As part of its efforts to build an avenue for innovation and collaboration in this city and nearby provinces, the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) has hosted yesterday an Innovation Convergence forum for the city officials, faculty and students, and the Iligan City Information Communication Technology Council.
Undersecretary for management operations Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) management operations, DICT-10 Regional Director Evamay Dela Rosa, Executive Director Samhel Guevara of Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) Foundation and Alea Ladaga of QBO Philippines served as speakers in said forum.
In his message, MSU-IIT Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol said that “in the context of conflicts, creating innovative researches and products should not be the priority, but rather the improvement of business products and services for the people to help them get a better life.
Underscoring the initiatives of MSU-IIT such as iDEYA and FABLAB Mindanao, Ibrahim said, “there is a need to create a space for things especially for students to create and enhance their ideas that will eventually solve the problems in our society.”
“Having a strong innovation is essential as it is one of the elements that will help the Philippines to be one of the global leaders of digital economy,” the undersecretary pointed out.
Prof. Darwin Manubag, who represented the ICT council, discussed the proposed plans and roadmaps such as the freelancing industry, home-grown information technology-business process outsourcing sector, information technology-business process management companies, and 3D animation or game development, among others.
In an interview with PhiDev Executive Director Samhel Guevara, he said that with the memorandum of understanding with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technopreneurship 101 course will become requireda course in all national engineering colleges next year.
PhilDev is a nonprofit organization working to help eradicate poverty in the country through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The forum carries the theme, “Soaring with Innovation for Resiliency.” (LEAntonio, PIA 10 – ILGN/LDN)
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