Saturday, May 10, 2014

1st TechCamp Hackathon in the Philippines

After the successful 1st Philippine TechCamp on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building early this week, a TechCamp Hackathon was held last May 9 and 10 to create applications and solutions for problems resulted by extreme natural calamities affecting the country.

The hackathon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Globe Labs, Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines, and Open Data PH.

It aims to bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from government, civil society, and non-government organizations.       

Individuals or team of developers may contribute their ideas for a maximum of five minutes to a panel of judges. The apps will be judged based on the following criteria: Relevance, 30%; Innovativeness, 25%, Visuals (UI/UX), 15%; Sustainability, 10%; Completeness, 10%; and Presentation, 10%.

The top three winners will receive P30,000 each from the US Embassy to be turned over to any of the non-government organizations or local government units included in the list to be provided by WFP.

The best application will also be given P3,000 worth of API (Application Programming Interface) credits from Globe Labs that will entitle them to 6,000 outgoing SMS and 40,000 incoming SMS, or 600 minutes of calls.  The credits may be used within a six-month period to help them with the development and testing.

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