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Fastech Synergy, Inc. took part in Sparkathon, a hackshop (hackathonworkshop) held on November 27-29, 2015 at Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas. Other than being one of the organizers, the company’s delegates actively participated in the bootcamp, which brought together people from different sectors.


IoT for a Changing World


One of the main goals of the event is to develop a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities represented by the technological revolution known as Internet of Things (IoT). In a nutshell, IoT is an innovative idea of developing solutions where everyday objects are interconnected in a network that allows sending and receiving data.


Sparkathon was attended by six companies, 12 academic institutions, four start-ups, and one industry organization – Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI).

The tri-sector exercise was organized by local business incubator and accelerator Brainsparks, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), which funded the event.


With the theme, “IoT for a Changing World,” the event involved not only key players in the business field, but also entities from the academe and the government. “This marked the first time members from government, industry, and academe were convened to not just sponsor such an event, but be the actual participants and creators of hardware technology solutions,” Brainsparks, one of event organizers, said in an email to Yahoo! News SG.


The industry-academe-government sectors were represented by 40 participants in the three-day bootcamp. The delegates were divided into groups and worked on designing potential solutions to various issues using IoT technology. The bootcamp was able to produce seven proposals on seven innovative and commercially promising prototypes, including that of a sensor system for livestock monitoring and a car emission monitoring sensor and app.


Fastech’s Delegation


Part of FASTECH’S delegation was Executive Director Rene dela Cruz, who was instrumental in bringing together some partners in the semiconductor and electronics industry in the region.


Niño Soriano of FASTECH Advanced Assembly was part of the winning team, which designed Healthy Babes, a sensor system designed for livestock farmers. Healthy Babes is designed to measure temperature of hogs in order to detect early symptoms of disease.


“Based on the criteria, their proposal had a high commercial potential, [and] they were able to put together a working prototype that illustrated how they wanted their idea to work with not just the sensor but also the track to move the sensor. They also had the best pitch presentation among the groups which was communicated clearly and which communicated well the problem, solution and relevance,” Brainsparks founder Lionel Belen told Yahoo! News SG.


Sparkathon served as an avenue for FASTECH to build ties and collaborate not only with key players in the industry, but also with other members of the society – the academe and the government. Through the delegates’ collaborative effort and their combined creative and technical skills, the event helped the attendees see and explore potential opportunities to provide solutions to common issues in the society.


Active participation in the innovation ecosystem is the key to success not only in building a name in a fast-growing and highly competitive industry, but also in the making positive changes in the local community. This is one value FASTECH upholds and would like other key players in the industry to do so, as part of their involvement in the movement towards success through innovation.