When MIT and UP Come Together
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.
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