16th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) The “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) was awarded the “Best Public Health Partner 2022” at Huawei Developer Day APAC.
The Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Victor Lam, said, “The ‘LeaveHomeSafe’ mobile app, with the number of downloads exceeding nine million now, is an important partner of Hong Kong citizens in the fight against the epidemic. Over the past two years, the OGCIO has been continuously updating and enhancing the functions of ‘LeaveHomeSafe’ in response to the epidemic’s development. Besides supporting the implementation of targeted anti-epidemic strategies of the Government, the app also constantly enriched user experience with a view to enlisting wider public support. We are encouraged that the award is not only a recognition of our efforts, but also an endorsement of Hong Kong’s pioneering role in information technology development in the Asia Pacific region.”
The annual Huawei Developer Day APAC was held yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This major event provided a platform for developers from different countries and economies in the Asia-Pacific region, with over 400 participants from places including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia attending in person. The award presentation ceremony of Huawei Developer Day APAC made its debut this year and set up 20 awards under four categories, namely “Lifestyle”, “Media & Entertainment”, “Partner” and “Watch Face Designathon”. The “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app excelled in all aspects and took home the “Best Public Health Partner 2022” under the “Lifestyle” category.
Launched in November 2020, the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app has been under continuous development with over 40 versions released to enhance its functions and enrich user experience, helping to combat the epidemic in the society over the past two years. The function of automatic checking of Red and Amber Codes added earlier has effectively assisted in managing the risks of the epidemic, allowing social distancing measures to be gradually relaxed and economic activities gradually to be resumed under controllable circumstances. Recent further additions were the functions of the Testing Registration Code and storing the Vaccine Pass of companions, as well as simplifying the self-declaration process for a user infected with COVID-19 with just “one–click” in the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app to complete his/her isolation.
HKSAR Govt Press Release