NDMU, MSU studes in SWEEP finals


Two teams of electronic and communications students from two universities in southcentral Mindanao are among the finalists in this year’s 6th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards.

They are part of the seven-strong finalists from Mindanao who will vie for the distinction of being the country’s best student innovators and inventors in wireless applications.

The entry of the Mindanao State University-General Santos City is titled “Low Cost Microcontroller Based Mobile Home Automation with Bluetooth” while students from the Notre Dame of Marbel University submitted an entry on “Channelize Election Process”.

SWEEP stands for Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), an industry-academe partnership program that helps raise the level of technology and engineering education in the country.

Smart is the country’s leading wireless telecommunication company.

Participants were required to submit wireless solutions that could aid communities in resolving or addressing actual problems and situations.

In preparation for the 2010 elections, two teams submitted entries that could help in the voting process.

NMDU students invented an application that will help voters locate their precinct while University of St. La Salle-Bacolod proposed the use of SMS (short messaging system) as a medium of voting to ensure that a registered voter votes only once.

More than 90 entries were submitted by the country’s top 20 universities and colleges offering electronics and communication courses.

But only 10 made it to the finals this year.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams and equivalent grants for their schools. 

First prize is PhP500,000; second prize, PhP300,000; and third prize, PhP150,000.

The awards night is set for February 6 (Saturday) at A. Venue Hall along Makati Avenue in Makati City.