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PLDT Enterprise partners with AIM for local hackathon to fight COVID-19

PLDT Enterprise partners with AIM for local hackathon to fight COVID-19

PLDT Enterprise recently supported the local hackathon launched by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) which aimed to crowdsource digital solutions and ideas that would help in the battle against COVID-19.   

The Bayanihan@AIM hackathon was held to generate innovative ideas and practical solutions from participants across the country which could help the nation cope with the prevailing economic and long-term impacts of the global pandemic. 

As an industry partner for the hackathon, PLDT Innolab provided mentorship to over 70 participating teams and gave away a number of mobile phones in addition to the cash prize. PLDT Innolab supports the development of emerging technologies with the group’s infrastructure, service capabilities, expertise, and facilities especially in improving today’s situation amid COVID-19.    

The virtual challenge focused on three themes: Food Security, Jobs and the Future of Work, and Support for Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)—all aiming to help shape the emerging landscape of Philippine business and society amid and post-COVID-19. 

The virtual hackathon, which ran from April 27 to May 10, was participated by college and graduate level students in the Philippines. For the Food Securitycategory, Amherstia Ojerio and Rodette Astoriano highlighted urban farming as way to help address food security problems among high schools through a Build, Operate and Transfer model, creating a sustainable supply of nutritious and affordable food while providing a hands-on learning experience. 

Under the Jobs and the Future of Work Challenge category, meanwhile, Kevin Anthony Sison, Carmelita Esclanda, Elijah Justin Medina, and Naman Punitcreated a localized, inclusive and integrated platform that combines e-learning and job matching, targeting those in the low to middle income groups. Lastly, in the Support for MSMEs Challenge category, Michael Glenn Kakumoto, Jann Skyler Teng, Ariel Silva, Jr., and Florentino Gonzales IV came up with a digital tool specifically designed for Filipino SMEs to help them manage their customers, sales and order management while increasing efficiency and productivity even in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.


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Raymund Ravanera is an accomplished and experienced graphic designer with almost 20 years of creative expertise working in the graphic design industry. He loves the latest gadgets, food and movies. Currently, he owns and manages megabites.com.ph, an online technology and lifestyle blog since 2015.

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