Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

The 43 Cordillera honor graduate scholars of DOST - SEI in a group photo session. (Photo by DOST - CAR)

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III (left) joined by CHED - CAR OIC Regional Director Ma. Geraldine Casipit (2nd from left) and officials from the different SUCs and premier universities in Cordillera answer queries in an open forum during the Regional Higher Education Summit. (CCD/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

SLU TechHub Promotes Technopreneurship through Kapihan in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY - The Saint Louis University Technopreneurship Hub (SLU TechHub), through its Information and Education Campaign (IEC), was the highlight of a special Kapihan on July 31, 2019, hosted by Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PIA-CAR) and Baguio SkyCable.

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The SLU TechHub Team with representatives from DTI, DOST and CHED.

Joining the SLU Administrators and TechHub team were representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The Kapihan highlighted academe and government partnership as a major catalyst towards producing a new breed of engineers called “technopreneurs.” With the converging assistance and support from the three (3) government agencies, the TechHub creates an ecosystem of complementing services starting from immersion and creativity, to innovation and technology, onwards to knowledge creation and intellectual property, and eventually - commercialization. A spectrum of strategies and services in the TechHub are available, all leading towards a vision of wealth creation for the university, industry partners, and the local and regional economy. The TechHub activities are programmed in such a way that the development of market impact is always attained. One example is the active partnering of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with engineering and architecture students in product or packaging design and development in a state-of-the art digital prototyping laboratory thus improving its marketability.           

The university was entrusted a total combined grant of approximately 31.6 million pesos from the above-mentioned government agencies with sustained guidance from Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and USAID. True to the form of creating ecosystem services, the synergy of Technopreneurship 101, a new engineering subject, prepares the students to gradually segue to an entrepreneurial mindset. Reinforcing their technopreneurial skills is a digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab) and a Technology Business Incubator (TBI).  With this complete technopreneurial ecosystem services, the TechHub is a bustling center of activities actively working to produce a new breed of engineers who are not only tech-savvy but are avid problem-solvers and capable of owning their innovations by becoming technopreneurs.

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The Simulation Laboratory

These changes are happening purposely. CHED mandated all universities in the country to offer engineering programs to incorporate Technopreneurhsip 101 as a required subject. Selected faculty, particularly in SLU’s School of Engineering and Architecture, had been training and immersing themselves in this new mindset since 2016 in order for them to teach this subject with confidence and credibility. The SLU TechHub has evolved and now houses three (3) Centers. The SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation, and Business, known as the SIRIB Center, was created together with CHED and PhilDev to support research and development initiatives. It is where students are taught and guided through the process of ideation and design thinking. After which, the ideas of the students are moved to the “making phase” or prototyping in the FabLab which is a DTI Shared Service Facility (SSF). It is at this stage where students and faculty, together with MSMEs and the community, make their plan become real and tangible objects or products that are useful to society. Finally, the third center, the SLU-DOST Convergent Resilience Technology Business Incubator (ConRes TBI), is the space where technology ideas are incubated to become ventures that are ready for commercialization. Business support through industry partnership is provided in the TBI aside from business coaching, mentoring, and Intellectual Property advising. The SLU TechHub sees to it that all the three (3) centers are working together to a convergence within a robust ecosystem. The SLU TechHub attracts students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) Program.protolab

The Prototype Laboratory

During the Kapihan, various tech products from the Mechatronics, Mechanical, Civil, Electronics, Chemical, and Industrial Engineering programs were showcased such as the Duplicarving Machine, a machine developed to duplicate woodcarvings; the Modular Drone Payload System for Surveying; the Smart Beehive or eBee, an automated temperature-controlled beehive with monitoring system for the beekeeping industry; the Modified Wheelchair with Lifting Mechanism, a wheelchair-stretcher in one designed for the healthcare industry; the Automated Plant Water and Light Incubator for the agriculture space; the CEBloc, an envirosafe and resilient soil technology for shelters; and the HeartBag, an engineered backpack for remote rural area healthcare workers.

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The Hybrid Engineers

The first batch of this new breed of engineers will graduate in 2022 and are expected to have undergone the entire Technopreneurship “learning and doing” through the SLU TechHub’s SIRIB Center, FabLab, and ConRes TBI. In a few years’ time, through these technopreneurs, there will be an emergence of spin-offs, startups, and an animated Knowledge Economy.

Visit the SLU TechHub at Saint Louis University.  It is located at the 5th floor Otto Hahn Building in the School of Engineering and Architecture, Bonifacio Street, Baguio City, Philippines.

By: Meljony J. Palangeo

 

Baguio

  • CHED calls on CAR HEIs' support for successful UAQTEA implementation

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - The Commission on Higher Education(CHED)  calls for a stronger partnership with Cordillera stakeholders for the successful implementation of Republic Act 10931 and in ensuring that more young people will have equitable access to free quality tertiary education.

  • DOST honor graduate scholars in Cordillera feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Regional Office (DOST-CAR) feted 43 honor   graduate scholars for their excellent academic achievements.

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

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  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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