[13 February 2015] Student-innovators who designed the best wireless application or device that empowers communities were recently recognized by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
Student-innovators who designed the best wireless application or device that empowers communities were recently recognized by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
Wesleyan University’s S-MART (Smart Market Assistance and Product Trading) won grand champion at the 11th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards. S-MART is an app that allows the users to track prices of basic agricultural crops allowing producers to maximize their profit margins, and consumers to choose the best buys in the market.
Meanwhile, Smart IMAGE (Instant Multiple-option Assessor for General Examinations) of Bulacan State University, and #Bayanihan of Batangas State University won 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively. Smart IMAGE is an attempt at making more efficient checking of examination papers, while #Bayanihan is a cloud-based application for local government units (LGUs).
The grand champion took home P500,000 in cash prize, and the equivalent amount in grant for their school. The second and third placers received P200,000 and P100,000, respectively, with their schools also getting the same amount in grant.
The SWEEP Awards, the biggest and longest-running technology competition in the country, is organized annually by the telco as part of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), a unique industry-academe linkage program that has a network of 52 colleges and universities all over the country. The goal of the partnership is to enhance Philippine engineering and IT education, and help partner-schools produce industry-ready graduates.
“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 list of finalists. Meanwhile, Batangas State University, De La Salle Lipa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of Cebu, University of Southeastern Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, 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.
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.
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.