By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — Two teams from Iloilo are set to join the global competition for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge.
Team Techno PH and Team Voltage 5 emerged from the 10 finalists of a three-day hackathon hosted by the American Corner of the United States (US) Embassy at Central Philippine University (CPU).
Along with four other teams in Manila and Davao, the two Iloilo teams used NASA’s free and open data to create solutions for real-world problems.
Engr. Giovanni Gerard Araque, Rotherford Marmibe, and Nico Guarnes of Team Techno PH proposed to boost Internet connectivity for far-flung island villages that have spotty connections. The young professionals specifically want to change the mode of transmission from UHF and SHF into using Very High Frequency (VHF).
Kirsten Dianne Delmo, Frelean Faith Engallado, Raphael Francis Dequilla, Nico Andrei Serrato, and Joecile Faith Monana of Team Voltage 5 proposed to build “a low-cost, easy-to-build and eco-friendly device that can convert noise to electricity.” The students of Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) are eyeing the sound-to-electricity system to provide electricity for students in remote villages.
US Embassy Cultural Attaché Matt Keener said any of the six teams can replicate the feat of the Philippines’ Team iNON, which was one of the six global winners of the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge.
Keener told the Manila Bulletin that the ideas of the six teams will be screened by NASA.
The two teams will present their ideas at the ongoing Iloilo Innovation Expo.