When MIT and UP Come Together

Ever heard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  MIT? We sure think so. But have you heard of MIT’s Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (AITI) group? Maybe not. Just to give you a backgrounder, MIT AITI is an initiative that helps to promote development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. And what does that got to do with us? 

This year, the MIT AITI program  partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman's College of Computer Science to get into its 7 weeks course that included detailed technical curriculum with focus on mobile and internet technologies. Four instructors from MIT,  Ms. Oshani Seneviratne, Mr. Danny Castonguay, Mr. Francis Plaza, and Ms. Kavita Chandra, met with 24 students twice a week during the entire duration of the program. In  their culminating activity, a final showcase of presentation and demonstrations was held  August 2, 2012 at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in partnership with Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator.

The students were grouped into six teams with each team presenting respective outputs   starting with Destination PH,  a tourism-related application that interfaces with Google Maps to help tourists  navigate and visit  various tourist spots in the country. The team said they are also looking into additional features such as an itinerary builder, a route finder, and a social networking integration. The second  team’s project is  eAgriMarket which   lets users buy, sell, haggle, and bid goods in bulks online. Third is  Jeeps,  an app aimed at addressing the problem of mapping out routes of public transportation for commuters, with its pilot location in Makati City. The fourth team made  Mobile Notebook,  a note-taking mobile application which can be integrated to google documents. Fifth team showcased Student Planner providing a better way for students to cope with school and personal obligations. Last but not  least, is  Check UP,  an application made to let students be mindful of their academic standing based on their respective curriculum.

After all the presentations, the teams got to demonstrate their projects to like-minded individuals from  the academe, start-up business frontier, and capitalist sector.