The finals of the 6th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition was held on November 18th at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. The team from the University of Cambridge outshone numerous competitors with their cutting-edge technology and won the Golden Prize in the competition.
Their product RobotX is a system based on real time Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) technology. With the help of Robot X operating system, multiple robots can be easily controlled by a single operator with little training. The operator can be either human, or AI as well. What’s more, RobotX can be used to empower all kinds of machineries so that they may be operated easily in a more complicated environment, as in industrial field or to complete some dangerous tasks. Operating System (OS) is the soul of a robot, which is “soft” and “invisible”. The team members’ intention is to license RoboX OS to robot/machine manufacturers, and make RobotX the Windows operating system for robots. This project has successfully won the judges’ recognition and achieved a high score of 87.00, ranking the 3rd place in the group.
This year’s competition, launched in June 2020, has attracted 6.31 million entrants from China and abroad. There are 1.47 million projects developed by teams from 4,186 universities and colleges in 117 countries and regions. Students from nearly half of the world's top 100 universities such as University of Oxford, Harvard University, Munich University of Technology, Moscow Baumann State Technical University, etc., signed up for this competition.
Some teams were not able to attend the finals on-site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To solve this problem, the committee of the competition decided to introduce a new mode of competing. With the aid of internet, the finals proceeded in both on-site and online venues, enabling students from across the globe to compete and connect in the same arena, and thus presented a grand gathering of entrepreneurship and innovation for youth worldwide.