INNOVATION UNLEASHED: INSIGHTS FROM THE 2023 OPPO INSPIRATION CHALLENGE GLOBAL FINALS.
Following the Global Final Demo Event in Singapore, OPPO has unveiled the five winning proposals from the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge. This initiative, led by the OPPO Research Institute and supported by industry giants such as Qualcomm, GSMA 5G IN, Amazon Web Services, and LinkedIn, featured two distinct categories: “Inspiration for People” and “Inspiration for the Planet”. These categories aimed to uncover robust solutions in line with OPPO’s commitment to “Virtuous Innovation”. After regional challenges and an intensive acceleration camp, 687 proposals were submitted by teams hailing from 66 countries and regions worldwide. From this extensive pool, five exceptional proposals were selected. These victorious teams will now embark on a collaborative journey with OPPO and its partners to actualize their innovative concepts.
“We are extremely grateful for the collaborative support of our partners and to all the technology professionals and entrepreneurs who have taken part in this year’s OPPO Inspiration Challenge, especially the top five teams who truly demonstrated the incredible potential of innovative technology,” said Jason Liao, President of the OPPO Research Institute. “Following five months of extensive evaluation, we have seen many innovative and cutting-edge solutions to a number of critical but overlooked social issues raised by start-ups from around the world. Together, through the Inspiration Challenge, we look forward to working with these teams to bring the power of virtuous innovation to all corners of the world.”
During the Global Final Demo Event, OPPO collaborated with six startup teams from both this and last year to showcase their cutting-edge products and prototypes. Among them, Bluepha Co., Ltd. has teamed up with OPPO to create environmentally friendly packaging for mobile phones, as well as art installations made from biodegradable materials that showcase both the lightness and flexibility of OPPO’s foldable smartphones and OPPO’s commitment to the environment. Woola, another sustainability-focused startup, demonstrated its packaging for the OPPO Watch made from recycled wool. One of the winners of last year’s Inspiration Challenge, TangTang Quan, returned to the stage this year to demonstrate the results of its collaboration with OPPO, promoting a blood glucose monitoring function for the OPPO Watch 4 Pro that enables diabetes patients to monitor their blood glucose levels in real time using a customized smart watch interface.
This year, OPPO also teamed up with Deloitte China for the first time to launch an acceleration camp prior to the Global Final Demo Event. During the camp, experts from the OPPO Research Institute joined members of OPPO’s software, hardware, investment, universities and research, IoT departments, and industry experts from Deloitte to engage in discussions with the top 15 teams and provide advice on technology, industry trends, and the business prospects of their proposals.
At the end of the event, five winning proposals were ultimately selected from among fifteen finalists by a panel of judges comprising members of the OPPO Research Institute, OPPO’s investment department, and experts from Temasek International, GSMA, Fidelity International, and XNode. The judges assessed the proposals against the four criteria of feasibility, innovation and originality, long-term potential, and social values, with winning teams each receiving a grant of USD $50,000 plus opportunities to further develop their ideas in collaboration with OPPO and its partners. Further to this, “3D interactive platform” and “Flint Paper Battery” were awarded the People’s Choice awards in the “Inspiration for People” and “Inspiration for the Planet” categories, and “Impulse (Non-Surgical Hearing Aid)” and “Flint Paper Battery” received the Media Choice awards.
OPPO will continue to bring together technology professionals, entrepreneurs, and startup teams through the Inspiration Challenge to develop and implement innovative solutions that enable more people to benefit from the power of technology.
To learn more about the OPPO Inspiration Challenge and the winning proposals from this year’s competition, please visit the official website at https://www.oppo.com/en/proposal/.