Three SOSE grad students win in Case Western innovation competition

May 26, 2015

Three Ateneans from the ECCE department of the School of Science and Engineering bagged incubation and acceleration support from an innovation competition held last February. Think[box] Institute for Collaboration and Innovation was established in Case Western Reserve University as an avenue for materialization and commercialization of innovative ideas. The Ohio-based University tied up with local institutions, the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), DOST-UP Enterprise, Engineering Research and Development for Technology (DOST-ERDT), the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Engineering, and Mapua Institute of Technology.
The tie-up geared towards the promotion of technopreneurship in the country and the use of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing for start-up and R&D solutions.

Think[box] Manila 2015 held on February 24, 2015 at Melchor Hall, UP Diliman
MS ECE students Benjz Gerard Sevilla, Christine May Creayla, and Karl Marion Mercado, all under the DOST-ERDT scholarship program, formed the innovation group that competed and won in the Think[box] Manila 2015: Innovation Symposium and Competition, held at Melchor Hall, UP College of Engineering on February 24. The criteria for judging included the relevance to the problem or challenge, originality, incorporation of the Think[box] approach or additive manufacturing in general, and the commercial case for a profitable return on investment.
The winning teams received cash prizes sponsored by LaunchPad as well as prototyping support and services from Think[box] and Advincula Group, furnishing them the opportunity to materialize their concepts and even start their very own companies. The Ateneo team came up with an ingenious solar energy solution for homes and offices. Energy harvesting also happens to be one of the major research thrusts of the ECCE department. Indeed, this is another impetus towards green technology from the blue university.

Thinkbox Awarding ceremony, May 20, 2015

“The Think[box] initiative encourages creativity, invention and commercialization of technology.” Case Western opened a temporary space for innovators, and is currently raising funds for the $35-million project that would serve as one of the biggest university-based innovation centers in the world.
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