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With the goal of capacitating the 2017 and 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) Winners in the commercialization of their technologies, DOST VIII implements the Translating R&D Outputs into Innovations through Technopreneurship and Customer Validation (TransDI) project that will run from the month September 2021 until April the following year.

The TransDI project is a nationwide program initiated by the DOST-MIMAROPA (REGION 4B). It aims to capacitate the RICE winners in transitioning their technologies from the research lab to the marketplace. It covers the top 3 regional winners from the five categories of RICE in 2017 and 2019 namely, Outstanding Invention through the Tuklas Award, Outstanding Utility Model through the Unlad Award, Outstanding Industrial Design through the Banghay Award, Outstanding Creative Research through the Likha Award, and Outstanding Student Creative Research for high school and college students through the Sibol Award.

2017 and 2019 RICE Winners coming from different HEI/SUCs will be participating in the TransDI project and they are particularly from Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Samar State University (SSU), Eastern Visayas State University- Main Campus, Tacloban City, Samar State University- Paranas Campus, Paranas Samar, Phil. Science High School- Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC). All participants will undergo a series of screening processes which includes identifying industry contacts and refining the value proposition of their technologies.

Moreover, among the recent developments for this project is the conduct of the Pre-Implementation Meeting and the Orientation cum Organization Meeting last September 6 and 7, respectively. The participants from the above-mentioned HEI/SUCs will undertake training together with the University’s TBI/ITSO personnel for them to be capacitated with technopreneurial mindset, design thinking and development process, among others.

Hence,this project aims not only to provide encouragement to men and women inventors and researchers in showcasing their inventive and creative capabilities through their research and invention, but rather to capacitate them in commercializing a relevant and marketable invention or technology addressing certain issues and making it available to the public. (By Desiree Quiminales, DOST VIII TransDI Project)