Engbensyon 2018: Opening Opportunities through Innovation
June 8, 2018

The College of Engineering- Computer Engineering Department recently hosted its first project exposition dubbed as Engbensyon 2018 held March 19, 2018 at the CN Audio-visual Room (AVR).

The term ‘Engbensyon’ is coined from the two words engineering and imbensyon (invention). It featured projects of Computer Engineering (CpE) students that focus on developing software engineering and technopreneurship. The prototypes center on development of new products and processes that can be span off to business enterprises that can deliver locally and globally.

Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento, Vice President for Research Extension Services and External Linkages (VP-RESEL), in her message emphasized the importance of gearing up students with the trappings of innovation and entrepreneurship. “This is something that you are good at, develop it and use this as an opportunity to reach higher ground,” Dr. Sarmiento added.

Engr. Heidee Soliman, Program Head of the CpE Department, said that they wanted the students to experience the joy of learning through innovation and creativity. And to also make the learning complete, experts were also invited to evaluate and validate students’ knowledge and skills, and to calibrate teaching and learning activities in the real world set-ups.

Among the judges were representatives from the local government unit (LGU), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport (ZamboEcozone), and faculty as well as IT experts from the University.

The students’ outputs were divided into three categories, to wit: design project, technopreneurship, and software engineering.

Design project is where students use the principle of computer engineering in the design, building and implementation of a computer-based or microcontroller-based system. The prototypes integrated hardware and software into one project that addresses societal needs. The prototypes were judged according to its relevance to societal needs, functionality, creativity, innovation, and its presentation.

Technopreneurship features projects that can be a viable business venture and were evaluated according to its concept and innovation, the need and feasibility, and the synergy across various aspects of business.

One the other hand, software engineering refers to how students applied the lifecycle models for software development and requirements specification, structured analysis design, software metrics and planning, among others. Outputs were assessed according to its functionality, reliability, efficiency and usability.