by Alexander Villafania
INQ7.net | First posted 05:35pm (Mla time) Nov 27, 2005
Editor’s Note: Re-posts to correct number of teams, amount won by third place winner.
(CORRECTED) The team from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology beat nine (not 10 as first posted) other teams to win the 1 million-peso Trend Micro Technology Challenge during the finals at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mandaluyong City.
MSU-Iligan’s Team “Iitians” are made up of computer science and electronics engineering students Stephen Haim, Joel Michael Bersano, Niño Bonita, Abner Lyle Medio and John Michael Amparado.
Iitians was followed by team “Code Green” from the De La Salle University, which won 500,000 pesos.
Third place winner was team “Savers” from the University of the Philippines Diliman, who would be going home with 250,000 (not 200,000 as first posted) pesos.
|(L-R: Stephen Haim, Joel Michael Bersano, Niño Bonita, The Coach, Abner Lyle Medio, and John Michael Amparado)|
During the five-day contest, Iitian was able to create a security application that was effective in detecting and isolating network security issues as well as creating a user-friendly graphical user interface.
Iitian’s coach and MSU-Iligan System Administrator Dante Dinawanao said the students had little training on network security prior to joining the competition,though he was moved by the group’s determination to compete.
“We only had a few hours of training before joining. We didn’t even expect to win this contest because we didn’t have that much prior knowledge,” Dinawanao said. The team’s coach also added that Iitian’s achievement in this competition would surely be an inspiration to their other students.
Just this year, a student from MSU-Iligan also won in the IBM Linux Scholars Challenge 2004. Jan Stevens Ancajas was one of the 20 grand prize winners of the global competition sponsored by IBM.