Global Impact Work must keep 2050 in mind – Philippines launches the world’s biggest Impact Hackathon for end-of-world scenarios

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The world is living in an extremely dangerous situation. Within thirty years, our planet won’t be liveable anymore and humankind will immensely suffer from the consequences due to the overexploitation of natural resources throughout the decades. We are talking about billions of people who will bear the aftereffects of our committed abuse to Mother Earth’s gift to mankind, and we can’t afford to lose.

That’s why the Global Footprint Network has officially declared July 29, 2019, as the Earth Overshoot Day. Now, what does this mean? To put it simply, we’ve already consumed all or more than of the Earth’s natural resources as early as July. It’s the earliest recorded overshoot over the last 30 years, which means that we’ve consumed 1.75% faster than what Earth can produce for the world. 

What’s more life-threatening is that the signs are more evident than before. The recent Amazon rainforest fire primarily caused by deforestation, the fast increasing sea levels brought about by melting ice glaciers in the Himalayas causing unexpected floods even on some of the world’s most industrialized cities and the latest Indonesian forest fire whose smog has reached neighboring countries Singapore and Malaysia, making the government give out 500,000 masks and triggering most establishments to close down due to unhealthy levels of smoke filling the air. 

Within the first half of 2019, around 7 million people globally have been evacuated by the government due to natural disasters -- two countries having the most number of victims are from Africa and Asia. By the end of 2019, it is expected that 22 million people around the world are left homeless, hurt and will probably be displaced by their respective governments. 

But according to a study, it’s actually not quite surprising to know that the main factor for rising death tolls around the world is not caused by being exposed to hazardous disasters itself but because of the fast economic development among high-income countries. That’s why the United Nations along with the world’s heads of states and business leaders are now taking urgent, necessary steps through the #Envision2030 that aims to combat global environmental and ecological issues by creating a sustainable development framework for better living communities for the next 10 years.

In the Philippines, we are accustomed to being one of the world's most vulnerable countries when it comes to human and/or man-made catastrophes. As such, our country has become one of the most prominent when it comes to battling several environmental and ecological issues. Millions of our fellow citizens are not having the best living quality that’s why the Philippines need a better way to create a stronger yet feasible solution to strengthen the country in terms of sustainable development.

But what if there’s a way for you to make the revolutionary change that the country needs? 

Introducing, Impact Hub Manila’s Impact2050, an integrated and innovative multi-year entrepreneurial programme designed to lead the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Asia Pacific by connecting the startup community and business innovators in order to help create a stronger commitment to make the Philippines the newest tech innovation hub in Asia and a more sustainably developed country.

What made Impact Hub Manila do the big move? Creating change for the future of startups and creating better lives for the Filipinos is what fuels them. As being the only incubation hub in the Philippines officially acknowledged by the United Nations for pioneering change in the community through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is the core commitment of Impact Hub Manila to create a sustainable impact within the community by innovating digital solutions. 

But most importantly, the main event of 2019’s Impact2050 will be the Impact Hackathon, the official attempt to become the Guinness World Records’ biggest multi-city hackathon event in the world. This groundbreaking #HackPinas event will consist of more than 10,000 participants in Manila and throughout different cities in the Philippines who will be simultaneously hacking at this 24-hour reverse hackathon competition.

The core goal of Impact Hackathon is to deliver fresh solutions for the region and country’s social issues, with themes including climate change, education, agriculture, health and innovative cities which were all derived from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Ten million pesos’ worth of prizes (cash and support) for the winners of the Impact Hackathon, a pitching opportunity at the 2050fest, Impact2050’s official headliner and kick-off event during the Philippine Startup Week in November 2019, and the chance to collaborate with multinational brands and partners awaits those who would participate in the Guinness World Records groundbreaking hacking event attempt.

Now, it’s time for you to take part of what we want to happen for the future because today, the revolution we need is going to happen this October 30-31 2019. Register for the Impact2050 here and know more details about the Impact Hackathon here


Check out Impact Hub Manila’s website for more information about the country’s most awaited year-long programme for #startups and don’t forget to follow Impact Hub Manila on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Impact 2050 and Impact Hackathon news and updates.

Events, ProgramsGerald Castillo