Friday, September 30, 2016

Ormoc Science and Technology Fair

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 30, 2016
Entrepreneurs in Ormoc City, Leyte are taking advantage of the potentials offered by the technologies brought by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). At least 19 applications for direct licensing agreements have been drafted when the DOST Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) had its Tech Transfer Day (TTD) Visayas Region edition held in Ormoc City this month of September.

Edgar Garcia of TAPI  said that the successful TTD event was testimony not just to the quality of the DOST technologies and innovations being offered for adoption, but also to the openness of Filipino entrepreneurs to new products as well as the opportunities the technologies could bring.

“There were almost 60 inquiries for possible business collaborators,” Garcia said.

The successful TTD is a good forecast with the oncoming TTD Mindanao leg to be held in Davao City this November. The success of the TTD also spurred DOST regional directors to hold TTDs on a smaller scale in their respective regions.

“Next year, we will conduct a more expanded approach like per region or clustering approach,” Garcia said.

The Visayas leg of the TTD campaign was spearheaded by the DOST Region 8, led by director engineer Edgar Esperancilla who partnered with the Ormoc City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OrCham), enabling the DOST to hold the TTD as one of the pre-event activities during the 25th Visayas Area Business Conference.

The event featured exhibits of 74 commercial-ready technologies in the Philippines, 11 of which were presented by the researchers and technology innovators, including carrageenan plant growth promoter, semen extender for goat, nipa sap sugar production, and stabilized brown rice, to mention some.

The technology showcase was to boost local awareness and investment in science and technology innovations. In addition, the DOST-Region VIII’s multi-information kiosk/hub was formally launched on the same day.

The exhibits and trade fair were open to public and lasted for three days, from September 14-16 at the Superdome.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

DICT’s NCM Service Holds Partnership Forum with Academia

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 29, 2016
Day 1
Aimed at strengthening partnerships with academic institutions from both the government and the private higher education institutes (HEIs), the DICT’s National ICT Competency Management (NCM) Service held a two-day forum on September 13 – 14, 2016. Aptly themed “ICT Employment Opportunities and Certifications Forum,” the event paved way for presentations which covered information, infrastructure, certifications, and partnerships. Highly experienced speakers and partners from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), International Computer Driving License (ICDL) – Asia, Cisco Philippines, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) graced the two-day forum.

Day 2
Participants from different SUCs, PHEIs, LUCs, NGAs, private ICT companies and certifications organizations attended the event, namely:

1. Apayao State College
2. Ateneo De Naga University
3. Bulacan Polytechnic College
4. Cagayan State University – Carig Campus
5. Caraga State University
6. Central Luzon State University
7. Centro Escolar University
8. CISCO Networking Academy & Social Innovation Group– Philippines
9. City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute
10. City University of Pasay
11. Department of Labor and Employment
12. DICT FOO Cluster Offices
13. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – North La Union Campus
14. Ifugao State University
15. Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
16. ISACA Manila Chapter
17. Lyceum of the Philippines University
18. Mariano Marcos State University
19. Marikina Polytechnic College
20. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology
21. Mindanao University of Science and Technology
22. National University
23. Northwest Samar State University
24. Philippine Normal University
25. Philweb
26. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
27. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
28. Public Employment Service Office – Pasay City
29. Saint Louis University
30. Siliman University
31. Systems Plus College Foundation
32. Taguig City Government (PESO)
33. Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila
34. Technological University of the Philippines – Taguig City
35. University of Cordilleras
36. University of Luzon
37. University of Makati
38. University of Negros Occidental –Recoletos
39. University of San Carlos
40. University of the East – Caloocan
41. University of the Philippines – Manila
42. UP Information Technology Development Center
43. UP Visayas – Tacloban College

The forum’s highlights include a discussion session and preliminary networking among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private HEIs across the Philippines. They were grouped according to the DICT’s FOO Clusters, wherein the Cluster Directors facilitated the discussions. Outputs from the discussions included an identification of challenges being faced by the SUCs like lack in resources and the need for standardized training content that are to be rolled-out in the provinces. Networking and partnerships were seen as among the best solutions to augment the challenges raised. SUC representatives will be coordinating with their respective heads of schools for future collaboration and synergizing of efforts with the DICT in delivering ICT knowledge especially to the marginalized and at the grassroots level.

