- The applicant must have the intellectual property right and/or legitimate right over the ICT product/service mentioned in the application. The applicant shall disclose disputes any place over the world over intellectual property right about the applicant’s ICT product/service, if any, for the Organiser to consider eligibility of the application.
- The application must be submitted by locally registered entities or residents in Hong Kong.
- A significant part of the innovation, design, research and development (R&D) of the mentioned ICT product/service must come from resources in Hong Kong. The applicant should demonstrate significant value-add by the Hong Kong resources contributing to the success of the ICT product/service in the target market.
- With the exception of the Student Innovation category, the submitted product/service must have been available in the market or in live operation for at least 3 months at the time of closing for entry enrollment.
- The same application is only allowed to be submitted to a maximum of ONE award stream among all the award categories (except the ICT Startup Award which is company based) . Any application found to have entered into more than one award stream will be disqualified (except for those products, solutions, services mentioned in the application of the ICT Startup Award for the purpose of competing in that company-based award).
- Winning entries of the Gold/Silver/Bronze award in previous years of the HKICT Awards can enter the Awards again only if there is significant change or enhancement in the product/service, or for a new award category.
 Examples are applications and products already in the market, application systems deployed internally in a company, and mobile solutions available at App stores. For startup companies competing for ICT Startup Award, prototypes appear only on kickstarter or similar platforms are NOT considered as available in the market.
 An applicant can use a shared component to be deployed for two separate applications. If the assessment focus is on the two separate applications, rather than the shared component, they can be treated as two entries for two award categories. However, if the focal points of both entries are on the shared component, they should be classified as a single entry and are not allowed to compete in two award categories.