The opening ceremony and events of 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University STUDENT Projects Final Competition, jointly organized by Macao Polytechnic Institute and Macao Computer Society, were held at the Macao Polytechnic Institute on 3rd and 4th July 2019. The competition was the largest information technology competition in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region this year. More than 30,000 university students in a total of 60 elite teams from Guangdong, Yunnan, Hainan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan competed to be the champions. All the teams were eager to demonstrate their talents and creativity to the panel, the guests and the public, as well as share and exchange ideas with each other. Eventually, ten universities including the University of Hong Kong, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Guangdong Ocean University, and Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology won the first prizes in the final competition.
The awards ceremony of the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition was held at 3:30 pm on 4th July at the Macau Polytechnic Pavilion. It was hosted by Mr. Sou Chio Fai (the Director of the Macao Higher Education Bureau), Prof. Im Sio Kei (the President of Macao Polytechnic Institute), Dr. Chen Guoliang (the Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Mr. Wan Kam Meng (the Chairman of the Macao Computer Society), Dr. Wu Huanquan (Vice Chairman of Special Duty, and member of the Party Committee of the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology), and Dr. Zhu Qingsheng (the Vice Chairman of the Association of Fundamental Computing Education in Chinese Universities, and the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition). Prof. Im Sio Kei, the President of the Macao Polytechnic Institute, said that it was a great honour to organise the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition in Macao, with the 20th anniversary celebration of Macao's returning to the motherland as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR. Through these decade this event has developed into a mature national information technology competition whose influence is extensive and which is widely recognised. In addition, it plays a pivotal role in positively popularising research in computing and related technologies in academic and technical fields. The large-scale implementation and wide-spread participation of this year's competition fully reflected the meaning of "The Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area", in which technology innovation is a new trend in the development of the Greater Bay Area. As is well known, the Greater Bay Area provides broad prospects for development and will become a world-class innovation centre for science and technology. Students and professors in the fields of computer and engineering will have great new opportunities to fulfill their ambitions and achieve their goals. Mr. Wan Kam Meng, the President of the Macao Computer Society, stated that the competition provided all the participants from both sides of the strait, Hong Kong and Macao a good opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation, at the perfect time of the celebration of Macao's 20th anniversary of returning to the motherland as well as the announcement of the Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. He further indicated that Macao, which is one of the four "core cities" and acts as a "core engine" in the development of the Greater Bay Area, has been given a new historical mission and plays a new role. All of these strongly reflect the trust in and expectation of Macao from Mainland China.
Finally, under the exciting and competitive atmosphere in the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition, ten universities won the First Prize, including the University of Hong Kong, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Jiangnan University, Guangdong Ocean University, Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan Ocean University, Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Branch, University of Electronic Science and Technology, Chongqing Institute of Science and Technology, Shude Technology, and Guizhou Normal University. The representatives from both the University of Hong Kong and Guangdong Ocean University won the Best Innovation Awards. The representatives of Macao Polytechnic Institute, Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Ocean University won the Best Practical Value Awards. A total of sixteen universities from Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Hubei, Fujian, Jiangsu, Hunan and Taiwan won the Second Prize.View gallery