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Smart InnoGen Season 2 shortlists record number for next round

Hundreds of college students, grouped into 40 teams, from 19 universities and colleges nationwide, recently made it to the shortlist for Phase 2 of the Smart Prepaid Innovation Generation (InnoGen) Season 2, an innovation grant program for the youth led by wireless network Smart Communications.

Each of the shortlisted teams will receive a connectivity grant worth P10,000.

Setting forth the challenge “How the youth can help the Philippines recover from the pandemic?” InnoGen is aligned with Smart’s and parent company PLDT’s core value of creating opportunities for community development in the areas of disaster preparedness, education, environment, governance, inclusion, livelihood, sports, and tourism, using wireless or digital technology.

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“We at Smart recognize that with the youth’s passion, creative energy, and desire to shape a better future combined with the enabling power of technology, we can altogether rebuild our nation,” said Stephanie Orlino, AVP, Community Relations, Smart.

Connectivity and cash grants of up to P60,000 are at stake for the teams that will reach InnoGen’s Phases 2 and 3, and the Demo Day. Participants also get the chance to learn from experts and advocates through a series of exclusive online lectures that will help them gain knowledge and skills to enhance their projects.

Working with Smart Prepaid in the implementation of the InnoGen Program are PLDT Enterprise, ePLDT, Innolab, PayMaya, Ideaspace, and QBO Innovation Hub.

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