LENOVO Philippines reported a surge in sales for its devices after lockdown measures were put in place in Metro Manila and other locations in the country.

“The demand actually surged in the last couple of months, even before the announcement of the flexible learning by the Department of Education. We’ve actually seen the inquiries and the sales rising and I think the trend will continue,” Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines president and general manager, said during a digital conference on June 25.

Mr. Ngan declined to give exact figures and which product lines saw much of the surge as he said the company hasn’t gotten the data for the quarter yet.

“I think it’s part of the new normal. Everybody, whether you’re studying or working from home, all of our activities are now online [the majority of it],” he explained.

In the same briefing, Lenovo Philippines, in partnership with Microsoft, launched their EdVision program where they will be partnering with select schools in the country where students and their teachers will be given free access to online resources “that will help them through their education transformation journey, as well as complimentary or subsidized access to the latest solutions in education [technology],” a press release said.

Some of the partner schools will also be invited to join the EdVision Summit and receive a classroom makeover and subsidy for “smart classroom deployment and support in faculty education,” the statement said.

A Lenovo smart classroom will have “a combination of Lenovo devices, hardware, and software from industry-leading partners” said to provide enough customization to match the needs of partner schools.

“We really don’t select schools. The EdVision program is open to all schools who are willing to partner with Lenovo,” Mr. Ngan said, adding interested schools can get in touch with Lenovo so the company can see what “support we can actually extend.”

The same program will also be introduced in Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Lenovo is also holding a Travelling Storybook contest where students can share how they envision the future of education and the classrooms of the world through words and images.

Shortlisted contestants will have their artworks shown in public and up for voting. The winning entry will receive a smart transformation package from Lenovo. The full mechanics of the contest will be announced soon.

Schools who want to join the EdVision program can register their interest via https://www.lenovo.com/ph/en/edvision. — Zsarlene B. Chua