Qualcomm ignites the 6th edition of the Taiwan Innovation Challenge focused on AI PCs and Edge AI

Jerry Chen, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

Source: QITC

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the commencement of the sixth edition of the "Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge" (QITC), marking a significant upgrade with a primary focus on AI PCs and Edge AI.

In a bid to shape the AI landscape, this edition of QITC concentrates on AI PCs and Edge AI, encouraging startup teams to leverage the robust Snapdragon X Elite platform for groundbreaking AI applications on Windows PCs. Qualcomm anticipates transformative changes in the AI-driven PC sector in 2024 and encourages teams to explore innovative solutions that reshape computational experiences.

Qualcomm Vice President and President of Qualcomm Taiwan and South East Asia, ST Liew, remarked, "As AI becomes more pervasive, and computational demands snowball, we look forward to welcoming more startup teams to QITC. This edition's emphasis on AI PCs and Edge AI underscores our commitment to fostering innovation in areas like Windows PCs, drones, robots, and smart cities. In this era of flourishing AI opportunities, we inject innovative energy and contribute to the transformative application of new technologies."

Furthermore, Qualcomm's Edge AI solutions are designed to assist teams in driving innovation and transformation across various verticals efficiently. These solutions aim to propel the next generation of high-performance IoT applications. The competition, open for registration until March 31, seeks to select ten outstanding startup teams that will receive technical support, business guidance, intellectual property training, and cash subsidies during the incubation period. Selected teams also stand a chance to join Qualcomm's global commercial ecosystem, providing substantial opportunities for international market expansion.

Since its inception in 2019, QITC has supported the Taiwan ICT ecosystem through deep collaboration, providing technical support and abundant resources to startups. With 49 successful startups incubated to date, eight of them have entered Qualcomm's global commercial ecosystem.

In addition to technical support, Qualcomm's emphasis on intellectual property protection and patent strategy training plays a crucial role in the QITC incubation program. Through IP workshops and patent application incentives, Qualcomm encourages early consideration of intellectual property management, enhancing core competitiveness.

This year's competition, conducted under the guidance of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), aims to deepen Taiwan's connection with the international innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. As Qualcomm partners with the Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), QITC serves as a catalyst, attracting top-tier talent to engage in research and entrepreneurship, propelling Taiwan's tech startups onto the global stage.

Information sessions will be held in Taipei and Kaohsiung, welcoming Taiwanese startup teams to participate in the QITC competition. Check out the website for more information on the competition.