Democratized health services, equal opportunities for service providers and sustainable management of food waste topped this year’s # Globe5GHackathon – Manila Bulletin
The success of the Globe 5G Hackathon has put forward three groups, namely Alaga Health, a telehealth market and a service center, Tenth Maria, a mobile application that collects surplus food for underserved communities, and Team CamvS, an online service center, as competition winners, for their outstanding use of 5G technology in the growth and construction of their platforms.
Out of 289 teams and over 700 people who took part in the competition, the winning ideas of the very first Globe 5G Hackathon focused on democratizing healthcare services, managing food waste well for businesses and creating opportunities for service providers and customers.
As a pioneer of 5G technology in the Philippines, Globe launched the three-month competition to unlock the potential of Filipino innovators and help them realize their ideas for concrete and high-impact 5G applications. .
âWe live in a rapidly changing world and at Globe we believe that the best way to keep up with the changing times is to educate our customers about the power of technology and its possibilities to improve our society. We hope to have more hackathons in the years to come and may this platform sharpen the desire of Filipino youth to inspire and spark new innovations for the betterment of the future, âsaid Darius Delgado, Head of Globe Consumer Mobile Business.
The top three winners were determined by their scores in the following areas: 20% business plan proposal, 20% enterprise value, 40% functional prototype testing, and 20% presentation and defense during the question and answer part of the program.
Judges for the competition final included Nikko Acosta, Head of Product and Content at Globe, Director of Portfolio Operations at Kickstart Ventures Bit Santos, Managing Director of 917Ventures Vince Yamat, Executive Director of Animo Labs Frederico Gonzalez. and De La Salle University Fellow and Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr Raymond Tan.
Alaga Health, Tenth Maria and Team CamvS also received cash prizes of up to P200,000 to help them develop their ideas, as the top three winners of the competition. They will also benefit from Globe’s ongoing mentorship over the coming months as they develop their products and services.
Meanwhile, the groups remaining in the top 10, namely LunaX, bant.AI, OHC, D’Hacks, Handuraw, iGAT and Vortex Runners, all received P 20,000 each to further develop their offered services. These include a virtual patient simulator for medical students, a mobile traffic safety app, an online masterclass for online mental health support and a connected IoT system for the fishing industry. .
Globe also awarded Alaga Health the 5G Globe of Good Award for its outstanding technological applications with social impact. The special award recognizes how the group has used emerging technologies to solve societal issues facing Filipinos today.
5G technology opens up several opportunities for Filipinos as it offers the fastest connectivity and download speeds, ultra-low latency, greater bandwidth, superior network reliability and the ability to connect to more ‘devices.
The hackathon allowed budding technopreneurs made up of students, faculty, professionals and startups to learn empowerment workshops led by leaders in the tech industry and use networking opportunities.
Ahead of Demo Day, the top 10 teams also received mentorship from 5G Hackathon co-presenters Alibaba, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cascadeo, Google, Hewlett Packard (HP), Huawei, Intel, MDI, Microsoft, Tech Mahindra , DLSU Animo Labs and 917Ventures.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular United Nations SDG 9, which emphasizes the role of infrastructure and innovation as essential engines of economic growth and development. It is also committed to respecting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the 10 United Nations SDGs.
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