Organizers

The 2019 iGeo – Hong Kong, China

At the south-eastern tip of China, Hong Kong is a vibrant city, and a major gateway to the Mainland China. The territory covers Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, including 262 outlying islands. Between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula lies Victoria Harbour, one of the world's most renowned deep-water harbours. Hong Kong is a world-class destination that rewards anyone who takes the time to explore its many layers. A rich assortment of sights stretching to the far reaches of the city, all packed into a small space. From world-class museums, ornate temples and tranquil nature parks, to bustling markets. The rich contrast of living culture in Hong Kong is extraordinary. A fascinating blend of East and West, Chinese and colonial, the customs, rituals, traditions and practices are a wonderful mishmash (http://www.discoverhongkong.com).

The 2019 iGeo will be held in Hong Kong from 30 July to 5 August, 2019. The theme is “Discovering a vibrant city for our smart future”. The event is organized by The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).


What is the International Geography Olympiad?

The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Students chosen to represent their countries are the very best, chosen from thousands of students who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads. The iGeo consists of three parts: a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork requiring observation, leading to cartographic representation and geographical analysis. The programme also includes poster presentations by teams, cultural exchanges, and time for students to get to know their fellow students and explore the host city. (cited from The INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD)

The aims of the Olympiad are to:

  • stimulate active interest in geographical and environmental studies among young people;

  • contribute positively to debate about the importance of geography as a senior secondary school subject by drawing attention to the quality of geographical knowledge, skills and interests among young people;

  • facilitate social contacts between young people from different countries and in doing so, contribute to the understanding between nations.

Please visit The International Geography Olympiad website http://www.geoolympiad.org/ for more information.


Important Date

30 July – Date of arrival

31 July – Opening ceremony (Morning)

5 August – Closing ceremony (Late afternoon)

6 August – Post-iGeo Excursion


Organizing Committee

iGeo 2019 Local Organising Committee (key members):

LEE Chi Kin John, JP (Co-chair)
Vice President(Academic)
Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, EdUHK
UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning
UNESCO

CHOW Sin Yin Alice (Co-chair)
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, EdUHK

CHENG Nga Yee Irene
Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies
Chair, Hong Kong Geographical Association

CHEUNG Ting On Lewis
Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, EdUHK

FOK, Lincoln
Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK


Fieldwork Exercise Committee members:

CHEUNG Ting On Lewis
Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, EdUHK (Fieldwork Convener)

FOK, Lincoln
Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK (Fieldwork Convener)

LEUNG Wing Kin Tony
Geography Teacher, Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College

YEUNG Kam Chuen Anthony
School Supervisor, Caritas Chan Chun Ha Field Studies Center

YEUNG Pui Ki Victor
Geography Teacher, Hong Kong Geographical Association

iGeo2019 Committee

Partners and Sponsors

Co-organizer:
Hong Kong Geographical Association

Supporting organizations:
Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong
Caritas Chan Chun Ha Field Studies Centre

Sponsor:
bauhaus

Program and Activities


Tentative Programme

Tuesday 30 July

Morning

Arrivals & Registration

Afternoon

Evening

Free Time

Wednesday 31 July

Morning

Opening Ceremony

Afternoon

Written Test

Evening

Introduction of FieldWork

Thursday 1 August

Morning

Fieldwork exercise (FWE)

Afternoon

Evening

Fieldwork analysis

Friday 2 August

Morning

Half day excursion

Afternoon

Preparation for poster presentation/ activities within campus

Evening

Poster presentation

Saturday 3 August

Morning

Multi-media test

Afternoon

Preparation for cultural function

Evening

Cultural function

Sunday 4 August

Morning

One-day excursion

Afternoon

Evening

Monday 5 August

Morning

Exchange with local teachers and students

Afternoon

Closing ceremony and prize presentation

Evening

Departures

(Coach to airport will depart from campus at 18:00)

Tuesday 6 August

Morning

Departure of teams for Post-iGeo excursion

Afternoon

Evening


iGeo 2019 - Poster Presentation

Theme: Smart Cities and Sustainability

Each team is invited to share your ideas on how smart cities could promote sustainability, using examples and cases of your countries/ places.

