Bohol FabLab Wins JPY200,000 in Asia’s Start-Up Pitch Competition

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Bohol’s Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), a design co-creation program that helps Philippine’s micro, small, and medium enterprises, was awarded 200,000 yen from THK in an annual competition for start-up businesses utilizing science and technology for innovative ideas.

THK, which is among the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Japanese-listed company will soon collaborate in FabLab’s development project on the upcycling facility. Among the top winners were the innovators of light pigment ube (purple) for commercial use, creators of a mind-based alert system for paralyzed patients, and the makers of a vending machine for first aid and over-the-counter medicines.

The said award was part of the Tech Planter competition, a competition intended for hardware creators that incorporate science and technology. The competition which was organized by Leave A Nest Co. Ltd, a Japan-based business firm, are also held in other countries such as Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

The winning team introduced a heat press machine designed by Takaki to upcycle new products out of waste materials. The heat press machine is already used by a women’s society in the city, particularly in Barangay Cogon, for a livelihood project that creates souvenir products from plastic scraps. World-renowned brand Louis Vuitton has expressed interest in getting materials for their boutique’s interior designs from the FabLab.

The first FabLab in the Philippines, Bohol FabLab was established in 2014 through the initiative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) JOCV Program, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bohol, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Bohol Island State University (BISU). The concept started in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which aims to support ordinary citizens turn their design ideas into physical forms using computers. This concept is already initiated across USA, Afghanistan, and Kenya.

Bohol FabLab has already helped 135 manufacturers in the province by allowing them to create product prototypes, scale models, graphic designs, as well as combine local materials, and mass produce products.

For your remarkable innovative ideas that bring pride to Bohol, congratulations Bohol FabLab from the Bohol Bloggers Collective and the Bohol ICT Council.