Smart presents transformative apps in 10th Sweep awards

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Friday, January 24, 2014


TEN teams representing five engineering schools will be vying for the top prize in this year’s nationwide search for the most innovative mobile applications and devices under the 10th Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (Sweep) Innovation and Excellence Awards. Winners will be announced in February.

Batangas State University and Wesleyan University had three finalist-entries each; Polytechnic University of the Philippines had two; while Bulacan State University and Bataan Peninsula State University had one entry each in the final 10.

At stake are P500,000 cash prize for the grand champion, P200,000 for the first runner-up, and P100,000 for the 2nd runner-up. An equivalent amount will be given to the teams’ respective schools as grant. This is, by far, the biggest and longest running innovation awards in the country for engineering and IT students.

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Winners will also have a chance to go the entrepreneurial route and startup their own technology company through IdeaSpace Foundation Inc. (IdeaSpace), which runs an incubator and accelerator program to support technology entrepreneurs in the Philippines for the global market. Smart is one of the funding companies of the foundation.

For the competition, graduating students from Smart’s partner-schools were asked to come up with ground-breaking wireless devices or mobile applications that seek to address a problem of a particular community or society in general.

With the overarching theme “Transforming Lives through Technology”, these Sweep innovations intend to help build up the capacities of Filipinos to improve their lives.

"We aim to promote the culture of innovation in schools and recognize the best ones via the Sweep Awards. We are also helping these students develop their prototypes into commercial applications that people and communities can buy and actually use. This is in line with our goal of harnessing technology to make Filipino lives better," Isberto said.

Batangas State University’s three entries are as follows: Smart Mush-Room (agriculture); Smart Eco Award (environment); and Aquarius: Smart Beacon Bracelet (disaster & emergency preparedness).

Wesleyan University's three entries are Smart Alas (education); Smart Toda (transportation); and Smart Trapd (health).

PUP's two entries are proposed devices and applications in the categories of agriculture (SMS-based Electrical Conductivity Sensing Device for Soil pH and Moisture Content Evaluation) and transportation (i-LPG: Interconnected Live Protection from Gas leakage).

Rounding up the list are Bulacan State University's SMART Wi-Bi Rescuer: Wireless Biopotential Remote Sensing for Civilians Under Earth or Rubble (disaster & emergency preparedness); and Bataan Peninsula State University’s Smart Coin Bank-Wireless Coin Deposit Facility for Remote and Rural Locations (livelihood).

Sweep is one of the flagship education initiatives of Smart under its corporate social responsibility program. It is the first-of-its-kind collaboration between the industry and the academe that seeks to help enhance the quality of engineering and IT education in the Philippines. The partnership involves 44 colleges and universities in the fields of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and Information Technology.

Under the program, schools are provided with technical laboratories, trainings on the latest trends and technologies in the telco industry. For more details about Sweep, visit www.smartsweep.ph. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2014.

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