Genuino Day 2016 Manila

The largest celebration of the world renowned Arduino/Genuino Day in Manila was held last April 2, 2016 at the TechPortal, UP-Ayala TechnoHub, Quezon City which was organized by ThinkLab, a local research and development startup group together with RedWizard Events and EConnext Ideas + Media.

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Genuino Day 2016 Manila by ThinkLab, RedWizard and EConnext


300-Strong: The Largest Arduino/Genuino Gathering in the Philippines

About 300 participants attended the event consisting of students, professionals, and hobbyists who came from different places such as Cavite, Pampanga, La Union and from the different Cities and Universities in Metro Manila.


Jude Defensor of ADB talking about Clean & Smart Tech

The event consisted of a plenary with key speakers like Juan Antonio Tuazon of DOST-SEI,  Jun Fetizanan of Project FAME, IdeaSpace,  Jude Defensor of Asian Development Bank, Emil Mananquil from I Am Cardboard PH and Christopher Misola, the Technical Evangelist of Microsoft Philippines.


Gizduino IoT 644 Workshop by Team FIBITS

There was also parallel workshops which focused on the Arduino 101 Basics headed by AMA Univeristy and Arduino with IoT handled by the students of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University in Pampanga who was also the 2nd place winner of the recent IoT Hackathon.

Several projects were showcased during the event including from those who joined the IoT Summit Hackathon last March 4 & 5. Cristopher David of VR Philippines brought their mixed reality robot, while Rizal High School brought Salamander their official entry to the Tagisang Robotics 2014 by DOST and ThinkLab.


RJ Miguel of ThinkLab Pre-Launching SparkLab in partnership with NORDE International

SparkLab, the own makerspace of ThinkLab in partnership with Norde International Distributors was also introduced to the attendees. It will be open to the public on June 15, 2016 and makers could use 3D scanners and printers, laser cutters and CNC machines, and other makerspace equipment.

ThinkLab, a leader in microcontroller education, started the initiative a few years ago when the first celebrated the world event locally in various places such as UP Diliman and an event center in Makati.

The Arduino is an open-source and cross-platform device with the endless capabilities of embedding electronics into mediocre day-to-day tasks and objects into exciting and fantastic projects. Originally based in Italy and founded by Massimo Banzi, his team migrated to the United States and brought their technology but was forced to rebrand globally after disputes with the other Arduino developers. Technology marketed and sold outside the USA are now called Genuino and are still the same with the original Arduino with Banzi’s ideals.


The event was supported by E-Gizmo Mechatronics Central and Circuit-Help Partners Company who gave out some raffle prizes for the participants such as E-Gizmo’s Gizduino 644 Plus, a locally made Arduino, and Circuit-Help’s Arduino products, I am Cardboard PH also raffled two Google Cardboard that made the event more exciting while some new technology from ATEN and DNP was showcased like the ambient light resistant projector screen.

If you want to learn more about Arduino or other advance trainings, visit They conduct regular workshops not just for High School, College and Professionals but also for Kids.

Introduction to Robotics workbook for K12 by Thinklab and PRIMES

Introduction to Robotics workbook for K12 by Thinklab and PRIMES

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Thinklab is happy to collaborate with PRIMES Learning Company and came up with an amazing tool that helps introduce highschool students to the wonderful world of robotics. Students will get the best foundation in basic electronics, programming and microcontrollers so later on, they can create their own robotics projects. A basic robotics kit can also be purchased along with the workbook for fun hands on activities and exercises.

Learn, create, invent and innovate. Have an awesome learning experience with Thinklab!

Contact Thinklab or email PRIMES at for more info.

Featured THINKer

Featured THINKer

Hi everyone!

We will be featuring some of the people we met during our workshops especially those who have been thinking of ways on how to use the knowledge they acquired during our workshops in their everyday lives.

These are the people who have been inspired by ThinkLab to INNOVATE!

For those who have attended our workshops, you may also create your own videos and articles and send your links to us.

Please fill up this form >> SAY HI!  and send your links in the message box.

We hope to feature more THINKERS in our blog.

Have an INNOVATIVE day everyone!


This is Ringo Dingrando, a Physics and Robotics Instructor from International School Manila. He attended one of our workshops last January 2013. Today he sent us a link of his video of one of his projects using Gizduino. Thank you Ringo and we hope to see your energetic and ecstatic video posts of your projects soon!

