[30 January 2015] Ten disruptive wireless applications from student-innovators will battle it out for the grand prize this February at the 11th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards, the country’s biggest and longest-running technology competition.
Ten disruptive wireless applications from student-innovators will battle it out for the grand prize this February at the 11th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards, the country’s biggest and longest-running technology competition.
Organized by leading wireless services provider Smart Communications (Smart), the awards program promotes a culture of innovation in partner-schools of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP).
SWEEP is a unique industry-academe linkage program that has a network of 52 colleges and universities all over the country.
“At Smart, we champion innovation especially among the students, encouraging them to identify consumer pain points within their community, think outside the box, and design game-changing devices or applications anchored on mobile-enabled technologies,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
“Through the years, we’ve seen the vast improvement in the quality of entries submitted for the SWEEP Awards and the increasing potential for commercialization of what used to be prototypes for college theses. These young innovators have effectively transformed the mobile phone into a tool that can be used to help solve everyday problems and needs,” added Isberto.
With the theme, “Building Cloud-based Communities”, Smart’s SWEEP Awards continues to provide college students with the platform to develop and create innovative mobile applications that provide solutions to existing consumer pain points using mobile and Cloud technologies.
Three entries from Bulacan State University made it to the top 10. Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University, Batangas State University, De La Salle Lipa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of Cebu, University of Southeastern Philippines, and Wesleyan University each had one entry.
The top 10 entries are as follows: Smart Marketing Assistance and Product Trading (S-MART) App; Smart IMAGE: Instant Multiple-Option Assessor for General Examinations; Smart I-PRINT; Smart A.S.S.: Aerial Surveillance System; SENTINEL: Smart Emergency Necklace Triggering Internet-Enabled Locator; Smart RESERVE; AIDPH: A Web and Mobile-Based Application for Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Information System; Constello; ALMS: Automated Landslide Monitoring System; and #Bayanihan: A Unified Cloud-Based Application for the Local Government Units.
The grand champion will win P500,000 for their team, and another P500,000 grant for their school. The 2nd and 3rd placers will get P200,000 and P100,000, respectively. Their schools will also receive the equivalent amount as grants.
Smart also allowed for the first time non-SWEEP schools to participate via the open competition on mobile apps development and vie for the Smart DevNet Innovation Award. Five special awards will be given to teams or students from SWEEP and non-SWEEP schools, with up to P250,000 in cash prizes to be given away. The winning mobile apps will also have a path to commercialization.
Winners will be announced on February 12 during a gala dinner in Makati.
For over a decade, Smart has and continues to work closely with schools and universities in molding and preparing students become industry-ready graduates or technopreneurs, leveraging on its network, infrastructure and technology resources.
For more information about SWEEP, click on www.smartsweep.ph.