Out of the more than 150 maker exhibitors during the 3rd Manila Mini Maker Faire held last June 22-23, 2019 at the Mind Museum in Taguig City, 7 of these maker groups from the Southern part of the Philippines were assisted by FAB LAB Mindanao. Dubbed as the greatest show and tell on Earth, the Maker Faire is an international movement of exhibition on invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. With the 2019 Manila Mini Maker Faire’s theme on ‘Sustainable Technologies’, FAB LAB Mindanao staff gave plenary talks on the update of the Phililippine FAB LAB Movement along with its volunteership opportunities and participated in a panel discussion on innovation in the face of the climate crisis. Now on its third year of gathering the Philippine Maker Community, the Manila Mini Maker Faire has emphasized during the two-day exhibition of innovation and invention, the principles of responsible sustainable production that FAB LAB Mindanao has been practicing in MSU-IIT.
A team from the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) was one of the three Editor’s Choice winners declared during the recently concluded Manila Mini Maker Faire held at The Mind Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City last June 23-24, 2018. The winning team was composed of students from the Department of Marketing and Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Norde, one of the major sponsors who gave the award, has commended the CBAA makers for harnessing technology in creating products using indigenous materials while retaining the culture and arts of Mindanao. The Marketing students, composed of Christian Rey Cloma and Bryan Boloron, showcased Entrep 197 and Entrep 104 products such as Bambuk (an engineered bamboo notebook), Pentatris (an MDF Tetris-inspired desk organizer), Speira (an upcycled bamboo earphone winder) and some hand-painted panaoan pouches, ceramic arts and bamboo bag tags. While Likha Mindanao composed of HRM students Ella Lyne Gamos, Eri-Rose Ong, and Cassey Talaroc, proudly displayed souvenir items from Iligan City such as Higaonon Pen (a multi-function fountain pen embellished with a flash drive and laser pointer), T’lo (a multi-function kalesa puzzle, pen holder, and mobile phone amplifier), Kahon de Iligan (a 3D printed kulintang-inspired organizer), heritage keychain, memory stand and an innovative- multipurpose bottle opener. The HRM students were also given the privilege to pitch and demonstrate their souvenir products from their Sales and Marketing class before a crowd of science, engineering, crafts and art enthusiasts.
The CBAA makers, especially the Advisers Asst. Prof. Beatriz Fina Cañedo, Joana Marie Edera, and Marlo Novino, would like to extend their appreciation to iDEYA: Center of Innovation and Technopreneurship, Negosyo Center at MSU-IIT and FabLab Mindanao for their unwavering assistance and support.
This is the second time that CBAA participated in the country’s biggest family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness presented by The Mind Museum and 3M Philippines.