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Thursday, May 16 2019 - 15:30
Local and Global AI Leaders Collaborate to Kickstart Vietnam's AI Movement
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

New government-backed initiative to host Vietnam AI Grand Challenge 2019 in 
support of the country's growing AI community

For the first time ever, Vietnam will collaborate with local and global 
knowledge partners, McKinsey & Company, Vietnam Innovation Network (VIN) and 
VietAI, to launch Vietnam's national artificial intelligence (AI) movement 
through the Vietnam AI Grand Challenge. Bringing together the country's best AI 
talent, the Challenge will support corporations in Vietnam and globally in 
designing the ultimate virtual assistant.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of McKinsey & 
Company, AI technologies can significantly boost productivity and potentially 
deliver additional global economic activity of around $13 trillion by 2030. 
This amounts to 1.2 percent additional GDP growth per year between 2018 and 

Recognizing the importance of AI in Vietnam, the Ministry of Science and 
Technology and the Ministry of Planning and Investment have partnered with 
Kambria to deliver the Vietnam AI Grand Challenge, while providing advisory and 
support for the series. "Kambria is thrilled to be the key driver of the 
Vietnam AI Grand Challenge," said Dr. Thuc Vu, CEO of Kambria. "We believe 
wholeheartedly in the promise of Vietnam to step onto the global stage of AI 
and robotics development. We have the opportunity to connect Vietnamese AI 
talents with large corporations using our open innovation platform and to 
incubate leading projects developed here for global impact."

As the Challenge's knowledge partner, global management consulting firm 
McKinsey ( will share research insights and 
perspectives on AI developments. VietAI (, a non-profit 
whose mission is to train and nurture the next generation of young AI talent in 
Vietnam, will also serve as judges and provide technical education to our 
developers. VIN, one of the government's initiatives, aims to connect 
Vietnamese innovators around the world to boost the technology ecosystem in 
Southeast Asia. These knowledge partners will work with Kambria to deliver a 
series of workshops and hackathons focused on AI and robotics. 

The Vietnam AI Grand Challenge will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and 
Danang, with an initial series of educational workshops. Hackathons begin in 
June and will culminate in the Grand Finale in mid-August as part of the AI4VN 
program. For more information, please visit

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Vietnam AI Grand Challenge

SOURCE:  Kambria