Competitions
Competitions

The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education seize every opportunity to provide relevant platforms for our gifted students to demonstrate their giftedness. We partner with the Education Bureau, local universities and professional bodies to run territory-wide competitions. Students with outstanding performance in these competitions are identified and provided with training programmes to prepare them to participate in international competitions so that they can excel in their talented areas.

2023/24 Students Events Calendar

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Competitions Available from HKAGE

CompetitionBrief Description of the competitionOrganiser(s)/Co-organiser(s)Event Date
Olympiads
International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is an annual individual and team competition in the natural sciences for students who are under sixteen years old. It aims to promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in the scientific endeavours; challenge, stimulate and encourage gifted students to further develop their talents in natural sciences; and create friendship and relationships among students around the world from an early age.Organiser(s):

By different countries/regions
Competition Date

First week in December annually
The International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening is organised to identify scientifically gifted students at junior secondary level for training and preparation to participate in the IJSO final.Co-organise with:

Education Bureau

Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education
HK Screening Date

24 September 2023
International Biology Olympiad (IBO)The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is an international competition for secondary school students. The purpose of the IBO is to enable students to apply analytical skills and creativity through tackling challenging problems in biology and conducting experiments.Organiser(s):

By different countries/regions
Competition Date

July 2024
The International Biology Olympiad - HK Contest is co-organised by the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) to identify students gifted in biology and prepare them to participate in the IBO.Co-organise with:

Education Bureau
Hong Kong Contest Date

November 2023
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a revered contest in the field of mathematics for students yet to enter university. It aims to bring young people together from all over the world to enjoy the challenges of mathematics in a spirit of friendly competition. The contest probes deep into the mathematical disciplines, featuring challenges that span from algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory.Organiser(s):

By different countries/regions
Competition Date

July 2024
International Mathematical Olympiad Preliminary Selection Contest – Hong Kong held in May annually. This contest serves to identify students with good potential in mathematics.

Student awardees in this contest are invited to enrol in the advanced level training where finally a team of students are selected to represent Hong Kong to participate in the IMO.

In addition, throughout the year, a series of introductory level IMO-related programmes are offered by HKAGE to facilitate students’ understanding of advanced mathematics knowledge and the IMO curriculum. Students with outstanding performance in these programmes will also be invited to enrol in the advanced training programme.
Co-organise with:

Education Bureau

International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited
Preliminary Selection Contest Date

May 2024
China Mathematical Olympiad (CMO)The China Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) is the highest-level, largest scale, and most influential mathematics contest for secondary school students in China. It takes place annually in early winter. The target participants include the winners of National High School Mathematical League from various provinces, autonomous regions, and direct-administered municipalities, as well as representatives from Hong Kong, Macau, and other teams all around the world. The contest format closely follows that of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).Organiser:

Chinese Mathematical Society
Contest Date

December 2023
Hong Kong Team representatives are selected from the Mathematical Olympiad Training co-organised by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education and International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited.Co-organise with:

Education Bureau

International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited
HK Team Selection Date

21 October 2023
China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO)The China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) is a mathematics competition specially designed for female students. It aims to encourage girls to learn mathematics, participate in competitions, cultivate their interest in mathematics, and enhance their self-confidence. Participating teams are representatives from key secondary schools in all provinces of China, Hong Kong, Macau and other countries. The format of the competition is similar to that of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), with learning activities and cultural exchange sessions in addition to examinations.Organiser:

Chinese Mathematical Society
Competition Date

July - August 2024
Hong Kong Team representatives are selected from the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad Training co-organised by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education and International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited.Co-organise with:

Education Bureau

International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited
HK Team Selection Date

20 July 2024
International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)The International Physics Oylmpiad (IPhO) is a renowned international Physics competition for secondary school students. IPhO is an annual physics contest hosted by different organising countries, is held in recognition of the growing significance of physics in all fields of science and technology. It also aims at enhancing the international exchange of teaching of physics. Each participating country/region may send a team of five students for the competition in which the brilliant students are challenged not only by theoretical problems, but also experimental ones.Organiser(s):

