OPPO invests $440,000 to incentivize ideation of unique technical solutions

OPPO Research Institute, together with global partners Qualcomm Technologies, GSMA 5G IN, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and LinkedIn, have jointly announced the launch of 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge on the World Smile Day. Based on the brand proposition of “Inspiration Ahead,” OPPO and its global technology ecosystem partners aim to bring new and innovative solutions to life by providing funding, support and partnership opportunities.

What is the mission behind OPPO’s initiative?

By working with its global partners, OPPO hopes these innovations can create a positive impact, and encourage greater awareness of the issues that affect global communities.

“OPPO believes deeply in the idea of ‘Virtuous Innovation’. As we further explore new tech, we remain dedicated to doing so in a way that puts people first. With the global issues like public health, accessible tech and environmental protection being the key concerns, we couldn’t rely on our efforts to provide solutions,” said Head of the OPPO Research Institute.

“We have therefore initiated the Inspiration Challenge to empower likeminded innovators to tackle these big issues together with us using technology and create a better world for all.”

Applications for the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge will started May 8 and will run unit June 30, 2023 with three regional demo events set to take place in Bangkok, Boston and Shenzhen at early August. Finalists from each regional demo event will be invited to join the Inspiration Challenge Acceleration Camp and meet with OPPO executives and technical experts to revise their proposals before the global final demo event at the end of August.

What is the winner selection criteria?

All the proposals for OPPO Inspiration Challenge this year will be evaluated based on the four criteria of Feasibility, Technological Innovation, Long-term Potential, and Social Values.

15 proposals from regional demo events will be picked as global finalists and top 5 proposals will be selected in the global final demo event, each awarded a grant of $50,000 (about 350,000 RMB, tax included). Further opportunities are open to the top 45 proposals globally – made up of the top 15 proposals in each regional challenge – including, but not limited to:

  • Productization and commercialization opportunities: an incubation fund totaling US$190,000 (approximately RMB 1.25 million, tax included), will be set up to co-develop solutions for implementation.
  • Strategic partnership and investment opportunities.
  • Opportunities to showcase at global technology events.
  • Opportunity to receive cloud resources and technical support from Amazon Web Services.

During OPPO Inspiration Challenge last year, 536 proposals were collected from innovators around the world aimed at tackling key challenges in ‘Accessible Technology’ and ‘Digital Health’. OPPO has since worked with 18 of these teams to further implement their proposals and has brought some of them to platforms like OPPO INNO DAY 2022 and MWC 2023.

What are the areas of interest for the challenge?

As health, accessibility, and environmental protection being the key focuses, it’s crucial to drive progress in these key areas through innovative tech. 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge will focus on the two categories of ‘Inspiration for People’ and ‘Inspiration for the Planet’, supporting tech professionals worldwide to develop innovative solutions in these two areas.

Inspiration for People: Digital Health and Accessible Technology

This category is a call for technologies, products and services related to digital health and accessible tech. It includes health algorithms; hardware sensor innovations i.e. the integration of new and advanced sensors into daily health monitoring devices; innovative products for digital health monitoring; accessibility assistive technologies; and technology designed for the elderly. The primary focus of this category is to make tech accessible and beneficial to all.

Inspiration for the Planet: Low-Carbon Development

Aligned with OPPO’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it calls for solutions related to environmental protection and low-carbon development as applied to electronics. It includes renewable energy; sustainable materials and packaging; green production processes; recycling of electronic products; and carbon emission digital management.

The primary focus of this category is to minimize the environmental impact of electronic product manufacturing or usage, and to promote sustainable development through tech.

Global applications for the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge opened May 8 and will run until June 30. To learn more about the program or register, please visit the official webpage here.