MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Launched for the first time in the Philippines, Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow aims to unleash the creativity and potential of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students in discovering social solutions with the use of technology. In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Solve for Tomorrow aims to provide opportunities for top students to transform emerging ideas into action and unlock their full potential as future leaders. This global program has successfully helped over two million people and has reached beyond the boundaries of 50 other countries, including the Philippines, as the latest addition this 2023.
Samsung is inviting public science high school students from Grades 08 to 10 to showcase their groundbreaking ideas that can positively impact communities and create a better tomorrow. Participating schools can form teams with a maximum of four students and one faculty advisor for every entry. There will be no limit to how many teams can join per school.
The team should identify a local community or an environmental sustainability problem and provide a design proposal outlining sustainable and feasible solutions with the help of technology. The proposal can be in a slide presentation format (five slides maximum) or a Word document (2,500 words maximum). After completing the proposal, teams must submit their entry via the Solve for Tomorrow registration site before or on November 03, 2023.
10 shortlisted teams will have a chance to be coached by Samsung experts, and present their proposals to an esteemed board of judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive Samsung devices worth up to PHP 650,000 for their school, PHP 190,000 worth of Samsung devices for the team and their teacher adviser, PHP 100,000 cash prize for team members, and PHP 20,000 cash prize for the faculty adviser.
Full mechanics and prizes can be found on the official website.
Here are just some of the solutions developed by winners of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow from around the world.
Looking for a study buddy? TAZ’s App got your back
Indeed, wherever young innovators triumph, each convenes to develop solutions for a better tomorrow. TAZ, the winning team from Malaysia in 2021, from St. Francis Institution, Malacca, developed an app that helps Malaysian students around the country to connect with study buddies who share similar interests and help them acquire access to a variety of learning materials nationwide and equip their peers with time management tips.
PathFinder System: Key to safer spaces in schools
A gunshot detection and evacuation system was one of the 2022 Solve for Tomorrow’s grand prize winners in the United States. Designed by students from Porter High School, Texas, the PathFinder system addresses crowd stampedes caused by a threat of an active shooter. It aims to ensure students’ safety inside their school and ease the fear of school shootings. It essentially eradicates false alarms and its LED lights change color to indicate the proximity of danger while pointing out the safest way out. It was one of the smartest prototypes proposed in the competition, as it is highly functional and sustainable.
Support athletes during competitions with the Human Health Band
With an innovation that aimed to assist athletes on their road to victory, Strawberry Crest High School from Dover, Florida, was awarded one of the four grand-winners for Solve for Tomorrow 2023. With a Human Health Band designed to monitor an athlete’s body temperature and prevent heat-related deaths, the team conducted thorough research on making this project feasible and sustainable to save lives using recycled fabrics and developed software.
Join Samsung in its mission to help build a better future and be part of the country’s very first Solve for Tomorrow competition. The deadline for submission is November 03, 2023. Interested applicants can learn more and submit their entries at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow here.
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