As the creative industry of Cebu continues to evolve, the need for innovation centres that follow through with sustainable production also increases. During the Tech-Driven Solutions focus group discussion organized by the MATIC HUB in partnership with Department of Science and Technology Region 7 last October 11, 2017, challenges for Cebu’s creative industry were tackled with the intention of taking further steps into providing solutions.
Kicked-off by with a launch of Design Technology Fusion Expanded (DeTech Fusion Ex), the discussion was facilitated by Provincial Director Engr. Tristan Abando. This tackled issues on providing tangible support for the creative industry by creating a link between government, academe and industry.
During the event, DOST 7 communicated its services which covers technological transfer, laboratory testing, packaging and labeling, training, consultation, and information services. Many of these services have yet to be maximized by micro, small and medium enterprises, hence the aim of DOST and MATIC HUB is to expand the reach of these services. One of the centres that these enterprises can easily access is the MATIC HUB which holds information resources, and a collection of innovative materials. MATIC is set to transform from being a library to a facility for research, and relevant industry applications.
The focus group discussion was attended by members of the creative industry who openly expressed their willingness to work with the government and academe in identifying the areas for development in terms of materials manipulation, upscaling technology, distribution and promotion of products. This is in line with the industry’s goal to cultivate Cebu City’s creative industry and make it more sustainable for the benefit of the micro, small and medium enterprises.
Located at DOST 7 S&T Complex in Banilad, Cebu City, MATIC HUB serves as a hub where government and academe can bridge gaps, and collaborate to come up with more industry-responsive programs that will further fuel the creative industry of Cebu. For more information, please contact MATIC HUB at firstname.lastname@example.org.