Wesleyan Create brought home the Perfect Pitch Award (one of the three major awards) in the Demo Day and Culminating Activity of the Smart Prepaid Innovation Generation Season 3 on June 10, 2023, held via Facebook Live. This was a back-to-back win for the University because it won the same award in the second season of this competition last year.The team’s project called TARALIBOT (Tourists’ Assistance for Reinforcing and Advocating Local and Indigenous Business Operations and Trading) bagged the award for having the “catchiest” and “most informative” video pitch among the final entries.

Project TARALIBOT would provide a platform for local businesses to reach a wider audience and promote their products and services. This platform would be a one-stop directory of the best localfood and products-complete with location-based search capabilities, a review and rating system, and social media integration.

With TARALIBOT, local and indigenous businesses would have a greater chance of receiving recognition which could increase their revenue. This would contribute to more equitable tourism development in the Philippines.

Wesleyan Create team members were all from the College of Engineering and Computer Technology – Prince Ralph Emanuel Ramirez (BSECE 4), Feliciano Ramos, Jr. (BSECE 4), Edward Nathan Sumera (BSECE 4), James Vincent Acuna (BSECE 3), and Phillize Calderon (BSECE 3). They were guided by Engr. Jayson Paul V. Vicencio and Engr. Leo M. Ramos.

The winning team received a connectivity package worth Php 10,000 and a grant of Php 50,000, while each member received a smartphone from SMART Communications, Inc. Another team from WUP, Wesleyan Univates BAYANIHAN, was also among the Top 50 entries in this competition.

Smart Prepaid Innovation Generation (InnoGen), an innovation grant program for the youth organized and sponsored by Smart Communication, Inc., aimed to harness the creativity of today’s youth for youth-led digital solutions that would enable Filipinos to surmount the challenges created by the pandemic. It was initiated to encourage students to develop innovative solutions utilizing wireless technologies to solve community problems in fields such as livelihood, education, and transportation.

Article and photos by the College of Engineering and Computer Technology