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What's MaD

About MaD

Founded in 2009, MaD (Make a Difference) inspires and empowers young people all over Asia to come up with creative responses to our time's challenges. It has evolved as a collaborative platform of creative changemakers that works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery to bring about positive changes in Asia.

Formerly an anchor project of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, since 2014 MaD is steered by Make A Difference Institute, a community-initiated organization and a registered non-profit under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. Make A Difference Institute is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors from diverse disciplines: arts and culture, social innovation, education and business.

MaD's multifaceted portfolio includes the annual MaD Forum, a celebrated regional event for aspiring Asian changemakers, and year-round creative initiatives including the Jockey Club Make a Difference School, MaD Good Lab, urban pioneering projects and regional exchanges. MaD supports the growth of a vibrant creative ecology, and values cross-sector synergy and co-creation opportunities, empathetic collaboration and sustainable practices.

MaD explores:

Personal potential
Social issues
Global trends


Creative thinking
Creative industries

Cross-disciplinary innovation

Social innovation
Projects / entrepreneurial ventures

Personal change

The long-term goal of MaD is building a creative civil society. Everyone can join this journey of change through multiple entry points:

Exploring the world with empathy
Finding one’s place


Continual learning

Keeping knowledge relevant and up-to-date

Creating positive personal, economic, social and environmental change with creativity

As A Continuous Initiative, MaD Comprises The Following Elements:
Annual MaD Forum in January

A 2.5-day event featuring talks and interactive activities, bringing together an exciting line-up of international changemakers and over 1,000 youngsters from Asia and beyond.

MaD 2016 will be held from 22 January to 24 January 2016. In 72 hours, you will experience an exciting and fun-filled journey!

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Jockey Club “Make a Difference” School

With an aim to fill the gap in current formal education, Jockey Club Make a Difference School approaches learning in a "MaD" way – cross-disciplinary, innovative, socially conscious and action oriented. Through programmes presented with global partners, JC MaD School is a platform for exchange on positive change and builds a forward-looking learning community. 

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Round-the-year initiative -- MaD Good Lab

A multifaceted movement for the young and good to do good. Co-presented by Henderson Land and MaD, MaD Good Lab is a round-the-year initiative of MaD (Make a Difference). Since 2011, it has presented a variety of innovative programmes to inspire and support young people to take creative actions for social good.

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MaD Venture Fellows

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Make A Difference

+852 2766 3703
+852 2766 0189

The Good Lab, Level 1,
The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street,
West Kowloon,
Hong Kong