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Tencent and NOC reached a strategic cooperation to jointly host programming and artificial intelligence competitions

On December 20th, Tencent and the National Elementary and Secondary School Information Technology Innovation and Practice Competition Organizing Committee held a strategic contract at Tencent’s Beijing headquarters. Starting from 2022, they will jointly hold a national primary and secondary school programming and artificial intelligence competitions to jointly help young people’s artificial intelligence education. developing.

Xie Huaping, Director of the Urban and Rural Development Research Center, the organizer of the NOC competition; Liu Chenglin, deputy director of the Chinese Society for Artificial Intelligence; the deputy director and researcher of the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the organizer of the NOC competition; deputy director of the National Organizing Committee of the NOC Competition, China Information Technology Education Journal President Li Weifu, Secretary-General of the National Organizing Committee of NOC Competition, Executive Vice President of China Information Technology Education Magazine Ren Xiaoheng, Vice President of Tencent Education Wang Tao, General Manager of Tencent Interactive Entertainment User Platform Department, Head of Tencent’s Minor Protection System Zheng Lei, Ning Duo, general manager of Tencent Education Creative Cooperation Center and head of Tencent Youth Science and Technology Learning Center, attended the event and met on the spot.

Officially announced that Tencent will host a national youth AI competition in 2022

The National Primary and Secondary School Information Technology Innovation and Practice Competition, referred to as NOC Competition (Novelty, Originality, Creativity), is an AI popularization activity for all-round young people, aiming to comprehensively improve students’ information literacy, innovation spirit and practical ability. The NOC competition is sponsored by the Urban and Rural Development Research Center and the Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence. It has been held for nineteen sessions so far, and has exclusive organizing committees in 40 different regions across the country.

This time, Tencent and the NOC competition will officially launch the 2021-2022 school year competition. Zhu Yajuan, Director of Tencent Education Youth Artificial Intelligence Center presided over the signing ceremony.

Liu Mingzhe, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of the National Organizing Committee of NOC Competition and Vice President of China Information Technology Education Magazine, Zhang Shuai, Director of Tencent Mutual Entertainment Youth Business Center, and Ling Yun, Director of Tencent Education Creative Cooperation Center, signed the contract on behalf of both parties.

According to the agreement, starting from 2022, Tencent will act as a partner of the NOC competition and one of the standing directors of the organizing committee. It will join hands with the organizing committee to jointly host two major events, “Ding Ding Creative Programming” and “AI Creators”. And provide overall technical support for the competition. In addition, student representatives who performed well in the competition will have the opportunity to be invited to visit Tencent headquarters and participate in the Tencent National Youth Artificial Intelligence Dream Camp Carnival.

Xie Huaping, director of the Urban and Rural Development Research Center, the organizer of the NOC competition, pointed out in his speech that technological innovation is the relay, and excellent partners like Tencent are very welcome to join in to make this meaningful and influential event bigger and better. I hope to seize the opportunity together, develop the road of innovation, achieve two-way breakthroughs in cooperation, and forge ahead towards higher and farther goals.

On behalf of the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence, Liu Chenglin, the deputy chairman of the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence, the organizer of the NOC competition, and the deputy director of the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and researcher Liu Chenglin expressed warm congratulations on the cooperation between the two parties and expressed Tencent’s useful exploration in the field of youth artificial intelligence education. Highly recognized, praise Tencent for creating more opportunities for talented children to show, leading them to realize their dreams of innovation in the field of artificial intelligence.

Zheng Lei, general manager of Tencent’s Interactive Entertainment User Platform Department and head of Tencent’s juvenile protection system, shared Tencent’s efforts in artificial intelligence education for teenagers. He introduced that Tencent youth AI education started in 2018, focusing on building an inclusive youth AI education framework in terms of learning tools, course content, and competition activities. In recent years, the team has successively launched the “Tencent Ding Ding” youth programming education platform, as well as the “Intelligent Double Hundred” and other public welfare projects, through a variety of measures to continue to help the popularization and promotion of youth digital education. Zheng Lei said that technology for good is not a slogan, but a long-term practice. Tencent will continue to work with the industry and society under the guidance of the competent authorities to help young people try novelty, enjoy creativity, and experience creativity.

Yisai promotes learning to launch two major competitions, “Ding Ding Creative Programming” and “AI Creators”

It is understood that the 2021-2022 NOC competition has four major tracks, namely the competitive track, the design track, the artificial intelligence track and the programming track. This time Tencent provides support for the artificial intelligence track’s “AI Imagination” Home” event and the “Ding Ding Creative Programming” event on the programming track.

Li Weifu, deputy director of the NOC National Organizing Committee and president of China Information Technology Education Magazine, said that since the establishment of the NOC competition, it has been following the laws of education and student growth, in order to cultivate the innovative spirit and practical ability of young people, and comprehensively improve their quality and accomplishments. My responsibility is to promote learning, use, and teaching with competition. “The joining of Tencent has strengthened our confidence and expectations for future development. I hope that in the future, the two parties will work together to promote the balanced development of education with science and technology, and provide teachers and students in underdeveloped areas with high-quality artificial intelligence education and teaching resources. Inject new blood and vitality into technology and innovation.”

