Nearly 2,000 students sign up for ABB University Innovation Contest

  • Over 100 teams formed from students at different schools
  • Submission deadline is August 18, 2013

  • Beijing, July 5, 2013 -- ABB’s 2nd University Innovation Contest, entitled “Innovation Powers the Future,” has attracted heavy interest from university students all over China, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. By June 30, nearly 2,000 students had signed up for the contest, and visits to the contest’s official website reached 190,000. A new feature of this year’s contest is cross-school teams -- over 100 teams are made up of students from different schools.

    This session of the contest covers cutting-edge research topics in power and automation fields including direct current grid, robotic automation, and industrial applications of smartphones. Each contestant may participate in the contest individually or as part of a team comprised of no more than 4 members. The students who have signed up for the contest come from 287 universities across China, including Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Wuhan University, Zhejiang University, Tianjin University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and other renowned universities.

    Liu Qianjin, Chief Technology Officer of ABB China, said, “It’s exciting to see so many contestants participating on cross-school teams. This reflects their open sprit of pursuing innovations and this kind of collaboration is very good for their future scientific research in a global context. Innovation is part of ABB’s DNA, and we expect to see bold innovations and designs from students displaying their innovative spirit.”

    The deadline for submission is August 18. The review panel is comprised of ABB experts, professors from China’s renowned universities, and famous scholars in the fields of power and automation. 18 teams will be selected for the final defense and award ceremony at ABB China’s headquarters in Beijing on September 27. The contest has 3 award categories and each winner will have the opportunity to intern at ABB, as well as future job opportunities at ABB.

    Last year, ABB held the 1st University Innovation Contest entitled “Power of Innovation,” and 17 teams won awards in three categories. This year, university students from the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are all eligible for participation. Plus, the degree of their participation and interaction at the contest are greatly elevated compared to last year.

    ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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