Airbnb-Type Car App Wins Smart’s SWEEP Award

Carspace, an entry of college students from University of San Jose-Recollectos (USJ-R), was proclaimed grand winner at the recent Smart’s Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) awards on May 10.

The USJ-R students,Kevin Cerdon, Jesury Thomas Gadiane, Noel Daniel Seldura, with their faculty adviser Eric Magto, earned the nod of the judges as the most #FutureReady 5G Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, spearheaded by Smart.

The parking app enables users using IOT hardware to locate vacant parking spaces easily and remotely monitor the vehicle in real time, Cerdon said as he presented the app’s features.

Funded by rental fees and operating features, Cerdon added that “there are no similar projects like ours”.

He said what differentiates their app from other parking apps is that it is like Airbnb, but for cars.

Cerdon and the rest of the team brought home the top prize of PHP300,000.

From over 160 entries, the judges chose only ten.

Aside from USJ-R, other winners include Asia Pacific College for its entry “LYNIA” – a queue management system that aims to ease commuter queuing experience in Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) terminals (2nd place, Fiber Home Award) and Technological University of the Philippines–Manila for its solution “Beenotified”, a cost-effective and full cycle beehive monitoring system (3rd place, Huawei Award for Excellence).

The schools would bring home cash prizes, amounting to PHP200,000 & PHP100,000, respectively.

Non-winners got PHP50,000 each as consolation prize.

Another award, the Ericson People’s Choice Awards, goes to the National Teachers College (NTC) for its entry “ARGOS” – a Behavior Detection System and brings home PHP20,000 for getting the most number of likes in the official Smart SWEEP15 Facebook page.

Now on its 15th year, SWEEP is an annual competition that encourages innovation and excellence in wireless applications development among students of tertiary schools. (PNA)

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