Allan Peejay M. Lappay, Ph.D.
Jeremy Godofredo C. Morales, Ph.D
The Cyber Summit 2020 spearheaded by the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) of St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) was conducted on March 4-6, 2020. It aimed to advance the convergence of technological innovation towards sustainable development among Information Technology and Engineering students, professionals, practitioners, educators and enthusiasts, on the theme: “Connect and Innovate to Empower the Future Generation on the Trends and Technologies for Sustainable Development.”
The plenary speakers were: Sister Merceditas Ang, SPC, SPUP President; Engr. Joven Jacinto, representative from the Region 2 Commission on Higher Education; and Mr. McAllen Reonel Sebastian Cacacho, Founder and CEO of HacktheNorth.Ph. They addressed the participants with deep challenge on innovating and creating projects that can help solve current problems, local and international, as well as to be goal-oriented while maintaining the right attitude and having the willingness to learn new concepts and technologies.
Topics on the various tenets of Information Technology and Engineering were also discussed such as “Sustainable Environmental Management and ICT on Achieving SDGs” by Director Dionisio C. Ledres, Regional Director of National Economic Development Authority; “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Artificial Intelligence” by Mr. Art Polo Gabriel, Chief Technology Officer, Megatech FX; “Automation, Types of Industrial Robots and How They Aid the Current and Future Generations” by Mr. Charles Angelo D. Duran, Field Application Executive of Hytec Power Corp; “Technopreneurship and Sustainable Development” by Mr. Charles Irvin P. Tagarino, Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist of the Region 2 Department of Trade and Industry; “Green Building Technology” by Engr. Manny Anthony Martin Taguba, CEO of Intense Engineering Review Center; and, “Cyber Security” by Mr. Francis Al Victoriano, Chief Technology Officer of Application Developer and Information Security Analyst for various companies. All these topics encouraged the participants to be critical about the expertise they choose so that they can impart their exact knowledge and skill to future clients.
There were concurrent sessions for the Engineering track which provided an avenue for the discussion of “Structural Analysis and Design (STAAD) Software” by Engr. Jove Revocal, DPA, Engineer of Region 2 Department of Public Works and Highways, and “Use of AutoCAD and EPA.NET” Waterworks Corporation Tabuk Waters. On the other hand, the Information Technology group focused on “Machine Learning Application” by Dr. Jake Maggay, Professor from Cagayan State University Lasam Campus and “Hybrid Programming” by Mr. Robert Soriano, Programmer III of the Department of Science and Technology–MIRDC. These sessions enhanced classroom-based learning of students through the introduction of additional, if not new, concepts based on the actual need of industries and the future of Information Technology and Engineering fields.
To showcase the participants’ skills, competitions on Programming, Infomercial, and Infographics were conducted on the third day of the summit.