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Nine Schools participate in the second Ai.Deas for Impact Workshop in Tuguegarao City

Artificial intelligence took the spotlight in North Luzon as nine schools from across the Cagayan Valley Region pitched AI-powered design solutions for Tuguegarao City’s command center and waste management system during the second Ai.Deas for Impact Workshop: AI for Innovation and Social Impact held on May 8-9, 2024.

The pitches of the teams from the University of Lasalette Inc.’s Tuguegarao Emergency Response Interface or TERI, St. Paul University Philippines’ Res.Q Link, University of Saint Louis’ Uffin.AI, and Saint Mary’s University’s Ai.Listo presented models that can be integrated with the emergency response systems of the Tuguegarao City Command Center.

Quirino State University’s Ai.Gency, International School of Asia and the Pacific’s UnityVoice.AI, University of Cagayan Valley’s R-Force, and University of Perpetual Help System’s Multi Calls AI Intelligent Switching or MAIS also pitched models that aim to streamline calls and processes in the city’s command center. Cagayan State University’s aQRo, meanwhile, utilizes AI for managing illegal waste dumping in the city.

The models feature an AI-enabled chatbot system, predictive analysis for traffic and weather, blockchain utilization, centralized agency assignment, geotagging, and natural language processing, among others.

Representatives from the City Government of Tuguegarao highlighted their communication channels in the present challenges of the LGU and the community.

For Engineer Pinky Jimenez, Director IV of DICT Regional Office II, the Ai.Deas for Impact Workshop serves as “a platform to explore how AI can be leveraged for innovation and social impact” and to “create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.”

DICT-ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB) Director III Mr. Jhino Ilano, PhD, meanwhile, emphasized that students should know how to properly utilize AI not only for themselves but for the benefit of their communities, and “showcase how the Philippines can be a viable destination for AI.”

Experts from the Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Association of the Philippines (AAP) facilitated the workshop, including its Executive Director, Mr. Sherwin Pelayo, and its Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Nathan Samiley.

Discussions revolved around AI design thinking which involved a series of sessions about creating an empathy map, creating a problem statement, solution ideation, prototype, and solution test. At the end of these sessions is a brief discussion on the business canvas model.

The workshop is part of the current projects and initiatives of DICT-IIDB’s Stimulating the Growth of Emerging Technologies in the Philippines (SET PH) program.


Congratulations Sir Michael Magaway as mentor, John Axel D. Cortez (BSIT4), Andrei Emmanuel L. Yu (BSIT4) , Jericho F. Corpuz (BSMM3), Bren Karlo P. Agustin (BSMM2), King Ranier C. Ambeguia (BSEntrep1) on outsmarting the competition and emerging as the champion of the Ai. Ideas: AI for Innovation and Social Impact Workshop organized by the Department of Information and Communication Technology(DICT)-Region 2.

(by: Dr. Monaloufel Jasmin)

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