Impact Hub Manila concludes the Impact Hackathon at the 2050fest, a pitching event held at The Eye, Green Sun Hotel in Makati City, during the Philippine Startup Week held recently.
Impact Hub Manila gathered coders and IT professionals in the country to create new solutions addressing social pain points. In the same event, the leadership of Impact Hub Manila also announced Impact Hackathon 2020 which will extend to countries in the Asia Pacific.
The event also featured talks from industry experts, where several guest speakers including Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office, DTI division chief Rosanna Aligaya, Co-Founder of the National Association of Data Privacy Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP) Arne Barcelo, and economic zone manager Aleem Guiapal from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
Following the lineup of panel is in the event is the actual pitching of the top 15 finalists that created the MVP projects of the Impact Hackathon: Herbal Plant (Vigan), Kugel Tech (Baguio), Dashwerq (Iligan), Crimera (Bacolod), UPark (Iloilo), MedFind (Batangas), NutriScan (Manila), Help Aid (Davao), iServe (Catbalogan), Hemria (Catbalogan), Agua Meter (Bacolod), Transfarm (Manila), Ayamica (Iloilo), Asboc (Batangas), and Transcash (Metro Manila) along with an actual presentation before an esteemed panel of jurors – who eventually named Transfarm as the National Impact Hackathon winner.
Transfarm, an end-to-end solution aimed at bridging the gap between local producers and commercial consumers, walked away with P170,000 (P70,000 of which was from winning the Manila leg of the hackathon) in cash prize and a year-long incubation program (valued at P1.5 million) translating to global membership access to the Impact Hub network, intensive training, access to vast pool of expert mentors, network, and coworking.
Impact Hub’s newest community members, which includes all 15 finalists and the rest of the top 50 teams will also receive varying degrees of support. Those in the top 15, apart from receiving the prizes from winning the student (P15,000) and professional (P20,000) categories will receive a full year of incubation support while those who made it to top 16 to 30 and the rest of the top 50 will get six and three months’ worth of support, respectively. A total of over P30 million is committed to this multi-year incubation program which will kick-off in January 2020.