OUR CORPORATION HAD GREAT PRESENCE AT THE FINEM
A LARGE NUMBER OF PROJECTS THAT ARE GENERATING IMPACT WAS PRESENTED BY THE UNIVERSITY IN THIS TRADE FAIR, ORGANIZED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE REGION.
October 13, 2017
A broad deployment of initiatives characterized the presence of our University in the First Fair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Finem), which took place in the Plaza de Armas main square of Talca, in order to bring to the community the scientific and technological projects aiming to increase the competitiveness and national productivity.
The public that attended the fair got to know what is being done in relation to these subjects and, in that context, visitors were able to interact with innovations presented at the Expo UTALCA pavilion.
In addition, booths located in the Pavilion of the Regional Government, showed results of projects with funding from the Fund for Innovation for Competitiveness (FIC-R) that are being or have been executed by researchers and technology centers in our university.
At the opening of Finem, President Alvaro Rojas emphasized the participation of researchers and students in more than one hundred innovation programs. "The University of Talca, is present solidly with innovations in all fields with main focus on agricultural issues, energy and agrifoodstuffs. For us innovation is a central theme in the professional training of our students, and not only productive innovation, but also social innovation that results in a higher well-being for the population," he said.
For his part, the Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Gonzalo Herrera, referred to the importance of achieving a partnership with the different actors who are working together to generate entrepreneurship in the region.
"It is the first time that we gather a significant amount of institutions to show that we can do things together to enhance these areas in the Maule Region. In the case of the University of Talca, we present a wide variety of projects that are beginning to have an impact with their results and are also producing new non-traditional ventures in bioinformatics and video games," said Gonzalo Herrera.
In turn, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro, said the fair is an important event "to give to know the different projects that have been developed at our University, highlighting initiatives generated in the Faculty of Engineering that address adaptation to climate change and the future challenges from innovation, science and technology.
The Fidem is organized by our Academic Institution, the Regional Government, Corfo and Santo Tomás University, and about this initiative Intendant Pablo Meza highlighted the joint effort to disseminate and report on innovation and entrepreneurship. "We aim at “fair trade”, social innovation and decent work, joining the effort we make from the region in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation," he said.
At the Expo UTALCA pavilion, the fair attendees enjoyed the creations of the School of Engineering in the Development of Video Games and Virtual Reality, which exhibited developments with which those present were able to interact.
Other initiatives came from the UTALCA Engineering Macro-Faculty, including the Agromo project, from the Kipus Center for Engineering Systems, consisting of a drone with farming sensors to measure the condition of the crops from the air, allowing more accurate decisions in agriculture.
Other projects were also presented, like sustainability and energy efficiency, with the ozone generator, an automated prototype powered with photovoltaic energy for the generation of ozone, ideal for keeping in good conditions the food and water in households in rural areas that do not have electricity.
Also presented was the "Clean Optimizer", a robot that cleans solar panels, which detects and cleans the dirt and imperfections that are generated in these systems. This development was one of the winners of the Ingenia Contest from the Macro Faculty, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship from the students.
On the other hand, the Bioinformatics Civil Engineering academic, Alejandro Valdés, outlined the Qr-Books documents management platform, created by the technology company KIGA Ltda., composed of students and teachers from the School.
"Today we are presenting a product that incorporates accessibility and added value to the digital devices using technologies such as QR codes, Raspberry Pi devices and smartphones, to maintain a custom virtual library, whose contents can be updated in a very simple way with the help of a software. Qr-Books has been developed with low-cost technology, which represents a competitive advantage and at the same time an opportunity for our customers," said Valdés.
The public was also able to know the TruckLab, a mobile science laboratory that brings science closer to schools in the region. "We wouldn’t want to be left out of this great fair because science and technology are the basis for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is super important to have all institutions showing their prototypes and technological developments", said the director of this successful project of the Faculty of Engineering, César Retamal.
In addition, the exhibition space included a presentation focused on University Social Responsibility with interactive exhibits on topics such as the elements of the periodic table and entomology, and the application of 'Botanical Garden, Tours and walks' augmented reality.
An important part of the institutional presence at Finem was a CAMPUSTV studio that conducted in-place interviews, and the Admissions and Links with the Schools System Office (Davse).
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