Batangas State University enjoined all the members of its academic community to celebrate this year’s innovation month- an annual celebration of innovation that aims to encourage students and faculty members to create innovative outputs for the university’s continuous improvement. “Innovation in Action: Accelerating Local Start-up Ideas towards Commercialization” was this year’s theme.
This is pursuant to Board Resolution No. 516, S. 2016, which approved the month of September as the University’s Innovation Month.
During the month-long celebration, the university’s Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with BatStateU TechHub or South Luzon Hub for Technopreneurship and Innovation, conducted the Regional Technopreneurship Forum which covered a series of activities including the Design Thinking Workshop, 3D Design Challenge and a parallel session on Innovation Huddle and QLTAN Session. Said forum is part of the CHED-funded Institutional Development & Innovation Grant (CHED-IDIG) project entitled, “Establishment of South Luzon Hub for Technopreneurship & Innovation”.
The Design Thinking Workshop was attended by students and faculty members coming from BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main II and some academic institutions within the province. Participants were divided into groups composed of one faculty member and two students. In addition, this aims to boost the skills of the participants in ideation, validation and pitching process, in preparation for the 3D Design Challenge. It was held on September 14 at the Function Hall of CIRTC Bldg., BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I.
Meanwhile, the 3D Design challenge was held on September 19-20 at the Innovation Hall of the same building. During the event, each group created a 3D printable model which will serve as a “lifehack” that can be utilized in a household, office or classroom. The challenge was made possible thru the use of 3D printers provided by Omnifab, a digital fabrication laboratory equipment provider.
On the 24th, the university TBIs (Technology Business Incubators) and start-ups convened for the parallel session on Innovation Huddle and QLTAN Session. It was held in partnership with QBO Philippines and PhilDev Foundation which took place at the Gov. Feliciano “Sanoy” Leviste Multipurpose Memorial Gymnasium, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I. Ms. Russell Pili, Research Information and Technology Transfer Division (RITTD) Chief of the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), served as the keynote speaker and delivered a presentation about the Philippine TBI Ecosystem. Students from the main and alangilan campuses participated in panel discussions conducted right after the lectures.
The Food Innovation Center of the university also took part in the celebration. The center hosted the Fusion and Fiery Food Festival (F4) held on September 18 where SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and BatStateU students (particularly Food Engineering and Hotel & Restaurant Management students) had the chance to showcase their products thru an exhibit viewing.
The Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension Services, Engr. Albertson D. Amante, took the stage to formally welcome the exhibitors of the program. Meanwhile, University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, in his message, emphasized the impact of innovation into the economic growth of the country.
As part of the F4, the center also facilitated a seminar on food safety led by Mrs. Diane R. Zapata-Ulan from DOST IV-A CALABARZON, as the guest speaker. This was held on September 21 at the Multi-media Room of the CIRTC Building, participated by BatStateU Canteen concessioners.
To further strengthen the research capabilities of the university’s faculty researchers, the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) also organized a training-workshop on patent drafting on September 24-25. Engr. Arnulfo P. Malinis and Engr. Christopher O. Pacardo from Bicol State University were the resource speakers of the event.