Two teams from Xavier School dominated the 2017 University of Technology Sydney (UTS) International Technology Innovation Competition last April 26, 2017, taking home the coveted People’s Choice Award and Judges’ Choice Award.
The first team, composed of incoming seniors Javier Lorenzana, Brendan Tiu, and John Young, was awarded People’s Choice winners for garnering the most votes from an online poll of over 20,000 voters. The second team, composed of incoming juniors David Hwang, Zachary Sy, and Philbert Tan, won the Judges’ Choice Award, besting 200 students across the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Along with the top teams from the region, the Xavier School teams of three took part in the competition’s final round held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Leading the Philippine delegation was Martin Gomez, moderator of Xavier School’s Next Lab and the teams’ mentor.
The UTS International Technology Innovation Competition is an international competition that invites high school students from select countries in Southeast Asia to design creative solutions to challenges within specific problem areas. The competition is run by the University of Technology Sydney, and spans across four countries and over 60 teams of three.