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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.


August 22, 2012 at 4:48 am 2 comments

Two MIT Projects featured at Sarmenta’s Innovation Forum

Luis Sarmenta, PhD, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab, discussed two exciting projects there during his session at AyalaTBI’s Innovation Forum: Human Dynamics and the Next Billion Network.

Luis Sarmenta talks about the Next Billion Network

Luis Sarmenta talks about the Next Billion Network

According to Luis, Human Dynamics uses technology to automatically collect and analyze measurements of real world human interactions to discover human patterns and predict human behavior. The Next Billion Network, on the other hand, is an initiative that searches for better ways to connect the next billion mobile phone users.

In Human Dynamics, Luis explained that by having sensors in cell phones, for example, one can harness location-based data using GPS, cell towers, or wifi. The technology can automatically collect and analyze measurements of real world human interactions to discover, model and predict—and even influence—human behavior. As example, Luis cited the potential applications of human dynamics technology in the business process outsourcing sector. Through sensors in call agent’s microphones, for instance, analysis of pitch and tone patterns can shape behavior towards more effective customer relation management, among others and therefore, can transform such companies to sensible organizations.

The Next Billion Network, on the other hand, looks at innovations for the poor, which according to Luis, are not necessarily bottom of the pyramid markets. This will make it more appealing for companies to seize commercial opportunities within this market segment. According to him, MIT students are currently working on projects with country partners such as Kenya, India and Brazil in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment among others.


Luis obtained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was formerly Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila. He also founded the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) which was later spun-off to BlueBlade Technologies, Inc. His accomplishments include involvement in the planning and implementation of the PHNet project, which eventually established the first national internet backbone of the Philippines, among others.

The AyalaTBI mounts the Innovation Forum together with its partners: the Brain Gain Network (BGN), the Philippine Emerging Start Ups Open (PESO) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). It was held at the AIM Conference Center Manila.

August 12, 2008 at 12:30 am 1 comment

Innovation Forum features Luis Sarmenta

Dr. Luis F. G. Sarmenta, Ph.D

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, JV del Rosario Function Rooms 2-5, 4th Floor, of the AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM), Benavidez Street corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

About the Speaker:

Luis is a Research Scientist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his homepage, Luis writes, “I have had a broad range of interests and experiences, but I am currently most interested in two main research areas:  Trusted Computing and Mobile Computing.  Trusted Computing has been the focus of my main research projects here at MIT, including a project under the T-Party project sponsored by Quanta Computer, and a grant under the NSF CyberTrust program.  Our projects’ ultimate goal is to provide users with access to computational power and data storage as they need it, regardless of where they are and what device they are currently using.  At the same time, I have a continuing interest in Mobile Computing, springing from my work in the Philippines as a faculty member at Ateneo de Manila University (where I still hold an adjunct position), and founder of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center, an R&D and incubation center at the University formed in partnership with Sun Microsystems and Smart Communications (one of the Philippines’ largest mobile network operators).”

Call and reserve seats at or call us at 9289344 or 9289451. Entrance Fee is P500 (includes cocktails). 

July 25, 2008 at 7:49 am 1 comment

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