The Philippines’ top computer innovator who is dubbed as the “Bill Gates of the Philippines” came to Cagayan de Oro City to speak at the 2nd Innovation Summit hosted by University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan de Oro.
Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, who is famous for developing the first single chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator, first Windows graphics accelerator chip for personal computers, among others, was the guest discussant during the fireside chat facilitated by Emil Benjamin Tapnio – Program Director of Philippine Development (PhilDev) Foundation.
During the discussion, Banatao gave credence to creating an innovative mindset. He said that critical thinking is what students must consider to succeed in the innovation process. “To do innovation, they have to find an answer to a problem they have not ever seen”, Banatao stressed.
Other invited plenary speakers include Mylah Faye Aurora B. Casiño, Regional Director of NEDA-10; Lourdes Yaptinchay, Director of Bureau of Trade and Industrial Policy Research, Department of Trade and Industry; Michelle Regulacio, STRIDE Consultant; Lim Seng Tat, Director, Altair Engineering SON. BHD.; Lorin Symington, Chief Builder and Head of Prototyping, Solar Fire Concentration, Ltd. As such, each participant will benefit from a wide range of insights, strategies and new approaches on how best they can implement strategies and potential solutions to certain issues and concerns.
The two-day event was held on March 28-29, 2019 at SM CDO Downtown Premiere. The Summit centered around the theme: “#USTPinnovation: The Game Changer for Sustainable Northern Mindanao”.
This year’s Innovation Summit was primarily intended to hear insights from key players in the innovation ecosystem and to enable participants to widen their perspectives of the regional development plan, opportunities for innovation ecosystem, roadmap of technology business incubation in the Philippines, establishment of regional inclusive innovation center, technology of solar thermal in agri-food application, investment priorities in Northern Mindanao, and creating an innovative mindset.
Researching academics and students from various institutions, entrepreneurs, investors, industry senior executives, business development and other technical service providers all over Northern Mindanao attended the event.
The Summit allowed faculty, students, and startup talents particularly from the USTP-CDO Digital Incubation Hub to exhibit their research and extension service outputs as well as products and services.
Three parallel sessions were held to accommodate three sectors: Power and Energy, Information and Communication Technology, and Food Innovation. Each session was jam-packed with visitors of which most them are faculty and students, MSME players, businessmen, among others.
Ten shortlisted teams of startup talents (who are students of USTP-CDO) pitched their technological and innovative ideas to a panel of judges.
The Summit concluded with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between USTP-CDO and potential industry partners such as ALTAIR Engineering Son, BHD, and Solar Fire Concentration Processing, Inc.