Thursday, December 31, 2009

This Year's Winners

I am happy to announce this year's winners. This year's competition was particularly hard to judge since many more students participated. Many students had put tremendous efforts into the contest. The competition judging was done by a committee of representatives from HKCS, CityU, OpenU, PolyU, HKU, and HKUST. At the end, the committee decided on 12 teams represented by 18 students as winners:

Team 1: CityU - Alfred Sung Hing Hang, Karl Mok Ka Kit
Team 2: CityU - David Wong Ting Kwan, Eric Huang Kong Ho
Team 3: CityU - Chris Lam Jung Yu
Team 4: CityU - Andy Li Wing Ho
Team 5: DesignFirst - Barry Leung Chi Kong
Team 6: OUHK - Kelvin Wong Chun Kiu, Jason Tsang Heung Kam
Team 7: OUHK - Chow Ho Fai
Team 8: OUHK - Chung Wai Hung, Tang Kin Man
Team 9: OUHK - Samuel Cai, Jimmy Yau
Team 10: HKCC - Wong Ho Wai
Team 11: CityU - Yip Yuk Chun
Team 12: OUHK - Sonu Thapa, Ng Wai Ming

You can read the detailed breakdown of the judging process.

Awards were presented by the Hong Kong Computer Society at their annual New Year's Party on the 14 Jan 2010. Each winner received an award certificate and generous cash prize (in the form of book certificates) from the University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong.


Blogger 阿副 said...


10:28 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

Sorry, but you are mistaken. The quality is higher than previous years; the idea is that each year students learn from the past year's results. The students had plenty of time to submit. Not sure what you mean by lack of time? Not sure why you insulted all the students who participated by saying that their results are "simple" and "childish".

1:01 PM  
Blogger Chung said...

I can't accept the result. I am HKUST Student. My website is not in the winners list but it is a top ten of google and yahoo. Of course it is volidated by W3C.

Please explain to me why i can't get the award or there are some mistakes?

Domain :
( Foreign server , please search it in BING(English) )

6:29 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

Sorry that you are not one of the winners. Competition this year was particularly fierce. W3C validation is just one of many criteria. Your site did not perform as well in others, such as accessibility.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Andy Li said...

Will there be comments for each winner from all of the judges? It will be useful for all the participates :)

2:53 PM  
Blogger andy chun said...

good suggestion, might only benefit next year's competition though, since the judging process is over for this year...

3:02 PM  
Blogger Andy Li said...

BTW I have a suggestion for next year:
Let's capture the webpage of search results (like top 20-30) everyday in the contest period. After the contest, analysis and visualize in some way to see the competition in form of rankings.
Recording also the in/out links, pageviews, validation result etc can let us know how they relate to ranking too!
Should be a fun project :)

3:08 PM  
Blogger hugo said...

Dear judges:
Please compare these two websites and find out their differences.

I notice that some competitors use a website template to buildup their website.
Is it NOT fair to the others who make a design by themselves, especially in a web design compitition.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Andy Li said...

In my own opinion, if the contestant follow the license of the template strictly, it is ok. So as we should be allowed to used PHP, web frameworks, or CMS.
For the website you mentioned, the template is licensed under GPL. Maybe they should open sourced the code? I'm not sure as I'm not a expert of this...

1:19 AM  
Blogger Chung said...

我覺得非常受侮辱.因為真的由網站構思,選顏色 再拍Video 都是一手一腳做,YouTube 比我段code 唔符合 requirement,我同隊友一齊研究點樣可以做到valid。


Your site did not perform as well in others, such as accessibility.


但是你提出accessibility,我非常不認同,你覺得我個site 有那方面不夠其他組accessibility?


My site:
School : HKUST

3:51 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

Dear Chung, on behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to extend our deepest regret that the contest results had made you feel humiliated and insulted. In no way was that the intension of the committee. We fully understand that all participants, winning or non-winning, had put substantial efforts into the competition and we really appreciate your efforts. Unfortunately, we have a pre-announced set of evaluation criteria that the judging committee must follow. In no way were we unfair to your team in particular.

Personally, I would like to see many more teams win. Our initial goal was to award 25 winners. Currently, we have only 18. All the eliminated teams were eliminated because of hard evidence that they do not meet certain contest criteria.

In your case, there were web accessibility errors and problems. This means blind users will have some difficult in using your website. I think your team forgot to follow W3C accessibility guidelines and/or do accessibility testing:

May I wish you best of luck in your future contests!

8:37 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

Dear hugo, Thank you for your observation. However, it is acceptable to use templates and/or tools. The contest is to encourage students to follow industry best practices in SEO, design, usability and accessibility. Many professionals use tools and templates; this is normal. However, using a tool or template does not automatically make a website a winning design.

8:45 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

There are many criteria for this contest. One of them is having an accessible HTML form. This means having a form that is easily accessible to people with disabilities, such as blind users. To learn how to make your forms accessible, just search for "accessible forms" and you will find many tutorials. Having an accessible form is an important criteria for this contest.

12:38 PM  
Blogger hehachris said...

I agree that using template is okay, but a professional should not replace the copyright line with "Designed by myself blah blah blah", I feel shame with this.

4:40 PM  
Blogger andy chun said...

Yes, definitely credit should be given according to template license.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Can the award winner receive an award certificate if she did not attend the HKCS party on 14 Jan 2010?

7:44 AM  
Blogger andy chun said...

no problem. students who were not able to attend ceremony can pick up certificate at the HK Computer Society

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