Promoting technopreneurship in the Philippines’ education sector

By teaching IT and Engineering educators about technopreneurship through Smart Communications’ SWEEPx boot camp.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Dec. 2, 2016

Participants of SWEEPx boot camp. Credit: Smart's website

More than 30 Information Technology and Engineering educators in the Philippines participated at the final leg of Smart Communications' SWEEPx boot camp, which aims to teach them the basics of entrepreneurship.

The three-day event was held at Adamson University in Manila. SWEEPx forms part of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Programme (SWEEP), an industry-academe partnership.

In the technopreneurship training, participants were given an overview about the technology entrepreneurship in the country, including the social pains relevant to their different communities. They were also given tips on how to make a strong investor pitch.

Teachers can then relay these learnings to their students, who could eventually develop next big innovations that could solve the biggest social problems in the country, according to Smart.

Meanwhile, the event concluded with participants drafting innovative technology proposals, which were pitched to a board of judges.

One of the proposals presented by the participants from Centro Escolar University (CEU) leverages a tracking device that parents could use to monitor their children in case they get lost. "It's great that we now know more about the product development side of an innovation," said Heidi Valin, a faculty member from CEU, in a press release.

Prior to Adamson, SWEEPx was also held in Davao, Cebu, and Cabanatuan.