The team from the University of San Carlos-Recoletos beat the other teams at the recently concluded 15th SWEEP Awards by Smart Communications (Smart) with their transport solutions.
From over 160 entries sent by aspiring collegiate innovators, SWEEP’s (Smart’s Wireless Engineering Education Program ) Top 10 finalists were selected in March at the closing of the project’s three-day Boot Camp. During the activity, mentors from Smart, technopreneurship incubator organization IdeaSpace Foundation, and partner startups helped fine-tune the teams’ applications.
SWEEP Awards is an annual competition that encourages innovation and excellence in wireless applications development among students of tertiary schools. SWEEP is an industry-academe linkage initiative for colleges and universities that offer Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Information Technology (IT) courses.
Guided by #SWEEP15’s theme “#FutureReady: Creative Innovations Beyond Imagination,” judges narrowed down the competition to the following 10 solutions: LYNIA by the Asia Pacific College, ALERTO by Bicol University-Polangui Campus, MOSFAS by Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Palaymo by Mapua University, ARGOS by National Teachers College, BeeNotified and Smart FDAS by Technological University of the Philippines, Car Space by University of San Jose-Recoletos, iFarm by the University of the Cordilleras, and PONDORA by University of the Immaculate Conception.
The teams competed for the top prize of PHP300,000 cash and a chance to send a representative to Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program in China. The second and third placers each received a cash prize of PHP200,000 and PHP100,000, respectively.
The other finalists received PHP50,000. Ericsson also presented a cash prize of PHP20,000 for the People’s Choice award.
For 15 years, Smart has partnered with SWEEP schools to help produce industry-ready ECE and IT graduates by leveraging its network, infrastructure, and technologies.