CTI names 3 winners of build drone program

            Batangas State University Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation announces the three teams who won the BatStateU Challenge Lab: Build A Drone Program on its awarding ceremonies on April 1, 2016 at the Lecture Room, International Affairs Office CITE Building, Main Campus 1. The winning teams were Firefly, a drone that can be deployed during fire incidents; SACA or Systematic Agricultural Crop Aerial Drone and PDU or Police Drone Unit. They will be given the chance to prototype their ideas which will be sponsored by SKP Lab, a US based company on drone development and services, and possibly incubated by the BatStateU CTI.

            Challenge Lab is a project of the BatStateU-CTI patterned after the University of California Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). It is a thematic, competition-based program which serves as an avenue for students, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to come together and create unexpected outcomes on different projects. In this particular program, design of drones for various applications was the focused. The Build A Drone program started on January 2016 with 12 teams from the Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE), Instrumentation and Control Engineering (ICE) and Mechatronics Engineering (MexE) Departments.

            The mechanics include the formation of diverse teams, maximum of 6 members, from any fields of engineering, computing sciences and business (optional) who are up to the challenge of collaborating with different fields to come up with a Minimum Viable Product that is scalable and ready to be pitched to partner agencies. Twelve teams conducted ideation of the concept of the design and application of their drone with consideration on the standards, availability of materials, scalability, duration of development and future plans. The proposed system must be technically viable, marketable and socially relevant. The teams prepared a concept paper showing the build plan and a 3 – minute video presentation of their concept.

Another awarding ceremony will be conducted this coming June to determine who among the top three (3) teams developed the best prototype of their drone.