​​Impact Hackathon Needs Tech-Savvy Entrepreneurs to Help Feed the Nation

Impact Hackathon Needs Tech-Savvy Entrepreneurs to Help Feed the Nation

Food, food, everywhere, but not a bite to eat.

 

Agriculture is one of the essential industries in the country. But from 2017 to 2019, the Philippines held a distressing distinction: the greatest number of food-insecure people in Southeast Asia. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, 59 million Filipinos lacked consistent access to food.

 

This has only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

“The world is changing, and in order to continue food security for a fast-growing population, impactful action needs to be taken and developed,” says Impact Hub Manila founder and CEO Ces Rondario. “Innovation is key in disrupting the process and catalyzing change.”

 

Impact Hub Manila invites like-minded individuals and teams to join the Impact Hackathon for Agriculture this coming October 7 to 9. Aside from a 48-hour innovation sprint, participants can expect to join insightful learning sessions and dynamic networking events. Meet and mingle with mavericks of the start-up and the agriculture world. Be part of the change that drives upward social mobility.

 

Powered by Smart Communications and PLDT, the Impact Hackathon is the longest- and widest-running 5G hackathon in the Philippines. The Hackathon series runs until December with various verticals dealing with timely issues. Previous verticals included education, climate change, and health.

 

The Hackathon prizes for the top teams include Php 35,000 as the grand prize, as well as Php 25,000 and Php 15,000 for the respective runner-ups. Apart from the cash prizes, Impact Hub Manila will give top teams impact-driven incubation support worth $20,000. Also included is a one-year subscription with employment site and community partner Bossjob.

 

The state of food security and agriculture in the Philippines

 

When the UN FAO report was released, it sent shockwaves around the nation. More than half the national population was found to suffer chronic food insecurity. But between then and now there has been a pandemic; a pandemic that is still raging on and that we must learn to live with.

 

News outlets provide a grim glimpse into how restrictions to movement upended supply chains and operations. This also aggravated the already poor access to fresh fruit and vegetable markets of Filipinos that the UN FAO report highlighted.

 

It is wrought with irony that the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) cited farmers and fishermen as part of the population most food insecure, due to inadequate and often unpredictable incomes. Those striving to feed the nation find it difficult to feed themselves in a nutritious and consistent manner.

 

But all hope is not lost. The IPC provided key recommendations to fight food insecurity, including ramping up investment and innovation in nutrition programs and agri-businesses. Just because agriculture is one of the oldest industries in the nation, it doesn’t mean that the latest technologies cannot blend with it. It is in that merger of the old and the new, the seasoned and the fresh, where opportunities for a more resilient and secure nation lie.

 

And so, Impact Hackathon 2021 challenges innovative entrepreneurs to use technology in order to revitalize and future-proof our most basic and essential industry: agriculture.

 

The Philippines is known around the world for its luscious land, and the rice terraces of our ancestors are often called the 8th wonder of the world. As Filipinos, agriculture is in our blood. The industry needs the best, brightest, and boldest now more than ever. And Impact Hub Manila, which is committed to sustainable and inclusive growth for all Filipinos, is here to support them.

 

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 Impact Hackathon for Agriculture? Follow the Facebook page facebook.com/impact2050 for updates, and register at http://www.impacthub.ph/hackathon.

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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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