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Social Innovation Makers (SIM) - The Back Alley Tales

Starting from the possibility of back-alley space, SIMMERs will experience an in-depth community study by walking through the side streets and alleys, communicating and building a relationship with the neighbours, and deeply observing and exploring the city's needs with community partners and instructors. Going through the design thinking training and social innovation framework, students will gain a valuable opportunity to design and execute social innovation plans as a one-week owner in Yau Ma Tei, earn first-hand experience interacting with the community, and reflect on how to contribute to the sustainable development of the city as global citizens. 

SIMMERs will also be invited to join the social innovation market in the second semester to bring their outcomes to the BU community. 


  • All HKBU Students are welcome. Priority will be given to Full-time UG students.


Support to Student Participants 

  1. A subsidy of HKD 400 and a certificate of completion will be awarded to each student after attending all the activities, including the pitching presentation, project implementation and report back celebration; 
  2. Teams who perform well in the pitching presentation will be awarded HKD 4,000 to implement their projects between 2 Nov to 30 Nov in the Precedee Art space@ Yau Ma Tei, one week for each team; 
  3. Mentor support and consultation from young innovators;
  4. Learning opportunities related to social innovation;
  5. Chances to meet up-and-coming social designers and entrepreneurs; 
  6. Venue support provided by TriAngle & PRÉCÉDÉE Artspace;
  7. The team that wins the Best Innovation Proposal Award can participate in the Social Innovation Market in January next year and present their results.

Programme Period:

  • 11 Sep - 15 Dec 2023



11 Sep (Mon) 


14:30 –16:30 

Programme Briefing and Design Thinking Workshop  

TriAngle (DLB306, HKBU)

25 Sep  (Mon) 


15:30 –18:30

Orientation Day and Sharing Session

(Understanding the Community) 

TriAngle (DLB306)

26 Sep (Tue) 


11:00 – 18:00

Field trip & Team Creation Workshop 

Yau Ma Tei &

TriAngle (DLB306)


27 Sep – 15 Oct

Spontaneous Conception and Prototype

TriAngle (DLB306)

16 Oct (Mon) 


14:30 – 18:30

Pitching Competition

TriAngle (DLB306)


2 – 30 Nov

Owner of the Week

PRÉCÉDÉE Artspace at Yau Ma Tei

15 Dec (Fri)


18:30 – 20:30 

Report Back Celebration and Christmas Get-Together

TriAngle (DLB306)

Key SDGs related to this programme

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Miss Linda Tse: | WhatsApp or Tel: 3411 2487


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Venue Partner

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Funding Support


Virginia and Stanley Yim Student Development Fund