Last October 25, 2012, Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator participated
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines’ (IPOPHL) training workshop on Appropriate Technologies and Intellectual Property held at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the University of Santo Tomas. In cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this event featured the short-listed contestants for the WIPO-KIPO Competition on Innovative Solutions for Everyday Life.
Of twenty-three entries to the competition, seven were chosen for their innovations: (1) Design and Development of a Small Scale Machine for Recycling Discarded Thermoplastic into Fibre for Insulation, (2) Utilization of Woven Water Hyacinth Fiber Mat as Corrugated Composite Roof Sheets, (3) Immunomagnetic Bead Separation Kits For Detection of Human Fecal Biomarker in 10 ml Water Samples, (4) Utilization of Waste Mango Seed Husks (MSH) as Feedstock for Biomass Briquetting, (5) Biodegradable waste decomposer, (6) Water-driven Turbine Pump, and a (7) Mini-Biodiesel Plant. The top three teams who managed to use their knowledge and appropriate technology in solving problems in the Philippine society were awarded with a token and the cash prize of $500, $750, and $1250 respectively.
Atty. Andrew Michael Ong, Deputy Diretor General of IPOPHL talked about the “Promotion of Innovation through Effective Use of Intellectual Property Rights” where he pointed out that knowledge is best identified and delineated so that it can be owned, protected, valued, and transacted. Mr. Heum Jeng Kang of WIPO and Ms. Hee-jung Hong of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) gave back-to-back talks on the successful innovation cases of KIPO and the problem-solving methodologies, inventions, and engineering design. Mr. Omar Katbi, Head of the Outreach Services Section, Communications Division of WIPO talked on “Appropriate Technology Competitions: Experience and Outcome” emphasizing how we can utilize patent information for these solutions.
Ms. Virginia Aumentado of IPOPHL and Mr. Konard Lutz Mailander of WIPO discussed how patent information serves as a reservoir of knowledge and posed a series of business questions: “Are there any gaps or white spaces i.e. areas with little patent protection, that permit business opportunities?”, “Where are the crowded areas?”, “What is the quality & value of an individual patent?”. A concluding panel session with Mr. Katbi, Atty. Ong, and Mr. Johnson Fong tackled Practical Approaches to Appropriate Technology Development and Commercialization: From the Idea to the Market. Ending with the challenge to the audience to cite problems in our society which they think can be solved by new technologies.
On October 16, 2012, AyalaLand, Ayala Foundation and Ayala Property Management Corporation welcomed 32 businessmen representing 24 IT companies from Malaysia to a site visit at UP AyalaLand Technohub, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. The group’s visit was part of a two (2) day Specialized Marketing Mission co-sponsored by The Embassy of Malaysia Trade Office Manila (MATRADE) and the Philippines’ Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO).
The site visit started with a short welcome program and briefing on the key infrastructure programs of Ayala Land as well as the technology business incubation program being managed by Ayala Foundation. A local official from the Office of the Quezon City Mayor, City Administrator Manny Sabalza and, ICTO Deputy Director, Monchito Ibrahim encouraged the trade mission to look around for possible ICT businesss ventures/opportunities in the Philippines.
The visit also opened up opportunity for start-up companies under AyalaTBI-Ayala Foundation like Haystack, MICOM and Teknologika to introduce their products and discuss areas of interest with the trade mission members for possible business collaboration.The visit paved the way for Malaysian businessmen to meet and engage with big locators at Technohub such as Pointwest, Sea Change and LiveIT Companies in an information sharing session. The foreign guests and their local counterparts discussed updates and developments in the ICT industry affecting both countries. It also included an observation tour of office buildings and physical facilities at Technohub.
The HIP TechBootCamp (HIP TBC) Scaling-Up Consultation Session held last October 20, 2012 at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in Diliman, Quezon City turned out to be a great success.
What started with the introductions by Ms. Rhia Ramirez of Ayala Foundation was followed by Dr. Elmer Soriano’s quick Philippine health situationer update. The event was also graced with the presence of Dr. Bien Nillos of Zuellig Family Foundation who talked about Ten Ways Technologies Can Help Rural Health Systems. Dr. Bien gave his insights on how health technologies can help change health seeking behaviour, how it can make monitoring easier, and how it can make communities participative, amongst others.
As the event was geared towards the HIP TBC start-up teams, Ms. Maoi Arroyo of Hybridigm Consulting also shared her takes on having a Go-To Market strategy / total addressable market, looking at customers & influencers, and considering the ‘freemium model’. Maoi also emphasized that as a start-up technopreneur, one has got to remember that as you increase your execution, you thereby lower your technical &market risks and at the same time increase your valuation in order to attain the maximum vision possible.
The session was capped with a consultation where each of the start up teams presented to a panel comprised of Maoi Arroyo, Engr. Rey Negre of Intellectual Property Philippines Office, and Dr. Denton Chua, President and CEO of Health Cube. Facilitated by Dr. Elmer Soriano and Rhia Ramirez, each team shared the problems encountered in integrating a technology enabled health service delivery to target markets. Engr. Rey emphasized practical intellectual property (IP) approaches in enabling disclosures, patent filings, licensing, non-disclosure & non-compete agreements. Ms. Maoi, on the other hand, talked of simultaneous technical & managerial development, looking for key opinion leaders, getting enough cash flow, and social return on investment. Dr. Chua, with his medical background and successful health technology-related ventures, shared his own personal entrepreneurial experience. Critical was how, in the case of friends and families going into business together, contracts stipulating shares, exit strategies, etc should all be laid out on the table. Both the HIP TBC teams and the panel of experts were caught up in exchanges that extended well into lunch-time and private consultations followed soon thereafter.
It was a good day to wrap up AyalaTBI and Access Health’s 2012 TechBootCamp on Health.