The term "Smart Cities" is comparatively new to other concepts of urban development, functioning and administration. Thus, the definitions and applications of “Smart Cities” vary. In general, we define this poster principal theme as:

An urban vision that embraces new technologies and innovative ideas to promote economic prosperity, ecological integrity and social equity, for the well-being of its citizens.

We welcome any ideas on how to use the “smart cities” concepts to create a better society, either through a technology-centric perspective or a human-centric approach, or a combination of both.

Posters must be created digitally, using PowerPoint, or other graphic design software. Please note that the organizer only accepts high-resolution PDF file for printing. We will print the posters for all teams and have them available at the beginning of the iGeo.

  • Poster dimensions are 762 mm (W) x 1016 mm (H) (30” wide by 42” high / Quad Crown), portrait view only
  • Ensure that posters have 1.5 cm (1/2”) bleeding area when submitting for printing
  • Suggested resolution for printing is 350 dpi or above
  • Suggested colour tone for printing is CMYK
  • Posters must be submitted in the Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Posters should be submitted via online drive which will be announced later, please stay tuned.

Please note that the deadline for submission is Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

Posters have to be prepared and presented by the students taking part in the iGeo. Using a poster prepared by someone else is unacceptable.

The poster presentation is not counted as part of a student’s final score in the iGeo. However, a prize is planned for the team whose poster is voted the best.

762 mm / 30” (W)

iGeo 2019 - Poster Presentation

Smart Cities and Sustainability

Layout: Portrait
1016 mm / 42” (H)

Registration


Invitation Letter

For those who need a copy of the official 2019 iGeo Invitation Letter, a PDF version is available below:

iGeo 2019 Invitation Letter


Online Registration

Please fill in the online form below to provide participant’s detailed particulars. To facilitate the entry of data, you are recommended to gather the information needed ahead.

Application Form

The basic registration fee (HKD3680 per person) will cover the accommodation (nights of 30 July to 4 August), meals and transportation. It is possible to upgrade your room and extend the period of stay. The extra fee for room upgrade ranges from HKD240 to 400 per night per person. For extra accommodation, the fee ranges from HKD240 to 630 per night per person. You will receive a payment link once the total cost is confirmed. Please note that all fees paid are non-refundable.

Date Accommodation Meal
30 July (Tue) check Breakfast close
Lunch close
Dinner close
Our canteen can provide basic hot food for dinner (closed at 7:30pm on weekdays)
31 July (Wed) check Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner check
1 Aug (Thur) check Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner check
2 Aug (Fri) check Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner check
3 Aug (Sat) check Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner check
4 Aug (Sun) check Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner check
5 Aug (Mon) close
(Check out at noon)
Breakfast check
Lunch check
Dinner close
(Coach to airport will depart at 18:00)

Accommodation table:

Budget Twin Room (shared occupancy) Budget Twin Room (single occupancy) Private Room (single occupancy)
Room Upgrade Covered by the basic registration fee, for the night of 30 July to 4 August (check-out at noon on 5 August) Extra fee applied
(+HKD240 per night per person)
Extra fee applied
(+HKD400 per night per person)
Extra Accommodation HKD240 per night per person HKD480 per night per person HKD630 per night per person

Transport Information

To facilitate the entry of data, you are recommended to gather the information needed ahead.

Transport Information


Post-iGeo Excursion Registration

Option A: 6-Day-5-Night tour in Sichuan, China

Tour information (Deadline for enrollment: 30 April 2019)

Registration


Option B: 4-Day-3-Night Hong Kong Culture and Nature Tour

Tour information (Deadline for enrollment: 31 May 2019)

Registration


Requirements for Entering Hong Kong and China

Please check the visa requirements and deadlines for your specific country/place to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Mainland China (for the Sichuan Post-excursion participants).

Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:

https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Visit China, the State Council, the People’s Republic of China:

http://english.gov.cn/services/visitchina/

Location and Accommodation


Location

The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Address: 10, Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong




https://www.eduhk.hk/main/visitors/



Accommodation

iGeo participants will be staying at student hostels of EdUHK. The basic iGeo registration fee covers participants staying in budget shared twin bedrooms with communal facilities include activity rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms/toilets and pantries, from the night of 30 July to 4 August. For participants who do not order extra accommodation for the night of 5 August, a secured room will be available for storing luggage after check-out.

Official check-in time on 30 July (inclusive of the registration fee) is 12pm-9pm, early arrival and latecomers should contact us in advance for better arrangements. We appreciate your assistance to provide precise flight information via the online form for logistics arrangements including airport transfer and check-in assistance.

It is possible to upgrade your room or extend your period of stay with extra fee:

Room Type Budget Twin Room
(shared occupancy)
Budget Twin Room
(single occupancy)
Private Room
(single occupancy)
Covered by the basic registration fee, for the night of 30 July to 4 August (check-out at noon on 5 August) Extra fee applied Extra fee applied
Student Halls Robert Black Hall
(Hall C)
Robert Black Hall
(Hall C)
Jockey Club Student Quarters (JCSQ)
(5 mins walk from Hall C)
Maximum Capacity Per Unit 2 persons of same gender in each room; male and female living on different floors 1 person; male and female living on different floors About 4-6 persons of same gender in each flat
Facilities
  • Wireless internet access
  • Computer LAN Ports in each room (LAN line should be prepared by occupants)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Communal pantries, toilets and showers on each floor
  • Phone in each pantry
  • No hair dryer
  • Common Multi-Purpose Room
  • Vending Machine on 7/F
  • Wireless internet access
  • Computer LAN Ports in each room (LAN line should be prepared by occupants)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Each flat has furnished dining room, living room, kitchen, two shared bathrooms and a balcony
  • ach flat is equipped with phone, washer and dryer
  • No hair dryer
  • Vending Machine on G/F
Charged Facilities Washer: HK$5.00 per cycle
Dryer: HK$2.00 per 10 minutes
* Paid by Octopus Card
N/A
Remarks
  • May assigned to Triple Bedroom depends on gender and room availability.
  • Participants of different gender must accommodate on separate floors.
  • The Local Organizing Committee reserves the right to allocate rooms based on overall logistics consideration.
  • Participants of different gender must accommodate on separate floors.
  • The Local Organizing Committee reserves the right to allocate rooms based on overall logistics consideration.
  • There are different room types in each flat. - Private Rooms are limited. Participant’s room preference cannot be guaranteed upon application submission.
  • The Local Organizing Committee reserves the right to allocate rooms based on overall logistics consideration.

Photos of Student Halls

Budget Twin Room (Shared and Single Occupancy)

Robert Black Hall (Hall C) – a standard student hostel provides share twin room with communal facilities

Standard Room (Twin Room)
Communal Facilities

Private Room

Jockey Club Student Quarters (JCSQ) – a flat with several types of bedroom and 2 bathrooms to be shared by about 4-6 members of the same gender.

Each bedroom will be occupied by one participant only.

Private Room
Private Room
Communal Facilities

Useful Information


Bulletin Board

coming soon


iGeo Information Booklet

coming soon


About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Thanks to the history of Hong Kong as being a past British colony, while the majority of the population are Chinese, Hong Kong has developed the blended features of the East and West in her culture. Here, you can also discover the co-existence of traditional and modern elements, and you can enjoy the extensive green countryside in close distance to the city too. Famous examples of tourist attractions are The Peak, Victoria Harbour, Chinese Temples and the Giant Buddha; and in recent years, countryside tours has become more popular. Hong Kong is also a well-known city for shopping and dining. There are wide varieties of food, products and brands to choose, in all price ranges. Have more exploration in Hong Kong, and get your memorable experience!

Please visit the website of Hong Kong Tourism Board where you can learn more about Hong Kong and plan your trip:


Media Coverage


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

coming soon


Contact Us

Address:
Department of Social Sciences,
The Education University of Hong Kong,
10, Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

Email: igeo2019@eduhk.hk


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