by RONALYN BANAKEN
The project core team, from left: Ryan Motal, Nellbrick Ramos, Allan Ternola, and Gabriel Rebultan
The University of Baguio (UB) is among the 20 schools chosen as finalists slated to compete in the BPI Sinag U National Bootcamp in Manila next week.
UB’s entry – the Farm Direct Web application – is the only entry from CAR to qualify for the national level of the BPI Sinag U competition.
The BPI Sinag U is a competition where the participants draft business proposals for possible funding.
The Farm Direct app enables farmers and buyers in Benguet to transact online. The team designed the app to be as user-friendly as possible, employing a simpler interface, lesser buttons and lesser pop-ups.
The app can be used through the phone, and is accessed through the Internet. In the project’s operating model, NSTP students of the University will be tapped to facilitate in teaching the farmers the basic operations of the app.
The app was first developed under the team’s Project Study subject. It was then selected as one of the University’s entries to the BPI Sinag U competition.
The team is composed of Nellbrick Ramos (project manager and assistant programmer), Allan Ternola (assistant project manager), Ryan Motal (lead programmer), Gabriel Rebultan (lead designer and tester), Francis Castro (system stakeholder), and Cherry Ann Carpiso (technical adviser).
UB's Nellbrick Ramos (second from left) and Ryan Motal (second from right) will present at the National Bootcamp in Manila next week. Both are from the UB School of Information Technology. Photo also shows Dr. Ruby Buccat, BPI Sinag U in-school coordinator for UB (extreme left), and Engr. Elisabeth Calub, dean of the UB School of Information Technology (extreme right).