Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global IT services firm, concluded its goIT program piloted in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) awarding the top prize to the students of Cordillera Regional Science High School for developing a waste management app.
A year ago, TCS launched goIT program, a flagship community engagement program, which aims to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The program helped students gain 21st-century skills which prepared them for the tech-driven world and will help to improve their communities and support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The goal of the goIT program is to encourage students to pursue STEM education and successfully introduce them to design thinking, digital technologies, and agile methodologies.
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“goIT Cordillera is just the beginning of the many more TCS goIT projects in the Philippines,” said Patrick Veril, CSR manager, TCS Philippines. “More than the official culminating of our first leg, our heart is full in witnessing how the young minds are aware of the needs of their communities and are capable of transforming the society. TCS Philippines is grateful to DepEd–CAR for the partnership and the support from day one to this day.”
The goIT program was implemented throughout the academic year with an engaging curriculum which includes innovation life cycle, product prototyping and industry-relevant entrepreneurial skills. The program was facilitated by TCS employee volunteers who are delivery heads, system analysts and team leaders from different business units. These employees provided industry context and real-world scenarios which helped students have a better grasp about the different IT careers.
The Cordillera Regional Science High School bagged the champion award with its entry “Transformers.” The app provided solution to the community’s dilemma on waste management. The group highlighted the beauty in trash by creating a market place between companies and regular consumers for an organized recycling and upcycling transactions. The students hope to collaborate with GPS Tracking and delivery service providers for a more convenient and safe disposal of orders. The app will not only provide income to its users but will also help the environment fight waste pollution.
Through the partnership of TCS and DepEd–CAR, the goIT program reached the six provinces in the region, namely Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province and Kalinga and engaged almost 300 students. TCS proudly presents the winning entries who undoubtedly showcased their skills and learnings from the goIT program through a mobile application.
“TCS is eager to bring the success of goIT Cordillera to the other parts of the Philippines and showcase the Filipino students’ impeccable talent for technology,” shared Shiju Varghese, country head, TCS Philippines Country Head.