Central Philippine University

By Karren Jay Asgar

Tech Awards, first in Western Visayas aims to recognize students making real-world impact through technology. Photo Credits to Tech For All.

Hans Gabriel B. Daduya and Jenny Rose M. Suelan, both BS Software Engineering students, made it to the 10 outstanding finalists for Tech Awards 2024. They will be having a scheduled interview on May 3 at the Ledip Office, Iloilo City Hall, for its final round.

After a rigorous screening of applications from various schools in Western Visayas, the Central Philippine University is delighted to announce that two Centralians have been recognized as the top 10 finalists for the Tech Awards 2024. They have not only demonstrated exceptional quality but have also excelled in the point-based scoring system across various categories. They stand out in terms of their leadership and collaboration, innovation and creativity, community impact, and awards and recognition.

Hans Gabriel B. Daduya, a 4th year Software Engineering student, was also recently crowned Mr. CPU 2024. “I like Mathematics and Programming that is the very core of Software Engineering and because of this, I am able to create applications for mobile and web that can be useful for a lot of people. I believe technology is vital for our future and we can use it to enhance different sectors in our society such as healthcare, agriculture, education, and many more,” Daduya said during an online interview.

On the other hand, Jenny Rose M. Suelan is also a 4th year Software Engineering student and former president of the Philippine Society of Software Engineers (PSSE). For her, “As a woman in tech, I aspire to genuinely help my fellow women see their place in the tech field. So, when I first heard of the Tech Awards 2024, I knew I needed to apply. I figured that such an opportunity is more than just recognition; it is also about representation.”

The Tech Awards are spearheaded by Global Shapers Community-Iloilo, DEVCON Visayas, and Innovate Iloilo, sponsored by UMWAD Western Visayas, ICP Hubs Network Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry-IIloilo Chapter, Inc., and supported by the Iloilo City Government, ILED Foundation, NEDA-Region VI, and DICT Region VI. In collaboration with the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) Western Visayas, Women TechMakers, Google Developer Student Clubs Western Visayas, and Google Developer Groups-Bacolod.