iABC, along with INFORMS, Holds Future Finance and Healthcare Hackathon, Promoting the Fusion of Technology and Innovation and Cross-Generational Cooperation.
Asia University International AI & Blockchain Consortium, iABC, Taiwan FinTech Association, and Taipei Medical University hold together the Future Finance and Healthcare Hackathon as part of the 2018 INFORMS. The event received great support from the government, the industry and the academia, including GLORIA by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan FinTech Association, Taiwan Economic Journal, Taishaing Resource International Group, Yuanta Financial Holdings, Yuanta Culture and Education Foundation, DBS Bank, Niwodai, Fusions360, SAS, City University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Grace Lin, vice president of Asia University and the 2018 INFORMS general chair stated, the hackathon, attracted 30 teams from domestic and abroad, was an English-only competition judged by international reviewers. It was a great occasion when scholars and industry experts was able to witness the creativity and communication ability of students in Taiwan, and hopefully to encourage them to come to Taiwan again so as to promote more international exchange.
The competition sparked off innovative ideas in areas like applied computer science, big data analytics, AI application on fintech, and healthcare. The winner “Block Fit” walked away with US$10,000 prize money, exclusively sponsored by Yuanta Financial Holdings and Yuanta Culture and Education Foundation. The winning team put together health, finance, and insurance to motivate people to work out and change their way of life so that they can improve health and living quality, and at the same time get financial benefit from health insurance. As the team name manifested itself, “Block Fit” blended in the concept of blockchain to save and share personal health data, an cross-domain applied innovation from the health category.
iABC expected to, by means of holding the hackathon, attract foreign industry experts, cultivate talents in AI and blockchain fields, and eventually inspire more elite corporations to join the consortium where members will get a chance to watch and learn to innovate, raise capital and recruit new talents.