Ning Duo, general manager of Tencent Education Creative Cooperation Center and head of Tencent Youth Science and Technology Learning Center, said that in the past 5 years, the team has been paying attention to the learning and growth of young people, and is committed to exploring the practical road of “technology + education” to help science and technology. The reserve of future talents in the industry. At present, Tencent’s practice in scientific research and engineering has been combined with systematic scientific and technological talent training experience to accumulate and polish a series of high-quality products and high-quality curriculum content, which is suitable for all kinds of innovative schools and schools in rural areas. Ning Duo said that Tencent has the willingness and enthusiasm to devote itself to the talent training business of artificial intelligence, and hopes to join hands with the NOC Organizing Committee to help achieve the goals of fairness, individualization and diversification of education, and to contribute to the national youth information technology literacy. Contribute to the improvement of ability.

Deliver high-quality AI education resources to help young people improve their AI literacy

In recent years, the state has successively promulgated a number of informatization education plans and guidelines such as the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Education Informatization” and the “New Generation of Artificial Intelligence Development Plan” to improve the scientific and technological literacy of young people, and enhance their ability in artificial intelligence and programming. To the height of national strategy. Based on this, Tencent’s youth artificial intelligence education team has been actively exploring, and based on Tencent’s advanced AI technology, combined with teaching tools such as Zhiqi Academy, AI experimental platform, Dingding programming tool platform, and Creative AI workshop, integrate high-quality artificial intelligence and programming. Educational resources are sent to thousands of primary and secondary schools. This year, with the implementation of the “double reduction” policy, “artificial intelligence on campus” has become an important component of the “3:30 after class” service provided by education authorities and schools in many places.

At the same time, Tencent is also holding many themed events and competitions across the country to stimulate the interest of teachers and students in scientific learning through competitions, and attract more students and teachers to join the team exploring artificial intelligence. In July this year, the innovative artificial intelligence competition-“China·Shanghai 4th Youth Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition” was linked with the “World Artificial Intelligence Conference”, aiming to explore the huge potential and infinite possibilities of young people in learning and practicing AI; 12 The 3rd National Youth Artificial Intelligence Dream Chasing Camp, which just ended at the beginning of this month, focuses on programming enlightenment and popularization in economically underdeveloped areas. The event lasted for 4 months and covered 23 provinces and 49 cities across the country. Nearly 10,000 students signed up to participate and received praise and support from many local educational institutions.

Zhang Shuai, Director of Tencent’s Mutual Entertainment Youth Business Center, gave a detailed introduction to Tencent’s recent efforts in artificial intelligence education for youths: in terms of tools, AI learning software and platforms in the compulsory education stage were promoted to enter the campus; in terms of content, the joint Four major domestic colleges and universities and national famous teachers create local quality programming courses that are more in line with the teaching habits of Chinese teachers and students, covering multiple programming languages ​​such as graphics and python. At present, more than 200 courses have been launched for free, serving nearly 80,000 primary and secondary school users; in terms of competition activities, in the form of public welfare, it has opened a window for artificial intelligence education for more children to help them get in touch with a wider world. Zhang Shuai said that this time Tencent and NOC have joined forces, hoping to “bring better products, more professional courses and the most authoritative competitions to more regions, so that more young people can enjoy the creative programming competition through NOC. The fun of science and technology.”

Ling Yun, Director of Tencent Education Creative Cooperation Center, introduced Tencent’s innovative achievements in artificial intelligence teaching models, and shared the educational ideas of “promoting learning with competition”. Combining research and application development in Tencent’s cutting-edge technology fields, starting from the source, providing teachers and students with a “Tencent Creative AI Workshop”, allowing learners to participate in the interaction of the AI ​​system, presenting the results in a visual manner, and allowing learners to continue Get new knowledge by hands, and apply what you have learned to practice, driven by learning interest and enthusiasm, and create unlimited possibilities. “We hope that young people will find their connection with AI, not just stop at understanding, they can actually use AI to become participants of the era, and most importantly, to become the creators of the new era.”

Continuous and deep cooperation will build a smart education community in the future

During the event, the guests visited Tencent’s Beijing headquarters and learned more about Tencent’s practical achievements in artificial intelligence education for young people. In addition, the two parties also held a symposium on future cooperation plans. Focusing on topics such as youth artificial intelligence education and youth science and technology talent training, discussions were carried out from the dimensions of artificial intelligence competitions and artificial intelligence teacher training.

Wang Tao, the vice president of Tencent Education, described the blueprint for the two sides to continue deep cooperation in the future: First, to build a smart education community with artificial intelligence and programming competitions as the starting point. Carry out comprehensive cooperation in academic seminars, collection of lectures, magazine publications, etc., to build a talent training system and scientific innovation system in the field of artificial intelligence education in primary and secondary schools across the country; the second is to jointly build an information literacy improvement project. Jointly train artificial intelligence teachers, build artificial intelligence exchange and learning platforms, and help teachers and students build active learning systems; the third is to jointly promote the development of rural education and use the positive power of technology companies to bring more youth products, competitions and public welfare projects Go to urban and rural areas to explore new ways of joint development between urban and rural areas.

At present, the 2022 NOC competition has entered the intensive preparatory stage, and various events will successively release event announcements and start registration matters. Wang Tao said that Tencent’s youth artificial intelligence education will continue to gather multiple forces to help the balanced and inclusive development of artificial intelligence education in diversified forms, so that more young people have the opportunity to understand and love artificial intelligence and programming, and help them grow into innovative thinking and Future talents with independent thinking ability.

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