Tech distributor holds ?green IT? tilt for students

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With numerous environmental issues facing the country, ASI said technology can help solve these issues. It is tapping the talents of college students to present proposals that will have a measureable and positive environmental impact. Selected environmental project proposals will be progressed to the development of the actual prototype, using open-source technologies. ?We believe that there is an innovator in the best of us. And we would like to channel this drive to finding solutions that will help build a better environment,? said Jefferson Plaza, ASI general manager. The ASI Technovation Challenge is open to college undergraduate students from the same school representing the colleges of computer science, computer engineering, and information technology. Participants may opt to join individually or as a team of five members, and must submit the necessary forms to qualify. The challenge comes with a huge reward for the winning team the presents the best proposal and creates a viable prototype. The grand prize winner will win for themselves and their school, a total of P100,000 cash and IT products. Four consolation prizes for the runners up ? P25,000 for each team. ASI Technovation Challenge will also give out special prizes like the ?People?s Choice? Award and the ?Most Liked? Award ? an online vote for the best prototype at Facebook. The main challenge comes in two phases. The first phase requires each team to submit a project proposal following the theme and utilizing the open source kit as part of the prototype design. Five proposals will be chosen to progress based on the following criteria ? environmental impact, creativity and originality, viability, and team dynamics. The second phase requires the finalists to build their prototype using available resources. ASI will be providing the open-source kit, which must be part of the prototype. The prototype must comply with the standards indicated in the project proposal. To win, the team must pass the following criteria ? team?s presentation and demonstration, functional prototype, quality, and excellence of build and project documentation. The finalists will be showcasing their prototypes during the 2012 Comddap Expo on November 16 to 18 at World Trade Center in Pasay City. According to Rowena Sanchez, vice president for business development of ASI, ?There are no limits to the possible solutions we can get from the bright minds that will join this challenge. We hope that we can truly tap the boundless imagination and talent of our young participants.? The ASI Technovation Challenge is supported by Comddap (Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of the Philippines). To get more details and to download forms, visit Facebook at or email at Get regular updates by following the ASI Technovation Challenge at Twitter. ]]>

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