Innovation Projects

As the world is facing major challenges, we are all looking for ways to collaborate more effectively to address these challenges. At MakerBay, we see ourselves as one of the actors to address global challenges through developing local solutions. We believe that with the equipment, skill and experts in the community, we can make a better tomorrow together. 

The key to innovation is getting started! 

While there are millions of ideas that could make our lives better, we shall decide which problems to tackle based on our values, build prototypes with empathy, share ideas and seek feedback, then keep improving the products.

“Impact Innovation is a method for a diverse group to creatively collaborate and produce innovative work that has a measurable impact in the real world.”
Cesar Jung-Harada
Founder, MakerBay


➜ Craftsmanship Community Project in Yau Ma Tei


How can we present the stories of Yau Ma Tei, a neighborhood on the brink of transformation due to urban redevelopment? How can we deepen public awareness of traditional craftsmanship and old shops? 

The “Craftsmanship Community Project in Yau Ma Tei” aims to bring participants to old shops, engage in conversations with the owners and craftsmen, and learn about the stories behind these establishments. Afterwards, we applied maker skills to create a wooden cart that showcases the history and traditional craftsmanship of Yau Ma Tei. 

➜ CoralBot: Coral Reef Mapping Drone


To respond to coral bleaching, we developed the AI CoralBot with the youth, an autonomous boat equipped with 5 cameras that can take 36,000 photos per hour, so as to understand the coral location and their condition. With the aid of artificial intelligence, everyone can participate in building and improving the AI model for coral reef mapping.

➜ Innovative Device to Enhance Soap Collection Process

soap cycling
soap cycling

Soap Cycling, a social enterprise, collects and recycles lightly used soap and bottled amenities from hotels, preventing waste and redistributing them to those in need. Beyond recycling, the initiative empowers marginalized communities through job opportunities. 

Facing a slow and inefficient soap extraction process, they reached out to MakerBay for assistance. After careful observation and extensive trials, our team developed an innovative solution—attaching a vibration machine to the soap bottle with a 3D-printed component that would automatically drain the soap and a holding frame. This innovation increased soap collection speed tenfold, significantly boosting overall work efficiency.

If you are looking for support or guidance to develop an impact innovation idea, no matter if it is a physical or digital product, contact us and we can make it happen together.

Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.