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Monday, May 9, 2011

This Year's Winners

I am happy to announce this year's winners. The competition judging was done by a committee of representatives from HKCS, CityU, OpenU, PolyU, HKU, HKUST, and U of Missouri. At the end, the committee selected 8 teams and 14 students as winners (listed in random order):

Angus Luk Kai Chit (HKUST)
Francis Chan Kwok Tai (HKUST)
LAM Jung Yu (HKU)
LAU Wai Ho (CityU)
PANG Pei (CityU)
ZHANG Hao (CityU)
Chan To Ching, Raymond (HKU)
Cheong Shok Yuen, Samuel (HKU)
Tiger FOK Yiu Tung (OUHK)
David Wong (CityU)
Lok Wong (CityU)
Chan Ka Yan (OUHK)
Wong Yuk Chi (OUHK)
Tse Kim Hang (CityU)

You can read the detailed breakdown of the judging process.

Award certificates will be presented by the Hong Kong Computer Society.

Thursday, October 25, 2010

Contest Rules

The objective of the "eXtreme Web Designer Award" (the "Contest") is to encourage students to create high quality websites by promoting the use of Web standards and good usability and accessibility best practices as well as aesthetically pleasing visual designs. Like last year the "eXtreme Web Designer Award" is supported by the Hong Kong Computer Society as a co-organizer.

The competition is open to all full-time/part-time students in any University in Hong Kong as well as co-sponsoring overseas Universities.

Organizing Committee

The Contest Organizing Committee consists of members from the following organizations:
  • The Hong Kong Computer Society
  • Dr. Andy Chun, The City University of Hong Kong, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr. Steven Choy, The Open University of Hong Kong, School of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Ho Wai Shing, The University of Hong Kong, Department of Computer Science
  • Prof. Keith Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Computing
  • Dr. Raymond Wong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Martin Pelikan, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA

Contest Awards

The total number of awards to be presented will be at the total discretion of the Organizing Committee. The current target is a maximum of 25 students to be awarded. Award winners will get an award certificate issued by the Hong Kong Computer Society.


The objective of this contest is to encourage students to use a balance of well-proven Web engineering principles coupled with good Web design guidelines to produce high quality Websites that follows Web standards and good usability/accessibility best practices.


Any full-time/part-time students registered to any tertiary institute in Hong Kong as well as co-sponsoring overseas Universities. Students may be from any programmes/ majors/ departments.


Each entry can be from one student or from a team of students. There is a maximum of 2 eligible students per team. Each student can at most join one team. Each team can at most submit one entry. Any violation of this shall lead to disqualification.
Participants' full names, schools, and email addresses must be clearly listed in website entry.

Contest Start/End Times

Contest starts 25 Oct 2010 (UTC/GMT+8) and shall end on 10 Dec 2010 at noon time (UTC/GMT+8, Hong Kong time).

Contest Rules

  1. Good Content and Design
    To participate in this contest, all you need to do is create at least three web pages, with content and design related to this year's Design/Content Theme. Points are awarded for original and creative content as well as original and creative designs/visuals. One of the three pages should be a "Contact Us" page that lists team member's name, email, and University.
    Design/Content Theme: This year, the design theme is "Sustainable Campus"

  2. Must Follow Web Standards:
    All websites must be W3C validated for HTML5/CSS3 to qualify for this contest. Any entries with HTML5/CSS3 validation errors will be disqualified.

  3. Good Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    At the specified contest end time, the combined top 30 top-level search results from Google, Yahoo! and Bing will be considered as the finalist of this Contest. The search will be performed using the specified set of Contest Search Keywords. The contest organizers reserve the rights to perform this search any time within 24 hours after contest end time.
    Contest Search Keywords: HKCS eXtreme contest "Sustainable Campus"

  4. Good Usability/Accessibility
    From the list of finalists, usability and accessibility will be assessed manually and/or with tools. These scores will be combined with other usability/accessibility guidelines to determine the quality of the overall design. The top resulting scores will be used to determine the winning entries.

    In order to test your accessibility skills, you page must contain the following items:
    • At least one accessible HTML table of data, any data related to this year's topic
    • At least one accessible HTML form, such as registration form. The form itself need not be functional, i.e. no need to perform any action on submit.
    • One or more images
    • One or more videos

  5. Social Media Enabled
    Linkage with social media is an important aspect of any modern web design. Points are awarded for innovative ideas on how to leverage social media to support web site and this year's theme.

  6. Web 2.0 Visual Aesthetics
    We know "Web 2.0" is not about aesthetics, but "Web 2.0" applications have created a unique visual presentation style. Points are awarded for web pages with "Web 2.0" looks.


  • Entry will be disqualified if it used any form of spamming to improve its page ranking.
  • Entry will be disqualified if it violates any copyright or intellectual property laws.
  • Entry will be disqualified if it does not list participants' full names and contact email.
  • Entry will be disqualified if participants submit more than one entry.

Intellectual Property

If you include any 3rd party content (including text/images) in your Web site, you must not violate any copyright or intellectual property laws. Make sure appropriate acknowledgements, consents, approvals and/or licenses are obtained if required before you make your website publicly accessible. DO NOT use the 3rd party content in your site if you are uncertain of your rights to any copyrights, patents, trademarks or other intellectual property.

Judging Panel

The contest judging panel will consist of members from the Organizing Committee. The decision of the judging panel is final. The judging panel may at their own discretion award less than or more than 25 award winners.

How To Participate

Simply create your website and make sure it is accessible from search engines. To join the contest, there is no need to register or submit your website; we will find them using search engines. However, all contestants must add the following statement in the index page of their website:

This website was created as an entry to Hong Kong Computer Society's "2010 eXtreme Web Designer Award" contest. The authors of this website agree to abide by all the rules and regulations of this contest as specified in: http://www.cs.cityu.edu.hk/~hwchun/extreme/

Any webpage without this statement will not be considered as participating in this Contest.

Use of Entries

By participating in this contest, the participant agrees that the Organizing Committee may use screen images and/or source code of the participant's entry website as well as use and publish the participant's name, photo and entry in any type of media without compensation. Entrants further agree that their submitted statements are expressions of their personal belief and opinion.


If you have any questions, please contact: cio@cityu.edu.hk