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Accelerating Innovation

Accelerating Innovation

Asia leads the rest of the world in the development and adoption of new technologies and this is reshaping its economies, creating new opportunities and improving quality of life for hundreds of millions of people. We know great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, which is why we focus on education and partnership projects side-by-side with technology leadership and entrepreneurship programs, to ensure success is sustainable and shared by all.

Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner recently visited Taiwan to drive further this agenda – meeting with government and academic stakeholders to advise on technology leadership. His visit also coincided with the inaugural Intel Innovation and Research Forum, where he joined over 200 chief technology executives and R&D professionals from across Taiwan.

Justin’s visit was also a good opportunity to announce expanded partnerships with Taiwan’s leading government, industry and university players, which will help strengthen Taiwan’s R&D competitiveness and establish the island as a growing center of technology innovation for the global IT industry. Justin outlined how Intel Labs will collaborate with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan on research programs with Intel providing funding and resources to the tune of US$5 million over five years .

Supporting higher education

Technology innovation enriches all our lives, guiding personal, economic and social growth. A robust higher education system is a vital link to ensuring that the next generation has the skills to continue to drive innovation and prepares today’s university students to solve tomorrow’s challenges.

Through the Intel Higher Education Program we collaborate with universities , industry and governments around the world in creating programs to empower students and support professors in accelerating innovation throughout Asia Pacific.

Through initiatives, such as the Intel Global Challenge , Intel student innovation competitions and fellowship programs supporting PhD candidates, we enable students to build technical, entrepreneurial and research skills to become innovators and support professors in preparing their students to solve future challenges by providing access to new technologies and opportunities to enhance their leadership.

In November, registrations opened for the Intel India Embedded Challenge 2012 . The embedded design contest recognizes and rewards outstanding ideas in embedded technology, based on the Intel® Atom™ processor. The competition helps cultivate technical talent in India and promotes the knowledge economy.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 1,600 applications from across India. The winners were T.J. David and Kudikala Shravan Kumar, from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, who, along with the other winners, have gone on to participate in The Next Big Idea , which is jointly run by Intel, Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

It was exciting to see teams from Japan and the Philippines win the Intel- DST Asia Pacific Challenge for 2011, an initiative in technology innovation designed to recognize outstanding ideas by youth and technology start-ups, which address social issues across 10 Asia-Pacific countries. The Japanese team was awarded first prize for its Portable UV Index Sensors and Networking Systems, while the team from the Philippines picked up second prize for their design.

In November the winning teams went on to showcase their world-changing idea at the Intel Global Challenge, a joint project with the University of California, Berkeley.

There are also interesting developments taking place in Malaysia where Intel is one of the proud sponsors of the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition, a multi-discipline engineering design competition. Fifteen universities participated, with a team from UTAR University picking up the top prize for its sensational ‘Electric Car Intelligent Controller System’ project created using the Intel Atom processor platform.

Huge congratulations to all our competition winners around the region and the academics who inspired them. Fostering talent in students is one of the biggest investments we can make in our future. The inventiveness, innovation and technical savvy displayed by these students should make us confident the future is in safe hands.