9th SWEEP Awards offers students a path to commercializing their ideas

a group of people in front of a banner9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards offers student startups a clear path to commercializing their innovations and ideas.

The recent 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards has granted cash prizes and product support to inventors for their innovative efforts. Here are the lists of winners.

  • Champion – Colegio De San Juan Letran. The team was led by 5th year computer engineering student Frances Marie Kagahastian. The team’s Switching and Monitoring System Using Android in Wireless Technology impressed judges and walked away with PhP 500,000 (US$ 12,300) in cash and same amount in grants for the school. They also bagged an extra P50,000 (US$ 1,230) for the Ericsson Networked Society Award. Their invention allows homeowners to monitor and control lights and electrical appliances via mobile technology.
  • First runner up – Tarlac State University. This team was led by Ranier Rivera and their invention was Helmet Engineered for Accidents and Disasters. They won P200,000 (US$ 5,000) in cash and equivalent amount in grants for the school. The helmet facilitates rescue via reporting of location of an accident though GPS system.
  • Second runner up – De La Salle Lipa. The team won P150,000 (US$ 3,700) in cash and equivalent amount in grants for the school. The system allows people to shop for groceries on mobile phones via Android application. This app also won an extra P100,000 (US$ 2,500) as Best Mobile Application from the Smart Developer’s Network.
  • Best Business Case Award by IdeaSpace Foundation – University of Southeastern Philippines. The team was awarded P100,000 for their app called Wordify, a phone application that processes images of words and translates these into various languages without the need of internet connection.
  • On-the-spot award from Voyager, Inc., a new Smart subsidiary – Ateneo de Manila University. The team was awarded P100,000 for Botika-On-The-Go, a mobile phone application that integrates medicine inventory, database on drugs information and drug stores directory with map integration.

The champion announced that their system is ready for deployment and can be set up in a home for P30,000 (US$ 740). According to IdeaSpace Foundation president Earl Valencia, submissions by students are showing a change towards mobile applications with electronic systems. Students have also elevated the level of competition, says PLDT and Smart technology head Rolando Peña, the founder of Sweep. Starting this year, the students were required to present a business model for their projects.

This year’s Sweep awards include the involvement of IdeaSpace, in which IdeaSpace will incubate winners’ creations, giving these ideas a clear path for commercialization. Currently, IdeaSpace is incubating three previous Smart Sweep submissions.

Source: Max Limpag

Image Credits: RS Gamboa

Winnie is currently a TESL undergraduate from the University of Malaya. She used to write English articles for a number of Malaysian newspapers and has won several awards for her writing. Passionate in languages, she speaks several Chinese dialects, as well as English and Bahasa Malaysia. Currently a distinction class student, she aspires to undergo a fast-track program and receive her PhD by the age of 27. A black belt holder in TaeKwonDo and a fan of good bubble milk tea.

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