OPPO Research Institute calls for innovative proposals on inclusion and health with total grant of up to $460,000

SHENZHEN, CHINA – Media OutReach – May 9, 2022 – OPPO today announced the OPPO Research Institute Innovation Accelerator to empower technology professionals and entrepreneurs that inspiration matters to bring innovative solutions to life and create a better future together, based on the brand value proposition of “Inspiration Forward”. The Innovation Accelerator is held as a strategic partner by the OPPO Research Institute and Microsoft for Startups. The program aims to encourage all technological innovators to solve some of the most pressing problems facing humanity. faced, even in times of uncertainty.

OPPO Research Institute Innovation Accelerator – Inspiration Matters

Centered around the theme of ‘Virtuous Innovation’, OPPO is seeking proposals for two submission categories: Accessible Technology and Digital Health. Upon evaluation of proposals submitted by participating teams or individuals, up to ten proposals will be awarded with grants of $46,000 each, as well as further opportunities for investment opportunities, technical support, research and commercial partnerships and promotion at global events.

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“OPPO deeply believes in the idea of ​​’Virtuous Innovation’. As we continue to explore new technology, we remain committed to doing it in a way that puts people first. Through technology, we are trying to solve some of the biggest problems facing humanity so that we can create a better world for everyone,” said Levin Liu, vice president and head of OPPO Research Institute. “With the gravity of global problems such as aging populations, poor public health and the growing digital divide, we could not rely on our own efforts to provide solutions. We have therefore initiated the Innovation Accelerator to empower like-minded innovators to join us in solving these major problems using the power of technology.”

Grants and technical support are intended to help promising entrepreneurs realize their vision

The 2022 Innovation Accelerator will open online applications from May 8, 2022 and the winners will be announced after three months of preliminary evaluations and Demo Day roadshows[1]† OPPO will provide all winning teams or individuals with a financial grant as well as support to help them further implement and promote their ideas. Each winning proposal is entitled to the following incentives:

  • A about USD $46,000 (300,000 RMB) in grants
  • Partnership and financing options
  • Commercialization of the proposed through integration with OPPO products
  • Publicity and demo opportunities at global tech events
  • Support from OPPO’s R&D team, including opportunities to meet and present ideas to industry professionals

Proposals are judged under the supervision of a professional jury, where they are judged on their ability to meet four key criteria: feasibility, innovation and originality, social value and long-term potential. OPPO has also invited a jury of experts, academics and senior technology and innovation professionals to help identify and accelerate the development of high-potential proposals.

“Startups are home to a whole host of innovative technologies that can bring innovative digital solutions to various industries,” said James Chou, Microsoft CEO and General Manager for Startups, Greater China, Japan and Korea Region. “With ten years of experience in China, Microsoft for Startups is committed to building an open and collaborative platform for startups and established companies to innovate together. We look forward to partnering with leading smartphone brand OPPO to develop innovative solutions for a variety of industries, as well as help research and commercial applications support each other.”

OPPO has also established a separate referral award to encourage members of the public to refer outstanding innovation cases to the Innovation Accelerator Judging Committee. Members of the public can submit referrals through the OPPO website during the application phase, with prizes available for each successful proposal that passes the preliminary evaluation, demo day and finalist phase.

In addition, OPPO plans three international roadshows in Hyderabad, India, Tel Aviv, Israel and the United States.

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Since the start of 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people around the world. At the same time, the rapid development of technology is leaving certain disadvantaged groups behind, creating new challenges for them. As a company that takes its responsibility and commitment to society to heart through its brand mission “Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World”, OPPO hopes to tackle these issues and other similar issues through technology, bringing greater happiness and well-being being brought to more people.

Through the continuous pursuit of ‘Virtuous Innovation’, OPPO has built up rich experience and expertise in accessible technology and digital health, including comprehensive user insights and applications. This includes work on accessible design and customization for older users, for example the Color Vision Enhancement technology on the Find X3 series, which helps users with color vision deficiency. With the ColorOS operating system and other products, OPPO has also introduced user interfaces specially adapted for older users, allowing them to enjoy the benefits and convenience of technology.

To facilitate health management among global users, OPPO has also established the OPPO Health Lab, in collaboration with professional medical institutions and sports academies to develop innovative digital health products in both hardware and software. Through research and development, OPPO hopes to help people improve their health through preventive health care.

OPPO knows that its ability to change the world as a single organization is limited. Through the Innovation Accelerator, OPPO hopes to connect with other like-minded individuals, teams and organizations to identify and develop high-potential solutions so that they can benefit from those who need them most. OPPO plans to build the Innovation Accelerator into a long-term platform that addresses the most pressing public issues by attracting the best solutions from the brightest minds around the world, ultimately enabling more people to benefit from Virtuous Innovation.

Applications for the OPPO Innovation Accelerator will be open from May 8 to June 30, 2022. To submit a proposal, refer a proposal or learn more about the program, please visit the official OPPO Innovation Accelerator website at oppo.com/ en/proposal/


[1] All times are China Standard Time (UTC +8).

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone – “Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has been striving relentlessly for the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO offers a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. In addition to devices, OPPO offers its users the ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 50 countries and regions with more than 40,000 OPPO employees committed to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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OPPO Research Institute calls for innovative proposals on inclusion and health with total grant of up to $460,000

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