The presentations from the forum can be downloaded here:
Day 1

Day 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Animation Council launches 10th Animahenasyon; stages Spain’s Bridging the Gap program

Posted By: Karlo Simon - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) , Embassy of Spain, and SM Retail Inc., is set to hold Animahenasyon 2016: “Inspiration. Creation. Animation.” on November 22-24, 2016 at Samsung Hall, SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City , Taguig.

Now on its 10th year of celebrating Filipino talent and ingenuity in animation, Animahenasyon 2016 will showcase the best and the brightest animators of the Philippines and bring in world-renowned professionals who could impart their expertise to both aspiring and professional animators in the country.

The animation festival will be composed of different activities including plenary sessions, workshops, a cosplay event, and exhibition, which will run from November 22 to 24. On November 26, special film screenings featuring Spanish animation and previous Animahenasyon entries will be held in De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).

“We envision the 10th anniversary of Animahenasyon to be the largest event of this kind in the country. It is our way to celebrate our animators, and at the same time, our way to create a venue for learning for our students and professionals. Promoting original content creation is also one of the major goals of this yearly gathering.” said Juan Miguel del Rosario, ACPI President.

Aside from the Spanish Embassy, Animahenasyon is also supported by other government institutions namely the French Embassy, Japan Foundation, and the US Embassy.

Bridging the gap

(L-R Gullermo Escribano, Marilyn Montano, Juan Miguel del Rosario, Marie Grace Dimaranan, Manrique Orellana, Jr., Martin Macalintal, & Nerish Inumerable) 

In line with the celebration of the 100 years of Spanish Animation, the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila partnered with ACPI to conduct a program called Bridging the Gap (BTG) in conjunction with Animahenasyon 2016. First held in Spain in July 2015, BTG is an “intensive workshop where talented young students have the chance to meet and create synergies with influential professionals and decision-makers working in the field of animation.

Under the program, five experts from their animation industry namely Guillermo Garcia Carsi (Pocoyo Creator), Manuel Cristobal (Best European Animation Producer 2012), Guadalupe Arensburg (Head of Shorts Films Acquisition Deparment, Movistar + Espana), and Jose Luis Farias (3D Wire Director) will be going to the Philippines to share their knowledge and expertise to Animahenasyon participants.

According to Guillermo Escribano, First Secretary for Cultural Affairs of the Spanish Embassy, the Philippines will be the first ever co-organizer of BTG in Asia.

He added that with country’s affinity with the Spanish culture and arts, they consider the Philippines as a strategic starting point to reach other Asian countries in the future.

Bridging the Gap has been made possible thanks to the ACERCA-FIIAPP Program of the Spanish Cooperation and the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Screenings and Competition

To encourage the production of original Filipino content, the festival also annually holds an animation competition. Every year, participants from all over the Philippines – including the provinces of Bicol, Zamboanga, and Davao – send in their entries to Animahenasyon. A total of 11 awards will be given to produce a short animated film for one their kiddie brands, Chooey.

Aside from the conference and the competition, films screenings are also scheduled on November 26 in DLS-CSB.

Recently presented in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, ‘From the Doodles to Pixels: Over a Hundred Years of Spanish Animation’, a Spanish animation anthology produced by Centre de Cultura Contempoania de Barcelona (CCCB) and Accion Cultural Espanola (AC/E) in collaboration with Filmoteca Espanola, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Movierecord, and Lobster, will be the highlight of the scheduled trainings. This film features the historical beginnings, milestones, and current direction of Spanish animation. Previous entries to the competition will also be screened. 

Moving the industry forward

According to del Rosario, Animahenasyon is just one of the programs of ACPI to grow the Philippines Animation industry.