A Kape + Teknolohiya session was held at the conference room of UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in Diliman, Quezon City last October 10, 2012 featuring Mr. Arnel Guiang.
Mr. Guiang, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur was more than willing to share his takes on how his companies have evolved over time and how he himself started with a degree in computer engineering to a full-blown businessman. He also shared his strategy from previously focusing on release of new products to what is now custom-development to tailor-fit the needs of his clients.
The event, which was targeted towards a select group, paved way for sharing between representatives of Juan Great Leap, Babypips, MemoKitchen, Systema Corp., Technominds Eascom, De La Salle University, PCIEERD-DOST, and DOST-UP Enterprise Center. Discussions on how to nurture kids’ entrepreneurial spirit to Java development and boot strapping for prototype releases were amongst the topics. The group was also able to voice their concerns towards software woes, market shifts, and angel investing. Indeed, a few hours with this group was worth all the knowledge gained.
For more on Arnel Guiang’s company, please feel free to check his site at http://www.guiang.com/ with each of his portfolios found at
Ayala TBI’s 4th Innovation Forum for 2012 featured Juan Great Leap, a start-up movement which aims to encourage Filipinos to take the great start-up leap.
Peter Cauton, a man who has gone to more than 6,000 interviews, talked of how being in the Human Resources industry for 10 years has led him to become bored and demotivated. He noted that through the support of his wife and after much discernment, he was able to take the leap into having a business of his own back in 2008. What started with STORM Consulting, was soon followed by Searchlight, Stream Engine Studios, and the Mobile App School. Peter even went on and started his 1st blog – http://juangreatleap.com/ – which served as the avenue for start-ups and start-up wanna-be’s.
Peter introduced three start up samurais who comprised the panel; Denton Chua (Medical and Tech Entrepreneur, CEO and President of HealthCube, Howard Go (Mobile Game Developer, Co-Founder of Mochibits), and Glenn Santos (Writer, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Memokitchen). The panel started off with the punches that they dealt with when they were just starting up their business ventures. All three were fearless as they shared with the big crowd of more than a hundred who braved the big downpour last August 29 at the Tech Portal, UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub. They talked of threats from big players, economic instability, internal theft, and a labor case, amongst others. They gave their advices of how a start up wanna-be should consciously adopt a growth mindset – described as a mix of optimism and realism. They reiterated that if an aspiring entrepreneur thinks he or she has certain skill sets, one has to think again and put it to test to find one’s real skill sets. A risk and reward system was also pointed out as a constant in all entrepreneurial ventures. All panel members were one in saying that everything truly boils down to you making that DECISION.
These samurais echoed that their strengths lie in their trust for others, full commitment, and the ardour for continuous learning. From the first-hand stories of these four courageous entrepreneurs, the question posed to the crowd was: “are you ready to take that great leap?”
The Philippines wins one of three top slots in the Intel DST Asia Pacific Challenge 2012 in Bangalore, India
Team Robolex with its innovation on Robotic Exoskeletal Leg for Partial Gait Rehabilitation won first runner up during the recently held Intel DST Asia Pacific Challenge 2012 in Bangalore India last August 6-10. The country shared this honor with Indonesia, and the prize money of USD7500.
Robolex was represented by Ms. Danielle Marie Lo, Jam Lewis Peñas, and Liara Bigie Chuatoco in India, all fresh graduates from the Manufacturing Engineering Management Department of the De La Salle University. Their innovation was a gold thesis awardee.
The Competition was of one of the highlights of the Asia Entrepreneurship Summit, organized by the Intel, the Department of Science and Technology (India) and the Asia Pacific Incubator Network (APIN). The APIN is composed of 24 countries throughout the Asia Pacific Region of which the Philippines is a member. Ayala Foundation is the country implementer for the Philippines through its Technology and Entrepreneurship Group.
More than 250 participants participated in the conference which included talks on business formation, VC funding and business incubation by various speakers across the region.
Another Philippine team, Technominds-Easco, Inc. also presented their E-Wallet innovation for MFIs and farmers. This team was comprised likewise of DLSU graduates.
Ever heard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT? We sure think so. But have you heard of MIT’s Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (AITI) group? Maybe not. Just to give you a backgrounder, MIT AITI is an initiative that helps to promote development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. And what does that got to do with us?
This year, the MIT AITI program has partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman’s College of Computer Science to get into its 7 weeks course that included detailed technical curriculum with focus on mobile and internet technologies. Four instructors from MIT, with the likes of Ms. Oshani Seneviratne, Mr. Danny Castonguay, Mr. Francis Plaza, and Ms. Kavita Chandra, met with 24 students twice a week during the entire duration of the program. As part of their culminating activity, a final showcase of presentation and demonstrations was held last August 2, 2012 at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in partnership with Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator.
The students were grouped into six teams and each team presented their programs starting off with the Destination PH which is a tourism-related application that interfaces with Google Maps to help tourists in navigating and visiting the various tourist spots in the country. The team said they are also looking into additional features such as an itinerary builder, a route finder, and a social networking integration. Another team’s project was the eAgriMarket which focuses on the agricultural industry which would then let users buy, sell, haggle, and bid goods in bulks online. Next off was Jeeps which is an app aimed at addressing the problem of mapping out routes of public transportation for commuters, with its pilot location in Makati City. The fourth team made the Mobile Notebook which basically serves as a note-taking mobile application which can be integrated to google documents. Fifth team had the Student Planner which looks at providing a better way for students to cope with school and personal obligations. Last but not the least, is the Check UP which is an application made to let students be mindful of their academic standing based on their respective curriculum.
After all the presentations, the teams got to demonstrate their projects to like-minded individuals who are in the academe, start-up business frontier, and capitalist sector.