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Tsinghua i-Space launches second Innovation Camp
On May 30, the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp was successfully held online. More than 130 people, including students across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship education and teaching representatives witnessed the opening ceremony.
Organized as part of the 2020 “Chuangxiang China” event, the Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp focuses on cultivating entrepreneurial talents, and is committed to promoting the innovation and integration of entrepreneurial education among higher education institutions.
During the ceremony, Tsinghua SIGS Deputy Dean Zuo Jiane recalled the first Tsinghua i-Space Innovation Camp held in 2019. The event brought together innovative resources and the entrepreneurial power of 12 higher education institutes in Shenzhen, and was able to foster innovative potential among students. It also established close connections with partner universities, and led to the forming of an alliance for further exchange and cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship in the future.
Representatives from Shenzhen University, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen Polytechnic, City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute (CityUSRI) and Shenzhen Research Institute of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU SZRI) shared about the development of innovation and entrepreneurship education at their respective schools.
Yuan Lei, Director of Academic Affairs and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Center of Shenzhen University said that the Innovation Camp allows exchange and collision of ideas across schools and believes it is a grand event in innovation and entrepreneurship education in the Greater Bay Area.
This year, the Innovation Camp has expanded in size and scope, with 75 participants from 17 institutions in the Greater Bay Area. Participants range from freshmen to doctoral students majoring in economics, law, engineering, medicine, management, art and others. Despite their diverse backgrounds, most participants have rich experience and have been involved in innovative projects in smart farming, app development and others. Participants expressed hope in gaining a well-rounded knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship, building connections with other participants, and laying a solid foundation for future development through the event.
The 7-week camp will build upon participants’ skills in five areas of creativity, innovation, maker, entrepreneurship, and investment. Design thinking skills and Lean Startup principles will be integrated into a series of maker activities, emphasizing a human-centered approach to innovation.
Under the impact of COVID-19, participants will focus on the theme of "Innovation and Epidemic Prevention” during the product incubation phase, conduct investigation on the needs of epidemic prevention personnel, and develop innovative solutions that target their difficulties.
With the support of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, the first Tsinghua i-space Innovation Camp was successfully held in 2019. This year, the event will further explore new modes of innovation and entrepreneurship education through deeper integration, and continue to support future innovative talents.
Photos provided by event organizer
Edited by Karen Lee