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Philips Hosts “Crash the Set” at UTEP


From left to right:  Stephen Molina; Chris Wittman; Alfred Portillo, Project Manager at Philips; Frank Tapia
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From left to right: Stephen Molina; Chris Wittman;
Alfred Portillo, Project Manager at Philips;
Frank Tapia
 
Philips recently hosted a competition called “Crash the Set” at The University of Texas at El Paso. The competition allowed teams of UTEP engineering and high school students to test one of Philips’ new products, a 42”, 1080p resolution, flat panel set with HDMI inputs.

Three televisions were tested by teams consisting of students from UTEP’s College of Engineering, as well as students from Chapin High, Coronado High and Parkland High School. Teams were given 2 hours to find bugs in the television set. Teams attempted to “Crash the Set” by using an X-Box, Blue-Ray, HDMI connections, a VCR, Wii, USB drives and any other components they could hook up to the set.

According to Alfred Portillo, Project Manager at Philips, the competition was judged based on insightfulness, completeness of the report, and the quality of each teams’ input on the surveys. A team from Chapin High School was pronounced the winner and each team member was awarded an iPod Touch. The winning team members are Frank Tapia, Chris Wittman and Stephen Molina. UTEP was able to keep the sets used in the competition.

“Being in such a competitive market as manufacturing LCD and digital technology, we always try to find innovative ways to test our sets in order to provide our customers with the best product,” said Alfredo Portillo. “We offer technology that is advanced, easy to experience and designed around our customers. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an institution like UTEP. This was a great opportunity to engage young, talented, technically savvy students that provide valuable feedback.”

“There was some real problem-solving going on that day,” said Gabby Gandara, Director of the Plaza in UTEP’s College of Engineering and coordinator for the event. “It was a great opportunity for our current and future students and we look forward to collaborating with Philips again.”