AISA MIJENO – SCIENTIST WITH A HEART
Even before US President Barack Obama took notice of the Filipino inventor of SALt lamp, Aisa Mijeno, she has been making waves in the social entrepreneurship scene. Aisa who hails from Batangas is an engineering
Even before US President Barack Obama took notice of the Filipino inventor of SALt lamp, Aisa Mijeno, she has been making waves in the social entrepreneurship scene. Aisa who hails from Batangas is an engineering instructor at the De La Salle University-Lipa with her brother Raphael, invented SALt or Sustainable Alternative Lighting, a lamp that runs on tap water and table salt, or ocean water. Her remarkable concept has been receiving awards and recognition since 2014 not just in the country or around Asia but even in Europe and the US.
Seated next to Jack Ma, Aisa took center stage when she was invited by Pres. Obama at the 2015 Asia Paci c Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Manila last November 2015. (Ma is the founder of Alibaba, an e-commerce platform.) There, she talked about her amazing lamp, which does not only serve as a lighting fixture but can also be used to charge one’s mobile phone. e lamp has an LED bulb and with brightness equivalent to seven candles.
More amazing than the lamp itself is this lady inventor’s noble intention – to provide safe lighting for people without access to electricity. This idea came about when, Aisa a Greenpeace-Philippines member who confesses to take mountain hikes for relaxation, lived for a few days with the Butbut tribe in the mountains of Kalinga. ere she saw first-hand how difficult it was for families to do evening chores using kerosene lamps or by aid of moonlight.
Cognizant of the problem and knowing that kerosene is a health, re and environment hazard, the nature-loving lady put herself to task. She wanted to create a lighting alternative that’s safe, economical, easy to use and environment-friendly. For starter, she asked herself what items were staples in one’s homes that can be readily used. Her answer: water and salt. us, she relentlessly worked on developing SALt lamp. In July 2014, Aisa’s innovation was chosen by Manila-based Ideaspace in a technology startup contest to receive early stage funding of Php 1 million. From then on, the world took notice. Aisa has been receiving recognition le and right for her innovative product packed with noble intention.
Today, the product is under mass production and will undergo field testing before its commercial launch by the second or third quarter of 2016. More than selling SALt lamp, Aisa’s goal is to tie-up with foundations to provide them for free to poor communities in the country without electricity.
With a big heart like hers and a passion to help others, it’s no surprise why the universe is conniving to make her dreams come true. A dream she shares with many.
Ideaspace Foundation 2014, Philippines
Kotra Award – Startup Nations Summit 2014,South Korea
People’s Choice Award – Startup Nations Summit 2014, South Korea
ASEAN SME Sustainability Commitment- ACSSA 2015,Philippines
Innovation for Impact- ADB x Ideaspace2015, Philippines
Asia Entrepreneurship Award 2015,Japan
Echelon TOP100Asia Summit 2015, Singapore
National Research Foundation TechVenture 2015, Singapore
Product Startup of the Year (Top 3) – RBSA 2015, Malaysia
Woman in Business Startup of the Year
(Top 3) – RBSA 2015,Malaysia
Community Winner(November) – Better Awards 2015, Netherlands
Young Visionary for Sci-Tech, eStandard VA 2015, Philippines
Runner-Up – Startup Open 2015, USA
WikiPinoy of the Year 2015, Philippines
*SALt website: www.salt.ph
*SALt: A Lamp that Runs on Water; Moa Dickmark, Core77 website, July 1, 2015
*Breakthrough:AisaMijeno Filipina APEC Star;Efren S. Cruz,Philippine Star,November 19, 2015
*How Filipina Engineer Shared Limelight with Obama, Jack Ma; Voltaire Tupaz, Rappler, November 19, 2015
*Salt lamp will be out in the market in 2016; target price is Php500; Ron E.J. Carleon, Kicker Daily news website, January 5, 2016 wt