“Animahenasyon is our biggest annual event, but we continue to implement projects that would further improve the capabilities of our talent pool in animation. We also build strategic partnerships with international organizations to further advance our brand as a world-class producer and provider of animation content and services.” added del Rosario.

The Philippines animation industry contributes around US$153 Million to the local economy, with around 11,000 employees including freelancers. This number is projected to grow in the coming years. 

Animahenasyon 2016 is also made possible with the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Interested delegates and participants are encouraged to visit You may also email or call (+632) 817-2727 loc 108

Businesses Keen on Adopting DOST Technologies

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Interested business people check out new products made through DOST-developed technologies at the Technology Transfer Day held recently in Ormoc City Superdome in Leyte.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has made available its locally created technologies to entrepreneurs and businesses from the Visayas for possible investments and business opportunities.

“We asked DOST to be our partner,” said Jude P. Abenoja, president of the Ormoc City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OrCham), as he told about the biggest business conference in the Visayas held Sept. 15-16 at the Ormoc City Superdome in Leyte.

As a pre-event to the bustling 25th Visayas area business conference, DOST held a Technology Transfer Day featuring 74 technologies available for adoption. This is the first DOST Technology Transfer Day held in the regions.

“We are selling technologies, not products,” Usec. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara clarified to the audience who were wowed by new products that were still new, or maybe still out of the market in some areas.

The audience flocked to the sample area that featured crispy and nutritious vacuum fried fruits and vegetables, among others. These products were produced using food processing equipment for DOST’s Food Innovation Centers. DOST “sells” the technology behind said equipment to entrepreneurs who will get a license to fabricate same machine to be used in producing products.

Abenoja said he arranged with DOST-VIII Regional Director Edgar M. Esperancilla to hold the DOST Technology Transfer Day a day before the business conference in order “to bring technologies and the DOST closer to the business sector as we share a common goal which is to bringeconomic opportunities to the countryside.”

Around 300 out of the 500 business conference delegates attended the Technology Transfer Day.

Abenoja and DOST-VIII identified technologies that can thrive in the region and highlighted these during the Technology Transfer Day. These were the: carrageenan plant growth promoter, semen extender for goat, nipa sap sugar production, stabilized brown rice, complementary foods, DOST tablea, Food Innovation Center processing equipment, STARBOOKS, Eco-friendly septic system (Eco-Sep), and abaca fiber for packaging and currency base papers.

“The 11 technologies are handpicked as these as seen to work in our area,” Abenoja told.

The organizers, composed of the OrCham, DOST-VIII, DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute, and the Eastern Visayas State University, received a number of term sheets during the Technology Transfer Day, indicating inquiries for possible technology adoption.

“The partnership doesn’t end here,” Abenoja said. The OrCham previously partnered with the regional office for the holding of the Visayas Cluster Regional Science and Technology Week last July.

“We would like to confirm our commitment that this partnership doesn’t end here. With the help of DOST, OrCham will help the pineapple and jackfruit sector. We already discussed this with Mayor Richard Gomez,” he added.

Source: DOST

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Smart's contribution to inclusive growth

Posted By: Karlo Simon - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stephanie Orlino, the Senior Manager for Public Affairs and Education Program Head of Smart Communications, Inc., has been in the field of community development with Smart for 14 years now. She has been focusing on crafting and implementing sustainable, community-based education programs. 

With her efforts to elevate education in our country with the aid of technology, she brought Smart to Fortune magazine with her SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Program). It was cited magazine as one of the companies that makes a social and environmental impact through business strategy and operations.  

As an advocate for education, she firmly believes that education is not the just the responsibility of the teachers and the parents, but everyone. Also, she encourages people to take part in supporting and developing education in the country because it is our best root towards development, in all aspects.   

What are the education programs of Smart?

  • Tertiary Level

Smart has a roster of programs from basic education all the way to tertiary. But ironically, back in 2003, they started with tertiary level.  

