Multiple Intelligence International School and Smart Communications Hosts First-ever Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 For High School Innovators

Published · Wednesday, October 09, 2019 02:50 PM

The Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS), in partnership with Smart Communications, hosted the first-ever Youth Innovation Challenge at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, Metro Manila, last September 23, 2019. Together with advocacy partners US-ASEAN Business Council and GoNegosyo, MIIS YIC 2019 was the first event of its kind in the Philippines, bringing together local students from private and public schools, and international high school students and educators to learn about the power of new ideas.

MIIS YIC 2019 brought together 735 leaders from both public and private high schools around the archipelago to formulate innovative solutions to real-world challenges, spanning the eight (8) intelligences under the MI Framework popularized by Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner.

Endorsed by the Department of Education, the MIIS YIC 2019 invited schools from around the country to participate. There was a total of five (5) regions represented, namely NCR, CAR, Region 2, 3, and CALABARZON, with 74 academic institutions participating. The participants came from 58 public schools, 12 private schools, and 4 homeschool communities. The farthest delegation came from as far as Tuao, Cagayan.

The morning session consisted of a plenary session with resource speakers from different industries in the Philippines, including Angkas’ CEO and Founder Angeline Tham, CUBO Modular’s 23-year-old CEO Earl Patrick Forlales, and Kalibrr’s Founder and CEO Paul Rivera. Tham narrated her journey as an investment banker in New York, to developing an innovative startup here in Manila. Earl Forlales recounted his journey of conceptualizing sustainable and inexpensive homes made from bamboo to solve the country’s housing woes. The young entrepreneur recently won GBP 50,000 at the Cities for Our Future competition in the United Kingdom, a global initiative of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the UK National Commission of UNESCO. Rivera, on the other hand, discussed Kalibrr’s story as a solution to the human resource problems in the Philippine job market.

After a quick morning snack, the program proceeded with Paul Pajo, Jr., Smart’s Head of Business Development for Digital Payments, who contextualized the students’ process from ideating their solutions, to implementing them in real-world scenarios. Accenture’s team, led by Managing Director Nepthalie Cruz, introduced the firm’s Program the Future campaign, which seeks to inspire young innovators from around the country to innovate using 21st-Century skills.

In the afternoon, the delegates were divided into the eight intelligences led by notable speakers from different industries, namely: Habi Education Lab’s Lacey Ramos and JPaul Marasigan for the Linguistic Workshop;Accenture for Logical-Mathematical;Inventor, Industrial Designer, and Vaquform CEO John Tan for Spatial;UP Bike Share Co-Founder Migi Laperal and Startup Village’s Director Carlo Calimon for Bodily-Kinesthetic; ANC Anchor and WEnergy Business Development Director Quintin Pastrana, and Mr. Oliver Sta. Ana of Maynilad Water Academy for Naturalistic; Elements Music Camp Co-Founder Twinky Lagdameo for Musical; Yellow Boat of Hope Project Co-Founder Jay Jaboneta for Interpersonal; and Dom De Leon of Arooga Health for the Interpersonal Workshop. Grab Philippines’ President Brian Cu sat down in an intimate “fireside chat” with the delegates at the Logical-Mathematical workshop. The high school students – coming from different backgrounds - were grouped randomly and were encouraged to collaborate with each other through a design thinking process which involved a culminating pitch at the end of their session.

Faculty delegates were also treated to a series of design thinking and teacher education innovation workshops by Ms. Louella Labutong of Every Juan Can Code, Maynilad Water Academy’s Oliver Sta. Ana, IBM’s Allan D. Go and Albert Velasco, and Ms. Raquel Tierra-Pena of the Multiple Intelligence International School.

The program was capped off by the awarding of the MI Awards, a national biennial search for individuals and organizations who have used their “SMARTS” to make a difference. The Awards have been given since 2005; past awardees have been President Corazon Aquino, Cecillo Pedro, Ogie Alcasid, and Speaker Sonny Belmonte. This year’s awardees were: Habi Education Lab – Linguistic; Start Up Village – Logical-Mathematical; Vaquform’s John Tan - Spatial; UP Bike Share – Bodily-Kinesthetic; Quintin Pastrana – Naturalistic; Elements Music Camp – Musical; Angkas – Interpersonal, and Arooga Health – Intrapersonal.

During the closing ceremony, the challenge winners were also awarded. The Linguistic Intelligence Challenge was won by the Fantastic Fortunate, the Logical Mathematical Challenge was won by Team 7-11, the Spatial Challenge was won by Mak + Jip, the Naturalistic Challenge was won by Team #1, the Musical Challenge was won by Hi Ten, the Bodily Kinesthetic Award was won by PWD, the Interpersonal Challenge was won by Climex, and the Intrapersonal Challenge was won by Team Thinking. All challenge winners were composed of a mix of students from different public and private high schools. All proposals will also be published in magazine form and submitted to relevant government and non-governmental institutions.

MIIS plans to continue the Youth Innovation Challenge in the next few years, possibly becoming a regional tour throughout the Philippines.

About the Multiple Intelligence International School 

The Multiple Intelligence International School is an international progressive school that advocates for the development of the multiple intelligences of the students. We believe in supporting the development of various strengths in students. For more information, contact Luigi Conti, Marketing and Business Development Officer at and +63 9276765972. 

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