Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwanese nonprofit groups have launched a competition challenging students around the world to come up with the best carbon reduction or energy saving solutions using information and communications technology (ICT).
Eugene Chien, chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, a co-sponsor of the event, said Friday that the "Incredible Green Contest" is aimed at promoting awareness of green issues in an era of global warming and climate change.
Although the ICT industry generates 2 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, applying ICT technologies can help reduce such greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent, Chien said at the contest's launch ceremony.
"Students all around the world are invited to join the competition" by directly or indirectly utilizing ICT related technologies and infusing them with innovative, green ideas, he said.
The launch ceremony was also attended by foreign diplomats from 25 countries stationed in Taiwan who wanted to show their joint commitment on green issues.
Acer Group founder Stan Shih, who also attended the ceremony, said he hopes the foreign officials will promote the contest in their countries and encourage students to participate.
Shih was speaking on behalf of the Acer Foundation, another of the competition's co-sponsors.
Acer's collaboration with the institute in organizing the event showed the company's desire to play a part in environmental protection, Shih said.
Students can register for the competition until Oct. 31 by submitting a proposal outlining their ICT application. All materials and presentations must to be in English, the organizers said.
The contest will offer a top award of US$60,000 and finalists will win a complimentary trip to Taipei Computex 2013, according to the organizers.
The Computex is Asia's largest computer trade fair.
(By Elaine Hou)