Building a smart world
> Over 150 experts and researchers at the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific set out to explore the possibility of creating an open intelligent ecosystem
HUAWEI, in cooperation with the Committee for Sydney and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), recently hosted the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific.
With the theme, Brilliance of Exploration, the event saw a gathering of over 150 experts and researchers from different industries, institutions, government agencies, and representatives of the media.
Held on Nov 2, the event was meant as a platform to discuss the possibilities of an intelligent world, on how to create an open ecosystem for it, and how to drive the development of the entire industry through innovations in technologies and ecosystems.
Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation, and Science Greg Hunt said in his opening address: “Innovation at this moment in our history is driving 60% of our national productivity and is the fundamental driver of national productivity, which is the driver of jobs, growth, and opportunities.
“ICT is the backbone, along with science, of the whole innovation space.
“For us, as a government, we are involved in innovation and driving this forward as a means of helping the economy, helping individuals, and improving the quality of life. “Under the Innovation and Science Agenda, we bring young people into innovation and science through a programme worth more than A$100 million (RM326.2 million).” According to Huawei, the only way for companies to cultivate practical intelligent solutions is to create an ecosystem of innovation. A part of Huawei’s strategy to create this ICT ecosystem is building OpenLabs, a space where leading global and regional business partners develop solutions and innovation capacity for industries, expand the market, and share the benefits.
Currently, Huawei has launched six OpenLabs for enterprise business across the globe in Munich, Mexico City, Dubai, Singapore, Moscow and China.
The company plans to open a second OpenLabs in Asia Pacific region in Bangkok.
Huawei Asia Pacific president Li Jinge ( left) explained: “Huawei’s determination in this area has never changed. Huawei promotes extensive collaboration between industry, academia, government, and research, which is the basis for creating a healthy and sustainable ICT ecosystem.
“Industry, academia, government and research must explore innovation together to discover new pathways into the future.”
To this end, the brand also revealed the latest progress of the Huawei Innovation Research Programme (HIRP).
HIRP was designed to drive partnerships with leading universities worldwide and to date, it has supported over 1,200 innovation research projects in over 300 universities in more than 20 countries worldwide.
In the Asia Pacific region, HIRP has been established in Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore.
According to Huawei, the programme has attracted two Nobel laureates, over 100 fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), as well as thousands of experts from around the world.
Li added that future explorations in ICT would require inputs from all parties because there are many unknowns in creating an intelligent society.