The construction of “smart city” is one of the important objectives in the “Macau SAR Five-Year Development Plan”. Making use of smart streetlights to collect environmental information is an important component of smart city development. As a public utility company, it is responsible for supplying power and managing public lighting. CEM has been working closely with the Government to build Macau into a smart city where providing intelligent services for residents. Smart streetlights were installed at Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro, Avenida da Saúde at the campus of University of Macau and Avenida da Amizade for testing in mid-2019. Each streetlight is multifunctional with equipment such as LED lamp, environmental sensor, camera, 4G/5G micro base station for communications, public information display monitor, tourism information interactive screen and public information mini-speaker and EV charging station etc.

To enhance students’ awareness and talents in smart city construction, CEM and the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City of University of Macau jointly organize the “2020 Macao Smart Streetlight Innovation Challenge for Youth” while the Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion of University of Macau as the co-organizer.

This Challenge is divided into two categories – “Outlook Design Group” and “Technical Solution Group” which are eligible for current Macau secondary students who are in Form 2 to Form 6 in the academic year 2020/2021. Applicants can apply individually or in group of not more than 3 members. “Outlook Design Group” shall provide a design drawing of the smart streetlights with description in aspects of location, surrounding view, cultural characteristics and functional features. “Technical Solution Group” shall integrate with latest technological development of smart streetlights and city characteristics as well as innovation. It could focus on designing the overall functions or certain function modules of smart streetlights, and the design should accommodate the development and the demand of smart city in Macau.

One champion, one first runner-up and several second runner-ups will be awarded in each category. The winners will receive cash prizes:  champion is MOP5,000, first runner-up is MOP3,000 while second runner-up is MOP1,000. The results will be announced in December 2020. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, application materials shall be submitted to online system and selection will be processed by online review.  For competition details, please refer to the website of the Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion of University of Macau. Should you have any enquiry, please contact 8822-4503 or email: umstem@um.edu.mo. Applicants can register and submit materials online from 7 to 21 September 2020 via the website.