National Instruments innovation competition launched again in Vietnam

In 2014, National Instruments (NI) partnered with ASU to successfully organize the first NI Innovation Design Competition for Young Entrepreneurs in Vietnam.

This year, the competition was held again with the theme: “Innovate – Create – Design – Build.” This is a unique opportunity for STEM students and young engineers, scientists and technologists to nurture their innovative, and entrepreneurial ideas. The winners will have the opportunity to win a cash prize, NI design products and a trip to the NI World Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

The competition was launched on August 15, 2016 and attracted 29 teams who submitted abstracts. The 10 teams chosen to advance to the final round are from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City Industrial University, Ho Chi Minh City International University, Ho Chi Minh City University of Education and Technology, Duy Tan University – Danang.

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Students from the first NI Innovation Design Competition in 2014 display their final project onstage at the New World Saigon Hotel.

One of the requirements of the competition is that teams utilize the NI provided software and hardware, LabVIEW and myRIO, in the development of their products. NI LabVIEW is a proven integrated development environment for interfacing with measurement and control hardware, analyzing data, publishing results, and distributing systems using a graphical programming approach. NI myRIO is an embedded hardware device that introduces students to industry proven technology and allows them to design real, complex engineering systems more quickly and affordably than ever before. Saigon Hi-Tech Park, ASU, NI and Fablab Danang have been supporting all teams in the training and implementation of both LabVIEW and myRIO.

The advancing teams worked on their prototypes and submitted their final projects on February 2, 2017. Though many great projects were submitted, only two teams could be chosen to receive the first and second place prizes. The award ceremony took place March 2, 2017 in Hanoi where the project, "Glasses for the Blind" won second place, and the project, CASSANDRA, a homecare health monitoring system, took home the grand first place prize. 

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