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Froilan De Vera

Froilan Presas De Vera

On ThinkLab’s THINKCAFE Consultation:

“In behalf of my groupmates , I would Like to say Thank You for helping us ! Masasabi ko po na kayo po ung naging foundation namin sa paggawa ng design project namin. Kung wala po kayo walang mag-guguide samin at magbibigay ng mga ideas na kailangan namin sa paggawa nito. Salamat po kasi naging successful po ang lahat + naging BEST DESIGN PROJECT pa design namin ng dahil sa tulong niyo:) “
~ Mr. Froilan De Vera
GSM Based Landslide Monitoring System, Best Design Project, CPN521 2014

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Czareen Elan Gener

“ The workshop was great all in all. I learned a lot of things related to programming and not only did I enjoyed the whole process of it, it made me want to learn more since the lecturers are so out-going and very accommodating.”

~ Ms. Elan Gener – member of Colegio de San Juan de
Letran Calamba Robotics Team

Silver Medalist at International Robotics Olympiad 2013 at Denver Colorado

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Raphael Aguila“Ang gagaling niyong lahat! special mention to ate angel! kuya nico!!! kuya mark!! kuya peter!! kuya goki!!!”

~ Raphael Aguila – member of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba Robotics Team

Silver Medalist at International Robotics Olympiad 2013 at Denver Colorado

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Chinkee Herrera


“To the instructors and faci… good job.. hindi man lang ako inantok sa buong duration ng workshop… madami akong natutunan and you made it easy for us to understand the topic.. more power and God bless…”

~ Ms. Chinkee Herrera from Project Assistant III, DOST Region 4a.

Partner at 3-Day Extensive Gizduino Microcontroller Programming and Applications Workshop – DOST Region4A

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Tagisang Robotics 2013

Tagisang Robotics 2013


Last thursday, you have seen our post of the Tagisang Robotics basic mobot as shown below. But you may have not noticed what ThinkLab’s up to for the Tagisang Robotics 2013.

Here are the pictures again and look at what the captions are saying.




The ThinkLab team is preparing for the TAGISANG ROBOTICS COMPETITION 2013 : GAME REVEAL that will happen on AUGUST 28, 2013, WEDNESDAY at the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – DILIMAN, just a stone’s throw from our office. ** This is partial and unofficial, please wait for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DOST

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For the teams who are joining the competition, are you ready with your AWESOME CHEERS? I hope your ready, cause we’ll be watching you guys!


Let’s get this competition going! Woohoo! Go go go Robotics teams! 

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#ThrowbackThursday: Tagisang Robotics 2011/2012 Soccer Bot

Hello there THINKERS! 

It’s Thursday and we know you love to reminisce every Thursday so here’s our Throwback Thursday post.

This is the basic soccer bot that ThinkLab used for the Tagisang Robotics Competition (TRC) 2011 and 2012.


** The complete soccer bot, controller and the mobot itself

** The modified flight controller (Logitech Attack 3) used to control the mobot

**The controller board and the motor drivers for the soccer bot

** The motors and the power supplies of the mobot

For those who have not heard TRC, Tagisang Robotics is a varsity type soccer robot competition for high school students.

Tagisang Robotics is hosted by Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and ThinkLab as their training partner together with E-Gizmo Mechatronix Central as ThinkLab’s industrial partner.

More than thirty (30) public and private high schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces battled it out in a competition where camaraderie, teamwork and strategy is the name of the game.

This year, come November / December 2013, the final competition will be held for the Tagisang Robotics 2013. New mechanics, new teams and new soccer bots will be waiting so just stay tuned to our posts here to get updates and to be a part of this momentous event.


Here are some videos to know more of this competition:

The gizDuino Fundamentals: Getting Started (Windows and Mac)

The gizDuino Fundamentals: Getting Started (Windows and Mac)

Greetings fellow Thinkers!

Engineer Nico here, at your service. Resident Thinker and go-to guy. If you’ve attended any of our workshops, I might have assisted you or taught you a thing or two about the very awesome Arduino microcontroller system and how to use its twice as cool “cousin”, the gizDuino.

I’ll be a regular contributor here on the ThinkLab.PH blog. I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on using your gizDuino, as well as technical guides for popular projects and electronics stuff I get to tinker and play with. I’d love to know the current obstacles you are facing in your projects, and the specific topics you have in mind that you’d want us to feature. Head on over to our Feedback page and Say Hi! Feel free to pour your heart, and thoughts, out!


Picture1As for my first post, I’ll be starting a series that caters to our budding Thinkers. The gizDuino Fundamentals will cover the basics of using and handling the gizDuino, as well as the tried-and-tested techniques employed in designing microcontroller-based systems. For the total novice, the gizDuino is a locally available Arduino clone. They are electronics prototyping platforms based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. They have the ability to control interactive objects and environments, and has limitless potential to do so.

