Honda partners with DOST in enabling Young Filipino innovators

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) joins the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in an innovation competition for young Filipinos in Senior High School. The program imake.wemake:create.innovate.collaborate fosters creative and innovative thinking among students by enabling them to solve problems of their respective communities or achieve a particular purpose using critical thinking, experimentation, risk analysis, engineering, and technical skills. This year’s contest gathered a total of 89 project proposals from public and private high schools all over the Philippines, the biggest number of proposals received since the program started in 2017.

The MOA signing between DOST-SEI, HCPI and fellow program partners C&E Publishing, Inc. and Gokongwei Brothers Foundation took place at the Sequoia Hotel, Manila Bay, Paranaque on March 13, 2023. On the same day, finalists composed of 20 school teams also began their 5-day Technical Training, Workshop, and Mentoring. DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo expressed her gratitude to the partners who are investing in young Filipino innovators. “I believe that through our partnership, more doors of opportunities will be opened, and more young people will be primed to become scientists and innovators – creating and collaborating for a better future.”

Notably, the imake.wemake innovation competition empowers schools and universities to build communities of learners who also value resource and knowledge sharing, as well as a dynamic and collaborative approach towards creating solutions. Through the partnership, three schools, to be selected by a distinguished Board of Judges, will each receive a Youth Innovation cash grant of PhP 200,000. This would be after a build period of about 90 days allotted for finalists to design, build, and complete their working prototype, including test deployment in their chosen community.

“Honda Cars is honored to be a part of the imake.wemake program. What you are doing here truly resonates with us. As the students use their creative energies and smart ideas to craft solutions to many of society’s problems, Honda, the Power of Dreams, is unwavering about greater value through superior safety and environmental performance. We appreciate how this program promotes the application of science and technology in creating solutions and pursuing big dreams,” said HCPI Vice President, Atty. Louie Soriano.

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