The first ESTECO Design Competition in partnership with illycaffè is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students from International Universities, attending a School of Engineering, Physics and Chemistry

The team that designs the most innovative water pressurization system capable of reducing energy consumption using ESTECO’s optimization software will win a trip to EXPO 2015, a one-year modeFRONTIER license and an illy IPERESPRESSO X7.1 espresso machine.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 01/03/2015 h. 00.00
WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT 31/03/2015 h.00.00

The aim of the competition is to bring students closer to the different stages of design, prototyping and production. Participants are encouraged to be creative in their quest to achieve a state-of-the art solution which improves either the pressurization system as a whole or a key component.​



The optimization of the system is fundamental both for guaranteeing the optimal performance of illy Iperespresso capsules and for maximizing sustainability in terms of energy consumption: every single component of the machine must be carefully calibrated. This is what makes this engineering challenge so difficult: the teams taking part are required to design a water pressurization system that not only ensures consistent espresso quality but also reduces energy consumption while considering all constraints.

The solutions, obtained using modeFRONTIER software, will need to be highly innovative while all intellectual property (IP) generated during the competition will be wholly owned by the inventors​. Designs that achieve significant improvements in terms of impact on the environmental and those that exploit the advanced modeFRONTIER engineering software creatively and effectively will jump to the head of the pack.

Are you a Student? Register NOW!

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Go Green in the City: Think Big. Think Green. Think Schneider Electric.



Schneider Electric opens its doors once again for the fifth edition of Go Green in the City, the global business case challenge. In teams of two, students from all over the world are invited to enter the competition and share their revolutionary energy management ideas for a chance to gain unique insight into one of the leading global energy management companies in the world.

The top 12 teams will be invited to Paris in June, 2015 to present their ideas in front of a prominent jury and to compete for a trip around the world and a career opportunity at Schneider Electric*.

How to Join:

  1. Register – Business and Engineering students WORLDWIDE, atleast 18 years old and atleast 2nd Year in college. Those who are pursuing masters or MBA are also eligible. Go to
  2. Fill out your profile – tell us more about yourself!
  3. Form a team – team up with your friend or classmate. At least one member must be female and both team members must study in the same country for the duration of the competition.
  4. Submit your case solution – impress the judges with your team’s idea for intelligent energy management for a smarter city.


  1. Top 12 will receive an invitation to present their ideas to <drum roll> PARIS!!!
  2. The winning team will travel the world, stopping at two Schneider Electric offices along the way, and ultimately, receive a job offer*!

What are you waiting for?

Competition opens on November 15, 2014

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What Wattpad?

It’s been weeks since I downloaded this Google PlayStore App, Wattpad. Basically, it’s an app where you can read stories by amateur writers. Some of the stories are amazing, there are others that is simply mediocre so if you want to make sure that your time is well-spent on a good story, try checking first how many reads does the story have. Stories are also voted so check also the votes and comments. If you don’t want to be left hanging because the story is incomplete, check if the status is ‘complete’ before downloading it.

Some of the stories that I fell in love with are the following:

1. Thirty Eight Series (Thirty Eight Days and Thirty Eight Reasons)

2. Burning Moon

3. Wanting Jocelyn

4. Must Date the Playboy (note to the writer: please finish the 2nd book already :))

5. The Consequences of Loving Colton (a bit hard to follow because of the crazy characters but funny nonetheless)

6. Maid for Hire (the ending part is a bit cheesy but its love, love could be cheesy)

7. Fat Vampire (not your usual vampire story)

I almost forgot to mention that its Free and the stories are Free! Yey!

So check out the App already!

Are You Afraid of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon

Are You Afraid of the Dark Cover



In four cities across the world, four people die violently and mysteriously. The dead share a single crucial link: each was connected to an all-powerful environmental think tank. Two of the victims’ widows-accomplished artist Diane Stevens and international supermodel Kelly Harris-may hold the key to their husbands’ demise. Terrified for their lives, suspicious of each other, and armed only with their own wits and guile, they must join forces in a nightmare cycle of hunt-and-kill. At stake is the shattering truth about the tragedies that robbed them of the men they loved…and about an awesome conspiracy whose ultimate target is as big as the earth and as close as the air we breathe.

My Thoughts on the Book (spoiler safe)

Of all the Sidney Sheldon books I’ve read, “Are You Afraid of the Dark” is  probably one of my favorites. Sheldon’s protagonists are mostly women but so far, I found the two main characters – Diane Stevens and Kelly Harris the most entertainingly annoying compared to Sheldon’s protagonists in his other novels. But I couldn’t blame them. The book stinks of big brother like propaganda and every turn they make, someone is out to get them. I feel that if I were either Diane or Kelly, this plot would drive me into complete paranoia, or worst – insanity.

