In recent years, in order to meet the thirst for learning cutting-edge technology among gifted students, the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education has actively promoted courses on emerging technologies. Last year, the Academy held a blockchain course, which attracted many participants. Two teams achieved excellent results in the International Blockchain Olympiad.
"Blockchain" is an immutable data notarization technology that is applicable to finance, the Internet of Things, or fields that require cloud computing. In the International Blockchain Olympiad 2022, Kyli (張杍仴), a Secondary 4 student, and her teammate won the gold medal in the category of "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions". Kyli said that her curiosity about Bitcoin led her to participate in the blockchain course. "I didn't understand why there was a high-risk virtual currency, and why people were willing to invest in it." With a strong spirit of exploration, Kyli teamed up to participate in the competition and conceived of applying blockchain technology to medical litigation: if both patients and doctors digitally sign medical certificates, the data can be uploaded and permanently stored in the blockchain. In the event of medical accidents requiring litigation, lawyers can verify the authenticity of the documents through the uploaded documents, preventing forged documents and frivolous false accusations. After this competition, Kyli decided to develop her interest in law and hopes to pursue a career in law in the future.
Lester Chong (莊錫衍), a Secondary 4 student, and his teammates won the Silver Award in the secondary school category, the Outstanding Performance Award, and the gold medal in the "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure" category in the same competition. Lester pointed out that the topic of this competition was based on the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, with supply chain management as the blueprint, and conceived of using blockchain technology to track the origin, production date, temperature, humidity, and transportation time of food. Lester said he was very happy to be able to use the principles of blockchain and knowledge of cryptography to master new logistics management technologies. He hopes to use blockchain and knowledge to improve the world, such as in medical and educational fields, promoting sustainable development through technology and responsibly using energy and other resources.
In the past, the Academy has trained talented students through innovative technology courses. This year, the Academy hopes to further promote blockchain to all secondary school students in Hong Kong, and will hold the Hong Kong Blockchain Olympiad to discover more talent. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Academy will hold the "Gifted Education Expo" at the Science Park, including a blockchain gaming zone and a quantum computer exhibition booth. Readers are welcome to visit on July 7th to 8th (details on the Academy's website).
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The author, Dr. Jimmy Wong (黃金耀), is the director of the Academy for Gifted Education in Hong Kong and is dedicated to the growth of gifted students.
This article was published in the "Learning and Teaching" column of the Education section of the Sing Tao Daily on June 1, 2023.
Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2023
Time: 17:30 to 19:00
Venue: HK Convention and Exhibition Centre (S425, S426/7)
Session 1: Crash Course in Cryptography and Blockchain Technology (20min)