Chinese digital tech firm seeks to tap into Israeli tech via competition
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Chinese digital tech firm seeks to tap into Israeli tech via competition

The JD Discovery-2018 Global Digitalization Challenge in Beijing is calling on entrepreneurs from the US, Israel, China and Hong Kong for ideas in autotech, AI & sensors

Investors pitch their technologies at TechCode Tel Aviv event (Courtesy)
Investors pitch their technologies at TechCode Tel Aviv event (Courtesy)

China’s digital tech company JD Digits has launched its JD Discovery-2018 Global Digitalization Challenge in Beijing, and is calling on entrepreneurs from the US, Israel, China and Hong Kong to submit their ideas relating to artificial intelligence, sensors, and the automotive industry. The aim of the competition is to help connect industry leaders.

Global AI and big data experts, industry leaders, and top investors will take part in the competition as mentors and judges, the Chinese company said in a statement.

This is the second year for JD Digits’ global challenge. Last year’s challenge included participants from mainland China and the US. This year, the competition has expanded to include other participants as well, including Israel.

Registration and the first round of the competition is open until December 13. The top five teams in each region will be selected to compete for their regional title by December 21. The four regional champions will be invited to JD Digits’ headquarters in Beijing to compete for the global championship on January 13.

There will be two topics for the competition: sensors and AI, and the automotive industry. A global title will be awarded for each topic, with cash awards of 500,000 yuan ($70,000) and potential employment opportunities with JD Digits, the Chinese firm said in a statement.

The Israeli unit of China’s TechCode, which showcases Israeli innovation to Chinese industry leaders and has a global network of incubators including in Israel, China, USA, Russia, Germany and Korea, will be in charge of the competition locally and will help organize and connect the entrepreneurs to the challenge.

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