by Ismael N. Talili
Diosdado “Dado” Banatao, who is famous for developing the first Windows graphics accelerator chip for personal computers, among others, will come to Cagayan de Oro City to speak at the Innovation Summit hosted by University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Cagayan de Oro.
Other invited speakers include Mylah Faye Aurora B. Casiño, Regional Director of NEDA-10; Richard S. Abendan, Chief of Party STRIDE Program, RTI International Philippines; Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra, Undersecretary, Research and Development, DOST; Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Undersecretary, DTI; Lim Seng Tat, Director, Altair Engineering SDN. BHD.; Eva Wissenz, CEO, Solar Power Oy; and Irene L.V. Floro, President, Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As such, each participant will benefit from a gamut of insights, strategies and new approaches on how best they can implement strategies and potential solutions to certain issues and concerns.
The two-day event will be held on March 28-29 at SM CDO Downtown Premier. The Summit centers around the theme: “#USTPinnovation: The Game Changer for Sustainable Northern Mindanao”.
This year’s Innovation Summit is primarily intended to hear insights from key players in the innovation ecosystem and enable participants to widen their perspectives of the regional development plan, opportunities for innovation ecosystem, roadmap of technology business incubation in the Philippines, establishment of regional inclusive innovation center, technology of solar thermal in agri-food application, investment priorities in Northern Mindanao, and creating an innovative mindset and ecosystem,
The Summit will gather researching academics and students from various institutions, entrepreneurs, investors, industry senior executives, business development and other technical service providers all over Northern Mindanao in which some of them will speak on real insights into exploring current opportunities and challenges of leading technologies.
The Summit also allows faculty, students, and startup talents particularly from the USTP-CDO Digital Incubation Hub to showcase their research and extension service outputs as well as products and services.
Three parallel sessions will be held to accommodate three sectors: Power and Energy, Information and Communication Technology, and Food Innovation.
During the pitching completion, some local startup talents will pitch their technological and innovative ideas through research innovations, software development, multimedia creations and computer graphics during the parallel sessions.
Another highlight of the event is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between USTP and potential industry partners.