Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is hosting the 5th annual Robotic Coding Conquest (RCC) 2024,in conjunction with Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2024 a month-long celebration of innovation and technology with the theme "Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem." The event features two main categories: Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT); and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Informatics, offering students and tech enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the rapidly advancing fields.

Throughout June, UTB’s lecturers, in collaboration with industry partners Shell Deep Water Borneo, Microsoft Brunei, and Techsource, will host free workshops to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge in Robotics and AI. These workshops will culminate in various competitions, offering attractive prizes to the winners and showcasing the participants' talents.

Rev Robotics and Future Tech makers

Category one started today with the two tracks: the first track Rev Robotic Workshop. Participants learned to design, build, and program robots, preparing them for the National Robotic Competition scheduled for 29 June 2024. This competition centred on the theme "Carbon Capture and Sustainable Technology”, challenges students to create robotic and IoT solutions that address environmental sustainability. The top teams will be able to represent their country at the FIRST Global Robotic Challenge in Athens, Greece, this September.

The second track is the IoT Smart Home Workshop, which introduces students to the fast-evolving field of IoT technology. Held in the AI Lab and facilitated by Ir Dr. Ahmad Azlan bin Ab Aziz and Dr. Nor Aiman Sukindar, this workshop provided participants with practical knowledge and skills in developing smart home solutions using Tinkercad and Arduino.

The IoT Smart Home Workshop offers students an in-depth understanding of IoT concepts and their applications in smart home technology. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants learned to design and implement systems that enhance convenience, security, and energy efficiency. Utilising Tinkercad, an online 3D design and electronics simulation tool, alongside Arduino, students gained a solid foundation in both the software and hardware aspects of IoT.

The participants from this category will have a chance to participate in the final competition on 29 June 204. This competition challenged students to design innovative smart home solutions, showcasing their creativity, technical skills, and ability to work under pressure. It served as a platform for students to demonstrate their projects and gain recognition for their efforts.

AI and Informatics

The second category will focus on the latest advancements in AI and its applications. Participants will engage in workshops on Building Intelligent Machines. This bootcamp is scheduled to take place over four consecutive days from 18 to 21 June 2024, followed by a capstone project running from 21 to 28 June with pitching and demonstration scheduled for 29 June 2024.

An online workshop on AI and Informatics will also take place from 19 to 20 June 2024. The competition will take place from 21 to 27 June 2024, concluding with a pitching session on 29 June 2024.

Additionally, RCC 2024 will host the Microsoft ASEAN AI for Accessibility Hackathon, challenging students to address real-world accessibility issues using cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technologies, fostering innovation and inclusivity.

The RCC initiative has grown significantly over the past five years, attracting an increasing number of industry partnerships. These partnerships are crucial in strengthening the innovation ecosystem, providing students with invaluable opportunities to connect with expert academics and industry leaders and gain practical experience. Through initiatives like the Robotic Coding Conquest, UTB aims to play a pivotal role in nurturing Brunei's innovation ecosystem, empowering students with cutting-edge skills vital for the 4th Industrial Revolution.