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Taiwanese students advance to finals of hi-tech contest

2012/07/24 20:45:37

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Taiwanese college students have shown creativity in developing a Chinese medicine-related application and will compete against China and Japan in the finals of a hi-tech contest August 15, the organizers said Tuesday.

Security software company Trend Micro Inc. said its 2012 Programming Contest aims to encourage college students to develop cloud devices that focus on the technology-driven "Social network, Location-base and Mobility" (SoLoMo) trend.

Students from Yuanpei University and National Taiwan University topped the preliminary rounds of the competition July 19, and were chosen to represent Taiwan in the final round.

The "Grass Radical" team from Yuanpei University came up with an application that combines the five elements of traditional Chinese medicine with cloud computing, image-recognition, and Kinect technology.

The Chinese therapy-related software -- U Chinese Medicine Doctor -- monitors the user's basic vital signs such as pulse rate and blood pressure, analyzes the results and generates reminders in accordance with Chinese medicine theory.

The other Taiwanese team in the finals, National Taiwan University's "Happy Shoot" team, designed an application called Quick Bui&QuickViu from which QRCodes could be easily generated on a touchscreen device, saving marketing costs for businesses.

The two Taiwanese teams had similar strengths, submitting clear proposals and identifying their target markets, the organizers said. The teams convinced the judges that they can turn creative ideas into reality, said one of the judges Bob Hung, who is also Trend Micro's general manager of its Hong Kong and Taiwan operations.

The preliminary rounds of the competition were held in Nanjing in China, the Japanese capital of Tokyo and in Taipei. The finals are scheduled to take place in Taipei, with two teams from each competing country vying for the grand prize of NT$200,000 (US$6,446).

The first and second prize winners will also be given the opportunity to visit the headquarters of TrendLabs, a global network of five regional antivirus research and support centers in the Philippines, and dine with the three founders of Trend Micro, the company said.

(By Huang Yen-yu and Liu Shih-chun)
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