Singularity University Announces Winners of the First APAC Global Impact Challenge, Organized and Hosted in Partnership with Taiwan Tech Arena

August, 10/2018 - 09:28
Singularity University Announces Winners of the First APAC Global Impact Challenge, Organized and Hosted in Partnership with Taiwan Tech Arena

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - August 10th,2018 - Singularity University (SU) has announced the winners of the first ever APAC Global Impact Challenge(SingularityU GIC), a competition in partnership with Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) inTaiwan.


Singularity Universityannounces winners of the first APAC Global Impact Challenge, organized andhosted in partnership with Taiwan Tech Arena.


The SingularityU GIC was open toapplicants throughout the Asia-Pacific region with the challenge focused on ArtificialIntelligence (AI) application on the global grand challenges of energy,environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance,health, learning, prosperity and security. Winners include:


  • SU Ventures IncubatorProgram Winner: Vibrasee (TW), WeavAir (TW)
  • TIEC Special Award Winner:aetherAI (TW)
  • TTA Special Award Winner:BeamAndGo (SG)
  • TTA Special Award Winner:FaceHeart (TW)
  • TTA Special Award Winner:RehaPal (TW)
  • TTA Special Award Winner:Rumarocket (PH)


TTAserves as the sponsor and organizer of the APAC GIC and as such enables the SUVentures Award winners to attend SU's Ventures Incubator Program in SiliconValley in fall 2018, which will be from September 3rd to November 9th.


The winner of TIEC Special Award will getsponsorship and support from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) ofTaiwan to development business in Silicon Valley, and the winners of TTASpecial Award will grant teams to access to TTA connection platform in deeptech venture ecosystem and access to the newly renovated co-working of TTA in Taipei.


"We are truly amazed by the diversity andquality of the participants in SingularityU APAC GIC, it is really great to seethe regional joint efforts to get the top minds together to solve big problemswith advanced technology," said Melissa Gonzales, program manager of SingularityUGIC. "We are looking forward to having the winners to join SU VenturesIncubator program; also look forward to the future collaboration with TTA."


"TTA program carries the charter to workwith innovators to use innovative intelligence and capabilities to build abetter world for human society," said Dr. Yu-Chin Hsu, Deputy Minister ofMinistry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. "The Ministry and TTA will bewilling to support talents and entrepreneurs from all over the world to make AI-focused,moonshot innovation ideas come true."



Singularity University (SU) is a globallearning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle theworld's biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU'scollaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globeto learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using acceleratingtechnologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. Acertified benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in SiliconValley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H.Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google,Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU,and download the SingularityU Hub mobile app.


SU has successfully launched GICs inscores of countries since the program began in 2010, to help drive solutionsfor local and global challenges. These challenges act as a platform to identifyoutstanding local entrepreneurs, leaders in science, engineering and businesswith the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives, bothlocally and globally through the useof technology.


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ABOUTThe SingularityU Global Impact Challenge (GIC)

GIC are annual competitions held inpartnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography andtheme. These challenges identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders,scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshotinnovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend ourtransformational Global Solutions Program.



TTA is a tech innovation andentrepreneurship program which aims to connect the whole tech startup ecosystemunder one dome.  Its main mission is tofoster tech entrepreneurship, innovation, and build a vibrant internationaltech startup ecosystem in Taiwan.


TTA hopes to attract global and domestictalents and actively foster the innovation of technology industries by buildinga co-creation platform for startups, accelerators, venture capital, and corporatepartners under one dome.


Through sponsorship of SingularityU APAC GIC2018, TTA is seeking to cultivate and work with innovators who have theambition and passion to solve the main social problems with new technologiessuch as artificial intelligence and IoT; and have the vision to positivelyimpact the lives of millions of people around the world.


Launched in 2018, TTA is funded andexecuted by Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) with IndustrialTechnology and Research Institute (ITRI) as the main operator of the program.


To learn more, visit, join us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter @TaiwanTechArena.


1.         Jury Panel of 2018SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge

A.        Dr.Ted Kuo , CEO of Pervasive AI Research Labs (PAIRLabs), sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Dr.Ted Kuo is an expert in IoT, Cloud application and Network. He is a serialentrepreneur in Silicon Valley who has founded companies like Vovtel Networks,Janusys Networks, Airespider Networks and PowerCommand System. Used to work in IBM,Bay Networks, Cisco, Redback, Xerox PARC and D-Link. Dr. Kuo is currently avisiting professor of Department of Computer Science, National Chiao TungUniversity.

B.         Dr.Arthur Huang , CEO of MOST Joint Research Center for AITechnology and All Vista Healthcare (AINTU)

Dr.Huang has a computer science and information engineering and biotechnologyacademic background. He is now focusing on leading domestic research teamsspecialized in Bio and Medicine to advance the current level of domesticmedicine, and in turn to improve the health and well-being of our fellow people.

C.         Dr.Hod Lipson , Professor of Engineering and DataScience, Columbia University; Singularity University Faculty

Dr.Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at ColumbiaUniversity in New York. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robotschallenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread mediacoverage. Dr. Lipson directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new waysto make machines that create, and machines that are creative.

D.        Dr.Chun-Hao Huang , Founder and CEO of Clinicai;Singularity University Alumnus of 2015

Dr.Chun-Hao Huang is a cancer biologist, genetic engineer and AI entrepreneur. Heis also an UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Talent and Winner and a Fellowof the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Dr. Huang pioneered theestablishment of fast and flexible genetically engineered mouse models usinggene silencing and editing technologies, and led the discovery of therapeuticstrategies for treating liver cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

E.         Ms.Melissa Gonzales , Program Manager of SingularityUniversity Global Impact Challenge

Ms.Melissa Gonzales is a collaborative professional with a background in programmanagement, operations, customer service, data analytics, and event coordinationwith experience in nonprofit organizations, benefit corporations, and startupsettings within the fields of art, film/media, culture, education,entrepreneurship, and science and technology.


2.         Finalists of 2018SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge

Project Name

Team/ Company


Focused Area

Project Description

Official Website

TeamFlow Emotional Wellness

Individual: Aya Terasawa



To prevent and do early stage intervention of emotional crisis and emotional challenges with AI + empathetic tech.






A medical image AI incubator, especially in pathology. Let hospitals can build their medical image AI models.





To provide humanoid robots for physical therapy to medical institutions.

Micro Vibration Detector

Individual: Kun-Chieh Chang



Using Optics Pattern to detect micro vibration on human skin to diagnose diseases, especially in Parkinson's disease.


Use air to make shoes

AP Plasma Corporation


Circular Economy

Deep vision technology combined with an artificial intelligence auto-learning architecture to accelerate technology maturity and flexibility.




Circular Economy

To reduce energy consumption and costs of HVAC systems through networked sensor add-ons for the HVAC systems.


Cartesi PTE LTD



An infrastructure layer that is bringing real world computations to the blockchain.





To extend BeamAndGo's payment and ecommerce platform to include a micro-consumer loan platform matching lenders with migrant workers.





Intelligent Vision based Driver Status and Physiological Information Monitoring System.





To develop automated machine learning models tailor fit to a company's recruitment, retention and people management needs.