• 15 innovative proposals exploring the two categories of “Inspiration for People” and “Inspiration for the Planet” qualified for the Global Final Demo Event where they will compete for the top 5 places and the chance to bring their ideas to life with support from OPPO and its partners.
• The poll for People’s Choice Award will start at 2PM on August 15th (GMT+8). Click here to vote for your favorite proposal in each of the two categories with the chance to win an OPPO Find N2 Flip phone!
SHENZHEN, CHINA — OPPO today announced the 15 tech start-ups shortlisted for the Global Final Demo Event of the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge following the successful completion of regional demo events in Boston, Shenzhen, and Bangkok earlier this month. The 15 start-ups and their innovations will meet in Singapore in October where they will compete for a spot in the global top 5.
The 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge received a total of 687 innovative proposals from 66 different countries and regions focusing on the two entry categories of “Inspiration for People” and “Inspiration for the Planet”. Following a thorough evaluation process, the top 15 solutions in each region were selected to take part in three regional demo events in Boston, Shenzhen, and Bangkok.
Industry Experts Inspire Further Innovation
Hosted by OPPO Research Institute in partnership with the Harvard GSAS Entrepreneur Community, the first regional demo event of 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge was held at the Harvard Club of Boston on July 27. During the event, 15 selected start-ups from Europe, the United States, and Israel pitched their solutions to the judging panel. Following their pitches, entrants also had the opportunity to engage in in-depth technical discussions with Jason Liao, Head of OPPO Research Institute, and executives from Harvard Business School and investment institutions.
On July 31, the second regional demo event took place in Shenzhen in partnership with the China University-Enterprise Collaboration Innovation Alliance (CUEC). OPPO Vice President and President of China Market, Bobee Liu, and the Head of OPPO Health Lab, Leo Zeng, both attended the event, where they were joined by other judges from Qualcomm Ventures, Amazon Web Services, GSMA 5G IN, and Beihang Investment. During the event, attending media and guests also voted for the winners of the “Media Choice” and the “Virtuous Innovation” awards.
The last regional demo event took place in Bangkok on August 7. In partnership with one of the APAC region’s most influential universities – Chulalongkorn University – OPPO also invited experts from Amazon Web Services and Deloitte to participate in the judging process. Professor Kaywalee Chatdarong, Vice President of Chulalongkorn University said in her closing remark that “Chulalongkorn University is honored to be OPPO’s regional partner. Together, we envision a future full of possibilities and innovations for our nations and the global society.”
Based on the four criteria of feasibility, innovation and originality, long-term potential, and social value, the professional judging panels from each of the three regional demo events have now selected their top 5 respective proposals to make up the shortlist of 15 entrants that will compete in the global final of 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge. Together, these solutions and the start-ups behind them are leveraging the power of digital health, accessible technology, and sustainability to build a better world for all.