E-MISSION, an app that works with a car’s exhaust system to alert the motorist when his car is due for maintenance, won the second prize
Healthy Babes, a temperature monitoring system for livestock, won the Sparkathon bootcamp held in the Philippines late last month.
E-BUGA/E-MISSION — a sensor and app system that works with a car’s exhaust system to alert the motorist when it’s time for repairs and maintenance — bagged the the second prize.
Sparkathon, held at the Lima Technology Park in Batangas province, was the first such event where the government acted both as a sponsor and participant, according to the organisers.
The bootcamp aimed to “develop a common and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities IoT represents and build synergy among industry, academe and government representatives”
“This marked the first time members from government, industry and academe were convened to not just sponsor such an event, but be the actual participants and creators of hardware technology solutions,” Brainsparks, an innovation hub and an organiser of the event, said in an email.
The bootcamp had around 40 delegates, who were divided into teams after attending a forum on areas for collaboration in the IoT space.
“The teams were tasked with studying and prototyping possible solutions to existing problems such as improvements to urban living anchored on IoT technology,” said Lionel Belen, Founder of Brainsparks.
Healthy Babes is a sensor system that can be installed in places where pigs are grown to check their temperature, so livestock farmers can detect early signs of illnesses like fever.
“Based on the criteria, their proposal had a high commercial potential, [and] they were able to put together a working prototype that illustrated how they wanted their idea to work with not just the sensor but also the track to move the sensor. They also had the best pitch presentation among the groups which was communicated clearly and which communicated well the problem, solution and relevance,” Belen said.
The team behind Healthy Babes comprises Nino Soriano (Fastech Advance Assembly), Lemual Apusaga (Department of Science and Technology), Federick Blancas (Integrated Microelectronics Inc.) and Rejan Tadeo (Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila).
E-BUGA/E-MISSION is a sensor and app system that works with a car’s exhaust system to alert the motorist when it’s time to go to the service shop for repairs and maintenance.
“They were able to prototype not just the sensor, but also build the app and illustrate the sensor sending the data to the user’s phone. They came in as runner-up due to the extent of the technical development they were able to achieve in 48 hours. Besides addressing a clear environmental angle,” Belen said.
The people behind the product include Gaudencio Bansil (Technological University of the Philippines – Manila), Dennis Martillano (Malayan Colleges Laguna) and Arvin Innocencio (Laguna Electronics).
The winning teams received token prizes.
Belen explained that the point of the bootcamp was to foster awareness of areas in the IoT space that can benefit from innovation and collaboration.
“While the projects they developed can be continued and we’d be happy if they did, this is not something we’re exactly expecting, given that the groups and ideas were formed over one weekend,” he said.
Sparkathon was organised with the help of the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Fastech Synergy Philippines, and local hardware startups JumpSparc and Tinkbox. PhilRobotics, a local maker community group, also participated in the bootcamp.
“Brainsparks aims to organise and support further capacity and relationship building exercises like Sparkathon in the future. The team hopes that these will result in the continued support and development of innovative solutions that can benefit not just the Filipino people, but the even the world at large,” Brainsparks said.
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