1. Innovative Research Centers

The "MediaTek-NTU Research Center," "MediaTek-NTHU Research Center," and "MediaTek-NCTU Research Center" that we have established at NTU, NTHU, and NCTU respectively, undertake R&D of projects such as smart handheld devices, high-functioning and low-power technologies, and packaging technology enhancements.

Moreover, we have also responded to government policies and allocated almost NTD 200 million to jointly apply for the "Research of Forward-Oriented Next Generation of Mobile Telecommunications Key Terminal Technology" in which more than 30 professors and nearly 100 graduate students are devoted to the R&D of core technologies of heterogeneous multicore computing platforms and a new generation of mobile telecommunications. 

We hope that as various international brands compete for the strategic planning and layout of the 5G mobile telecommunication network, MediaTek could develop technologies with high capacity, high speed and low energy consumption by incorporating rich R&D energy from the academia and undertake key IP planning to obtain business opportunities in the 5G technology field before competitors.

Furthermore, MediaTek has also established a scholarship for the PhD class at the 3 innovation centers at NTU, NCTU, and NTHU. Students who have received our scholarships enjoy funding for four years. We hope to encourage students to work toward attaining PhD degrees and to solve the problems of various schools with insufficient numbers of PhD students. We have devoted our own resources to nurture PhD-level talent for Taiwan in the hopes that they can one day help us develop more pioneering technologies.

2. 2015 Telecommunications Competition— MediaTek IoT/Wearable Innovations Contest

MediaTek never lags behind in our effort to promote the IoT industry and proactively co-hosted the 2015 Telecommunications Competition—IOT R&D Contest with the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This is our third year of sponsoring the competition, and we have incorporated MediaTek's core technologies and products to help teams of contestants quickly develop new IoT applications. Moreover, five of MediaTek's senior staff had served as judges for this competition. 

In addition to offering educational training and sharing their hands-on experience with contestants, we have also encouraged young developers to utilize our LinkIt developer's hub to realize their imagination for IoT and wearable devices. From a long-term perspective, we hope that MediaTek's future-oriented IC products and rich technical resources can contribute toward providing a more comprehensive ecosystem for developers in the industry.

In 2015, a total of 172 teams and as many as 500 participants partook in the competition, and they created 151 outstanding IoT-related results and 28 creative prototypes. In the process, we helped almost 100 professors from top-notch colleges and science and technology universities to become acquainted with the LinkIt developer's hub, which they can then utilize toward practical teaching of IoT. The participating teams designed many innovative and diversified IoT application concepts and utilized our LinkIt platform in very creative ways. 

They developed brand new applications of IoT and wearable devices, including flight safety monitoring for drones, a low-temperature pressure cooking machine, sign language translations and more. This signifies the endless potentials and possibilities to innovate in Taiwan's younger generation in utilizing IoT technology, and these new applications could very likely change or enhance the way we live in the future.