Impact Hackathon Solutions Bring Us a Step Closer Towards Food Security for All

Impact Hackathon Solutions Bring Us a Step Closer Towards Food Security for All

With impact-driven action at its core, the Impact Hackathon always looks first at the needs of people.

 

In the Philippines, one of the most pressing issues is food insecurity. According to the United Nations (UN), 59 million Filipinos lack regular access to food. Agriculture is one of the most important industries for nation-building and growth. Yet in some ways it lags behind in innovation and development. But the country is not without driven idealists eager to change the world for the better.

 

From October 7 to 9, Impact Hub Manila held the agriculture vertical of Impact Hackathon Online 2021. Powered by Smart Communications and PLDT, the Impact Hackathon is the longest- and widest-running 5G hackathon in the Philippines, running until December 2021. The agriculture vertical partners include the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Department of Agriculture (DOA).

 

Teams had 48 hours to code and create sustainable solutions to food insecurity. They did not disappoint. With the aid of Impact Hub Manila, their ideas bring us a step closer to a world where no person goes hungry again.

 

“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 provided a curated entrepreneurial experience for participants. This included learning sessions, mentorships, and engaging talks with sought-after speakers. After the 48-hour innovation sprint, selected teams presented their ideas.

 

The top teams received up to Php35,000 in prize money. They also get entrepreneurial support from Impact Hub Manila and their community partners. This includes incubation with Impact Hub Manila, as well as a one-year job subscription with the employment site Bossjob.

 

Opening Ceremony

 

The event kicked off with some inspiring words from Kati Tanninen, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative for the Philippines. She stressed the threats to food security. But she also highlighted the opportunities for technology-based solutions.

 

“This golden era of technology is fertile ground to design and create digital solutions to support the agriculture sector in terms of production and productivity,” Tanninen shared. “With your creativeness and imagination, it is possible to develop agri-food systems 2.0, where no Filipino is left behind.”

 

Following her was OIC Director IV of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the DOA, Dir. Rosana Mula. In her message, Dir. Mula encouraged participants to work together to contribute to the development of the agricultural industry and, just as importantly, the agricultural communities.

 

With national and global messages to motivate them, the participants were ready to start the Hackathon at exactly 12 n.n.

 

Pitching and Awarding

 

The pitch day started with uplifting remarks from WFP country director Brenda Barton: “It is really about using innovation and using technology to reach people.”

 

To the participants, she added: “Thank you for putting your talents at our disposal, and helping us transform the way we help hungry and malnourished people around the world.”

 

Participants then listened to a panel discussion on food security and agriculture. Panellists included JT Solis, CEO of the country’s fastest-growing farm-to-table platform Mayani; Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) country director Amy Chua; and Mishael Argonza, who led the facilitation of the BARMM food security and nutrition roadmap. WWF communications officer Alo Lantin moderated the panel. It was clear that the participants were racking their brains as they listened. They were thinking of ways to incorporate what they learned into their innovations.

 

Afterwards, selected teams presented 10-minute pitches to the final jury. After each pitch, there were 5 minutes of questions for the team.

 

The final jury comprised Ces Rondario; Emil Gamad of the UN FAO; Pia Facultad of the World Food Programme (WFP); Yvette Cabrera of the Department of Information & Communications Technology (DICT); and Monci Hinay of WWF-Philippines.

 

The innovative ideas and their presentations were impressive and thought-provoking. With these young innovators at the helm, the future is in good hands. Several stood out and Impact Hub Manila announced three winners by the end of the event:

 

Team iFertigateNa

 

The team did not shy away from the most advanced technologies. Filipino farmers deserve only the best. The iFertigateNa smart platform incorporates remote sensing technologies to assist local farmers in their transition to precision farming. It was well researched and sympathetic to the daily needs of farmers.

 

Team Alipugpug Tech Solutions

 

Easy to use. Better yields. Cost-effective. These are the promises of Alipugpug Tech Solutions’ automated vertical farming system. Made out of bamboo, it is also environmentally friendly. The innovative solution reimagines the what and where of farming. The vertical farming system has the potential to empower anybody to be part of the solution to food insecurity.

 

Team Iskolar Tech: Lakapati

 

They were one of the youngest teams participating in the Hackathon. But Iskolar Tech showed us how the youth are leading us to the future. They designed the web-based platform Lakapati to increase farming efficiency in small-scale farms. Features include learning articles, consultations with experts, and crop portfolios.

 

What got Lakapati to stand apart was its commitment to its end-user. Leveraging the powers of technology does not mean entrenching the digital divide. Iskolar Tech committed itself to ensure the platform was easy to navigate. Even those with limited technology education can use it.

 

This is just the beginning for the Hackathon winners. With the incubation support of Impact Hub Manila, they will soon be able to scale their ideas to serve the entire country.

 

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 Smart Cities. For updates, follow the Facebook Page: facebook.com/impact2050. Learn more about the program at http://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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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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