Mapúa ECE students triumphant in ShellIdeas360-Galing ng Pinoy Challenge

Last February 28, three Mapúa electronics engineering students copped first place in the Shell Ideas360–Galing ng Pinoy Challenge, a local version of ShellIdeas360, besting other shortlisted schools all over the Philippines.

Jeremy de Leon, Earlene Sarmiento, and Norman Quiniquini bested students from the University of the Philippines, University of Mindanao, and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines with their idea “Bagwis,” a portable wind power generator.

According to de Leon, the idea was inspired by the spinners made from bottles seen at pedicabs in Intramuros, Manila.

“We thought, ‘what if there is a way to charge something or produce electricity while the pedicabs run?' This made Bagwis possible,” de Leon said, adding that the idea also aims to promote tourism inside the Walled City.

The team worked on their prototype, a short video presentation, and primer last February, just days away from the competition. The team received the invitation to join on February 16 through de Leon, a former candidate of the Shell Ideas360-Global.

Mentored by Ms. Donnabel Kuizon-Cruz, the health, security, environment, and social performance manager of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., the team thought that their idea was too simple at first compared to the other participants whose ideas were their theses and research papers.

“[Ms. Donnabel] taught us to believe and trust on the idea that Bagwis can contribute clean energy to the society and it can positively affect the lives of the people,” de Leon said. After several discussions and pieces of advice from their mentor, de Leon and his team were able to push through with their winning idea and bag the first place for the Institute.

Shell Ideas360 – Galing ng Pinoy Challenge is a nationwide competition engaging Marketing, Finance, and Engineering students to submit new and existing projects to be recognized for its innovation.