SSU inventors brought 4 wins from a regional invention tilt
This is the third Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held in Region 8 and SSU entries consistently wins awards. This years winners from SSU came from the Utility Model Category and Sibol-College Categories as follows;
Utility Model Category:
Regional Winner: Process of Preparing Squid Rings by Ms. Lenora Doncillo and Dr. Vivian Moya
First Runner-up: Process of Making Hog Plum (Spondias Pinnata) and Batuan (Garcinia Binucao) Flavor Enhancer by Mr. Necacio Abuda and Dr. Vivian Moya
Regional Winner: Utilization of Sarad (Pinnadae) into Sarad Crackers by Angeline M. Alberca of SSU PC
First Runner-up: A Wireless Warning System for Post-Seismic Activity by Jacob Cioco, Lawrence, Brusco Baylon of the CoEng’g
There were a total of about 80 entries for the four categories namely; Utility (4 Model (4 entries), Creative Research-Likha Award (40 entries) and Creative Research-Sibol/College (15 entries) and Creative Research-Sibol/High School (21 entries). No entries qualified for Invention and industrial design. Invention, utility model and industrial designs requires registration from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhl). Out of the 80, 17 entries were from the Samar State University in three categories; UM (3 entries), Likha (3 entries) and Sibol-College (11 entries). For the third time in a row, SSU dominated the completion with more and more projects being submitted and qualified.
The three judges narrowed down the entries to five per categories. All UM entries qualified, all five (5) finalist in the Sibol-College categories are from SSU and none qualified in the Likha category. This year’s judges come from the College of Engineering of the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) namely Dr. Cardoso and Engr. Catubao and the third judge is Dr. Tan of Visayas State University.
Winners in the Likha category are engineering projects from EVSU and Sibol-High School category champion came from Philippine Science High School – EV campus and runners-up came from Dolores HS.
Started in 2011, RICE is a venue where inventions/innovations are showcased to the public, to inspire innovation culture and more importantly to make use of it for the country’s development. The competition is one of the many initiatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as a result of RA 100551 known as the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009. The act states that the government shall facilitate the transfer and promote the utilization of intellectual property for the country’s benefit.
In 2011, the competition for the Visayas Region was held in Iloilo where SSU was the only SUC from region 8 who submitted and qualified in the regional tilt. In 2013 the said competition was brought to the regions to widen participation which was followed with RICE 2015. In the two events, SSU was the dominant player and brought almost all of the awards where it participated in. SSU entries became Region 8 entries to the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) held in 2014 and 2016. SSU garnered two national wins under the Sibol-College category. Both national winners are computer & electronics based inventions.
For the 2018 NICE, SSU food innovations will represent Region 8. Dr. Moya of SSU-Technology Licensing and Innovation Support Office express it will be a challenge to make the projects palatable for judges in NICE 2018. As early as now, the Center for Engineering, Science and Technology Innovations (CESTI) and the TLISO will prepare for the third NICE win.