Team PD Loggers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has been crowned the grand prize winner of Intel's Invent 50 competition, its first nation-wide student technology competition. This was announced at the final judging and gala dinner event held at Marina Bay Sands on December 5, 2015.
The competition was first launched in August 2015 to drive innovation amongst local tertiary students. It urged them to develop smart projects that tackled problems such as healthcare, home automation, elderly care and smart urban infrastructure, built on Intel Edison and Intel RealSense technologies, modules and kits.
Team PD Loggers stood out among the 18 finalist teams with their Intel Edison-powered wearable monitoring devices, which are designed to ease the suffering of Parkinson's disease patients.
These devices provided automated monitoring and biofeedback of gait patterns in patients and provided cues to them when freezing of gait (FOG) is imminent, which prevents them from falling. Intel Edison technology is used to implement this due to its Wi-Fi capabilities and memory.
As part of their win, the team received S$10,000 to further develop their project, laptops equipped with Intel RealSense cameras, as well as internship opportunities at Intel for each of the winning members.
Meanwhile, Team Hydrone from NUS and Team Green from Nanyang Technological University ranked second and third place respectively. Team Hydrone developed a waterproof recoverable drone to help with maritime operations; and Team Green gamified smart energy management practices by using technology for data analysis.
"Invent 50 challenged the students of Singapore to demonstrate their power of innovation and problem-solving, and we're heartened to see the incredible amount of creativity and innovation that these students have displayed throughout the competition," said Dr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director Corporate Affairs, Intel, Asia Pacific & Japan. "Intel and Singapore both share a golden jubilee celebration this year, and we are pleased to support initiatives like Invent 50 to help develop the next generation of innovators."
Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), who was also the Guest of Honour for the event, added, "There are many innovators amongst young Singaporeans ... Their skills and ability to innovate and create new solutions is needed in all sectors of our economy - in MNCs, big companies, SMEs, public service, schools, uniformed groups and so forth. Innovation is the most important ingredient for our next phase of economic growth and I thank Intel for organising this competition to further ignite the innovative spirit of the young."
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