DUBAI – Young Filipina, Shawntel Nicole Nieto, represented the Philippines at this year’s Global Youth Summit. She was among one of the top 60 youth leaders present at the summit which was held at Herzberg in Aargau, Switzerland from July 16 to 20.
Being the only Filipino at the summit, she was able to grasp new knowledge. This year’s Global Changemakers’ goal was to encourage and support young social activists by providing them with skills, contacts, opportunities, and experience to connect with similar minded young persons.
Nieto was previously in Dubai last April with Andrea Mae D. Miclat after being selected to exhibit Big Mike Bike (BMB) Solutions at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) where startup companies are given a chance to showcase their products to potential clients and the public.
“Having been recognized in Dubai during the Annual Investment Meeting last April truly did open several doors of opportunities for BMB Solutions. The people we’ve met and interacted with while we were there and afterwards likewise taught us a lot. Hence, we have pivoted immensely following our trip to Dubai,” the Ateneo De Manila alumni told Kabayan Weekly.
She co-founded BMB Solutions in 2015 with other classmates which first started as a university project.
The company manufactures an electricity-generating, mechanically powered system that produces clean household and drinking water.
“Having been sent as the PH delegate to the Global Youth Summit in Switzerland this July was a big blessing. I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I have learned a lot and have likewise met amazing people who I know I will call friends for life,” Nieto said.
Aside from being invited to international events, the Filipina has also been recognized for her work in BMB Solutions. She received the Ateneo Socio-Civic Engagement for National Development Excellence Award in April and a recipient of the Philippine Business Integrity Leadership Awards in March.
Sharing her plans after achieving international success, Nieto stated that she is more motivated and equipped to continue running and expanding BMB Solutions.
“As of the moment, we are looking for and partnering with different engineers and designers so as to make our current BMB models more portable, efficient, and cost-effective. We hope to finish prototyping and testing by September of this year. Afterwards, our goal is to be able to deploy our first official units around two to three by October,” Nieto stated.
Additionally, the Filipina stressed that the units should be used and remain in the communities permanently.
“By 2018, our goal is to be able to finish with our initial deployments and start mass producing our units so as to reach and positively impact more communities in the country,” she concluded.