MaD Trip @ Chengdu

MaD Good Lab 2017 Debut Programme: MaD Excursion to Chengdu

21-24 April 2017 (4-days 3-nights)


Kicking start MaD Good Lab 2017 and co-branded with MaD Festival 2017, MaD Excursion @ Chengdu brings participants from diverse backgrounds together to visit cultural and social innovation spots in Chengdu. From exploring topics on social architecture and sustainable design to participating in the Mini MaD, a forum that gathers creative practitioners for knowledge exchange. The excursion provides an immersive experience for arts and cultural-lovers or social innovation-enthusiast to engage with Chengdu local stakeholders through in-depth exchanges. The trip also leads participants to explore how like-minded civic organizations collaborate to cultivate creativity in communities and promote sustainable development.

Understand how young social architectural groups curate architectural projects with social awarenessProjects to be studied

How eco-friendly practitioners advocate waste reduction measures

Projects to be studied


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The MaD Excursion to Chengdu is an in-depth learning process
  • During one pre-trip workshop to learn about the cases of social innovation, creative ecology in Chengdu and Hong Kong
  • Participants shall attend a post-trip workshop to share their findings and condense their learning, and generate their own action idea to make a difference.



Excursion dates: 21 – 24 Apr 2017 (Fri to Mon)
Capacity: 18
Fee: HK$2,500 (Discounted rate HK$2,000 for full-time students)
*Flight ticket and accommodation inclusive

Application deadline: 31 March 2017



To provide equal chances to all young people, fee waiver is available for application. If you have financial needs and would like to apply for a waiver, you can submit an application stating your financial situation with valid document support (e.g. Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Tertiary Student Finance Scheme) to on or before 31 March 2017 (11:59 PM).

Travel Buddy: Kevin Cheung

Kevin Cheung, Wai Chun is an upcycling product designer based in Hong Kong.

Since graduated from School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2009, he has been devoted to re-create a better world for people and other living things to live in. He believes designers are capable and has the responsibility to protect the environment through sustainable designs, that is to balance three interconnected domains: ecology, economics, and society.

Kevin experiments with a wide range of materials others would have considered as waste or scrap, being an extraordinary scavenger, he design and transformed these materials into lasting products. Through understanding the production process, Kevin hopes to inspire many more through viewing things from another lens, understanding how things are being made, packaged, consumed and disposed.

All upcycling products designed by Kevin are made of waste produced in Hong Kong. Members with disabilities of a local NGO’s Sheltered Workshop are employed to help with part of the production as one of the tasks in their training programme. Not only are the products useful, they also demonstrate how a mutually beneficial relationship could be attained.


To Join the MaD Excursion
  • We are looking for people who wants to make a difference to the society with creativity. If you are one, come join us!
  • Selection interviews will be arranged for shortlisted candidates. The tentative date is 6 Apr (Thursday evening). Shortlisted candidate will be informed of the interview date, time and venue on 3 April 2017.
  • All participants MUST attend one pre-trip workshops tentatively scheduled on 11 Apr (Tuesday evening). To make your insights gained from the trips known to more people, you will share at MaD Blog and post-trip sharing sessions.


  1. Aged 18 to 35, interested in making a difference in the areas of civil society, social innovation, arts and culture or creative industry
  2. Fluent Putonghua, can read Chinese
  3. Valid travel documents (valid for at least a year beyond the date of application)
  4. Full attendance [Early/late departure (from Hong Kong) and return (to Hong Kong) not allowed for the trip’s group tickets]
  5. If non Hong Kong resident, please make sure you have enough time to apply the entry permit to Chengdu


Make A Difference Institute Ltd. does not obtain a Travel Agent’s License, and thus the role of Make A Difference Institute Ltd. is only limited to prepare proposed itinerary for participants and to coordinate with on-site partners. The project shall not incur any provision of outbound travel business services, and the company shall not serve as a travel agent in this project.