By different countries/regions
Competition Date

July 2024
The Hong Kong Physics Olympiad (HKPhO) has been organised since 2003 to promote physics education in Hong Kong and provide an enhancement platform for students with high potential in physics. It also serves to identify outstanding students with good potential in physics and prepare them to participate in the IPhO.Co-organise with:

Education Bureau

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Competition Date

May 2024
International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL)The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is an annual competition for students to solve real-world problems using Web3 and blockchain technology. The competition offers participants the chance to showcase their skills, gain experience, and potentially win prizes or recognition.Organisers:

By different countries/regions
Competition Date

November 2024
The Hong Kong Blockchain Olympiad (HKBCOL) serves to identify outstanding students and prepare them to participate in the IBCOL. A maximum of three secondary-level students form a team to compete in four rounds. Finalists are required to present their ideas at the Final Presentation and outstanding teams will be invited for further training to compete at IBCOL.Organiser:

The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE)

Co-organise with:

The Hong Kong Productivity Council
Competition Date

June to August 2024


CompetitionBrief Description of the competitionOrganisers/Co-organiser(s)Event Date
Non-Olympiad Competitions
IEEE Hong Kong Young Engineer Conference 2024The Conference is organised by the IEEE Hong Kong Consumer Technology Society/ Oceanic Engineer Society Joint Chapter. It offers opportunities for students to showcase selected work via a presentation, a poster and a student scientific paper.Organisers:

IEEE Hong Kong Consumer Technology Society

Oceanic Engineer Society Joint Chapter
TBC
The HKAGE team will be selected from the Academy's Got Talents (STEAM) programme. It is an exclusive pathway for HKAGE students to represent HKAGE and engage in STEAM-related competitions (Except for IBO, IJSO, IMO and IPhO) Selection Date

Nov 2023
The Safe Cracking -International Physics TournamentThe Safe Cracking International Physics Tournament encourages understanding of scientific principles (particularly in physics) and development of original ideas to implement these principles. High school students of each team need to design, build, and operate up to 2 locking mechanisms for a safe based on different principles of physics. These mechanisms must be sophisticated enough to keep the safe locked unless one deciphers the physics principles behind them.Organisers:

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Competition Date

Apr 2024
The “Safe Cracking” International Physics Tournament (IPT) 2024 – Hong Kong (HK) Final aims at providing a platform for STEAM students to showcase their talents and creativity in designing safe with physics principles, and foster a passion in physics. Outstanding students would be selected to represent the HKAGE to join the “Safe Cracking” International Physics Tournament 2024.Organiser:

HKAGE is the sole organiser

Supported by:
Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education

Hong Kong STEAM Education Association

Physical Society of Hong Kong
Competition Date

25 Nov 2023
Hong Kong Budding Poets (English) AwardThe Hong Kong Budding Poets (English) Award is a territory-wide writing competition for all primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. It serves as a platform for students to express creatively through writing poetry in English. It aims to provide schools with a channel to identify gifted learners in English for extended training in creative writing.Supported by :

Education Bureau (EDB)
Entry Submission Deadline

Student: 5 March 2024
Teacher: 6 March 2024
Young STEAM Talent AwardThe “Young STEAM Talent Award” is co-organised by the “G3 Alliance” comprising of Centum Charitas Foundation, The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education and The Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum. This Award is its first large-scale competition. It serves as a platform to discover and nurture Secondary 3 to 6 students who are passionate about STEAM and to shape them becoming leaders in the fields of Environment, Society, and Governance (ESG).Co-organise with:

Centum Charitas Foundation (Chinese webpage available)

The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE)

The Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum
Application Period

From 22 November 2023 to 15 April 2024
Update Date:2024-02-29