Publish Date : 23rd March, 2018

First ever Robotics competition held at UIU

 

The first-ever robotics competition for college students ended today, where Notre Dame College won the champion place. Competition took place at the new campus of United International University (UIU), organized by Japanese education company Venturas Ltd, supported by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), Embassy of Japan, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and ICT Ministry.

Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology, was present as the Chief Guest in the final day. The program was presided by Mr. Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman, BIDA (Bangladesh Investment Development Authority). As special guests Professor Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, Vice Chancellor (Designate), United International University and Kazuaki Nakamura, CEO and Founder, Viling group and Mr. Daisuke Arai, Country Head of JETRO and Mahabub Azam, Managing Director were also present at the completion. The prize giving ceremony held at 4.30pm.

Addressing to the students at the program Mustafa Jabbar, Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology said, “There’s nothing that you can’t do. You can win any competition in the world. Believe in yourselves. I believe, someday our students will make robots on their own.”

He also said, “Digital Bangladesh has developed immensely in IT sector. Now, we export software to 80 countries around the world.”

Minister Mustafa Jabbar said, “When a new technology arrives, it comes with both good and bad aspects. That’s why you have to be cautious while using a technology.”

At the UIU Auditorium, guest speaker Nishat Majumdar, the first female Bangladeshi who conquered the Mount Everest, talked about conquering fear and obstacles that may come ahead. Next Japanese Duo Singer Bajina Beat performed at 2.30pm.

The main competition started from 12pm at the UIU Library. 11 colleges participated with 5-member team from each. A line tracing competition took place, where robots created by teams followed a black-lined course. Notre Dame College won the competition by completing the task at the shortest possible time. 1st runner up and 2nd runner up were Dhaka Residential Model College and Govt. Science College. Prof. Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, Vice chancellor ( Designate), United International University and Minhaz Uddin Anwar, Grameenphone Accelerator Program awarded the prize to the wining team of the competition.

Previously, a workshop held for the students at the first day of competition. It was conducted by Kazuaki Nakamura, Founder and CEO, Viling Inc.; Masao Ishihara, CEEO Advisory; Kazuaki Nakayama, CEO, Monster Lab, Bangladesh. Additionally, CSE/EEE Professors from different University were present at the workshop and helped students to learn programming, engineering, & coding.

 

The Media partners of Robotics competition were RTV and Daily Star, Reward partner was Grameenphone and Technical partners were DataSoft Bangladesh and Monster Lab Japan (Bangladesh Office).

 

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