National Instruments (NI) on June 24 inaugurated a design competition for young entrepreneurs in Vietnam with an aim to help advance innovation and entrepreneurship among young engineers in the country.
Developed in collaboration with the Higher Engineering Education Alliance (HEEAP) in Vietnam, the first competition is open to all engineering students and graduates from academic partners of this alliance in this country and will award the market-ready projects that support sustainable development in local communities.
Chandran Nair, managing director of NI for Southeast Asia, said NI is looking for “the most innovative, most relevant projects that solve real-world problems and benefit communities.”
Through its Planet NI programme, the company will provide access to development platforms for participants to design prototypes of their projects and further on-going testing of their research work. Besides tools, NI will also offer training and consultation so that good ideas are turned into functional prototypes.
NI said developers of the most innovative project prototypes that address challenges in the local communities of Vietnam will be awarded, including an opportunity to present their research at the global NIWeek Conference in Austin, Texas, the United States.
Planet NI representatives will select the top two projects and pick one winner from the finalists from Can Tho University, Cao Thang Technical College, Industrial University of HCM City, Hanoi University of Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology and HCM City University of Technology.
“In Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia, there are a host of community-based challenges that our young engineers can help solve. The ingenuity and feasibility of the ideas of this year’s finalists, from simple and affordable medical devices to the use of sensors to prevent road accidents, are immensely encouraging,” Nair said.
NI opened its office in HCM City in 2011 and has since grown its presence in Vietnam with customers in industries such as automotive, infrastructure, oil & gas, and electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. As a strategic partner of HEEAP, the company works closely with tertiary institutions and research agencies and assists them with better access to software, hardware and training.
In March this year, NI announced its partnership with HCM City Vocational College to open a first LabVIEW academy in Vietnam to help raise the standards of engineering education in Vietnam.