Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. Champions in the 1st Emerson Innovation Challenge

Project Amihan by the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) was declared champion in the first-ever Emerson Innovation Challenge. Young Filipino Ingenuity was showcased when students were challenged to use Internet of Things (IoT) solutions which aimed to address social issues of today and tomorrow. The competition took place on November 20, 2018 at the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center, Miriam College, Quezon City.

Team Amihan, as the group is collectively known, was a joint effort to represent the various Engineering programs of T.I.P. and was comprised of Adrian Manuel (5th year, BS Mechanical Engineering), Maeve Elinger (5th year, BS Electronics Engineering), Renzo Benemerito (5th year, BS Computer Engineering), Christian Cece (4th year, BS Electronics Engineering), and Lexus Grepo (3rd year, BS Electronics Engineering) under the guidance of their adviser Engr. Joel Martinez. Their winning entry based on a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) which shows that air pollution has been one of the main causes of health concerns in the country. Project Amihan, the device’s name, was an IoT powered humidifier which helps produce clean air while monitoring air quality and conditioning through its built in sensors. The humidifier can also be connected to a mobile application where the data collected can be viewed and stored which in turn helps the user to identify if the quality of air in a certain area meets the standard that is set by the Philippine government under Republic Act 8749 or the “Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999”. The device being portable and inexpensive along with its useful functions became the winning factors.

“Air quality was the priority of the team in the competition, because of the fact that the Philippines has the 2nd worst air quality in the Asia-Pacific with the poorest indoor air quality,” Engr. Martinez said when asked what motivated his team with the project. “The students themselves experienced having to endure poor indoor air quality, so in essence their personal experience became a part of their motivation to come up with an aid to a solution that can help solve the problem,” he continued.

T.I.P. bested nine other schools that qualified for the final round of the competition and bagged the championship trophy and Php 70,000.00 (Seventy Thousand Pesos) as grand prize. University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) followed suit and took home the 2nd place and Php 30,000 (Thirty Thousand Pesos) in cash prize. Other institutions that advanced in the final round were Adamson University, Asia Pacific College, Bulacan State University, De La Salle University, FEU Institute of Technology, Mapua University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Technological University of the Philippines.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is the new form of technology that is widely talked about, a vision of everyday objects having network connectivity technology that will empower young Filipino innovators to be a catalysts to further drive the social progress through innovation,” Mr. Ed Boone said, President of Emerson Asia-Pacific and General Manager of Emerson Philippines. The Emerson Innovation Challenge is the latest in the series of Emerson award-winning STEM initiatives in the Philippines designed to support the development of young talents and to inspire young students to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields in the future.