The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2023 (ABU Robocon) recently took place in Cambodia, bringing together 14 university teams from over 10 countries. Held in Phnom Penh’s impressive Morodok Techo National Stadium, this international event provided a platform for talented university students to showcase their technological capabilities while also celebrating cultural diversity.
Cambodia’s Information Minister, Neth Pheaktra, emphasised the significance of hosting such an event, highlighting Cambodia’s progress in the field of robot technology and its ability to contribute on a global stage. The contest not only encouraged students to demonstrate their engineering skills by completing tasks within a set timeframe but also facilitated the exchange of experiences and ideas among participants from different countries.
The themes for this year’s competition were “Casting flowers over Angkor Wat” and “Throwing rings into poles.” These creative challenges pushed the boundaries of engineering and broadcasting technologies, fostering innovation and pushing participants to think outside the box. The annual ABU Robocon contest aims to advance these fields within the Asia-Pacific region and establish a platform for cultivating friendships and connections among young individuals with similar interests.
Pang Chamnan, the Robocon Cambodia director from the state-run National Television of Cambodia (TVK), shared his enthusiasm for the event, stating that it provided an excellent opportunity for Cambodia to display its potential in robotics and showcase its rich culture and traditions to the world. By hosting this international competition, Cambodia was able to extend its hospitality and create lasting impressions on participants and visitors alike.
The hard work and dedication of the participating teams paid off during the half-day contest, with Japan emerging as the winner of the ABU Robocon 2023 grand prix. China’s Hong Kong secured second place, while China and Vietnam proudly shared the third position. The event also symbolised the passing of the ABU Robocon flag, as Cambodia handed it over to Vietnam, the host of the 2024 edition.
Congratulations to all the teams that participated in ABU Robocon 2023. The event not only showcased the extraordinary talent and creativity of young university students but also promoted cross-cultural exchange and cooperation. It is a testament to the power of technology and human ingenuity to bring people together and overcome boundaries.
We look forward to witnessing the upcoming ABU Robocon events and the incredible innovations they will bring. These competitions inspire future generations to pursue STEM education and contribute to the advancement of technology, engineering, and broadcasting across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Source: Xinhua News