Project ISDA of Adamson University emerged in the Emerson 2nd Innovation Challenge, the global engineering and technology company’s competition in the country, beating six other schools.
Adamson students Angelo Erasmo, Jay Bhie Santos, Jomar Mansilungan, Zeldrix Don and Reina Salanguit of the Project ISDA team were declared as winners of the contest held in Miriam College in Quezon City, bringing home the first place trophy and cash prize of P100,000.
Project ISDA is an Internet of Things application system that proposed the prevention of fish kill in the waters, a system for dissolve oxygen monitoring and analytics.
Emerson Systems and Solutions Vice President and General Manager Rowena Saquin said the innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is “vital” in encouraging and fostering the next generation of change-makers to take the country closer to its digital progress.
“It is heartening that in the face of the challenges posed by our contemporary world, with threats to our environment and our political and societal structures, we can be assured that the future is bright,” Saquin added in her speech.
The innovation rally, which strengthens Emerson’s global program to inspire and empower the next generation of STEM-related professionals, is designed to be socially relevant and tests young minds on solving both the simplest and most complex community issues today.
This year’s theme, “Digital Transformation,” stressed the importance of empowering change-makers among today’s youth in STEM education.
Students from different schools across Metro Manila and nearby provinces were tasked to create applications that would help spur innovation that imaginatively address problems on different industries, taking the country a step closer to digital progress.
Project Haya, a search and rescue app of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, bagged first runner-up with a P50,000-cash prize, while Asia Pacific College’s Lawin, a public security app, won second runner-up with a cash prize of P25,000.
“It is very important for us to always remember that each of our expertise is needed to build a nation full of innovators,” Emerson Automation Solutions Business Leader Jo-A Lozano noted in his closing speech.
Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions Business Leader Ruben Cu encouraged all competing teams to pursue its projects because he could see a “good future” for the Philippines through their project proposals.
Their prototypes were judged with the following criteria: impact (how it solves a community problem), ingenuity (novel idea), feasibility, execution (if it is a working prototype), and the clarity and quality of presentation.
Judges were Emerson business leaders Cheryl Zafra of the Financial Services, Adel Aranton of the Information Technology Resource Center and Lozano, Cu and Saquin.
Prior to the awarding ceremony, Emerson Philippines led the STEM Camp that helps participants to gain supplementary learning as a support for the development of their project prototypes last August 23.