DLSU, UP students share experience from Indra Future Minds competition

(The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Hosted by Indra, one of the leading multinational consulting and technology firms in Europe and Latin America, the Future Minds competition emphasizes multiculturalism, and the use of new technologies in the modern working environment. Students from De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Philippines-Diliman (UPD) share their rich learning experience from participating in the fourth edition of the international university competition.

The UPD team is composed of Everett Lucien Antoine Ubiadas, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering student; Arfiel Lorenz Herbon, a BS ECE student; and Joshua Rex Bataller, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering student.

The team from DLSU is composed of Justin Contreras, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering student; John Steven Lee, a student taking up Industrial Management Engineering with a minor in Service Management; and Timothy Fernando, a student of Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Management with specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering.

In the competition, the students faced the challenges of today’s business world, including working with collaborative tools in virtual environments, developing non-technical skills such as the capacity for teamwork, and doing all this within a multicultural setting.

A total of 120 students from 12 countries and 37 universities competed in the previous editions of the competition. The objective is to find bright, innovative people who are passionate about technology and new challenges and give them a platform where they can gain international experience and use it to build their global profile.

As a technological, innovative and global company, Indra aims to use the contest to give promising young students an international experience through virtual work tools. Multicultural experience, familiarity with different projects and global vision are precisely the aspects most appreciated by the students who participated in the previous editions.

Recruiting, developing and retaining talent is a fundamental area for Indra’s sustainability, making it a strategic priority. The Indra Future Minds competition helps the company find the best talent and build closer relationships with universities throughout the world.

Indra currently works with more than 200 universities and research centers through chairs, agreements and R&D projects, allowing the company to access new technologies and recruit professionals.

Indra’s strong talent management practices have allowed it to become one of the leading companies in the world in terms of sustainability. The company has renewed its presence in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the eighth consecutive year.

For the students of UPD and DLSU, the virtual phase of the competition was a great learning experience. Contreras, one of the Future Minds participants from DLSU, said, “The competition allowed students like us to try to provide solutions for very difficult problems, which tested the sharpness and creativity of our minds.”

He added: “They were not just difficult problems as the enigmas usually had a huge impact on society, and this fact was one of my personal motivations during the competition.”

For Fernando, also from DLSU, the experience was more than just a challenging competition wherein he represented his school. He said, “It was an irreplaceable learning experience to mold a mindset of developing sustainable solutions for the betterment of society. For me, this is what sets this competition apart from others, as relevant issues are discussed, and technology is utilized as practical applications to solve these issues.”

Bataller of UPD said the competition was a “fun journey of discovering solutions to existing problems.” According to him, “I learned a lot from my teammates, from idea-making and meticulous scrutiny of each idea up to all the technical skills in creating an effective presentation. Coming from different courses is also a big advantage for the team since we have different specializations and backgrounds.”

Herbon, also from UPD, said the virtual phase gave him a chance to work and interact with people from other countries, which is a good training for someone who plans to work overseas. He added that the competition gave him a chance to “think of solutions and innovations that are in line with the technologies we have today, with sensitivity to the people involved in it.”

In this fourth edition of the Indra Future Minds competition, the participating universities together with DLSU and UPD were Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal de Bahía, of Brazil; Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, of Colombia; Universidad Federico Santa María, of Chile; Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and Universidad de Deusto, of Spain; Politécnico di Bari, of Italy; Escuela Superior de Cómputo del Instituto Politécnico Nacional of Mexico (with two teams); Universidad Tecnológica de Panama; Universidad Peruana de Ciencias and Universidad Católica del Peru; and the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, of Portugal.


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