Stephanie Orlino together with her team wanted to aid schools with new technological advancements to enable communities. Thus, SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Program) was organized and it has been running for 13 years now. The program aims to improve the level of technology and engineering education in the Philippines, particularly in the field of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE). They partner with different colleges and universities all over the country that offer engineering and information technology programs. 

SWEEP supports the partner schools by producing up-to-date content and equipment, as well as hands-on trainings, seminars and internships. Smart is aware that theories are strong and sufficient in schools; however, the application of what students learn are lacking. In most cases, what students study in books to what is happening in the industry is way different. Especially, nowadays, the industry of technology is fast-paced and change happens constantly. A lot of schools can’t keep up with these changes in technology. As a result, SWEEP embeds the same training in information and technology that their employees get to the students and teachers. 

Smart’s own engineers and personnel train the students and teachers to give the students not just theories but also first-hand experience. The topics that are included in SWEEP are very unique and practical compared to ones in the academe like 3G and LTE.

Yearly, Smart holds awarding ceremonies to encourage innovation and excellence in wireless application development among the partner schools of SWEEP. This serves as a litmus test to gauge the acquired knowledge of the students and teachers. In like manner, it gives opportunity for the scholars to apply what they have learned to develop a wireless application. School teams and applications that have potential are turned into startup companies.  And as of now, there are already four startups developed by SWEEP’s scholars.

  • Basic Education


It is a 2ft x 2ft cart digital laboratory that contains tablets, laptop, projector, and pocket Wifi. It also comes with content; child and curriculum development, training, and monitoring. The cart costs 200,00 php.

The project was inspired by the famous local education TV show “Batibot”. Their goal is to develop and enhance kindergarten literacy, ranging from alphabet to basic math, in public schools.


Talking about technology for all and inclusive growth, urban areas should not only be the one who are prioritized. And because of “electricity barrier” in more than 300 remote areas in the country, Smart has come up with a project similar to Technocart. This project is called “School-in-a-Bag”.

School-in-a-Bag is a learning tool package donated to public schools without electricity. It is literal backpack that has solar panel, battery, LED TV, laptop, tablet, pocket wife and learning modules.

Smart helps bring digital learning to remote communities by giving relevant content and engaging both teachers and students to updated innovations even they are far from civilization. 

Technology bridges the digital divide

Smart don’t claim to be experts in the field of academe. But they practice inclusivity and partnership and work with the experts, teachers, scientists and non-government officials. 

The programs of Smart don’t just aid schools to upgrade their technology because gadgets are very much accessible to everyone and primarily, technology is not their end goal. They aim to cater technology for all; to be a delivery mechanism that teaches students and teachers to use technology to enable individual growth, resulting to a larger scale development. 

The heart of their programs is putting together all the possible resources to deliver the right content, and capacitate the teachers to hand over sufficient and correct knowledge to students.

Monday, September 26, 2016

World-Best Images brought by Diwata Satellite

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, September 26, 2016
(Left: Pictures from Diwata. Right: Pictures from Landsat 8)

The Philippines' first microsatellite Diwata-1 has drawn praise from researchers for providing "world-best" images.

Hokkaido University on Wednesday published pictures sent in by Diwata-1, comparing it with images from the large-scale Landsat 8 satellite. 

"The High Precision Telescope (HPT) installed in the Philippine’s DIWATA-1 microsatellite jointly developed by Hokkaido University and other institutions has successfully captured images with a ground resolution of about 3 meters—a world-best for a 50 kg-class microsatellite," the statement read. 

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) noted how the clearer pictures could help the country.

"With a clearer photo from Diwata 1’s HPT camera, it will be easier to see which areas are affected by natural and even man-made disasters such as floods and fires," it said. 

Photos from Diwata-1 are taken with "four imaging devices with different magnifications, including the HPT and a fish-lens camera" and the quality is significantly better than the Operational Land Imager (OLI) of Landsat 8. 

Hokkaido University also commended the images created using near-infrared-band data, showing a very defined outline of a suburban area in Florida.

