Startup Mindset: Rapidly prototyping solutions for challenges in education

Startup Mindset: Rapidly prototyping solutions for challenges in education

The story of the 2020 Impact Hackathon Grand Winner Team ECES-1 is about trust, passion to solve problems in education, and stretching the limits of skills through new formed friendships. De La Salle University Electronics and Communications Engineering Society (ECES) was one of the school organizations that participated in Impact Hackathon 2020. From being randomly assigned as block mates to passing through two rounds of elimination, and eventually becoming a winning team as validated by over 20 members of the jury board, ECES-1 is now a group of hopeful and successful startup founders.  


It may not be a planned victory but the chemistry and balance of skills among the four team members effectively placed them at the top of the competition. Angelo Pestaño, one of ECES-1 members, said that his experience in teaching little kids and tutoring families helped him in “pitching” their business model to investors. He recalled learning from one of the mentors that investors do not merely focus on the technical aspect of the business, but also the story behind it. He then connected his life’s learnings and experiences in what their team was creating.


“Impact Hub aims to touch billions of lives by inspiring aspiring entrepreneurs to have the will to start. The first step and believing in your own capabilities, can be the most intimidating part of moving forward. Though, these platforms will be the open opportunities that Impact Hub will continue to offer in order to empower those who may one day become the success of our future,” said Ces Rondario, founder and CEO of Impact Hub Manila, the organizer of Impact Hackathon.


Amid the pandemic, especially in 2020, the education sector was widely affected due to limited mobility and quarantine restrictions among a gamut of challenges faced by society. ECES-1’s solution was to address one of the pressing challenges for both educators and learners—internet connectivity. For this, they won Php 200,000 in cash and an incubation program with Impact Hub Manila.


Through Impact Hackathon, various stakeholders also get to support aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Nutriasia, Impact Hackathon 2019’s banner partner wrote, “Being part of the largest hackathon in the Philippines was an amazing experience. Not only did we gain major visibility for our brand and products but we were able to find some incredible solutions that we can definitely use within our company.”


Impact Hackathon is back this year and will feature a series of seven hackathons addressing different challenges amid the pandemic. The series will open with the Education vertical on May 27 – 29, 2021. Up to $200,000 worth of prizes will be given away this year on top of continuous support from the incubation program.

Impact Hub Manila calls on aspiring entrepreneurs with the passion to find technology solutions to fundamental problems and have the grit for success. Interested individuals may sign up at www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon.


Impact Hackathon is part of Impact 2050, a multi-year program designed to equip, enable, and empower innovative individuals who want to affect change through technology. It also aims to catalyze one million impact-driven Philippine tech startups by 2050.

The Impact Hackathon 2020 winners were interviewed by Diego Jose Ramos, Chief Innovations Officer of Impact Hub Manila and mentor for startups and business modelling.

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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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