Beijing, July 20, 2015 - Since its official launch on May 4, ABB's 4th University Innovation Contest (UIC 2015), with its theme of "Innovation for a better world," has attracted registration from 922 university students from over 200 colleges and universities in 28 provinces across mainland China as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. As of the July 19 deadline, the UIC 2015 received a total of 253 essay submissions.
The UIC 2015 prepared a total of three conceptual topics closely related to the power and automation technology: "energy interconnection", "smart manufacturing with internet+", and "smart home." Participants choose one of the three topics and then propose innovative ideas and designs about future relevant technologies, products and solutions. Qualified participants are full-time undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from mainland China as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Qianjin Liu, head of ABB Corporate Research Center China and Chief Technology Officer of ABB (China) Limited, said: "Creativity is everywhere, and innovation can bring a better world. I'm very pleased to see so many university students actively participate in the UIC 2015, stretching their imagination on the three topics and showing the Internet of Things, Services and People. We are confident that the best creative ideas and outstanding works of our participants will bring even more inspiration for next month's final round."
The review panel of the UIC 2015 is composed of both ABB China's internal experts and external judges. Through assessment of the submissions for innovation, feasibility and expression of clarity, the panel will ultimately select finalists to compete for first, second and third-class prizes. In order to encourage the spirit of innovation and the active participation, the UIC 2015 will be awarding additional prizes for excellent works to recognize submissions which have outstanding creative ideas and designs but did not qualify for the final round, which is to be held at ABB (China) Limited on August 26, 2015. Winners will receive great prizes from ABB and have the opportunity to obtain internship or employment at ABB (China) Limited.
Since its first launch in 2012, the UIC has attracted a total of more than 5,000 participants from over 500 colleges and universities in mainland China as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In the future, ABB will continue to cultivate innovative talents through the UIC and other forms of university-enterprise interaction and cooperation to provide new impetus for the long-term development of the company and the industry.
ABB is a Global 500 company and a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transportation and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 39 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 126 cities.