Archive for August, 2012
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.