Team Carding of Mapua Institute of Technology Wins the 2015 Sikat Design Challenge

(L-R: Engr. Febus Reidj G. Cruz, Engr. Dominic Doctor, Alsus Don R. Adiaton, Jeremy C. De Leon, Gabrielle B. Leyson, and Norman David M. Quiniquini)

Congratulations to Team Carding of Mapua Institute of Technology for winning the Grand Prize in the 2015 Sikat Design Challenge, the country’s first inter-university competition focused purely on Renewable Energy solutions targeted at the rural sector. Team Carding comprises of Electronics Engineering student Jeremy C. De Leon as team leader, Electronics Engineering student Norman David M. Quiniquini, Electrical Engineering student Gabrielle B. Leyson, Manufacturing Engineering student Alsus Don R. Adiaton, with Engr. Febus Reidj G. Cruz of School of EECE as faculty adviser, and Mapua alumnus Engr. Dominic Doctor of First Philec Corporation as mentor.

Sikat Solar Challenge Foundation, Inc. organized the 2015 Sikat Design Challenge with a tagline ‘Inspiring the Youth, Collaborating with All Stakeholders, and Uplifting the Lives of Rural Communities.’ The competition commenced with a two-day conference on climate change, renewable energy, and project ideas at Lopez Center in Antipolo City last June 26-27, 2015, and culminated with the pitching and awarding ceremony at Manansala Tower in Rockwell Center, Makati City this February 2, 2016. During the 7-month competition, participating teams were able to identify and engage with a local rural community, develop and test their renewable energy solutions, and develop their pitches promoting their renewable energy solutions. The selection of the best renewable energy solution for a target rural community was based on the following judging criteria: innovative application of technology (10%), uniqueness and effectiveness of the business (25%), sustainability and climate resilience (30%), and magnitude of social impact (35%).

Team Carding successfully pitched their idea of ‘Hitting Three Birds with One Stove’ with their design of Project Bathala – a Rocketstove that simultaneously cooks food using less fuel, generates electricity for charging electronic devices, and distills safe drinking water. Team Carding got their inspiration for Project Bathala from the need of a Dumagat community living in the Sierra Madre Mountain at Norzagaray, Bulacan.

 2015 Sikat Design Challenge was participated by 12 universities nationwide, namely: Mapua Institute of Technology (grand prize); Ateneo De Manila University and De La Salle University (runners-up); Bulacan State University, University of Santo Tomas, and Siliman University (semi-finalists); Batangas State University, Foundation University, Negros Oriental University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Saint Paul University Dumaguete, Siliman University, and University of San Carlos.