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Youth innovation competition yields 12 awardees

GBF will select three GBF Young Scientist awardees from the finalists of the ongoing fourth Imake.wemake competition. The awardees will receive conditional scholarship offers amounting to P85,000 per academic year courtesy of GBF.

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The Imake.wemake: Create. Innovate. Collaborate. competition hailed nine — soon to be 12 — Youth Innovation Prize (YIP) awardees out of around 200 promising idea pitches since 2016. Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) believes the competition is still bound to get bigger and better.

This is because of the entry of Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) as partner for the youth competition, which DoST-SEI describes as a “rightful collaboration” given the two parties’ common goals.

The GBF, which is under the Filipino conglomerate JG Summit Holdings, Inc., works toward the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, very much like DoST-SEI, the S&T human resources development arm of the government.

In a virtual memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing, GBF executive director Grace Colet expressed excitement in the partnership with how “there’s so much shared” in what both parties want to achieve.

“One of the unique and powerful statements of our foundation is our sole focus on one advocacy, which is education, particularly STEM education. We are putting all stakes in education with the firm conviction that this is the best way for us to develop as a nation,” said Colet.

She added that GBF’s purpose is to prepare Filipino learners to be digitally-adept workers, critical thinkers, and innovative problem-solvers who can contribute to the growth of their communities.

“When we learned about the goals of the competition, it became evident to us how there was so much shared in what we want to achieve. Knowing these goals, the nationwide reach of this competition, and the rigorous selection undertaken to choose the final winners, it is indeed a privilege that with this partnership, we have the honor to select the 2021 GBF Young Scientist Awardees (YSA) from them,” the executive director said.

With the partnership, the GBF will select three GBF Young Scientist awardees from the finalists of the ongoing fourth Imake.wemake competition. The awardees will receive conditional scholarship offers amounting to P85,000 per academic year courtesy of GBF. This is on top of the three YIP Awards and the associated P200,000 cash prize that DOST-SEI will bestow to the teams with the best innovations.

DoST-SEI director, Dr. Josette Biyo, in turn thanked GBF for the generous support to the project.

The fourth Imake.wemake is set to conduct the final project presentations from 25 to 26 August, and the awarding ceremony on 27 August, all through virtual means.

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