Impact Hackathon 2020 (in Manila) will push through, albeit virtually, on Aug. 17 in the hopes of defying the disruption caused by COVID-19 and finding innovations that would address the current social challenges brought by the pandemic.
Last year’s event had over 1,700 participants who completed 186 projects under the verticals of agriculture, health, climate change, smart cities and education. It also brought over 80 partners, and 300 mentors and jurors at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent and dire need for sustainable innovations to build a resilient nation,” said Ces Rondario, founder and CEO of Impact Hub Manila, social impact incubation network and main proponent of Impact Hackathon.
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To kick off on Aug. 17, Rondario hopes that innovators and entrepreneurs will participate in the weeklong hackathon and create create minimum viable products. Chosen entries will be included in IHM’s incubation program. Those who will survive the initial step will receive support from IHM’s partners “to ensure impact and sustainability.” That is on top of the $100,000 worth of prizes and access to IHM’s incubation program and global network of experts and entrepreneurs.
This year’s Impact Hackathon explores inclusive digital innovations in five areas including climate change, education, food and agriculture, health and wellness, and smart cities.
The hackathon proper will happen on the second day (Aug. 18) simultaneous with learning sessions. The announcement of national winners is set for Aug. 25.
Impact Hackathon is part of Impact 2050, a multi-year program designed by IHM to create large-scale economic impact through cultivating the Philippine’s startup and innovation ecosystem.
Impact Hub is present in 56 countries and 100 cities. It was established five years ago in the Philippines. IHM has, so far, supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over $1 million worth of grants and entrepreneurial support.