This graphic compares two false-color images of a suburban area in Florida, United States. Image (a) was taken by the HPT installed in DIWATA-1, while image (b) was taken by Landsat 8’s OLI. To emphasize areas of vegetation, near-infrared-band data was used to create the image.

This not only made it "possible to shoot high-resolution images with high frequency, but also establishes a powerful technique for microsatellites to capture spectral images at several tens of bands (wavelengths) or higher."

Diwata-1 is a joint project of Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the University of the Philippines. It was deployed from the International Space Station on April 27.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

#PeaceHack2016: A message from the Community Partnerships Head of SMART Communications

Posted By: Patti Salas - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Darwin Flores, Community Partnerships Head, Smart Communications, Inc.
“A woman said: ”Everybody thinks that they are the good guys”. Lahat tayo (All of us). Even those we consider as our enemies or our opposites. And that is the origin of conflicts. We all think that we are the good guys.

So, where is the conflict coming from? It’s because we think that we’re right, and we think we’re the good guys.

On my way here, I was thinking “Paano ba natin malalaman na we are thinking we’re the good guys and the other guy is a bad guy?” (How will we know that we're thinking that we’re the good guys and the other guy is a bad guy?) There are pictures, images, or experiences that come forward whenever we see things. We basically grew with filters – a certain point of view.

One of the organizers of this event is my friend. We were activists during Marcos’ time and we really think that Marcos is an evil person. On the other hand, our counterparts think that we are just troublemakers. Whenever we get caught, we are beaten up, and we are tortured. Many of my friends have been tortured, some even got killed. And that is because we are coming from a certain point of view.

On a personal level, that is where I am coming from; but, from a company point of view, as a telecommunications company, communication is an essential element of our life. That’s the constant search that we’re looking for – “How do we unite with our opposites?”.

Uniting with your opposite begins with yourself. Knowing what triggers you, knowing what are your biases. Especially now that there’s a civil war going on - a civil war online. Kung nakakamatay lang ang mga comments, ang dami ng namatay (If only comments can kill, many are already dead). Bumabaha na ng dugo (There will be blood everywhere). That is a very concrete example that you are confronted with. Kung online, ganyan na ang banatan, what more in real life? (If that's how people are online, what more in real life?) So, there is war going on not only online but also within ourselves. So, you need to search yourself because if you give in to that, you are already a participant in a war – in a civil war – and that civil war is within yourself.”

#PeaceHack2016: Peacebuilding through technology

Posted By: Patti Salas - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Liam Jamshidi - Tech Officer - London Office


International Alert is a peacebuilding organization who works in areas affected by conflicts like Sri Lanka, Lebanon, and the like. “We wanted to try to use technology in peacebuilding and try to make a difference, help people to be aware and take part in making the world a better place,” said Liam Jamshidi, a tech officer from the London office.

The first #peacehack hackathon was held in London in the year 2014. It was an initiative that brought the two worlds of technology and peacebuilding together to try to develop solutions for big problems. Later in 2015, they were able to conduct 5 peacehacks in Barcelona, Beirut, Colombo, London, and Washington DC.  Over 300 hackers took part in the event which was simultaneously done in the 5 regions. The participants were connected through Google hangout. One of the winning ideas is the Safegees – an app that keeps refugees connected. It was developed and is now available in the market.

This year, International Alert was able to conduct 3 hacks so far –in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the first in the Philippines. According to Liam, there are 3 more upcoming peacehacks which will be done in London and Greece.


Staff members of International Alert Philippines
September 21, 2016 is International Peace Day; but, it is also the 30th anniversary of the founding of International Alert which is an international organization who works in approximately 30 countries where there is often violent conflict. According to Ruel Punongbayan, International Alert Philippines’ Head of Advocacy, “Naroon ang alert kung saan may gulo, may kaguluhan, may hidwaan”.

