Climate Change Hackathon Winners Prove Any Team Is Possible

Climate Change Hackathon Winners Prove Any Team Is Possible

The Impact Hackathon for Health will be running this coming Thursday, August 26 to Saturday, August 28. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, teams from around the country will be disrupting the current health system to deal with the present and the future. But what does the perfect Hackathon team look like? 

 

There is no such single formula for creating a great team. That is because talent and innovation can come from anywhere and comprise anyone, from coders to entrepreneurs to advocates. Last Impact Hackathon showed us two teams formed from completely different circumstances, both excelling and innovating by leaning into their unique group strengths.

 

Powered by Smart Communications and PLDT, the Impact Hackathon is the longest- and widest-running 5G hackathon in the Philippines, running until December 2021. Last July 15 to 17, teams hacked solutions to climate change in a 48-hour code fest.

 

From over 100 participants, a few teams’ prototypes stood out, including EcoKidz from Team Phoenix, a group that had come together just a month before the Hackathon; and Larang from Team Idiyanale, whose members had known each other since junior high.

 

Understanding the power strong-willed individuals could have when banded together, both groups focused their energies on prototyping apps that empowered users to fight climate change right from the palm of their hand.

 

Impact Hub will soon incubate the teams and their ideas. Before they do this, we caught up with both teams and asked them what the Impact Hackathon experience meant to them.

Team Phoenix: EcoKidz
Climate Change Hackathon Winners Prove Any Team Is Possible

With an age range from 16 to 57, Team Phoenix’s strength comes from its diversity in experiences and attitudes. Their shared passion for social causes and innovation brought them together.

 

The five members met as students at Hikre School, a program that teaches Southeast Asia learners about app design and development. After various interactions where they discovered how like-minded they were, they cemented their newfound friendship by signing up for the Impact Hackathon.

 

“I had heard of Impact Hub, but I knew I couldn’t hack it alone,” says Paul Sarmiento, the senior member of the group. A full-stack developer and lifelong learner, Sarmiento understood where his strengths lie. “I may be a good systems developer, but Hackathons require creative solutions.”

 

On the other side of the spectrum, high school student Sanya Chawla was attracted to the Hackathon because of her past experience in youth organizations. “I believe that start-up culture has empowered youth across the world,” adds Chawla, “to bring their ideas to a wider audience and revolutionize the industry with it.”

 

Despite only knowing each other for a little more than a month, and only having met through Zoom, Team Phoenix created an award-winning prototype to come out on top of the Hackathon.

 

“The synergy our team had surprised me,” confesses Sarmiento. “When we started brainstorming and working, I was mesmerized by the dance happening. Teamwork beats being a lone wolf any day of the week, especially if that week is just 48 hours”

 

“I used to decide things alone,” adds Sophia Abino, an entrepreneurial management student at Far Eastern University (FEU). “I never imagined in my life that I could work well with others. On Team Phoenix, we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, and we try to fill those gaps with our own expertise. We complement each other.”

 

In a mere 48-hour code sprint, Team Phoenix created a prototype for an eye-catching app that educates and empowers the next generation to tackle climate change. Their EcoKidz app uses gamification to teach the youth about the importance of social impact, including plastic waste management and biodiversity conservation. The goal is to motivate the youth to learn about the environment and take action.

 

“The Hackathon experience reminded me to create something valuable for the Earth and its people without inhuman impacts in the long run,” reflects Jason Bren Casil, a mechanical engineering student at De La Salle University–Dasmariñas (DLSU–D) and environmental advocate. “This means not aiming to replace current workforces.”

 

“I just felt that the concept would be an effective way to engage the current and future generations,” says Mark Lista, an accountant and business development manager. “To educate them on how sustainability can affect their way of life.”

 

Team Idiyanale: Larang

 

While Team Phoenix came together by happenstance, Team Idiyanale was built on a friendship that began in junior high. But back then, the members were actually competing against each other at local science fairs.

 

Carlo Dominique Tolin, Jeremy Ruel Cesista, and Ayeesha Mhae Amburan formed their innovation group in the 11th grade. Today, they are all bright students at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP). Right before the Hackathon started, they reached out to their fellow TIP classmates, Neal Barton James Matira and Kenny Alvez, to complete their group.

 

“They both share the ideals and mindsets that our team has,” says Team Idiyanale. “Together we want to continue researching, experimenting, innovating, and applying everything we’ve been self-studying into our products.”

 

The product they created for the Hackathon was an e-commerce app that empowers producers and consumers to make more environmentally friendly food choices. They enhance their app with A.I., including a recommendation system based on the consumer’s budget, food choices, and availability of local goods. Ultimately, the app promotes lower carbon emissions and agricultural food waste.

 

“Climate change is not just about losing trees or the degeneration of our ecosystem, it is also about our high-carbon food choices that lead to excessive carbon emissions, health concerns, unstrained food waste, and even food scarcity,” says Team Idiyanale. “This is not just about supporting our agricultural sector, but also a bolder way to contribute in lessening the effects of climate change and strengthening the health foundations of our community, especially in this time of the pandemic.”

 

Whether your team has known each other for years, or just a mere matter of days, innovation is possible. The Impact Hackathon program ensures all teams and all team members can uncover their potential to create and disrupt. That is the only way we can begin to change the world for the better. The Impact Hackathon for Health is the next venue for innovators and disruptors to meet like-minded people and future-proof our world.

 

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.

 

Interested in participating in the next Impact Hackathon? Be part of Impact Hackathon for Health. For updates, follow the Facebook Page: facebook.com/impact2050. Learn more about the program at www.impact2050.com.

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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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