Leading global ICT provider, Huawei has today launched its inaugural Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) Innovation Bootcamp in Singapore, where aspiring students from National University of Singapore (NUS), Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) come together to learn, experiment and explore AIoT technologies and applications.

Singapore is the first overseas country in the world to host this AIoT bootcamp. Previous editions of the programme were held domestically in China at several prestigious universities such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Southeast University and Tianjin University.

From 9 to 11 January, six Singapore teams comprising of 18 students will learn about AI and IoT in Huawei’s 5G-powered Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab, in Changi Business Park. The AI lab offers 5G testbed and is equipped with AI and cloud technology. It offers extensive AI support and enablement – ranging from ModelArts, Huawei’s one-stop AI development Platform, to some of the most innovative IoT developer boards and kits.

Students will be able to gain hands-on experience by participating in training and workshop opportunities, before proceeding to implement their own practical applications at the bootcamp. Using ModelArts, students can work with a variety of supporting tools including ExeML, Model Deployment, and Rapid and Simplified Model Training among others. Huawei will offer its courses on topics of AI, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and other areas.

“In line with the Singapore government’s growing focus on the digital economy, the Huawei AIoT Innovation Bootcamp aims to nurture young talent, meet the technological requirements of local universities and institutions in both areas of AI and IoT and at the same time, demonstrate the strong capabilities and best practices that Huawei has to offer,” said Nicholas Ma, Chief Executive of Huawei International.

“This AIoT Bootcamp is also a strong example of Huawei’s Singapore-China bridging programme that grooms the talent ecosystem – one of the three programmes launched through our AI lab last Nov,” he added.

“The bootcamp provides an excellent opportunity to impart AIoT knowledge to our students and expose them to innovative cutting-edge technologies from Huawei,” said Dr. Tan Wee Kek from NUS School of Computing, “Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things are two of the most important modern technologies. The concept of Artificial Intelligence of Things synergises AI and IoT to create smart solutions for the future.”

“Compared to our previous bootcamps in China, Singapore students are more proactive and more collaborative in the classroom and have a strong sense of teamwork.” addedWei Biao, Huawei IoT Certified Architect.

Upon fulfilment of the bootcamp, the six teams will each complete a project in two months. The top two teams will represent the entire Southeast Asian region to compete among 20 teams from global at Huawei’s ICT Competition 2019-2020 Global Final in Shenzhen in mid May 2020. The NUS team was invited to participate with a wild card last year and won the third place prize at Huawei’s ICT Competition.

This initiative provides participating students with a robust platform to enhance their AI and IoT knowledge, acquire application skills, and drive propensity for innovation. Serving as a key step in bridging talent from around the world, Huawei’s AIoT Innovation Bootcamp is one of Huawei’s continued efforts in fostering collaborations with higher learning institutions and empowering the growth of AI and IoT talents in Singapore.