PLDT, Smart InnoGen 3.0Innovation

PLDT, Smart hold young innovators program, InnoGen 3.0

PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) continue to empower young innovators, welcoming 98 new teams to the Innovation Generation (InnoGen) grant program.  

Launched in August 2022 with the theme #ForwardTogether, InnoGen 3.0 highlights the role of the youth in nation-building through inclusive and sustainable technology. InnoGen is PLDT and Smart’s innovation grant program for tech-savvy and aspiring Filipino innovators whose passion and purpose are to bring meaningful impact to their communities.

“With the widening digital divide, it is imperative that we as a nation adapt, evolve and innovate in this ever-changing and fast-paced world,” said Cathy Yang, FVP and group head of Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart. “We are counting on the youth, specifically the ninety eight teams joining this program, to help uplift communities and to create a smarter and better world for all.” 

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The 98 young innovators joining this season of InnoGen is the largest number of participants to date, also extending opportunities to senior high school (SHS) students for the first time.  

This year, InnoGen underscores the importance of purpose-driven and inclusive solutions in addressing not just the current digital divide but also the socioeconomic gaps in our society.  

“InnoGen is aligned with our core belief that innovation is key to nation-building,” said Stephanie Orlino, AVP and head of Stakeholder Management Team at PLDT and Smart. “We have innovative learning tools to help ensure that no learner is left behind, livelihood programs that capacitate farmers to be more economically competitive, and digital wellness advocacies that strive to build a safe and secure online environment for children, customers, and communities.”