Xinyx Design invites entries to UNLOCKED 2024 student competition

    LifestyleEducationXinyx Design invites entries to UNLOCKED 2024 student competition

    Xinyx Design, a leading integrated circuit design engineering firm, announces UNLOCKED 2024, an innovations pitching contest designed to stimulate creative thinking and innovation in the academic community. This year, UNLOCKED 2024 promises to be bigger and even more impactful, providing students with the opportunity to present their ideas to solve community problems and bring them to life.

    UNLOCKED is a key initiative under Xinyx’s Campus Connect program. It aims to raise awareness of the Philippines’ microchip design capabilities, promote IC Design as a career path, and showcase Xinyx’s commitment to enabling a vibrant innovation ecosystem in the Philippines.

    Innovations Pitching Contest

    Undergraduate students in Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering are invited to submit their ideas to have the chance to present their innovative ideas to a panel of industry experts and investors. With a focus on addressing ongoing challenges that our cities face, UNLOCKED 2024 aims to continue its theme, “From Problems to Possibilities: Building Tomorrow’s Cities Today.”

    Unlocked 2024
    Charade Avondo, Xinyx Design CEO, Engr. Marco Burdeos, mentor, Vianca Vergara, member, Ivan Renz Eser, team lead, Engr. Adonis Santos, mentor, Hon. Kim Bernardo-Lokin, DTI Undersecretary

    The inaugural contest held in December 2023 attracted engineering talents from all major island groups, spanning Northern Luzon all the way down to General Santos City in Mindanao. With over 60 submissions, the competition was fierce, culminating in ten finalist projects. These projects showcased a diverse array of innovations, including advancements in agriculture to improve irrigation systems and support farmers, healthcare applications like a portable glucometer, and solutions for solid waste management.

    The grand prize was awarded to a team from FAITH Colleges in Batangas for their development of “GestuLearn,” an interactive learning system that utilizes real-time hand detection, tracking, and gesture recognition to assist in teaching students with disabilities. Young engineering student Ivan Renz Eser, the winning team’s leader, is currently doing his on-the-job-training at Xinyx Design as a Design Automation intern, a testament to how UNLOCKED paves the way for career opportunities and drives innovation in the Philippines.

    Prizes and Recognition

    On top of the chance for their ideas or inventions to get picked up by an investor, prizes are available for the Top 3 student groups in UNLOCKED 2024. PHP70,000 goes to the grand winner, while first and second runners-up will win PHP20,000 and PHP10,000, respectively. 

    Join the UNLOCKED Roadshow Online

    To learn more about the event and how to participate, students, faculty, and technology enthusiasts are invited to join the UNLOCKED 2024 Online Roadshow via Zoom on June 8th, 2024. Those interested may register online through the Xinyx website at

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