ABB kicks off second university innovation contest – Innovation Powers the Future

Focus on cutting-edge research topics in power and automation

First time to involve students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau

June 30, 2013 is deadline for application

Beijing, May 13, 2013-ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today unveiled the second university innovation contest, under the theme of "Innovation Powers the Future." This contest will invite participants to make bold and creative designs for cutting-edge research topics in the fields of power and automation, aiming to inspire the innovative spirit of university students and to provide a platform for participants to exchange ideas with industry experts.

The contest covers three conceptual topics: direct current grid, robotic automation, and industrial application of smartphones. University students from Greater China, including students pursuing their graduate, postgraduate or doctoral degrees, are eligible to participate. This is the first time for the contest to cover areas outside Mainland China.

ABB China's Chief Technology Officer Liu Qianjin said, "Adhering to its 'In China, for China and the world' strategy, ABB has attached great importance to local innovation while sparing no effort to promote the cultivation of young talent in the country. University students will be the future of the country's R&D and innovation. I look forward to them showcasing their wisdom and originality in the innovation contest."

The review panel will consist of ABB experts and senior management, as well as academics from China's renowned institutions and associations in the power and automation fields. There will be three categories of awards, which will be presented at the paper-defense and award ceremony held at ABB China's headquarters in Beijing on September 27, 2013. In addition, all finalists will receive internships or job opportunities at ABB.

ABB regards cooperation with universities as an important tool to drive innovation. In 2012, ABB held the first university innovation contest, themed "Power of Innovation," and 17 teams from 15 domestic universities won awards in three categories. Earlier this year, ABB announced the funding of 40 research projects proposed by world famous universities, including Zhejiang University, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in an effort to establish a truly collaborative innovation environment with leading research institutes around the world. In addition, ABB has been selected as the sole electrical control supplier of the Tsinghua University team at the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

The deadline for the contest is June 30, 2013. Please go to for more information.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with nearly 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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