Government and Corporate Movers partner with Impact Hub Manila for Impact Hackathon 2020
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.
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.
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August 17, 2020 –– The Online Impact Hackathon 2020 officially launches in Manila. Organized by Impact Hub Manila, Impact Hackathon debuted in 2019 and holds the record for being the largest hackathon done in the Philippines. 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 specific problems.
This year, Impact Hackathon will be held online with five verticals relevant to today’s challenges: Agriculture, Health, Smart Cities, Education, and Climate Change. Solutions will be created by Impact Hackathon participants and a minimum viable product (MVP) will be presented on the fifth day as an output. Using the reverse hackathon model, government agencies, NGOs and corporate partners provide specific problem statements. Participants then design tech-driven innovative solutions to solve these problems.
Giving the keynote address at the opening was Sen. Kiko Pangilinan representing AgriTayo who said: “[We must] bridge the digital divide between the IT industry, digital technology, and food security. Unless we secure our farmers and our fisherfolk who are the producer, we cannot hope to achieve food security.”
Other guest speakers representing the event partners are Chris Morris, Head of NGO and Civil Society Center of the Asian Development Bank, Wolfgang Heinze, Philippines Country Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Andy Santos, First Vice President & Head of Consumer Marketing at PLDT. It was emphasized that the importance of Impact Hackathon cannot be underscored amid the current economic and pandemic challenges we are facing. On the other hand, full digitalization was “needed yesterday” and the Filipinos’ high aptitude for technology integration gives us the confidence that tech-driven solutions are just around the corner.
Problem statements were presented by government representatives and private sector partners as follows:
- Agriculture, presented by Atty. Third Bagro of Agritayo: How can technology be used to empower farmers and fisherfolk to have direct access to market?
- Health and Wellness, presented by Joh-An Coronado, Marketing Convergence at Insular Life: What are possible tech solutions that will enable Filipinos to gain convenient access to suitable health products?
- Climate Change: Topics focused on sustainability, saving energy, and circular economies, were presented by Dir. Elenida Basug, OIC -Director at the DENR
- Education, presented by Veronica Andrino, founder of Unifinity: Can we create an application that supports inclusive education or an online grading system that shows transparency and data protection?
- Smart Cities, presented by Kevin dela Cruz of iProcure: What possible technology solutions can we create to further good governance?
- Fintech, presented by Emelia Thiara, Project Director of Aexon: How can we create a decentralized finance solution (DeFi) that can work with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) / Stable Coins, that disrupts a current Centralized Finance Sector, or solves a Centralized Finance Problem?
To view the problem statements for each vertical in detail, visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5t6566
Prior to the opening of the Hackathon, the various partners held several webinar Learning Sessions for each vertical. These sessions will continue throughout the duration of the hackathon to guide the participants. Mentoring sessions will also be provided. To watch the Learning Sessions live, visit the Impact Hub Manila Facebook page and follow along with the Hackathon: https://www.facebook.com/impact2050
To watch the Impact Hackathon 2020 Opening Ceremony visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/y4v6no7h
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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