by Gideon Emmanuel D. Chiu
WE MAKE CHANGE!
The 5th annual FAB LAB Asia Network (FAN5) Conference held last May 6-11, 2019, in Seoul Innovation Center, South Korea showcased an international variety of innovation cultures and stories from innovation centers around the globe. The delegation from MSU-IIT was among the FAB LAB review presenters with Gideon Emmanuel D. Chiu, a BS Civil Engineering senior from the College of Engineering and Technology showcased the collaborative efforts of the MSU-IIT innovation ecosystem and the role of FAB LAB Mindanao in being a technology access center, training provider and collaboration hub. The MSU-IIT students and FAB LAB Mindanao staff shared their ideas and knowledge anchored on the Sustainable Development Goals and Social Impact. Emphasizing on FAN5’s desire to change the lives of people through innovation, Jay Arniel A. Gajudo from the Institute’s Department of Computer Applications of the College of Computer Studies conducted a workshop on a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle using image recognition for sustainable reforestation.
One of the highlights of FAN5 was the Global Hack-a-thon participated by teams from India, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. The Global Hack-a-thon’s task was to solve urban problems through traditional and digital fabrication methodologies. Gajudo along with FAB LAB Mindanao Internal Operations Manager, Dexter Ken P. Lopera was awarded by the Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Seoul the Bronze Award. With MSU-IIT in full march to attain research university status, participating in FAN5 has created opportunities of international research and innovation collaborations focused on developing solutions to local problems that create impact and empower the communities that together,WE CAN MAKE CHANGE.