Consultant & Sustainability Advisor

Food Made Good Hong Kong / The Purpose Business

Originally from the US, Diana has lived in Hong Kong and worked across China for the last seven years. She is a Sustainability Advisor at The Purpose Business, a profit for purpose consultancy helping Asian businesses strive towards responsible growth, and a consultant for Food Made Good, bringing strategic thinking and a systems approach to help members embed sustainability thinking across their entire value chain. Since joining The Purpose Business, Diana has managed and advised on sustainability strategy and communications projects for some of Hong Kong and Asia's biggest influencers, including The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Jardine Matheson.

Aigul Safiullina

Events Manager & Head of Green Queen Biz

Green Queen

Aigul Safiullina is Events manager at Green Queen Media, trail runner, and conscious Breathwork instructor hailing from the Ural mountains in Russia. Having previously reported on climate change and environmental issues for the media outlets in South America, she decided to make a bigger change when she moved to Hong Kong. Combining her storytelling and leadership skills, Aigul has co-founded two startups focused on zero waste lifestyle and mindfulness, organized a number of events – from small meetups to big-scale conferences, including StartmeupHK Festival with Invest HK and multiple sustainability-themed Startup Weekends with Techstars. She is also a certified climate reality leader trained by Al Gore.  

Sponsor the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality initiatives 

Reach distinguished hospitality and sustainability professionals and influencers




40,000 HKD


  • Speaking opportunity during the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night 

  • 5 tickets to the innovation night with VIP seats 

  • 5 tickets to the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference 2020 with VIP seats

  • Promotion of your brand on all G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality website, newsletter and other communication materials

  • 1 curated blog interview on our website

  • Presentation table


20,000 HKD


  • 3 tickets to the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night with VIP seats 

  • 3 tickets to the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference 2020 with VIP seats

  • Promotion of your brand on the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality website, newsletter and other communication materials

  • 1 curated blog interview on our website

  • Presentation table


10,000 HKD



  • 2 tickets to the innovation night

  • 2 tickets to the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference 2020

  • Promotion of your brand on the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality website, newsletter and other communication materials

  • Presentation table 

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For over 7 years FSI have either started, incubated or assisted a range of early-stage social enterprises in Hong Kong and beyond. Through that process, they have developed substantial experience and expertise in what social enterprises and entrepreneurs need and the challenges they face.


The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business and Economics, is connected to the conference via its Social Venture Management Course (SVM) through which students take part in experiential learning projects such as the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a global brand of full service hotels and resorts with 586 Hotels and Resorts properties spanning across 85 countries. The flagship brand of Hilton, one of the largest hotel brands in the world, has become a leader in sustainable practices and innovation in the hotel industry, with its commitment to cutting its environmental footprint in half and doubling its social impact investment by 2030.

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Green Common is the world’s first plant-based concept store to create a revolutionary food and lifestyle experience by introducing some of the most advanced global foodtech innovations. The overall mission is to “Make Change Happen; Make Green Common” by innovating solutions that can empower the world with sustainable and wholesome plant-based choices.

Green Market is an environmental education and green product marketing platform in Hong Kong. The founders love to source, develop and promote high quality green choices for businesses and individuals. The company provide free environmental training services to organizations and provide work opportunities to retirees to enrich their social connectedness.



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Bakbamboo is a consultancy and sustainability service and supplier of customised, eco-friendly products at a wholesale level to hotels, resorts, aviation, and beyond. Bakbamboo products are carefully selected based on their environmental impact, with the ultimate goal of assisting in the reduction of single-use plastics in these industries.


Sustain HK is a platform focusing on industry-level conversations and exchanges, bringing together change-makers, influencers and the public, with a view towards making Hong Kong a more sustainable city. Sustain HK is powered by the Hong Kong Hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.


Green Queen, founded by Sonalie Figueiras, is Asia's largest eco wellness media platform, advocating for social and environmental change using original, inspiring content. Figueiras is also the founder and CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe food accessible and affordable for all.


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