Wuhan hosts the 2018 World Robot Contest Finals
The 2018 World Robot Contest Finals were held at the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone from July 26 to 29, attracting 5,000 contestants and 1,200 teams worldwide. It ended on July 29 with 36 championship teams, 36 runner-up teams and 32 third-place teams.
From July 27 to 29, the qualifying rounds and finals of the robot contest were held. Besides the competitors, the organizing committee also invited experts from home and abroad to discuss intelligent manufacturing and other related topics in a move to attract more talent and investment to Wuhan.
Global entrepreneurship talent competes in Wuhan
The International Entrepreneurship Competition for high-end talent, one of the most important events of the 2018 World Robot Contest, was held on July 26. Zhao Xiang, who graduated from York University in Canada, won the Best Achievement Award. Zhao's idea is to install a black box in cars with AI technology, and the system can adjust to automatic driving mode, reducing the risks of human operation.
Wang Kai, from the University of Kentucky in the U.S., even used AI to empower pig farms. One can keep track of a pig's growth by a scan through a mobile app that can show the weight automatically. These overseas high-end, talented individuals are attracted by Wuhan's geographical advantages. "Wuhan
has a great geographical location and a large pool of talent," said Wang Kai, with the expectation of cooperating with Wuhan talent and organizations in the future.
13 NewZeal and contestants fly from winter to summer
On July 25, 13 players from the Chinese community in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, arrived in Wuhan. "We set off in winter in the southern hemisphere wearing jackets, but by the time we got to Wuhan, we had to change into short sleeves for summer." said Ivo Zheng, the 6-year-old New Zealand national champion in the 5-7 year-old group of the 2018 world robot competition.
Timothy Joseph Poles and Dumitru are coaches at Bitwiz Youth Coding Academy, New Zealand's largest youth programming practice center. All the contestants that came to Wuhan had great performances in New Zealand. Interestingly, the two coaches are also fans of Mi devices. Tim wears an Mi bracelet and uses the portable charger while Dima holds the Mi bag. They are even more interested in Hubei after learning that it is the hometown of
Lei Jun, the founder of the Xiaomi Corporation.
Making friends through coding
From July 27, hundreds of youth teams from over 10 countries competed in "Star Trek," a combination of three-per-side football matches and underwater robot cooperation races over the three days.
In the Dobot Challenge, 14year-olds GemuevAleksandr and Allayrova Elina from Russia formed a team with two Chinese players through a random draw, and they were required to do on-site programming to enable their robot to complete the prescribed actions. The Russian coach said that there was no language barrier between the Chinese and Russian partners as they could communicate with code.
Among the champions and runners-up in the final， many are "ever-victorious generals," as they have won awards at other contests. Foreign teams also gave outstanding performances this year. The New Zealand team won two championships and had one second place finish. India, New Zealand, and Russia all achieved the "Allround Award." And the high- profile Indian team made their way to 7th place in the "DOBOT challenge."
This year has witnessed a rapid increase in the enthusiasm of young people learning about robots in Wuhan. The number of local teams has increased nearly 10 times compared with last year, reaching a total of more than 200 eager participants.
Dumitru (right) from New Zealand coaches the contestant to make final preparations.
Russian contestants adjust their robot.
Contestants at the World Robot Contest Finals