Young innovators workshop introduces solutions for nation building 2nd Opinion October 18, 2019 Features The future looks bright as the next generation of leaders came up with innovative solutions to solve current problems in traffic, environment, and other local issues in the recently concluded Youth Innovation Summit 2019. Spearheaded by the Multiple Intelligence International School and copresented by Smart Communications, the event promotes design thinking through a string of experiential and collaborative workshops where students have to think of products, digital platforms, organizations, or other solutions that address problems that our country is facing today. “We are committed in creating an ecosystem for innovators. The next industrial revolution we know is going to be a very digital space. We need to be participative in creating an ecosystem for innovation and for creating solutions that promote sustainable development in our country.” said Dr. Mary Joy Canon-Abaquin, Founding Directress of Multiple Intelligence International School. A total of eight (8) challenges were made to encourage and foster shared understanding and commitment within the students, namely the Linguistic Challenge, Logical-Mathematical Challenge, Spatial Challenge, Bodily Kinesthetic Challenge, Musical Challenge, Intrapersonal Challenge, Interpersonal Challenge, and the Naturalist Challenge. The challenges were focused on either addressing a particular issue or proposes an opportunity to transform a facet in society through the help of sustainable ideas and digitalization. The winning teams presented ideas that aims to solve traffic, optimize transactions, build livelihoods, foster well being, preserve the environment, and promote Filipino culture. Smart developer evangelist and SmartDevNet cofounder Paul Pajo also gave his insights on design thinking and why it’s important for the youth to start pitching in ideas that may contribute in nation building. He also gave practical tips on how students can develop their design thinking skills. PLDT Inc. and wireless arm Smart Communications have been supporting the education sector for years, with programs such as Smart School-in-a-Bag, which empowers learners in remote areas through digital education tools, and Gabay Guro, which promotes the welfare of teachers.