Impact Hub Manila Opens its Week-long Virtual Hackathon

Social impact incubator and global changemakers network Impact Hub Manila (IHM) opens the registration for this year’s Impact Hackathon.

Innovators, and aspiring change makers and entrepreneurs from all over the country can now sign up to participate in the week-long event that aims to solve some of the current challenges in the Philippines. Impact
Hackathon will run online from August 17 to 21, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent need for innovation and digitalization in the country. Now that the Philippine economy is in the brink of a recession, this year’s Impact Hackathon is geared towards rebooting the economy through inclusive digital innovations.

What to expect in the week-long hackathon

Participants get to choose their area of focus among 5 verticals: Climate Change, Education, Food and Agriculture, Health and Wellness, and Smart Cities. Partners for each vertical will pose problem statements for the participants to hack, through viable tech solutions.

 

The goal of each participating team in the hackathon is to create minimum viable products (MVPs) by the end of the hackathon week. Winning ideas will be incubated by IHM and its partners who will also support the scaling of the projects to ensure impact and sustainability.

 

Winners will take home over 100,000 USD worth of prizes, including access to IHM’s incubation program and global network of experts and entrepreneurs.

 

Capitalizing on Impact Hub’s global network of mentors, industry leaders, impact-driven entrepreneurs, and changemakers, IHM will conduct a series of Learning Sessions throughout July. These sessions will equip participants with relevant information for the innovations they will come up with during the hackathon. These will also serve as a platform for rich discussions and network-building among participants, mentors, and partners.

 

Impact Hackathon will culminate in a festival titled, “2050 Fest” where experts, industry leaders, and collaborators will come together for panel discussions and the announcement of winners.

Timeline

July 1: Opening of Registration Portal 

August 17: Opening Program 

August 18-21: Hackathon proper and Learning Sessions 

August 22-23: Jury Deliberation 

August 24: “2050 Fest” Culmination Program 

August 25: Announcement of National Winners

Catalyzing digital transformation and social innovation

 

Impact Hackathon is part of Impact 2050, a multi-year program designed by IHM to create large-scale economic impact through cultivating the Philippine’s startup and innovation ecosystem. 

 

Long-term sustainable solutions to build a resilient nation are much needed in these times. Through digital solutions and impact-driven entrepreneurship, the program also aims to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that ensures no person and no community are left behind in pursuit of sustainable development. 

 

Partners from Impact Hackathon 2019 will be back to support this year’s hackathon along with new collaborators such as iProcure, the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan, and the Department of Agriculture among others.

 

Register for Impact Hackathon and learn more about the program through www.impact2050.com (link). 

 

About Impact Hub Manila 

Impact Hub Manila is a social impact incubator and a network of impact-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers. Five years since it opened its doors in the Philippines, IHM has directly supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over 1 million USD – worth of grants and entrepreneurial support. The Impact Hub network is present in 100 cities and 56 countries worldwide. The United Nations in Geneva recognizes IHM as a key driver for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Visit http://www.impact2050.com/hackathon for more information.

 

For inquiries and partnership, e-mail manila@impacthub.net. 

Website: www.impacthub.ph

Impact Hackathon Online is finally here!


Impact Hub Manila launched Impact Hackathon Online to run from August 17-21, 2020. As we are impacted with an economic recession along with other challenges the country currently experiences, innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs and change-makers will create and share their solutions despite the pandemic.

Ces Rondario, Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Manila, launched the week-long program, addressing the participants: 

“Our call is to look for solutions to help us navigate through this new normal. The solutions that we will build this week will be for the future of the country. What kind of Philippines do we want to see beyond 2020? This is a unique opportunity for us to rethink what we have and a start for bigger and brighter things ahead”.


Guest speakers who inspired the Impact Hackathon participants and expressed their full support included: Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan of AgriTayo, Chris Morris, Head of the NGO and Civil Society Center of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Wolfgang Heinze, Country Director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and Andy Santos, Head of Enterprise Development of PLDT. 


Impact Hackathon holds the record for being the largest hackathon done in the Philippines last year. A hackathon is a design time-constrained event, in which teams composed of computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects to create solutions for specified problem statements. 


At Impact Hackathon, corporate partners for each vertical presented their problem statements. Participating teams are then expected to hack these problems, design a solution and create a minimum viable product (MVP). After the recent launch ceremony,  learning sessions were conducted to discuss the problem statements in detail and answer any questions that the participants may have. Participants shall also be guided via daily mentoring sessions.


The various verticals and their focus are:

  • Agriculture – market information technology for farmers 

  • Health and Wellness – users’ health data and stats for convenient access to correct and suitable health products

  • Climate Change – solutions for sustainable transportation, energy loss, climate education, solid waste management, disaster risk reduction and sustainable livelihood. 

  • Education – transparent data-protection compliant inclusive education and/or online grading systems. 

  • Good Governance in two categories: 

          ▪Smart Cities – procurement monitoring, COVID19 Budget tracker, or a voter advocacy app. 

          ▪FinTech – decentralized finance solutions that can work with central bank digital currency (CBDC) or                    Stable Coins, disrupting the current centralized finance sector, or solves a centralized finance problem.


This collaboration of innovators from the startup, the government and the private sectors aims to spark inspiration for sustainability and survival amid the pandemic where a unified community of makers work together to reboot the economy. For more information, check out www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon or the Facebook Page for the latest updates. Inquiries and partnership matters may be addressed to admin@impact2050.com


About Impact Hub Manila


Impact Hub Manila is a social impact incubator and a network of impact-driven entrepreneurs and change-makers. Five years since it opened its doors in the Philippines, IHM has directly supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over 1 million USD worth of grants and entrepreneurial support. The Impact Hub network is present in 100 cities and 56 countries worldwide. The United Nations in Geneva recognizes IHM as a key driver for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join us as Impact Hub Manila celebrates its 5th Anniversary the entire month of June. Tune in for more events, programs, and engagements. 

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