20-21 november 2020


lkf garage/

Explorium hong kong


20-21 NOVEMBER 2020

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


Venue: LKF Garage

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

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: 200 HKD 

  • Others: 375 HKD *Early Bird - 20% OFF before Sep 15, 2020

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

 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 & Circularity of Waste

Within the broad field of hospitality, there is a common problem that waste reduction policies are not well-implemented. On one hand, waste generation could be avoided by providing re-usable items such as washable and refillable bottles for water or shampoo. On the other hand, compostable products such as bamboo toothbrushes or reliable recycling methods could be used to ensure a basic level of circularity. 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 get back on the right track?


1st Place

5,000 HKD

VIP tickets to the GREEN Hospitality Conference 2021

2nd place

2,000 HKD

Tickets to the GREEN Hospitality Conference 2021

3rd place

1,000 HKD

Tickets to the GREEN HospitalityConference 2021

Special Audience Award: 

To be announced.

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

Foodpanda goodie bags with reusable cutlery


judges 2020

Richard Ekkebus

Director of Culinary Operations and Food and Beverage

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Richard Ekkebus is the Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, overseeing all cuisine at one of the city’s most luxurious and distinctive five-star hotels. Committed to driving culinary exploration and creativity, Richard is admired for his fresh ideas and innovative spirit. In December 2018, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Amber, closed temporarily for renovations. During the four-month closure, Richard spent ...

simon Ng

Director of Policy & Research

Business Environment Council

Simon Ng is Director – Policy & Research at the Business Environment Council. He is responsible for BEC's work on policy advocacy, thought leadership development, and collaborative research on various environmental issues, including climate change, circular economy and sustainable living environment. Simon has over 20 years of experience in academic/policy research, project management and stakeholder's engagement.

Lucia Loposova

Program Manager

G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality & HKU

Lucia manages all the activities of the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality and her interest in sustainability started while studying at the university where her research revolved around the impact of tourism and the traditional food heritage. She holds a joint master degree in Tourism Management with a strong focus on ESG and creation of shared value awarded by the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of ...


denise CHen

Chief Sustainability Officer

Melco Resort

Denise Chen is both the Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment and the Group Treasurer. She is responsible for leading the sustainability strategy of the Group. Prior to joining the company in 2007, she worked in equity capital markets at CLSA. Ms. Chen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London and graduated from the London School of Economics.

Nigel Mattravers

Joint Venture Representative

New Life Plastic Ltd

Nigel is leading the team of New Life Plastics Limited to develop Hong Hong’s first advanced plastic bottle reprocessing facility being built in EcoPark. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and Resource and Waste Manager with more than 45 years’ experience and has been responsible for studies, design, finance and project management of numerous resource management schemes in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Mentors 2020



Joshua Wong

Corporate Sustainability Manager

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Joshua’s role in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is to support the implementation of the group sustainability strategy – Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020, across all operations worldwide including the iconic Peninsula Hotels, commercial properties, clubs and services.He has broad ranges of experience in improving company’s sustainability performance ...

Tim Parker


Circular City

Tim is the founder of Hong Kong based tech startup and social enterprise, Circular City. He is also Head of Product Design & Engineering at ESF Island School, and has expertise in the areas of Circular Economy, Design Thinking, and applications of emerging technologies. He is a regular finalist in startup challenges and loves to talk about innovative ideas around waste!

crystal chung

Marketing Assistant

HK Recycles

Crystal is the marketing assistant of HK Recycles, a social enterprise that provides accountable and reliable recyclable collection services to commercial and residential clients. Aside from focusing on environmental protection, it also hired the disadvantaged as a full-time collector. She enjoys holding ...

Tze Wei U

Head of Product and Business Development

Mango Materials

Tze Wei is Head of Product and Business Development at Mango Materials, a California-based startup developing an award-winning technology that turns waste greenhouse gases into a biodegradable material to replace plastic. He works to get leading brands on board with circular materials and launch innovative forward-thinking products.

Amelie Tan

Project Officer


Amelie joined CDP in April 2018 as Project Officer for corporate engagement in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. In her role at CDP, she focuses on liaising with companies, investors and partners in the region, and working to champion CDP's initiatives with regional stakeholders to drive the mission of mainstreaming ...

david Bishop

Founder & Lecturer

Soap Cycling/ HKU

David Bishop 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. David is also a co-founder of the Fair Employment Agency and believes ...

Kimberley ip



Kimberley is a Supervisor with over 8 years of experience in providing subject matter expertise and advisory on sustainability-related disciplines, including carbon, water, energy efficiency, green buildings, health & safety, social impact, labour and human rights ...

Xi chen

Associate Director


Xi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a master’s degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK. Xi is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, French and Romanian.

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 

To discuss alternative forms of sponsorship such as catering, goodies, or prizes, please contact us at


hosted by


funded by

Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 15.48.40.png



For over 7 years FSI has 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.

PRIZES sponsors 2019 - 2020

Hilton Hotels & Resorts.png

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.

goodie sponsors

Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 15.52.19.png
Green Common logo.jpg

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 the 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.



Bakbamboo logo 1 PNG.png

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.

For more information, contact us at

Get regular updates -  sign up to our newsletter below!


Media Relations

Brand Guidelines

follow us

  • GREEN Hospitality LinkedIn
  • GREEN Hospitality Facebook
  • GREEN Hospitality Instagram
  • GREEN Hospitality Twitter
  • GREEN Hospitality YouTube


Get notified about our events and activities!

powered by


funded by

This project is funded by the Sustainable Development Fund




© 2020 by G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality