Impact Hackathon 2021 Starts Off by Tackling Education

Impact Hackathon Learning Session: on APIs and How They Can Help Your Business

Metro Manila— Entrepreneurs and changemakers around the country are getting ready to tackle pressing issues in a unique and interesting way. That is right, Impact Hub Manila’s annual Impact Hackathon is back, with the education vertical kicking us off from May 27 to 29. Powered by Smart Communications and PLDT, the Impact Hackathon will be the longest- and widest-running 5G hackathon in the Philippines, running until December 2021.


“If there is anything that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed, it’s the urgent need to bridge the digital divide,” says Impact Hub Manila founder and CEO Ces Rondario. “In response to the all too apparent gaps, Impact Hub Manila designed this year’s Impact Hakacthon to be much more curated and targeted. Unlike the last two executions, we are running this year’s Impact Hackathon from May to November, with a focus on one vertical each month: education, climate change, good governance, food and agriculture, health, indigenous people, and smart cities.”


“This is to deepen our digital intervention and placate solutions that will not only help the industries transition, but transform,” adds Rondario, who is also the regional lead of Impact Hub Asia Pacific. “To ensure true technological transformation, we tap the brilliant innovators, our partner organizations like Smart-PLDT, who will be powering the event with their 5G technology.”


The series of 3-day non-stop innovation sprints is about collaboration, network-building, and thinking outside the box. For the first out of seven verticals, Impact Hub Manila dares entrepreneurs to improve one sector most affected by the pandemic: education. Think of transparent, data-protection compliance. Or inclusive education and online grading systems. Or something completely unfamiliar that only you could have come up with. The Hackathon prizes for the winning teams include Php35,000 for first place, Php25,000 for second place, and Php15,000 for third place.


Impact Hub Manila designed the Hackathon to decentralize opportunities. A catalyst for impactful digital solutions to prove that innovation can come from anywhere and from anyone in the nation. Coding skills are not a requirement in order to take part. All you have to do is have conviction in your idea and join the Hackathon.

There are three phases: learning sessions, the virtual hackathon, and the incubation period. Now here is everything you need to know about the education vertical, including how to sign-up before it is too late:


Learning Session


The first learning session will teach participants how to leverage Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to inform their project development. It is co-presented by StackLeague, the Philippines’ first year-round, competitive, programming league. The resource speaker is Kate of Tokyo, Co. Ltd. Application Engineer Ridvan Baluyos. Baluyos will discuss the benefits of APIs and practical tips that participants can use to build successful solutions.


Beyond setting participants up for the Hackathon, the session provides a glimpse of the high-quality resources and guidance the Impact Hub Manila incubation program provides. As the largest global entrepreneurship network, Impact Hub provides entrepreneurs with both a range and depth of entrepreneurial insight and connections.


Impact Hub Manila will conduct the virtual learning session on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 PM. Register at bit.ly/LearningSessionMay25 for access. Before the learning session, participants are asked to create a StackLeague.com account.


The Hackathon


The three-day, non-stop hackathon begins on Thursday, May 27 with an opening ceremony at 9 am. Participants will have until Saturday, May 29 to create a prototype of their idea to present to judges in the education and entrepreneurship sector.


The opening ceremony will feature keynote speeches by esteemed guests such as Sen. Sonny Angara, chairperson of the Committee on Youth and advocate of education; he has authored and pushed laws that broaden access to education throughout the country. Other speakers include well-known names in the Philippine start-up scene: Andy Santos, the head of core business development at PLDT; senior systems architect of T-Mobile USA Stephen Uy; and Impact Hub Manila founder and CEO, as well as regional lead for Impact Hub Asia Pacific, Ces Rondario.


Winning teams will receive cash prizes and access to Impact Hub’s incubation program, where major partners can provide mentorship as your business expands and grows. The top three  teams per vertical will be included in the incubation program which will help start and scale impact-driven solutions. A Final Demo Day, with winners from the other verticals, is scheduled for December during the 2050Fest culmination event. 


The Impact Hackathon is part of Impact 2050, a flagship program of Impact Hub Manila to create large-scale economic progress through the activation of groundbreaking events and curated support for innovators. This multi-year program will equip, enable, and empower innovative individuals who want to affect change through technology.


If you are interested in developing solutions for the education sector, be part of Impact Hackathon for Education. Register at impacthub.ph/impact-hackathon-education before 12 nn on May 27. Learn more about the program at www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon-education/.

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With the vision of providing a platform that will allow innovation to solve social challenges, Impact Hub Manila launched an annual code fest called Impact Hackathon in October 2019.

In the past 2 years, it has brought a combined number of 2,300 participants from all over the Philippines and attracted over 350 mentors and experts to the event.

The Impact Hackathon remains to be the largest hackathon in the Philippines.

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Headquarters Impact Hub GmbH Lindengasse 56 / 18-19 1070 Vienna, Austria UID : ATU66357747 FN : 358967v

With the vision of providing a platform that will allow innovation to solve social challenges, Impact Hub Manila launched an annual code fest called Impact Hackathon in October 2019.

In the past 2 years, it has brought a combined number of 2,300 participants from all over the Philippines and attracted over 350 mentors and experts to the event.

The Impact Hackathon remains to be the largest hackathon in the Philippines.

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