G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Hackathon, Teaching Design Thinking


Hosted by Soap Cycling Funded by Council for Sustainable Development Co-organised by Foundation for Shared Impact Co-organised by The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business Co-organised by Carbonbase Sponsored by Deloitte, Explorium Hong Kong, Foodpanda, Pure all, Sqwishful, New life Plastics, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Business Environment Council, Melco, The Hong Kong Shanghai Limited, Meraki, Big Idea Ventures, HK Recycles, Livinfarms, Circular City, Urban Spring, Mango Materials Media partners Green Queen.


Our Vision Changemakers in the sustainability landscape of the hospitality industry The G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality aims to facilitate a better connection and promote dialogues between all related industries in the hospitality sector, to improve sustainability measures and create initiatives for positive environmental impacts, while exchanging knowledge on the success and challenges in achieving their sustainability goals.

Our Mission Our primary mission is to encourage businesses to work together to bring about innovative, sustainable, cross-border advancements to the global hospitality industry through innovative and engaging events and activities. Unlike other sustainability initiatives within the hospitality space, the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality focuses on all aspects in regards to hospitality, including hotels, supply chains, airlines, food, and others.

Our Goal Companies in the hospitality industry are consistently ranked among the most proactive and focused on ESG issues and CSR initiatives. Through the promotion of better sustainability practices and strategies within the hospitality industry, the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality strives to make the ever-growing tourism and hospitality industry a driver for positive change for people, profit, and the planet.

Hackathon activities

Virtual Preparatory Workshops

To prepare everyone for this innovation journey, we will be holding a series of virtual workshops for the registered participants. Participants will learn about the concepts of Social Innovation, Design Thinking and how to pitch innovative ideas to the audience.


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

Venue: The Garage (Deloitte)

20 November 2020

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 - 18:15 Hackathon Opening

Justen Li - Chairman of Soap Cycling & Legal Counsel at Swire Hotels

Lucia Loposova - Lead at G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality

18:15 - 19:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A


Lucia Loposova - Lead at G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality


Carmen Ng - Director of Sustainability at Langham Hospitality Group

Ada Yip - Chief Empowerment Officer at Urban Spring

19:15 - 19:45 Presentation of Ideas

 (each team rep will introduce their idea shortly in 3 minutes - 3 slides)

19:45 - 20:00 Hackathon Briefing

Recap of the schedule and process for Saturday and Q&A

20:00 - 20:30 Networking

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

Venue: Explorium Hong Kong

21 November 2020

"Hacking" in the teams will happen on Saturday between 9:00 am - 5 pm. Teams will

work on fine-tuning of their ideas and preparing a pitch that will be presented 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

Mentors will be available at the venue / on call

17:00 Submission of final project decks

17:00 - 18:00 Pitch preparation

18:00 - 19:00 Light Dinner

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

Venue: Explorium Hong Kong

  • Note: Program is subject to change

G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Innovation Night will showcase innovative ideas of the competing

teams who will pitch their projects to a panel of judges.

This event is open to the public but prior registration is required to ensure social distancing.


19:00 - 19:15 Opening remarks

Justen Li - Chairman of Soap Cycling & Legal Counsel at Swire Hotels

Lucia Loposova - Lead at G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality

19:15 - 20:00 First pitching round

20:00 - 20:15 Short Break

20:15 - 21:00 Second pitching round

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

21:15 - 21:30 Announcement of winners & Closing

Justen Li - Chairman of Soap Cycling & Legal Counsel at Swire Hotels

21:30 - 22:00 Networking