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With strong fighting spirit and enthusiasm, Pangasinan State University Golden Lions won the second place on the Stanford IT Learning’s Software Solution Category of the Synergy: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Summit on March 5, 2021.

Five students of PSU- Urdaneta Campus joined the said event, namely: Justine Ramos, a 5th- year EE student and their team leader; Michael Sabado, and Reymart De Chavez, both 3rd- year IT students; Danilo Madriaga, Jr., and Patricia Joy Madayag, both 1st- year EE students.

Out of 14 teams from the biggest universities in the Philippines, their software ‘Elixir’, a virtual repository of safe and approved COVID- 19 vaccines made it to the top. The e-commerce concept is applied to provide access to the different vaccines offered by hospitals, government, and other approved establishments. It aims to provide an innovative platform in administering COVID- 19 vaccines that will surely help the Philippines and other countries.

Synergy is a weeklong convention for students undertaking Electrical and Electronics Engineering and other related courses with the theme: “Driving Technology towards Good Health and Well-being”. UP Engineering Radio Guild, University of the Philippines- Diliman organized the said event.

It aims to provide an avenue for the students to learn more about their chosen field and extend their disciplinary knowledge that will bring them closer to future career opportunities. It also hopes to encourage students to learn about and develop technological advancements towards a sustainable future.

Major events of Synergy are Technological Talk, Opportunity Outlook, Corporate Connections and Software Solutions. The software solutions is a software- development competition designed to utilize engineering minds in creating solutions to modern problems and bringing societal impact.

Their journey in developing the solution was not easy since they only had two weeks for the development of the prototype and the presentation.

“From my perspective, medyo nahirapan din kami lalo na’t through online platforms ang ginagamit namin to brainstorm and to create ideas. Walang naging face-to-face na interaction noong nasa consultation process na kami, lahat online. Pero that doesn’t stop us to come up with this software and it is a very beautiful process to watch our prototype and business proposal come together,” Ms. Madayag said. The participants felt incredible and overwhelmed in winning in a large-scale competition.

Mr. Ramos said, “As team leader, proud ako sa mga kasama ko. Hindi man lang sila nagreklamo. Kahit late na natutulog, push pa rin. Then, ang saya na maipakitang kahit state university tayo na nanggaling sa malayong probinsya, kaya pala nating makipagsabayan sa mga magagaling na eskwelahan dito sa Pilipinas.”

Participants were also thankful to their consultants namely, Sir Mike Acosta, Sir Andhee Jacobe, Sir Axel Arenas, and Engr. Socrates Nacis, who provided expert advice throughout the competition.

“Syempre super proud. Nakakatuwa lang isipin na kahit di nila field of expertise ung event eh nagawa pa rin nilang magstrive at manalo. It is actually a series of firsts para sa kanila. First extra-curricular event nina Patrica at Danilo since freshies pa lang sila. First event ni Justine outside Engineering and Mathematics. First competition din I think nina Michael at Reymart. Not to mention na first time magcollaborate ng IT/COC at EE/CEA for such event. So, sobrang nakakatuwa at nakakamotivate lalo na suportahan sila,” Sir Jacobe said.

“To future participants, especially iyong magpapatuloy ng legacy ng Team Golden Lions, don’t hesitate to come out from your comfort zone. Huwag niyong isiping hindi niyo kaya. Dapat ang mindset ay nasa kung anong kailangang gawin para kayanin ko,” Mr. Ramos added.

Photo (C): Synergy: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Summit Editor| Christine Joy Villamater, News Editor Creative Works| James Paul Erese, Creative Editor