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Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Loves Tech, a global startup competition empowering women-impact and women led tech startups, to be held at QBO Innovation Hub

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 19, 2018


She Loves Tech the world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology is coming to the Philippines. The Philippine leg of the competition will be held on July 31 at the QBO Innovation Hub, co-organized by QBO with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

With regional competitions held in 15 locations around the world, She Loves Tech will culminate in Beijing, China where the winners of each region will compete in the global finals on September 15, 2018.

According to the 2017 Philippine Startup Report, women account for only 18% of Philippine
startup founders. Similarly, in a study conducted by iPrice.ph, women represented only 18.5% of the most successful Philippine startup entrepreneurs studied.

These statistics shed light on an important issue: there aren’t enough women in business and
tech. The current startup ecosystem is male-dominated and women are largely underrepresented even though women are equally capable of innovating and leading disruptive
businesses.

In order to share the capacity of women to be leaders of industry as well as empower more women to get into the startup ecosystem, QBO partnered with She Loves Tech.

With 2018 being women’s year, it’s a particularly timely issue to address, but women empowerment has always been an advocacy of QBO’s since its inception in August 2016. A
public-private sector partnership backed by DOST, the Department of Trade and Industry, JP
Morgan and IdeaSpace Foundation, QBO has hosted several networking events highlighting
women dominating the startup industry and supported female-centric organizations like
Connected Women through co-hosting programs like Empowering Women Through Tech and
She Means Business. So it’s no surprise that QBO, with the full support of DOST, is co-organizing
this year’s She Loves Tech Pitch Competition.

“I’ve met a lot creative and highly competent female founders throughout my career, and I know what impact they’re capable of,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “I believe this competition is a fantastic opportunity to continue empowering more women to work in tech and supporting those who already are.”

This is the first time that the Philippines is taking part in a pitching competition that puts its focus on solving the industry gender gap. “The Philippine has been lauded for being a gender-balanced society,” says Russell M. Pili, Chief of Research Information and Technology Transfer Division (RITTD) from DOST. “But as an advocate of innovation, I’ve seen the untapped potential of women inventors. I hope that through She Loves Tech, we can highlight female innovators and entrepreneurs.”

She Loves Tech aims to showcase the convergence in the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women. The competition is
expected to attract over 500 women-impact and women-led startups from around the world
where they will benefit from an interconnected global network of like-minded innovators,
mentors, investors, and other supporting organizations.

She gets benefits

The winners of the Philippine round will receive a trip to Beijing, China where they will receive a
spot to pitch on the international stage, attend the She Loves Tech 2018 International
Conference, participate in a high-level boot camp and gain numerous networking opportunities
with China’s leading tech ecosystem players.

The overall winner of the global finals will receive the following prizes:

STARTUP BOOSTER PACK

The custom “Startup Booster Pack” consists of exclusive mentorship from leading investors and
industry experts, consulting services, fast-track entry to partner programs, media exposure,
workspaces, and more.

SINGAPORE TECH TRIP

The global final and Chinese round winners will also receive a trip to Singapore to participate in
the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology’s (SWITCH) Women in Tech Conference,
and visit startup incubator Block71, blockchain hubs, leading VCs etc. held on September 18-
21, 2018 (flights not covered). Supported by the Singapore government, SWITCH is
Singapore's first platform, showcasing the country's vibrant entrepreneurial and technology
innovation ecosystem.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund with a gender lens and She Loves Tech's official venture
partner, as well as other affiliate funds, will be actively looking to invest in the top startups
coming out of the global competition.

She must be qualified

The criteria for startups who can participate in this competition are:

1. STAGE: Seeking Angel, Seed or A round funding (under US$5m funding raised) with, at
the minimum, a viable product past its conceptual stage

2. FOCUS:
(a) Any entrepreneur, male or female, who is using technology to impact women positively:
• Are a significant proportion of end-users or consumers female?
• Are products specifically designed with women users in mind?
• Does the product itself address a problem that disproportionately affects women?

