Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. CpE students shine in IoT Hackathon for Sustainable Agriculture

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City Computer Engineering students participated in the IoT (Internet of Things) Hackathon for Sustainable Agriculture at the 5th Social Business Summit 2018 on January 17-19, 2018. The said event was initiated by the TechForGrowth Foundation, facilitated by MakeSense Philippines, and hosted by Gawad Kalinga. The IoT Hackathon aims to empower student groups to conceptualize and prototype social tech start-ups tackling the challenges of local farmers.

With limited time, resources, and knowledge of the farmer’s plight the event challenge contestants to create a solution that will provide lasting benefits to the recipients’ livelihood. The competition also fostered camaraderie between contestants by grouping them into teams from different colleges. Twenty T.I.P. students from the T.I.P. Quezon City CpE Department joined the collaborative event participated in by different schools and universities.

The team that was named champion, winning the prize of a one-week learning experience in France, was comprised of three T.I.P. students, Niel Jon Carl Aguel (4th year), John Alvin Chiu (5th year), and Reynaldo Noceja Jr. (5th year), joined by five other students from De La Salle-Araneta University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and the School for Experimental and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) Philippines. Their project entitled “Controlled Temperature Environment for Poultry Farm” aims to assist farmers in caring for their livestock and making their jobs time efficient.

“It was challenging to brainstorm,” Chiu said about his experience in the event, “but with the help of our mentors, we were able to agree and collaborate on a concept.” He further shared that this event deepened his understanding of both the environment and how technology can help solve problems through interacting with his teammates and the farmers.

Two more T.I.P.ians who excelled during the competition were Airyn Mae Igagamao (5th year) and Jim Paul De Vera (5th year). They were part of the collaborative team who won the Audience Choice award for their project entitled “Farm Money.” Their concept was to design and develop a solution through an application that can help local farmers acquire financial funds and increase their income.

Other universities and schools participating in the IoT Hackathon for Sustainable Agriculture included De La Salle-Araneta University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Bulacan State University, and the School for Experimental and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) Philippines.

As a reward for their participation and innovative solutions, all eight teams will have the chance to further develop the project they have initiated as MakeSense Philippines has agreed to help support the launch of these teams during a four-month incubation program.