With over 60 years’ experience in Asia, JOS, is a systems integrator, solutions provider and technology consultancy with an exceptional ability to execute tangible business outcomes for customers. With over 2,200 IT professionals working from nine offices across Asia’s major business hubs in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore, JOS aims to improve the performance of business and governments across the region by applying the best technology to address their challenges. JOS has extensive experience across multiple industries, more than 10,000 private and public sector customers in Asia, and core capabilities in artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, enterprise applications, enterprise security, internet of things (IoT), mobility and next generation infrastructure. JOS is a division of JTH Group, a member of the Fortune Global 500-listed Jardine Matheson Group. For more information, please visit www.jos.com​.


Founded in 2015, the JOS Innovation Awards aim to inspire, nurture and recognise students in Hong Kong for their smart ideas and innovative thinking in improving industry performance. The JOS Innovation Awards are open to all full-time undergraduate and post-graduate students from local universities and higher education institutions and accepts group applications of two to five members in a team.

JOS is committed to inspire Hong Kong students on the path to make the world a more efficient and better place to live. To date, the JOS Innovation Awards have inspired over 500 Hong Kong university and tertiary education students to go beyond their day-to-day curriculums and create innovative ideas that solve real-world problems.

This is not simply a one-day event, but a holistic programme that expands students’ horizons by giving them exposure to the working world and expert mentorship. Under the leadership and guidance of JOS experts, student teams build upon their innovations and hone their presentation skills.

The JOS Innovation Awards 2018/2019 invites entries on the topic of how to drive customer experience. The judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate how the needs of customers are solved through an innovative solution. Please check the judging criteria and rules of entry for more information.


JOS Innovation Awards Partners

Manulife Financial Corporation

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada (our global headquarters) and the United States where we have served customers for more than 130 years. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2017, we had about 35,000 employees, 73,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 26 million customers.

Maxim’s Caterers Limited

Founded in 1956, Maxim’s Caterers Limited (a company incorporated in Hong Kong) is a leading food and beverage company comprised of Chinese, Asian and European restaurants, quick service restaurants, bakery shops, coffee shops, Japanese chain restaurants and institutional catering, while providing a range of festive products, including the award-winning HONG KONG MX Mooncakes. It is also the licensee of renowned brands including Starbucks Coffee, Genki Sushi and IPPUDO Ramen, The Cheesecake Factory and Shake Shack in various territories. Altogether, it has over 1,200 outlets in Hong Kong and Macau regions, Mainland China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore.

“Maxim’s” and any name, logo or trademark of any restaurants and any intellectual property right therein used or referenced in this article belong to Maxim’s Caterers Limited, a company operating in Hong Kong, and/or its affiliates.”

Sino Group

Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong. The Group’s core business is developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment. In addition to Hong Kong, the Group has footprints in Mainland China, Singapore and Australia. It has developed more than 220 projects, spanning a total plot ratio area of over 84.6 million sq ft.

Sino Group is committed to supporting R&D in Hong Kong as the city grows into an international innovation and technology hub. We partner with engineers and the academia on green innovations. The latest effort includes the launch of Sino Inno Lab, a sandbox platform to test out inventions to support start-ups and technology companies. The Lab also enables exploring other technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and blockchain, for further applications.


  • Full time tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in Hong Kong
  • 2-5 members per team
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    8 March 2019


    12 April 2019


    Kick Off

    March to April



    Video Submission:

    * Concept: Demonstrate a clear understanding of one or more specific business/organizational challenge(s) and generic solutions to drive customer experience
    * Degree of innovation: Innovative in its concept, design, implementation, reinforcement and/or outcome measurement
    * Presentation skill

    judging criteria


    *Practicality & Cost Effectiveness: How does your solution deliver:
    - Better data driven insight
    - Positive financial impact
    - Improved customer engagement & customer journeys
    *Presentation Skills
    *Game points via Gnnovation app

    We want to get to know your team! Participate in the mini project via our Gnnovation app. The extra points gained will be counted towards the final result.


  • Fill in the Application Form
  • Upload your video to a shared platform (eg, Google Drive) and insert the hyperlink on the application form
  • Video Criteria:

    • Not more than 5 mins
    • Mp4 format
    • English is preferred, other languages require English subtitles.
    • Your video should include:
      • Team introduction: Tell us who you are, your University/College & Faculty
      • Reason of joining JOS Innovation Award
      • Expectation: What do you expect to gain from participating?
      • Generic ideas for all customers: briefly explain your ideas for: JOS, Manulife, Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, Sino Group

    • Tips for your video:
      Manage the time of each part in the 5-min video. For example: 1 min team introduction & 1 min ideas for each customer (JOS, Manulife, Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, Sino Group) (Total 4 mins)
      (1 min) Team Introduction, reason of joining & expectation.
      (1 min) Ideas for company A
      (1 min) Ideas for company B
      (1 min) Ideas for company C
      (1 min) Ideas for company D

  • Upload your team photo to a shared drive (e.g., Google Drive) and insert the hyperlink on the application form

    Photo Criteria:
    • JPG/ JPEG format
    • All teammates should be included in the photo
  • # Shortlisted teams will be assigned to a company each after the knockout stage. In any dispute, JOS's decision shall be final and conclusive.


    Each winning team will receive a HK$30,000 cash prize

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