OPPO has joined hands with Microsoft to launch its initiative to empower technology professionals and entrepreneurs in India. Under the programme selected candidates or teams will get technical and financial support of up to $46,000 each.
Under the initiative — OPPO Research Institute Innovation Accelerator — innovators will be encouraged to solve various issues such as ageing populations, poor public health and the digital divide, using technology, the company said in a statement.
The theme of this programme, as per the company, is 'Virtuous Innovations' that aims to recruit proposals under two categories — Accessible Technology and Digital Health. After evaluating the proposals, up to 10 will be selected and awarded grants of $46,000 each. The selected candidates or teams will also be eligible to get further investment and technical support opportunities.
Following the evaluation of proposals submitted by participating teams or individuals, up to ten proposals will be awarded grants of $46,000 each, as well as further investment and technical support opportunities.
The announcement comes nearly six months after OPPO had established the 5G Innovation Lab at the Hyderabad R&D centre. The Lap is dedicated towards the development of core product technologies for OPPO’s 5G ecosystem.
This is not the first time when any big tech firm is investing in India to upskill professionals. In February this year, OPPO’s compatriot Vivo too announced that it will invest ₹3,500 by 2023 to expand its manufacturing capacity. Last year on March 11, Samsung inaugurated its Innovation Lab at Delhi Technological University (DTU) to contribute to the government’s Skill India initiative. As part of the lab, engineers at Samsung R&D Institute, Noida (SRI-N) will work on collaborative research projects with DTU students and faculty in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Vision.