The inventor of an LED light that is powered only by salt water recently received another prestigious recognition in the global arena. Aisa Mijeno, together with her brother Raphael who co-founded the Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt), was picked by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University to participate in the Energy Track of the Global Grand Challenge Awards. The two were the only Asians at this year’s SU Global Summit.
The event brings together scientists, technologists, designers, and other passionate agents of change to tackle the Global Grand Challenge and present their innovative solutions to bring impact to billions of lives around the world. It aims to assure humankind that basic needs could be met for all people, quality of life could be sustained, and future risks could be mitigated.
Aside from presenting the SALt lamp as a social enterprise, Mijeno and her brother were also chosen to participate in the Sci-Fi Design Intelligence Workshop in the SU Labs in NASA Ames Research Center. They had the opportunity to explore the NASA facility along with other selected participants from various parts of the globe for possible synergy and collaboration in the future.
SALt lamp is meant to be a cheap and convenient source of light especially for indigent communities along the Philippines’ coastal areas. It also served as the foundation of a social movement that aims to bring alternative lighting solutions to more impoverished communities. No less than U.S. President Barack Obama commended Mijeno and SALt lamp during the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) CEO Summit held in Manila in November 2015.
“This opened so many doors for us,” said Mijeno. She also acknowledged the support of their sponsor that helped them join the competition. “We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Philippine Airlines for supporting us to represent the country to participate in the Global Grand Challenge Awards.”
The company took care of the Mijenos’ trip to represent the country and the rest of Asia in the awards, held in California. It did this in line with its new corporate social responsibility (CSR) direction.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has recently launched ‘Represent Pinoy,’ its new flagship CSR program as part of its ongoing celebration of its 75th year in operations. Through the program, the national flag carrier is supporting exceptional individuals who could best represent the Philippines in various global competitions.