Written by Student Reporter (Deo Fernando - Entrepreneurship 2021)

Alfina Putri Damayanti,  Bachelor of Management student Batch 2021, made an achievement. Together with her team, Alfina won the 3rd prize in Pagelaran Mahasiswa Nasional Bidang Teknologi, Informasi, dan Komunikasi (GemasTIK) XII  in 2019 at Telkom University Bandung 24-26 October 2019.                             

GemasTIK is a program organized by the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Education of Indonesian Higher Education. This activity is intended to increase the competition of Indonesian students, so that they can be agents of change in advancing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its use. This year, the theme of GemasTIK is “Information Technology for Excellence in National Competitiveness.” Through GemasTIK, Indonesian students’ ICT Competition will be tested in various case studies in each competition division to produce the most effective and efficient solutions. There are many competition categories in GemasTIK. One of them is ICT Business Development.

The ICT Business Development category competition is a competition to develop business models with the ICT approach. This competition provides an opportunity for participants who have business ideas, startups and business development oriented to ICT products, both in the form of services and products. This competition will select business development ideas in the form of executive summaries in the first stage, then the business plan in the second stage, and product competition accompanied by projections.  

Alfina successfully won in the ICT Business Development category. Together with Feroz Fernando from Elektro 18 ‘and Bambang Hidayat from Food Engineering 18, they created a iValve device that automates water management between rice fields based on electronic systems integrated with the internet and can be accessed via smartphone applications. iValve replaces the conventional method of opening and closing floodgates in the fields, thus reducing the loss of water used. This application also improves the efficiency of irrigating rice fields by minimizing the manpower used. On the smartphone application, iValve also provides information about agriculture.

In the ICT competition in the Business Development category, the assessed criteria are: explanation of the business problems raised, products or services, markets, business strategies, company members, attractiveness, and elevator pitch. The results of the assessment put Alfina and the Team on the 3rd rank.                                                 

When met by the SBM-ITB news agency, Alfina Putri, one of the team members from iValve, said, “the impression was shocked. Because when it comes to opponents from all top levels, and happy to be able to get new relationships, new knowledge, and feedback from the judges is very constructive. ”             

 Overall, the team from ITB won the first place in the programming category, the 3rd place in the data mining category, and the 3rd place in ICT Business Development Categories. In general, the team from ITB has succeeded in occupying the 4th place nationally.