I’ve read it twice already. How I wish that they would turn this into a really good movie maybe starring the likes of Mireille Enos (wife of Brad Pitt in WWZ) as Diane Stevens and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, the blue one 🙂 ) as Kelly Harris. Matt Bomer keeps popping on my mind when I think of Tanner Kingsley and a Sarah Palin lookalike on the role of Senator Van Luven. And shit! I would be afraid of the dark if some psycho like Harry Flint is out to get me.


Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath


What’s the book about?

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, whole StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their Top 5 talents.

In StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.

Loaded  with hundreds of strategies for applying strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself – and the world around you – forever.

My thoughts on the book

When you buy the book, it comes with a  personal code which you can use to access the online test. The code is good for one person only and the test can only be taken once so you should be prepared. While taking the test, it is better to not have any distractions and you are at your best because this can affect how you will answer the test and of course, the accuracy of the results.

I took the test after my 19th birthday. It was a gift given to me by my friends (I actually requested it from them 🙂 ). The results indeed changed the way I make decisions and prioritize things. It was breath of fresh air. It gave me the freedom to  do what I do best and to avoid being a “jack  of all trades” which sadly, what the world wants us to be.

The results also helped our team. We became more open with each other. We also became more productive as we were given tasks that fits our strengths. We were able to come up with better ideas and actually communicate that idea to the team. The team members no longer take offense when ideas get shot down.

On how we relate with each other on a personal level? It was 10x better after everyone took the test and shared the results to the team. Example: We no longer hate someone because he/she takes a lot of time to make decisions because we discovered that either he/she has deliberative or intellection as a theme. We also know who can best handle the communications, give it to someone with the communication theme. We don’t have those who have very high standards because we found out that those with developer, maximizer, strategic can actually find ways to better things and move from the status quo.

To sum it up, knowing your themes/strengths can help you work better in what you do best, avoid tasks that you can’t do best, and relate better with your teammates. If you want overall productivity for yourself or your team, I suggest that you make this book an investment.

The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz

The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz


Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.’s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee’s body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath him. He himself doesn’t know whether he’s guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

Drew finds himself at the center of an ongoing murder investigation and the target of increasingly bizarre psychological assaults that seem the result of his own dark imagination. As he closes in on clues he might or might not have left, another young woman is similarly murdered, and he has to ask difficult questions not only of others but also of himself. Beautifully craftedd and heart-breakingly told, The Crime Writer confronts our inherent fear of what we might truly be capable of – good or evil. At once a noir nail-biter, a comtemporary morality tale, and vivid dissection of the crime novel itself, Drew Danner’s story – and his voice – is unlike any readers have encountered before.

My Thoughts on the Book (spoiler safe)

If I were to rate the book, I would give it a 4/5 rating. It is one of those books that you would wish to have a part 2. I love how the writer tells the story to the point that I could feel what Drew feel – fear, betrayed, tense, paranoid and more fear.

It makes you think, what if I were in Drew’s damned shoes? What if nobody would believe my innocence? What if they all think that I killed somebody? What if everybody thinks I’ve gone crazy? What would I do? What would you do?

I did not anticipate that I could finish reading the book overnight. I gave it a 4 because I had a hard time reading it and connecting with it at first, but I did not expect to be so into it after just finishing the 3rd or 4th page. I wish I read it sooner after I bought it. It’s not something that I expect to get from a 2nd hand book bought at a book sale.

The story itself is strong and truly psycho. I like how he narrates it. You would think you found the answer and “oh yeah, he’s the guy, that was easy!”, then he would give you something that would make you think otherwise, then you realize at the end that you were just being carefully led by the Crime Writer.

Team Frontline Warriors Move Up to Top 14 of Unilab Ideas Positive

Unilab Ideas Positive

Team Frontline Warriors

Team Frontline Warriors of the University of Mindanao move up to the Top 14 of the nationwide-held Unilab Ideas Positive presented by United Laboratories Inc. and Unilab Foundation.

The team entry is, “Grow for Growth: Grow Your Food. Growth for Your Kids”. The entry entails a feeding program for the malnourished children in Matina Pangi and a livelihood farming for the parents of the kids.

Team Leader Julianne Cosning, members – Edwin Lloyd Tira, Carlo Cambarihan, Paul Louis Cubresis and Arvin John Demoral with team coach Professor Joy Caliao will be going to Metro Manila to attend a Social Marketing seminar on December 5 – 7, 2013. Each team will also be receiving a Php 100, 000 seed money to implement their Unilabe Ideas Positive for the community. The teams will be given five months to accomplish their plans and they will then present their results on May 2014. The winning team will be awarded with Php 30, 000 cash prize and will be hailed as the winning team for the Unilab Ideas Positive 2013.

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