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Intel’s Invent 50 competition encourages tech innovation among Singapore students

Zafirah Salim | Aug. 4, 2015
This competition allows tertiary students to pitch ideas for technology-based solutions that can address challenges or improve the lives of local communities living in Singapore.

As part of the celebration for Singapore's 50th anniversary and the 50th year of Moore's Law, Intel Singapore has launched Invent 50, a competition that aims to drive and inspire innovation amongst tertiary students.

Supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), this initiative aligns with Singapore's Smart Nation vision of harnessing technological innovation to support better living, create more opportunities, and foster stronger communities.

Besides the Smart Nation vision, Intel said that Invent 50 also aligns with the national Skills Future movement, as it encourages the development of industry-relevant skills and knowledge, and a mindset of continually striving towards greater excellence through knowledge, application and experience.

Invent 50 is open to students aged between 18 and 34, and those who are currently enrolled full-time in a polytechnic or Autonomous University in Singapore, pursuing their Diploma, Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. degrees.

This competition allows students to pitch ideas for technology-based solutions that can address challenges or improve the lives of local communities living in Singapore. Some of the focus areas include Smart Nation, Smart Home, Smart Mobility and Smart Health.  

The first phase of the competition is now ongoing until September 4, 2015; after which, about 15 selected teams will move on the finals. Finalist teams will participate in a two-day boot camp, where they will have an opportunity to be coached by Intel trainers on how to use technology in innovation, as well as the process of ideation and prototyping.

Finalists will also have the opportunity to be mentored by experts over a 10-week period before the final judging round in December. The judging panel, comprising industry experts and partners, will select the winners based on the feasibility and innovativeness of their prototype designs.

Some of the prizes up for grabs include cash worth up to S$10,000, laptops featuring Intel RealSense 3D camera, as well as internship opportunities with Intel.

"Singapore, in its 50-year history, has always embraced innovation to accelerate growth, which is very much in line with Intel's culture of a relentless focus on innovation. With Invent 50, we intend to strengthen this culture of innovation among future engineers and innovators, particularly at a crucial time when technology is playing a critical role in strengthening communities, shaping society and being intrinsic to economic growth," said Dr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director Corporate Affairs, Intel, Asia Pacific & Japan.

"We are glad that Intel is reaching out to our university and polytechnic students through this competition. These are our current and future innovators, whom we hope will use technology to solve problems, transform the ways that we live and work, and ultimately improve lives," added John Lim, Divisional Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education. "The provision of training opportunities with industry experts will help our students develop industry-relevant skills, and apply these skills in creative ways, in line with SkillsFuture."

Keen participants may visit for full details of the competition.


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