If you have attended our workshops, you most probably received your very own gizDuino. Drop us a message if you are interested to own one, or a few, because I’m very sure you’ll get hooked once you get to play with it. If you’re near the Taft – La Salle area, you can visit e-Gizmo Mechatronix Central instead – the birthplace of gizDuino and all of its awesome peripherals.

So you might be wondering, “A clone? I want the real thing!” Do not fret young padawan, they are one and the same, with a few minimal changes here and there. This series aims to point out and clear up these slight differences, providing a definitive user’s guide exclusively for our homegrown gizDuino.

This episode deals with starting up your gizDuino hardware with the Arduino IDE – the platform’s programming utility. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, although I haven’t experienced it first-hand on a Linux machine. For all operating systems, it only takes four simple steps to enable your computer to run your gizDuino.

  1. Download and install the latest version of the Arduino IDE
  2. Download and install the compatible USB driver for your computer
  3. Download the gizDuino patch and apply to the IDE
  4. Launch the IDE, plug in via the USB cable, and program away!

We’ll run them down step-by-step, taking note the subtle differences between Windows and Macintosh machines.

STEP 1: Download and install the latest version of the Arduino IDE

The Arduino IDE is free to use and can be downloaded here. Pick the latest, stable release. As of this writing, the latest version of the IDE is 1.6.12. Also, make sure to choose the right package for your machine.

For Windows users, two packages are available. A binary (*.exe) one and a compressed archive (*.zip). I personally suggest the latter, as you can easily modify your IDE and share this modified version with others or between different computers by re-compressing it back. Install/Extract as needed.

For Mac users, choose the lone option. Double-clicking the file installs and executes the IDE on your system. If the IDE is open at this stage, close it first.

STEP 2: Download and install the USB driver

One of the differences between Arduino and gizDuino is the USB interface chip. Arduino uses FTDI, its corresponding drivers made available inside the IDE package. For gizDuino, PL-2303 is employed instead. Don’t worry though, the drivers for this chip is made available for us on the web.

For Windows users, download your PL-2303 driver here. Note that the chip series is not fully supported by Windows 8 systems. The IDE will still run and you can use it normally, however you might experience erratic and inconsistent behavior. If this occurs, a solution for this is to ask e-Gizmo if they can replace the current chip to a PL-2303HXD (revision D).

For Mac users, download your PL-2303 driver here. This package is for OS X 10.6 and above only. For older OS X versions, or if the package fails to install, download the one here instead.

STEP 3: Download the gizDuino patch and apply to the IDE

For convenience, all the other particulars needed by the IDE to interface with the gizDuino has been collected and sorted out by e-Gizmo and is packaged into a single *.zip file. Download it here as a *.zip file by clicking on File > Download or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S. It will contain a single folder named gizduino-

For Windows users, extract and paste the gizduino- folder inside the hardware folder found in the IDE directory. The exact path is …\yourPCdirectory\arduino-1.6.12\hardware\. Refer to the picture below for a visual sample.


For Mac users, extract and paste the gizduino- folder inside the hardware folder also found in the IDE directory. The path however is different. Look for in your system, usually on the desktop or in your Applications folder. Right-click on it and select ‘Show Package Contents’. This enables you to explore the IDE directories.


The exact path is Contents > Resources > Java > hardware. The contents of the folder after pasting the patch will be the same as the one in Windows.

STEP 4: Launch the IDE, plug in via the USB cable, and program away!

But before we can do so, we need to pick the correct board type and Serial Port. On the IDE toolbar, click on Tools > Board. The different gizDuino boards should be listed there. Choose the appropriate one for your board. This process is the same for both operating systems, choosing the correct Serial Port however is different.


For Windows users, corresponding port numbers are assigned for each of your USB ports, and many of them might show up in Tools > Serial Port. Open the Device Manager to view which port is assigned to the gizDuino. You can access the Device Manager by right-clicking on My Computer > Properties > Device Manager.


For Mac users, simply pick /dev/tty.usbserial in Tools > Serial Port. Note that most of the time, a Network Preferences window will show up during programming. You can simply ignore this by closing the window, or confirm (Add) so it will not bother you again.


All of these steps have been tested extensively with Windows 7 and OS X 10.8 running an Arduino IDE 1.6.12. It has also been tested on Windows 7 using IDE 1.6.12. Give us a shout out in the comments section below if you’re encountering problems when following our procedures. See you in the next episode!

The Arduino Revolution

Massimo Banzi, one of the makers of the Arduino, talks about how the Arduino took over the world like a storm through its Arduino Community.

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