NFC Academy brings open innovation to Singapore
Open innovation – sharing technology and know-how between organizations and universities – helps companies create new applications and speed-up development of solutions that would be difficult to achieve as a sole stakeholder.
An excellent example of an open innovation project in Singapore is the NFC Academy, which NXP set up together with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). A dedicated academic and practical electronic engineering course developed jointly with the universities that infuses NFC system and application expertise, and simulate novel exciting NFC innovative applications. By first training local lecturers who can then pass on the expertise to their students, we can help educate the next generation of engineers. Of course early involvement with NFC brings familiarity with the technology, making it easier to apply as well as instilling more out-of-the-box creativity.
As the idea behind the NFC Academy is completely new, we recognized we needed an education partner who was already familiar with NXP. Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) in Singapore was the obvious choice. We could build on the existing good relationship between NYP and NXP’s Singapore R&D team, where we are already collaborating on the joint ‘wireless environmental sensing’ project.
The pilot NFC Academy project makes available an optional ‘short-range wireless communications & NFC’ class as part of NYP’s final year curriculum. Introduced on April 24th 2014, the first class has 24 pupils. The practical, laboratory element which forms an integral part of course assessment also includes a competitive angle. Those students who come up with the most inventive NFC application ideas would be awarded honor certificates and a small cash prize would be given to the best idea.
In July the first cycle of the NFC Academy pilot will be assessed to see how well the objectives of both NXP and NYP are being reached. For NXP we want to make this a sustainable model for introducing programs to other educational institutions across Asia. To make the NFC Academy the catalyst for an ecosystem that will support open innovation on a broad scale.