Monday, December 17, 2018

Smart gathers great minds, connects ideas at 5th AngelHack tilt

FROM July 1-2, the whole fifth floor of A-SPACE in Makati City was abuzz with excitement and energy as the country’s up and coming tech rock stars brought to life 19 original, feasible and sustainable pitches that aimed to solve a problem, want, or need in the Philippine market.

It is AngelHack’s fifth year in the Philippines, made possible by Smart Development Network (Smart DevNet), Smart Communications’ developer community program. AngelHack is the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community, helping to drive innovation of tech products, platforms, and brands, with extraordinary smarts, scale, and speed.

Known as pioneers of global hackathons for more than four years, AngelHack’s over 97,000 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs compete to build, test, and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend.

Among the 19 teams emerged three winners and one Voyager Innovation API Special Prize Winner.

The first prize went to Team PocketMarket who came up with “Mined,” a platform that makes use of artificial intelligence components such as a chat bot, voice recognition, and document authentication to speed up the customer service aspect of an enterprise.

The team was made up of Constant Wakayo, a freelance business developer specializing on startups, and Mark Panizales, a software engineer. Interestingly, the two contestants came solo, and ended up working with each other.

“We came here as a solo participant, and then we just met, and we formulated everything ... and we didn’t expect to have this win,” said Panizales.

“It is my very first time to join a hackathon,” Wakayo said. “We decided to focus on the current IT trend in the market, like more on artificial intelligence.”

Second prize went to Team Coco Marteam (Jeno Panganiban, Juan Simeon, Kevin Motas, and John Raphael Aquino) for “Oboseen,” an incentivized voluntary road surveillance reporting system; and the third prize went to Team Konzole (Lionette Baclagon, Clarissa Tamayo, Willy David, Jr., and Mark Sayson) for “Konzole,” a recruitment accelerator platform.

Team CodeBuddy, meanwhile, won the Voyager Special Prize for EVA, a virtual parking assistant.

Paul Pajo, Smart senior manager for digital platforms and product development and SmartDevNet developer evangelist, expressed confidence on the developer community in the Philippines. “We believe that Filipinos have the capability and technology to become world-class developers or startups,” Pajo shared on Day 1 of the event. “This is our way of opening the door for everyone who thinks they have an innovation that might benefit a lot of Filipino people.”

The winning team brings home an exclusive invite to HACKcelerator, a 12-week curriculum to help them turn their hackathon idea into a startup reality. They will also have the chance to fly to Silicon Valley for Annual Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive training. This is on top of access to a diverse network of both local and global mentors.

AngelHack was also made possible by IMB, Amazon Web Services, Code for a Cause, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Gortech Alliance, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya. (PR)
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