OR

(b) At least one female entrepreneur must be part of the founding team who is using
technology to solve a problem

3. TECHNOLOGY: The use of science and innovation to invent useful things to solve
problems. This extends beyond digital, information, or internet-based technology and covers
everything from hardware to the creation of new product and solutions to existing problems.
If you are a woman entrepreneur or your product or business positively impacts women, submit your entry at www.shelovestech.org! There’s no better time than now for female business women to take the stage. Registration for the Philippine round of the She Loves Tech 2018

Global Startup Competition ends on July 19, 2018.

For more information, check the rules and regulations at: https://bit.ly/2K8qNGB or email
philippines@shelovestech.org.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

National Science and Technology Week 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 12, 2018


The annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) will be held this coming July 17 to 21, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

This year’s theme is “Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity.”

The annual event spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is to put increased awareness in the role of science and technology in national development and progress.

It will also shine a spotlight on the significant strides in science and technology made by the country through the Filipinos’ collective efforts.

This year’s NSTW will focus on the simulation of the ecosystem of how science and technology can be harnessed for national development and by the community.

The NSTW will have the latest DOST inventions, product innovations, and equipment developed by Filipino engineers and scientists. There will also be seminars, lectures and for a by DOST agencies and private sector partners. National Scientists will also be present with the latest innovations in science and technology education.

This year’s NSTW will be participated in by schools and academic institutions, research and development institutes, national government agencies and also the private sector.

Public admission is free.   






Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wind Turbines Evaluated by DOST-NCR

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Ret.BGen Victor Corpus developed the Nautilus Wind Turbine 

It is a matter of fact that we have to be weaned away from generating energy by using fossil fuels. The environmental and health costs of fossil fuels are still to be used are just too high because of Climate Change, Environmental degradation and population pressure needing more energy generation.

Renewable sources of energy are now being focused on my many industrialized and developed nations and these have been subject to international agreements and covenants reducing carbon emissions.

The Department of Science and Technology – National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) under its Regional Director (RD) Jose B. Patalinjug III led efforts in evaluating a wind turbine machine in Pasay City.

The experts convened by the DOST-NCR RD evaluated the Nautilus Wind Turbine designed by retired BGen. Victor Corpus.

The technical evaluation team was composed of department engineers from the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST – MIRDC), Industrial Technology and Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST - PCIEERD), Philippine National Oil Company – Renewable Corporation (PNOC-RC),  and the Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy(DOE-REMB). These were also joined by engineering faculty from the De La Salle University, Rizal Technological University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Technological University of the Philippines.

The aim of the evaluation is to determine the feasibility of the Nautilus Wind Turbine with regards to its commercialization.  If it's determined to be feasible, eventual assistance can be provided by DOST to further its research and development with regards to commercial production and installation of the wind turbine for electric generation purposes.






PH Cube Satellite Maya – 1 Operational by August 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Maya - 1

TechBlade has always been covering the progress of Philippine satellites. This was started with Diwata – 1, last 2015 and followed with its launch and deployment in 2016. Now, Maya – 1, the first Philippine  Cube Satellite (CubeSat) was launched last June 29, 2018. TechBlade also featured its pre-launch a day before.

Maya – 1 was brought to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS15 during its re-supply mission to the ISS.

The June 29, 2018 launch was watched live at the  University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Institute (EEEI)  by students and engineers. The countdown at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA  was also monitored by Maya – 1 creators Joven Javier and Adrian Salces, both graduate students at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

The two Filipinos were part of Kyutech’s 2nd Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Project and were joined by their counterparts from Malaysia and Bhutan which also have their own CubeSats.

Being only 10 cubic centimeters in size, Maya – 1 is 100 times smaller than Diwata – 1. Although it has 2 lenses in its camera for wide and narrow image generation, Maya – 1 is not dedicated to only Earth observation purposes.

The aim of Maya – 1 is to teach Filipinos how to develop and make CubeSats for replication. This will be a step for more Filipino developed satellites in the future.

The CubeSat utilizes off-the-shelf components that make it cheaper to develop and create. This will give the capability to make more of this type of satellite for use by the Philippines.

Having an Automatic Packet Radio Service Digipeater, it is able to communicate with ham radio operators on the ground and can also be utilized as a repeater in transmitting communications transmissions from the ground. An example is in an event such as disasters knocking down radio transmission towers and cellsites,  Maya – 1 can serve as a repeater in transmitting information and messages here in the country. Other features include the capacity o measure magnetic fields in space and a Global Positioning System (GPS).

