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China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-23 14:50
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The World Intelligence Congress is taking place online from Tuesday to Wednesday in Tianjin.[Ma Cheng/for China Daily]

World Intelligence Congress features competitions and products

The fourth World Intelligence Congress is taking place online from Tuesday to Wednesday in Tianjin.

The event, also called the WIC 2020, is an all-level platform that promotes the release of cutting-edge intelligent technologies and their applications.

With the theme of Intelligence New Era: Innovation, Energization and Ecology, people can watch and participate in the forums and discussions attended by internet tycoons, experts and scholars.

To organize an attractive online exhibition, the event launched a weeklong online exhibition hall on the first day of the event.

Complemented with pictures, text, video, or virtual reality pictures in live-broadcast rooms, the audience and exhibitors can realize real-time communication and complete transactions online.

Six online competitions focusing on smart driving, industrial innovation of apps, data processing and algorithms, the application of intelligent technologies in security and sports games will be held during the session.

The Haihe Elite Entrepreneurship Competition is a new addition to the WIC. It is divided into three parts according to its participants: the public, college students and people overseas.

Focusing on emerging industries, modern agriculture, creative culture, livelihood services and social welfare, the competition invites entrepreneurship teams or enterprises from home and abroad.

The organizer also provides online displays for smart cities, intelligent ports and intelligent factories, online concerts and intangible cultural heritage exhibitions to entertain audiences.

"The WIC is not only a conference, but also a platform to reshape and empower the industry, a platform to integrate the government's supporting policies and technology industries," said Yin Jihui, Party secretary and head of the Tianjin Industry and Information Technology Bureau.

Since 2017, the first year of the WIC, the Tianjin government has promoted the construction of industrial internet and smart city infrastructure, fostering the local big data industry and introducing leading enterprises through the WIC platform.

According to government data, in the past three years, 31 infrastructure projects-including those invested in by high-profile companies such as Haier, Tencent and Unicloud-were introduced via the event. Their total investment is worth 37.6 billion yuan ($5.3 billion).

AI pioneer iFlytek has been participating in the WIC for three years.

Less than two months after the first session of WIC was finished, the company agreed with the Tianjin government to build up the iFlytek Smart Valley.

In the second session, it signed strategic agreements with government departments and in the third session, it proposed the plan to set up "the north valley".

Tianjin-based drone maker Efy Technology demonstrates one of its products, which helps with protecting crops.[Photo/China Daily]

"It is true that iFlytek has benefited a lot from this AI industrial event," said Song Zheng, vice-general manager of Tianjin iFlytek Information Technology.

To date, the iFlytek Smart Valley has introduced 14,000 AI projects. By the end of 2019, the output value of the enterprises in the area exceeded 1.6 billion yuan and their tax payment reached 150 million yuan.

In May, Tianjin Tencent Network Technology acquired 19.3 hectares of land in one of the city's high-tech zones.

The total investment in its project has reached 10 billion yuan. After its completion, its annual output value is expected to reach 3.8 billion yuan.

The project will provide accurate data support for city governance, public services and local industrial transformation, said Xu Yuchun, an official from the Tianjin Industry and Information Technology Bureau.

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