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Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009

Best Lifestyle Award’s Launching Ceremony

Celebrities to illustrate the importance of information and communication technology in enhancing trendy lifestyle

[Hong Kong, 25th August 2009] Organized by The Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), and supported by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Best Lifestyle Award held its launching ceremony today at Ocean Terminal Main Concourse of Harbour City at Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009 is the most prestigious information and communications technology (ICT) awards in town. Supported by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), the Hong Kong ICT Awards comprise of nine awards. This year, Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF) has been honoured to be the leading organizer for Best Lifestyle Award. The Award is categorized into three streams, including Green & Healthy, Social Community and Creative & Free Living, expecting to attract more and higher quality entries.

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The Award’s launching ceremony was officiated by the Chief Judge of the Award, Mr. Stephen Chan, General Manager of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) together with Mr Daniel Ng, President of HKITF, Mr. Jeremy Godfrey, Government Chief Information Officer and Mr. Francis Fong, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Award. The organizing committee is honoured to have Legislative Council Member Hon. Ms. Tanya Chan, Mr. Ricky Wong, Chairman of City Telecom (HK) Limited and Dr. William Lo Wing Yan, JP, to be the Chief Assessor for the three award streams respectively.

Mr Daniel Ng, President of HKITF delivered the opening speech at the ceremony, said, “The Chief Executive has announced to explore six economic areas, including Innovation and technology, which further confirms the importance of information technology. IT has been inseparable with daily life. The slogan for the ICT Award is “A key to international recognition and ticket to the worldwide market”. Hong Kong is the convergence of Chinese and Western cultures, with many creative talents and excellent software and hardware provisions. I am looking forward to the proactive participation of various lifestyle-related websites, services and products to demonstrate the latest resourceful and excellent IT solution of Hong Kong to the world, making the Best Lifestyle Award ever-success.”

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Speaking at the ceremony to announce details of the Award and call for entries, Mr. Francis Fong, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Award said, “HKITF is honoured to be the leading organizer for Best Lifestyle Award. This year, the Award has introduced three streams: Green & Healthy, Social Community and Creative & Free Living, matching prevalence of the community. So, we expect to have more innovative IT-related solutions and applications. Submissions for the Award are now open until 16 October, 2009. With the previous experience in organizing the Award, we believe we can scale new heights.”

Mr. Erwin Huang, Vice President and CEO of TSL Jewellery hosted a “Lifestyle tea gathering” together with Ms. Tanya Chan, Mr. Ricky Wong to have a chat over a cup of tea and share their insight on IT and quality lifestyle. As the social media is getting popular in the community, blog writing has become one of the daily activities. Therefore, “Bloggers’ Favourite” section was held and invited some local renowned bloggers to share their most favourite digital gadgets and its impact to enhance quality lifestyle. The ceremony was concluded successfully after the relaxing discussion.

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About “Best Lifestyle Award”

The objectives of the Best Lifestyle Award are: to promote greater use of ICT in the community; to encourage local and original software development and promote improved creativity in the exploitation of technology; to educate the community about the importance of ICT in their daily lives; and the promotion of the winning entries’ would lead to their greater and better use by our community for the betterment of our quality of life.

The essence of the competition is to select the best HK-based websites/ applications/ products, which provide information and resources on relevant aspect of lifestyle and living such as health, hobbies, entertainment, social and community networking, and like subjects. Websites/ applications/ products of an adult nature are excluded. This year, there are THREE streams of the Award, namely “Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Best Lifestyle (Green & Healthy) Award”, “Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Best Lifestyle (Social Community) Award” and “Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Best Lifestyle (Creative & Free Living) Award”. Applications for the Award are open from now until 16 October. For enquiries about the Award application, please call Secretariat Office at 2788-6085 or visit the website at http://bestlifestyle.ictawards.hk

About The Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF)

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation was founded in 1980 as a non-profit, non-political trade association to provide a forum in which the IT-related business in Hong Kong can work together for the benefit of the industry and to maintain a high level of business practice amongst the members.  Over the years, HKITF has developed into a dynamic and highly respected organization with over 300 members.  HKITF works closely with the government to promote the development of the local IT industry. http://www.hkitf.org

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Best Lifestyle Award is sponsored by CSL Limited, Microsoft and TSL Jewellery, also supported by: NetFront, TechNow, Zizsoft, PCCW/NOW TV, Next Media, CMRS, Darizi and Talent Communications. Special thanks to OGCIO for the support and sponsorship, TSL Jewellery for sponsoring trophy and Harbour City Estates Limited for the excellent venue.

 
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