First intercollegiate hackaton in Manila will focus on disaster management

  • July 19, 2016
  • Jerome R. Paunan

MANILA, July 19 (PIA) -- An online freelancing website has spearheaded an innovative “hackathon” in Metro Manila that will rally college students to pitch their “transformative ideas” to address some issues in disaster response management. Regional Director of Communications for South East Asia Evan Tan said the first intercollegiate hackaton, dubbed, "Hackzilla in Manila" will utilize the capability of technology to empower Filipino talent and catalyze positive change in communities.


In simple terms, a hackaton is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.


Some 12 teams will compete in the 36-hour marathon for coders that will take place on July 22, 2016 at the office, 30/F Ecotower Bldg, 9th cor. 32nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. Awarding ceremonies will follow the next day.


The goal of the competition is to develop applications or apps that will help disaster planners and the public during times of disasters.


Overall winner will receive P50,000 cash, with 2nd and 3rd place winners getting P30,000 and P20,000 respectively.


"With Preparing the Philippines to effectively respond to natural disasters through the use of technology as the theme of the first-ever Hackzilla in Manila,’s inter-collegiate hackathon, students will be challenged to build mobile applications, websites, and various other technological solutions that will concentrate on alleviating the harmful impact of natural calamities," Tan said.


“With the Philippines having been hailed as one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, the country must acknowledge the inevitable onslaught of supertyphoons and earthquakes (much like Typhoons Yolanda and Ondoy) in the years to come. Being caught off-guard without proper disaster response strategies is the worst thing that could happen,” he added. (RJB/JCP/PIA-NCR)

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