ICT-Davao set to hold iEx 2013-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THE Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is set to stage the 2013 Innovation Expo (iEx) on October 11 and 13, 2013, at Seda Hotel and SM City Davao, respectively.
This year's iEx will highlight healthcare and education, as among the key sectors of ICT in Davao Region.
ICT-Davao president Samuel Matunog, speaking in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, said the iEx 2013 will be comprised of three new activities such as iForum, iAuction, and iRobotics.
Matunog said that the iForum will feature new innovations in healthcare and education sectors. A total of 150 delegates are expected to participate in the iForum, slated on October 11, 2013, at the Seda Hotel.
Among the discussions on healthcare will include Pyroclave, integrating ICT in managed care delivery, and increasing profits through embedded e-Claims while the topics on education will include teaching & e-learning, online learning technology, and BookShelf, to name a few.
The first-ever iAuction, meanwhile, allows auction of pre-owned gadgets.
"iAuction is our answer to recycling electric junk. Here, participants can put out preowned gadget so that somebody else can use it," National ICT Council of the Philippines (NICP) president Lizabel G. Holganza said.
During the iAuction, Dabawenyos can buy items like hardware and software sold 50 percent lower from its suggested retail price.
Matunog said that they are expecting at least 10 brands to be auctioned, with around 150 bidders to flock in droves on October 13, at the SM City-Annex.
"The proceeds from the iAuction will go to our Summer Workshop for IT or SWIT Kids. This is our initiative to provide basic IT knowledge to kids from grade seven to grade 12 or from first to fourth year high school," Matunog said.
On the same day, iRobotics will also take place at the SM City-Annex, wherein the organizers, along with the academic institutions, will showcase in an exhibit the creations, innovations, and talents of students who championed in robotics and programming.
Around 300 students and enthusiasts are expected to visit the exhibit where 15 to 20 robots will be displayed.
Speakers from Philippine Science High School (Philsci), University of Mindanao (UM), Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), Holy Cross of Davao College, Apo Learnings, and AMA Computer College will also take part in the forum in iRobotics.
The iEx 2013 is organized by ICT, NICP, Department of Science and Technology (Dost), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and City Government of Davao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 01, 2013.