Students of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) won another gold medal at the International Advance Innovation Global Competition (AIGC) competition organized by the American Society for Science and Arts Convergence (ASSAC) in partnership with the Indonesian Invention and Innovation Promotion Association (INOPA). The competition was held on November 15-17, 2019 at Nanyang Technology University, Singapore.
The UMY SI-TEPAT (Watering Punctually) team Utilizing Automation Irrigation System had 3 members, Maki Lukmanul Hakim of Agricultural Technology (2016), Tri Andi Nugroho of Mechanical Engineering (2016) and Irsalina Fathimah of Islamic Broadcasting Communication (2017). The team made an innovative technology that can reduce the workload of farmers in coastal sandy land by using drip irrigation combined with digital cymer water. “The tool will do the watering automatically based on a determined time, and will stop automatically if the plants have enough water,” said Maki Lukmanul Hakim, a member of the SI-TEPAT team when interviewed by a team from UMY PR on Wednesday (11/20).
There were many categories at the International Advance Innovation Global Competition (AIGC) competition, including Agriculture, livestock and fisheries; Biotechnology and biofuels; Culinary and food; Educational items; Engineering, construction, and infrastructure; Fashion, beauty, and personal care products; ICT, IoT, and Apps; Pharmacy, health, and medicine; Power and electricity; and Protection of environment and green technology. “The SI-TEPAT team managed to get a gold medal in the Agriculture category because the committee believes that the innovative technology created can provide great benefits for farmers in coastal areas. In addition, the innovative technology that we created can also be applied in the real world,” Maki added.
“However, we understand that SI-TEPAT has several drawbacks, and in the future, we will add an Internet of Thing (IoT) system so the technology we created can be managed through a cellular phone App,” Maki added.
Meanwhile, Tri added that the award won at the competition cannot be used as a measurement for the success of SI-TEPAT. “Our innovation was meant to be used in a coastal area. We hope to implement SI-TEPAT in the public as a form of our devotion to them. Only then can we call the innovation successful, He closed.