Over the weekend of May 11 – May 13 2018, the National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges Beijing (NOC) alongside the non-profit social enterprise, OSG, organised its inaugural hackathon, themed the Internet of Things (IoT).
Honor and Tuya were the proud sponsors of this hackathon with the former providing the hackathon case challenge and the product prizes. A leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group, Honor’s product lines extends into the manufacture of other IoT devices as well as tablet computers and wearable technologies.
This hackathon served as a platform to enable participants to leverage on the concept of IoT connectivity– integrating new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Big Data into the daily lives of consumers to enhance the quality of life –to ideate and develop solutions accordingly.
Within 48 hours, hackers had to develop, prototype and pitch their solutions to our esteemed panel of judges and audience. To expedite the ideation and development process for our participants, Honor provided teams with their newly released laptops <<Magicbook>> for their use throughout the weekend. Our hackers were indeed very impressed by the product aesthetics of the laptops and of course, their functions! Engineering student, Ken Lam, had nothing but praises for the MagicBook exclaiming that “the MagicBook took an hour to charge up to 70 percent!”
This hackathon was targeted at local and foreign university students in Beijing, organised with the objectives of providing students with a platform to gain new knowledge relevant to the theme, learn new skills and develop entrepreneurial mindsets. There was a total of 56 participants, forming 8 teams with backgrounds ranging from engineering, computer science to business supply chain management. It was indeed an eye-opening for participants that their fellow peers hailed from different nationalities – Singapore, China, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Angola amongst others – adding diversity and vibrancy to the event. The event also saw two Chinese students who travelled from Jinan with the sole purpose of taking part in the event hosted by NUS and sponsored by renowned IOT companies, Honor and Tuya.
We were honoured to have Daniel Tan (Vice-President of SmartLiving, Huawei Honor), Jin Jing (Strategy Director, Tuya), Hu Xin Gao (Vice-President, Fenghou Capital), Wang Wei (Chief Investment Officer, Beihang Investments) and Ho Geer How (Regional Director – Asia, NUS Enterprise) as our judges.
For the pitches, teams were given 5 minutes to present their solutions, followed by a 3-minute Q&A segment.
Product solutions included smart mirrors, smart masks, smart dustbins, amongst others. Eventually the following teams emerged as winners:
Team Power 6 placed 2nd Runner-up. They proposed a smart dustbin that will increase the convenience for lazy middle-aged consumers. It integrates the need for better waste management systems in urban cities and young people’s lazy habits. The smart dustbin can be controlled and moved around using an APP, for which the team designed a prototype of.
Team MVCPDK proposed a smart mask solution that aims to protect consumers’ skin against the polluted Beijing air. The team’s product comprises of the addition of a chip to the mask enables the mask to sense the air quality surrounding the user. The smart mask includes features such as skin moisturizing, hence simulating the role of a personal beautician. For their efforts, they placed 1st Runner-up.
The team 樱木花道,comprising of students from Jinan and Singapore, emerged as the champions. Their solution is the creation of a wristband that would enable travelers to better cope with jetlag. Their product includes the use of the flagship Honor View10. Honor View10 is a smartphone that is equipped with several artificial intelligence features and a wide range of IoT sensors, hence making it the perfect device for their wristband to be connected to. Team 樱木花道’s unique solution and captivating presentation led to their high placement among the judges and they eventually took home the win.
Team Vnicom was awarded the best team presentation prize for their “punny” efforts during their presentation to engage with the audience and for a very convincing Q&A segment to put forth their solution across to the judging panel.
Last but not least, with much flair and charisma in his presentation, Sim Ee Liang was awarded the best speaker for his confident pitch.
This event was the culmination of the accumulative efforts of the organizing committee and sponsors for the past few months: Honor served as one of the two main sponsors for the Hackathon, providing the case brief for the hackers and sponsoring the amazing prizes which included their recently released Magicbooks, Waterplay tablets, routers, and other attractive prizes. The event's other sponsor, Tuya,also supported by sponsoring the other resources needed for the event to run smoothly. Alongside Honor and Tuya, Innoway and Innoplanet served as the venue sponsor, Jumbo Seafood and Koo Kee served as the food sponsor and 36Kr served as event’s official media partner.The organizing committee would like to sincerely thank all stakeholders – sponsors, mentors and workshop speakers – for your support and enabling us to make this happen. We were certainly heartened by the flow of creative juices and vibes this weekend andas our distinguished Guest-of-Honor Mr Daniel Tan, Vice-President of SmartLiving at Honor mentioned, “This hackathon is indeed a good platform for college students to innovate and be creative and explore the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things.”