OPPO Research Institute, supported by Qualcomm, GSMA 5G IN, Amazon Web Services and LinkedIn, are launching the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge, designed to bring new and innovative solutions to life by providing funding, support and partnership opportunities.

Applications for the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge are open until June 30, with three regional demo events set to take place in Bangkok, Boston and Shenzhen in early August. Finalists from each regional 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.

All the proposals for OPPO Inspiration Challenge will be evaluated based on the four criteria of Feasibility, Technological Innovation, Long-term Potential, and Social Values. A total of 15 qualified proposals from regional demo events will be selected as global finalists and the top five winning proposals will be selected in the global final demo event, each being awarded a grant of USD$50,000 (A$75,000).

Further partnership opportunities are open to the top 45 proposals worldwide – made up of the top 15 proposals in each regional challenge – including productisation and commercialisation opportunities, opportunities to showcase at global technology events and opportunity to receive cloud resources and technical support from Amazon Web Services.

The 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge will focus on the two categories of ‘Inspiration for People’ and ‘Inspiration for the Planet’, supporting technology professionals around the world to develop innovative solutions in these two areas.

The ‘Inspiration for People’ category is a call for technologies, products and services related to digital health and accessible technology. It includes health algorithms, hardware sensor innovations, innovative products for digital health monitoring, accessibility assistive technologies, and technology designed for the elderly.

The ‘Inspiration for the Planet’ category is aligned with OPPO’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2050, calling for innovative solutions related to environmental protection and low-carbon development as applied to consumer electronics. This includes renewable energy, sustainable materials and packaging, green production processes, recycling of electronic products, and carbon emission digital management.

Global applications for the 2023 OPPO Inspiration Challenge are now open until June 30.