By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII
In recent years, the exhibition of the latest innovative technologies and services plus having the chance to meet our science heroes is the main reason why the staging of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) has been a regular box-office hit.
However, as we are in a middle of pandemic with various health and quarantine protocols, including the restriction on mass gathering, a traditional way of celebrating NSTW will not happen this year.
Despite these limitations, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has found alternative way and due to the advancement in technology, we will continue to enjoy the NSTW.
Starting November 23 to November 29, all DOST agencies and regional offices as well as partners from the academe and private sectors will give the public the opportunity to explore and navigate through the virtual exhibit with their respective innovative technologies and services.
Hosted in the NSTW website, the virtual exhibit will be divided into four (4) thematic clusters: Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaauyusan, at Kinabukasan, that are aligned with the framework of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
To access the virtual exhibit, you can visit the link https://nstw2020.dost.gov.ph/ and once you arrive at the landing page, click the Register button. After that, you will be requested to fill out the form and click Submit. You will be redirected to a convention- type lobby, wherein you will see different buttons such as Plenary Hall and, most important of all, the Exhibit Hall.
Once you enter the Exhibit Hall, you may now visit, navigate, and access all relevant information and knowledge about the different DOST technologies and services featured in four exhibit clusters.
For the Kalusugan cluster, technologies and services related to the Bamboo Use Redefined, New Normal Necessities, and Modern Textile will be highlighted. For Kabuhayan cluster, there are services and products focused on providing rural livelihood and industrial innovation in metals and engineering and more. Technologies related to emergency foods, hazard and risk assessment, smart agricultural technology, and transport system technology will banner the Kaayusan cluster. Lastly, Innovative Learning Tools will be the main attraction of the Kinabukasan cluster.
There will be available chat operators for each technology and product to be featured in the virtual exhibit from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
For more information about the 2020 NSTW celebration please visit the www.nstw.dost.gov.ph or its official Facebook, the National Science and Technology Week.
The latest innovative technologies and services developed by the DOST agencies and regional offices as well as their partners from academe and private sectors will be featured in the virtual exhibit of the 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration from November 23 to November 29.