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Pinoys Snag Awards in Switzerland

PINOY PRIDE. A Filipino inventor who created a portable water treatment and a tech startup that matches Filipino women jobseekers with global entrepreneurs both took home awards from Geneva, Switzerland, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced.

Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Evan Garcia lauded the Filipinos’ ingenuity for continuing to provide solutions to global and local challenges.

A Practical Invention

Rodrigo Duque, the Filipino inventor, received the bronze prize in the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions, which took place from April 10 to 14 in Geneva.

Duque’s invention can get rid of contaminants and sterilize water in large amounts through the use of an easily transportable device enclosed in a fiber-enriched case. This device was recognized for its practical application during calamities when there is a limited or compromised supply of potable water.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been helping Duque develop his product and get it off the ground. With the support of the agency, his invention is now ready for market production.

Champion for e-Employment

Connected Women, a tech startup that matches Filipina virtual assistants to global entrepreneurs, was lauded for being a Champion for e-Employment at the World Summit for Information Society Forum from April 8 to 12. The event was held in Geneva, too.

The team behind Connected Women developed a platform that utilizes algorithms to create a precise match between Filipino women who are interested in remote work and global businesses that are in need of virtual assistance.

But apart from providing opportunities for Filipinas to work from anywhere, Connected Women also empowers them by ensuring they are equipped with the right skills so that they can take control of their careers.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has been providing assistance to the tech company.

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