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Winners of UAVS-NSW’s IT idea competition announced

Three students from the central city of Da Nang won the first prize at the grand finale of an IT idea competition hosted by the United Associations of Vietnamese Students in New South Wales (UAVS-NSW), Australia, on October 3.

The team AnCV, comprising three students from the Da Nang University of Technology and the University of Da Nang’s Vietnam-Korea University of Information and Communication Technology, was rewarded 2,000 AUD (1,400 USD) and scholarships after they championed the UAVS Hackatrix "Fix the Glitch" 2021 for a project on AI-based solutions for agriculture in Vietnam.

They are among five teams competing in the finale. The second and third prize recipients were awarded for projects in healthcare.

In his opening remarks, Nguyen Nhat Linh from the Vietnam Students’ Association Central Committee said Vietnam is eyeing to become a digital nation, with the digital economy contributing about 30 percent of the GDP by 2030, and to this end, the young generation must serve as a bridge to connect the world and Vietnam with breakthrough technological solutions.

UAVS-NSW President Nguyen The Anh said the competition is expected to incubate promising hi-tech projects that Vietnam can apply in the era of innovative technology and connect students, experts, businesses and governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of information technology.

Via the competition, UAVS-NSW wants to create a international playground for all Vietnamese IT students to meet and sharpen their skills, he noted.

The competition encouraged contestants to develop ideas on their technological products and compete against one another in terms of innovation and application in tackling issues in health, society, finance-banking, services, and technology.

High school graders, university and postgraduate students in Vietnam and Oceania were eligible to join in groups of between two and five members each. Individuals, meanwhile, were supported by the organisers to form teams.

The competition followed a series of activities targeting Vietnamese students in Australia initiated by UAVS-NSW since it was established three years ago./.