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September 13, 2018

Ready, set, build. Students test their kit-of-parts during the 2nd imake.wemake training/workshop.  

Filipino communities may soon find answers to pressing issues in education, traffic, waste management, disaster preparedness and others as 16 senior high school teams made it to the second round of the 2nd imake.wemake, an S&T innovation competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) in partnership with Acer Philippines.

“It will be a battle among school teams but the real winners here are Filipinos who will benefit from their inventions,” DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo said. 

Biyo and Acer Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong graced the project pitching and closing ceremony of the five-day event held on September 3-7, 2018 at the Microtel UP Technohub in Quezon City which featured promising student inventions like low-cost GPS tracking for wildlife conservation, online waste management integration, and anti-overloading device among others.

“Our young inventors proved that they understand the needs of the people and know how they can address such. We’re more than happy to provide them venue for their technical skills and creativity in imake.wemake,” Biyo added.   

The panel of judges, composed of UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute professors Dr. Nestor Tiglao and Engr. Percival Magpantay, Ateneo de Manila University professor Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus, and Acer Philippines Business Development Manager Alexis de Guzman, selected the finalists from 65 proposals submitted. The judges based their decisions on project viability and potential to address important societal and community issues.

Participants of imake.wemake with competition judges, representatives of DOST-SEI, ThinkLab, and Acer Philippines at the closing ceremony of the five-training and project pitching.

The 16 competing school teams are Centro Escolar University Manila, College of St. John – Roxas, De La Salle University Integrated School – Laguna, Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Grace Christian College, Masbate National Comprehensive High School, New Era University, Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus, Philippine Science High School – CAR Campus, Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus, Philippine Science High School – Central Visayas Campus, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, Rizal National Science High School, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Taguig Science High School, and Technological Institute of the Philippines Cubao Campus. 

A total of 48 students and 16 teachers attended the free training organized by the DOST-SEI and facilitated by experts from ThinkLab Philippines and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang. Participants experienced hands-on training on Arduino digital and analog system and Acer Cloudprofessor, the innovative platform that will power all imake.wemake projects. Each team also received free Acer Cloudprofessor kit, sensor expansion pack, and toolbox. 

The teams are given three months to build and test their projects. They will convene again in December for the Final Presentation and Awarding Ceremony where top three teams will win P50,000 cash prize and the Youth Innovation Prize each. (30)