XMU students shine in Finals of 2017 China-US Young Maker Competition
From August 8 to 11, the finals of the 2017 China-US Young Maker Competition were held at the China Millennium Monument in Beijing. Nearly 300 young makers of 70 qualified teams from 10 divisions both in China and USA engaged in the final battles for the trophy. Through the segments of project presentations and oral defense , the entry of XMU “Mindseeds” captured the second prize by ranking in the second place. Another entry “Dr. Goodheart Portable Ocular Fundus Analyzer” received the excellence prize. Since 2015, XMU students’ entries consecutively ranked among the top three in the finals of China-US Young Maker Competition.
The “China-US young makers Competition” was organized and held by the Ministry of Education, serving as a significant side event of high-level negotiation mechanism of the cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and US. It was also listed into the important achievements of President Xi Jinping’s visit to US in 2015. The competition has attracted more than 6,000 young makers with over 2,000 submitted entries, hitting a record high in scale. Finally, the finals turned out 1 first prize, 3 second prizes, 6 third prizes , 14 excellence prizes as well as 1 “Best Popularity Award”. Tian Xuejun, vice minister of Education and Terry Branstad, American ambassador to China attended the awarding ceremony to present the prizes to the winners.
The leaders of XMU have provided advice and strong support for students participating in the competition since day one. In the wake of the finals, the organizers of the “2017 China-US Young Maker Competition” in the Xiamen region would follow up on the winning teams, providing technical and other supports for their winning entries in such aspects as iterative refinement, crowd-funding and incubation on the strength of the innovation and entrepreneur platforms like XMU-Torch Geek Space , Padmate Public Creative Space and Intel Company.
Edited by Fu Chenyun & Gao Huaxue