In line with the school’s thrust in innovation and to celebrate the ability of students to generate big, bold ideas that lead to innovation and social impact, the first President’s Challenge was held last September 6 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC). The competition was initiated by Dr. Rosario O. Lapus and implemented through the HSSIC led by Dr. Edizon Fermin, director for Innovation Development.
The Challenge involves pitching ideas that are research-based and solution-focused in the areas of Science and Math, Arts and Design, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entrepreneurship.
A total of 12 groups from the High School and the three colleges—College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy, and College of Education—made their pitches before four judges composed of Dr. Lapus, Rex Bookstore Inc. Chief Operating Officer Don Buhain, Emerson Patent Manager Marlon Cabral, and MC Marketing and Communications Manager Romualdo Romualdo.
Among the ideas presented were a crowd management system for emergency situations, a self-defense campaign to empower women, products for multi-tasking women; and a learner’s space to suit today’s students.
One winner will be chosen per unit and the winning group will be given a seed funding to implement their project. They may also use any laboratory or tools available at the HSSIC. All winning groups are required to set-up their exhibits on March 2018 at the HSSIC. The winning groups will be announced soon.
In November, students from the other units of the BEU, including MC Nuvali will comprise the second batch of President’s Challenge participants.