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By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu
Sunday 4th of May 2014

MANILA, May 4 (PIA) – The Embassy of the United States in Manila is working with responders and affected communities to build a more resilient communities.

 

In the light of recent disasters, the Embassy and its partners is organizing “Tech for Resilience Week,” to work in putting lifesaving tech tools into action;

 

In a statement, the US Embassy said the "Tech for Resilience Week" starts with TechCamp on May 5 at Globe Labs, Globe Telepark in Valero St., Makati City.

 

This event is the first of three linked events taking place during the week of May 5-11, all geared toward harnessing technology to empower Filipino Non-governmental agencies and local government units (LGUs) to build climate-resilient communities.

 

The TechCamp takes a unique approach to connect "non-techie" civil society representatives with technologists.

 

To put lessons and new relationships into practice, the TechCamp will be followed by an "App Developers' Challenge" 24 hour Hackathon on May 9 and 10, in partnership with Globe Labs and Google Developers Group.

The week concludes with a two-day Hackathon entitled “Readysaster: Hack for Resilience” that takes place on May 10 and 11. 

 

A hackathon is an intense collaborative computer programming marathon where computer developers and enthusiasts engage to develop new digital applications and programs to achieve a specific goal and common good.

 

Readysaster is implemented by Open Data Philippines as part of a worldwide World Bank initiative, "Code for Resilience," along with Smart's Developers Network, Microsoft Philippines and Google Developers Group.

 

Readysaster shares the goal of building a more resilient Philippines by connecting knowledge from the public to private sector technology and government data.

 

The Embassy statement said these three events are designed to complement each other and to use problem sets drawn from conversations with community members in communities around the Philippines that have been identified as disaster-prone. 

 

Tech for Resilience Week reflects a shared commitment to explore all solutions (especially technological solutions) to the risks and dangers posed by calamities.

 

These activities are conducted In partnership with United States Agency for International Development, World Food Programme, Globe Labs, Google Developers Group, Open Data Philippines, and the U.S. State Department's Office of eDiplomacy. (PIA 8)

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