Almost One Thousand Students Participate in the IT in Visual Arts Competition
The first and largest competition co-organized by Education Bureau,
CityU and HKIRC to encourage usage of IT in arts education

Hong Kong, March 8, 2008 –Education Bureau, Centre for Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies (AIMtech Centre) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) have jointly organized the 21st Century Competence for Youth (IT in Visual Arts) (21CCY) Competition to provide opportunities to students for exposure to information technology in arts education, thereby arousing their interest in this field and equipping them for upcoming career challenges and requirement from the ever-changing society.

The 21CCY Competition was open to all Primary four to Secondary three students, with a maximum of 30 participants from each school. The competition would be held in CityU on March 8-9, 2008. With the use of computers and design software, contestants are invited to submit an artwork within a certain timeframe on various topics, namely personal portrait, daily-life object, graphics and animation. The competition is regarded as the largest campaign ever held in Hong Kong, which required real-time application of visual arts technology.

Information technology has already been an essential and critical element in our daily life and Hong Kong citizens have already been moving towards digital life. Information technology has thus become the key to the success in every sector in the future society. Mr. She Mang, Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Information Technology in Education) of Education Bureau commented during the Opening Ceremony, “It is fundamental to nurture talents with information technology knowledge. We are delighted to observe progresses over the past decade. Education Bureau has been dedicating resources and effort to this and we see this competition as a milestone as well as a reward of our hard work.”

“This competition provides a timely platform for our students to take up these challenges and, through that process, help them acquire the 21st Century skills applicable to IT in art,” said Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Director of AIMtech Centre at CityU. “CityU is honoured to co-organize this event with the Education Bureau and HKIRC and to contribute to the development of our future creative talents,” he said.

Professor Ip added, “CityU is devoted to promoting the amalgamation of IT and art in order to develop innovative applied research and to cultivate a new generation of creative media professionals. Through this competition, we hope to inspire secondary and primary school students to pursue the possibilities presented by the collusion of art and IT.”

Besides serving as competition judges, CityU provides the venue and equipment for almost 1,000 students from 72 schools to prepare their works within a limited timeframe. In a bid to encourage students to share their portfolios online with peers with the unique ‘.hk’ identities, each student will be eligible to receive a free ‘.hk’ domain name from HKIRC, and subsequently free website and storage services from service providers for one year.

Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC said, “Teenagers in this generation grow up in a digitalized environment and thus it is important to provide formal training and knowledge to them on information technology, and further develop their awareness on the application of visual arts so they will be well-prepared for the challenges ahead. We are very happy to have this valuable opportunity to be part of the initiative in nurturing our future talents.”

A judging panel was formed by representatives of universities and art organizations to select the champion for the individual and school entry. An award presentation with results announcement on the winning artwork will be held in the morning of 12 April 2008 in Tsuen Wan City Hall, later an Exhibition to be held on 26 April in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to showcase selected artwork of high standard.

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About HKIRC and HKDNRHong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-making organization endorsed by the Government of the HKSAR to oversee the administration and assignment of the Internet domain names ending with '.hk'. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (HKDNR), HKIRC provides registration services for the English domain names ending with '.com.hk', 'org.hk', 'net.hk', 'edu.hk', 'gov.hk', 'idv.hk', '.hk' and Chinese domain names ending with '.公司.hk', '.組織.hk', '.網絡.hk', '教育.hk', '政府.hk', '個人.hk', '.hk'; and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

About AIMtech Centre of City University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) excels in professional education and applied research. The AIMtech Centre at CityU draws upon existing strength of the Department of Computer Science in the applied research and development of multimedia information processing and visualization and internet computing.