Smart calls for en­tries to SWEEP In­no­va­tion Awards

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SMART Com­mu­ni­ca­tions is invit­ing col­lege stu­dents to join the coun­try’s big­gest tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion, the SWEEP (Smart Wire­less En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram) In­no­va­tion and Ex­cel­lence Awards.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion won’t open un­til Nov. 6, but stu­dents of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT), elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer­ing, com­puter en­gi­neer­ing, com­puter sci­ence, and re­lated cour­ses are en­cour­aged to start think­ing of mo­bile and dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions that can im­prove peo­ple’s lives.

The win­ning team of the 14th SWEEP Awards, which has the theme “# Life Like Never Be­fore: Dig­i­tal In­no­va­tions for a Bet­ter To­mor­row ,” will get P 300,000. The sec­ond placer will get P200,000, while the third placer will re­ceive P100,000. Schools of the top three teams will each get a dig­i­tal cam­pus pack­age from Smart and par­ent com­pany PLDT.

In­ter­ested stu­dents aged 17 to 25 should form a team, ide­ally com­pris­ing four mem­bers, and think of a wire­less ap­pli­ca­tion un­der any of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Con­sumer — in­no­va­tions for per­sonal use or for cus­tomers or buy­ers; Busi­ness to Busi­ness ( B2B) — for govern­ment and busi­ness trans­ac­tions; So­cial In­no­va­tions — cov­er­ing the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and re­sponse, health, liveli­hood, or agri­cul­ture; Big Data — in­volv­ing big data, so­cial me­dia, and web an­a­lyt­ics; and Ma­chine to Ma­chine ( M2M) or In­ter­net of Things ( IoT) — in­volv­ing in­tel­li­gently connected de­vices and sys­tems

The in­no­va­tion should use PLDT or Smart’s net­work con­nec­tiv­ity, prod­ucts, and/or so­lu­tions.

The teams should pre­pare a video pitch not ex­ceed­ing three min­utes and up­load it at www. start­ing Nov. 6. The full me­chan­ics can also be found on this site. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is Dec. 15.

Short­listed teams will be no­ti­fied via e-mail on Jan. 8, 2018. They can then start work­ing on their pro­to­types.

The SWEEP Awards was launched in 2004 to pro­vide col­lege stu­dents with the plat­form to de­velop in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tions that solve con­sumer pain points. It is one of Smart’s ini­tia­tives to lead the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the coun­try into a smart na­tion.

The SWEEP Awards is a com­po­nent of SWEEP, an in­ter­na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized pro­gram un­der which Smart part­ners with the academe to raise the stan­dards of en­gi­neer­ing and IT ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. For more in­for­ma­tion on SWEEP, visit www.face­book. com/sweep­schools.

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