Maya – 1 is expected to be deployed from the ISS this August 2018 and will be operational for 6 months.

Meanwhile, the second Philippine Microsatellite, Diwata – 2 will be launched later this 2018.






Thursday, June 28, 2018

Balik Scientist Law Signed

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018
DOST Secretary Dela Pena with principal authors of the Balik Scientist Law

Republic Act No. 11035, also known as an “Act Institutionalizing the Balik Scientist Program,” or Balik Scientist Law has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last June 15, 2018. This is the culmination of the efforts from the academe, government agencies and legislature in order to boost the number of scientists in the country.

Balik Scientists will have compensations that are tax-free and duty exemptions on importing equipment and materials. Also, travel expenses are covered and also a relocation benefits package.

Aside from direct benefits to the scientist, family assistance such as securing work for the spouse ad support for the children I preferred schools are offered. There is also monthly housing allowance and funding for the development of the facility or laboratory that the scientist may require.

“This law is a big help in encouraging Filipino scientists to return to the country and contribute to improving the nation and people’s lives. This law addresses the problem on the low number of scientists in the country so we can fare better with our neighboring countries in Asia who have more people working in research and development,” Senator Bam Aquino said. Senator Aquino was the principal sponsor of the bill in the Senate.

The law aims to address the dearth of Filipino scientists in the country. Space Technology, Bio-medicine, energy, artificial intelligence, electronics, health, biotechnology, agriculture, nanotechnology, information and communications technology and cybersecurity are among the priority fields for the Balik Scientists.






PH MSME’s to be boosted by DOST and DTI

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (middle) and DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (second from the right) led the recently concluded “Innovation Partners: DTI and DOST” media briefing. On the said occasion, the two agencies formally launched their partnership to reinforce the capabilities of MSMEs, particularly in the provinces. Also in photo are DTI Assistant Secretary (Regional Operations Group) Demphna Du-Naga (left), DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya (second from left), and DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano (right). 

(Photo by Gerardo G. Palad, DOST-STII)

Acknowledging that the MSMEs for micro, small, and medium enterprises will be the engine for economic growth in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have committed to work together by sharing their materials, knowledge, and facilities.

This also augurs well for Filipino Startups that can be also be classified as MSMEs. The two agencies agreed to cooperate closely with the “Innovation Partners: DTI and DOST.” The DOST and DTI will be boosting their efforts along dissemination of information and knowledge on science, technology, and innovation in the country.

“This kind of cooperation among the two agencies (DOST and DTI) is quite timely because both of us have priorities to enhance the capabilities of MSMEs in the country, particularly in the provinces,” said DOST Sec. Fortunato T.de la Peña.

Aside from MSMEs, DTI Secretary Lopez sees this as an opportunity for local governments I pushing for the economic benefits of its citizens.

“DOST and DTI have a common goal which is to bring development to every part of the country. As these two agencies embark [on] this partnership, we assure that we would give our best efforts to maximize the use of each other’s resources and facilities to support the productivity of our local MSMEs and, eventually, allow them to give job opportunities to the local residents,”  Sec. Lopez added. 






Maya – 1 First PH Cube Satellite to be Launched June 29, 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018


SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 will transport Maya – 1 the Filipino CubeSat to the International Space Station on June 29, 2018. The launch will be at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

Maya – 1’s capabilities include A Store and Forwad System that collects data from ground stations, save, store and forward the data to other ground stations.

Another capability is communications capacity with ham radio stations on the ground. This is by using an Automated Packet Radio Service Digipeater.

Another built-in feature is a low-cost GPS chip ad a magnetometer that can measure magnetic fields in space.

Maya – 1 also has 2 cameras, wide-angle and narrow lens that can capture images for research purposes.

Two other countries will launch their cubesats, Bhutan and  Malaysia.  Maya-1 is one of the three CubeSats under the 2nd Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Project or BIRDS-2 Project of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

The development of the CubeSat is under the Development of the Philippines' Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat, a research program jointly implemented by the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) in partnership with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

Diwata – 1 was launched April 26, 2016 and was the first Philippine microsatellite.






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