The "LITE-ON Award" was founded in 2001 as part of the company's corporate social responsibility to nurture technological talent in the Chinese-speaking world and encourage young innovators and industrial designers to make market value and entrepreneurship feasibility two essential factors in their assessments and to develop technologies or techniques in the areas of light, electricity, energy conservation and smart technology. For 18 years, the award has attracted Chinese-speaking industrial designers and tech innovators from more than 20 countries to participate in capturing the industry's latest visions and trends. The 2018 LITE-ON Award received more than 1,300 entries from around the world.
2018 LITE-ON Award - Both gold prizes went to Taiwanese teams
LITE-ON teamed up with other companies on the supply chain, including Merck Taiwan and Infineon Technologies, to support innovation in digital health, smart living, and other areas of application. The finalists focused on digital health, IoT and big data, and other latest technologies as well as energy saving devices and river cleanup models. The Gold Award in the Technical Innovation category went to the Multifunctional Flexible Intelligent Window Film from National Sun Yat-sen University. This innovative material can be attached directly to glass on buildings or automobiles and set to transparent or opaque through its own mobile phone app. The team is currently raising funds for the window film to go into mass production. In the Design Innovation category, the team from Ming Chi University of Technology won the Gold Award for its Swallow-Swallow, a new portable device designed for VitalStim® Therapy; its intricate design is more an accessory than medical device.
"Innovative dialog between technology and design" to explore development of digital health
Each year, LITE-ON Award invites world class design masters from around the world to be judges and LITE-ON Award Forum speakers. This year, it invited guests to speak on the topic "innovative dialog between technology and design." Speakers included Dr. Brandon Gien, founder of Good Design Australia, long term promoter of quality innovative designs, and BC Ang, a partner at WHBC Architects experienced in sustainable building and urban design. In addition, LITE-ON invited Zhi-Hao Qu, chairman of Vsense Medtech Co. Ltd. and an important promoter of many of Taiwan's medical innovation teams. These lecturers speak to the audience about the innovative influence of blending design, technology, and digital medicine. The LITE-ON Award Forum was livestreamed for the first time. It attracted 28,000 views on the day.
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