• February 26, 2024

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) has announced the winners of its inaugural Solve for Tomorrow competition. This global program empowers young innovators to generate ideas addressing societal challenges, fostering positive change in their local communities.

More than 200 entries were submitted by Grade 8-10 students from government-managed Science High Schools across the country. These were then narrowed down to 10 finalists.

After a round of mentoring from Samsung Philippines representatives, the top 10 teams were asked to present their proposal to a panel of judges.

The esteemed panel was composed of Monchito Ibrahim, Vice President of the Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Association of the Philippines; Jaton Zulueta, Founder and Executive Director of AHA Learning Center; Shumate Royo, Growth and Strategy Consultant; Dr. Ria C. Canlas, Founder of Po Lite Technology and Director of Center of Innovation, National University; and Yna Quimson, Head of Corporate Marketing at Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation.

From the judging, three of the most innovative solutions were selected to be this year’s winners.

Sustainable solutions to community challenges

The Grand Prize winner hailed from Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus, with members Ethan Marc L. Bautista, Resha Amora I. Gaspar, Zion Mhar Kaezer P. Corpuz, Enzo Miguel E. Abad, and adviser Bryle C. Eusebio.  

Their entry “Intellimeter – Smart Electric Management System with App Interface” focused on energy problem, and proposed a smart electric management system operated via an app. The solution aims to improve energy efficiency, help the sector manage energy deficits, and help to mitigate climate change.

They will receive P650,00 worth of tablets and a TV for the school, P100,000 for the team members, P20,000 for the teacher, and Samsung phones and tablets for the team members and their teacher. 

The second prize winners were from Bansud NHS – Regional Science High School in Oriental Mindoro, with members Ezekiel M. Agarap, Carmelo Gian B. Domingon, Zayra Bhea L. Caguioa, and their adviser, Karen Clyde M. Obo.

Their entry “Project O.A.S.I.S.: Oil and Solid Waste Agricultural Absorption System with Integrated Solar-Power via Filtration Bin Technology” focused on creating a filtration system to remove oil and microplastics from the ocean.

They will receive P350,000 worth of Samsung devices for the school, P75,000 for team members, P15,000 for the teacher, and Samsung phones and tablets for the team members and their teacher. 

The third prize winner is also from  Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus, with members Aliyah Kaye P. Alejandro, Princess Alyssa D. Cudal, Tyrone B. Liquigan, Cedrick Alexis M. Rivera, and their adviser, Jerickson S. Chua.

Their entry “TomPost: Agricultural Waste Compost Processor” focused on the serious problem of waste in the agricultural sector, helping them to manage waste by repurposing tomatoes and other agricultural waste into compost and other products. This not only provides a sustainable solution to waste but also helps farmers to minimize their losses and increase their profit. 

They will receive P150,000 worth of Samsung devices for the school, P50,000 for team members, P8,000 for the teacher, and Samsung phones and tablets for the team members and their teacher.

The other seven teams to make it to the final round included: 

  • Philippine Science High School – Cordillera Administrative Region Campus – “Machine Learning-Integrated GIS-Based Technology for Soil Analysis and Landslide Hazard Assessment”; 
  • Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas campus – “Red Alert: Detecting Red Tides in Cancabato Bay”; 
  • Philippine Science High School Cagayan Valley Campus – “ECOPOP: POPPING BUBBLES, NOT THE PLANET!”; 
  • Biñan City Science and Technology High School – “Improving the decomposition rate of food waste in modified composting setups” ;
  • Calamba City Science Integrated School with three entries:
    • “ArMeCoFuse: Mechanical Waste Collector Utilized in Sewage Lines for Water Filtration and Solid Waste Extraction Equipped with an Arduino-Based Flood Warning and SMS Notification System”
    • “H2O-CLEANER: Harnessing Okra, Tamarind, and Rice-Husks for Oil and Microplastic Filtration” 
    • ACWA PURA: Automatic Garbage Collector and Wastewater Phytoremediation Utilizing Water hyacinth with Capacity Notification, Water Level and Quality Monitoring, and Flood Detection System Operated in Canals.”

The top 10 finalists also received P15,000 for their team and P5,000 for their teacher. 

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