International Alert has worked in over 60 countries since its founding 30 years ago. There are around 30 country offices at present. From its headquarters in London, International Alert began working in the Philippines in 1988 by doing back-channeling work for the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Currently, International Alert Philippines is involved in the peace processes in the country. First is the National Democratic Front peace process between the government of the Philippines and the rebels. Further, their country manager, Pancho Lara is the head of the reciprocal working group on ceasefire with the CPP-NPA. They have also been working with the MILF peace process. “Kung mayroong gustong ipaabot ang MILF sa gobyerno or vice versa, iyon ang ginagawa namin.”, Ruel said.

Ruel confidently said that the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) developed and maintained by International Alert Philippines is the only subnational conflict incidence monitoring system in the Philippines. It contains the conflict panel data in Bangsamoro from 2011-2015. They expanded this to the eastern and southern Mindanao conflict database.

Apart from all these involvements of International alert Philippines, they still have a bigger goal and that is to create a Philippine database.

“We’re trying to influence policy and practice in peacebuilding.”, Ruel said. He expressed his joy in seeing the participants of the first #peacehack in the Philippines especially that many of them are members of the youth.

International Alert’s previous tagline was “Understanding conflict, building peace”. However, they thought that it poses an impression that you need to be knowledgeable to be able to make peace which according to Ruel is not true. To that, he said, “No, we make everyday peace”. This is why they have a new tagline: “Peace is within our power”. Ruel believes that “everyone is involved in peacemaking, peacebuilding”.

“We want to challenge you in this peacehack to come up with concepts and ideas to help the Philippines and make a peaceful Philippines”, Ruel concluded.

Friday, September 23, 2016

#PeaceHack2016: The first #peacehack hackathon in the Philippines

Posted By: Patti Salas - Friday, September 23, 2016

International Alert Philippines and Smart Communications, Inc. invite all developers, programmers, and tech enthusiasts to join the first #peacehack in the Philippines, and step up to the challenge of creating a functional and interactive prototype! Build either a mobile or web application that can help the general public and/or peace builders understand conflict, and win up to P50,000 in prizes!

The theme for this year’s hackathon is P.E.A.C.E.: Perceive, Engage, Alert, Communicate and Educate. These are actions essential in building peace, and this is why International Alert challenges developers to create apps under this theme. Apps may serve any purpose, whether it’s for dissemination, mitigation, or education.


The 2-day hackathon is happening on September 24 and 25, 2016, in A Space Manila, 110 Legazpi Street, Makati City, Metro Manila. The fun begins on September 24 (Saturday) at 9:00 AM, and ends on September 25 (Sunday) at 8:00 PM.


First prize:         P50,000
Second prize:    P30,000
Third prize:        P20,000

Plus goodies from Smart Communications, Inc.!


Registration and team size

Join as an individual, or form a group of up to three members, and register for free through the Eventbrite page.

Event day mechanics

Participants will have two days to develop an app. They can stay overnight in the venue, and bring their own sleeping bags and extra clothes. Alternately, they can also go home and return the following day at 8:00 AM.

The event will start at 9:00 AM on September 24.


All participants should bring their own equipment, including computers, chargers, and tools needed to build their app. It is also highly recommended that they bring their own extension cords, tumblers/water bottles, and pens/papers. A Space will provide power sockets and internet connectivity.

Platform, technology stacks, and API

Outputs can either be mobile or web apps. Participants are also free to use any programming language. If an app will use an API, it should be publicly available for at least a month, or if it is a private API, it should have been developed during the event.

Pre-judging (Only when there are 20+ teams presenting)

Before the selection of the final presenters, the judges will pre-select the top apps. They will go around and test each team’s entry. A strict time limit of five (5) minutes per table will be allotted. The judges will then deliberate and announce the finalists who will present on stage. From there, the winners of the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st prize will be selected.

Stage presentations and app demos

Finalists will demo their app on stage for the judges and other participants to see. It is also important to explain how each app is relevant to the theme. Provide a clear walkthrough of each app. An additional two (2) minutes will be allotted for the Q&A portion with the judges.

Judging criteria

Qualifying criteria: Does it conform to the theme?

40%     Relevance          Applicability to peacebuilding initiatives
40%     Engineering      Code quality, design, user experience, API/frameworks/stack used
20%     Sustainability    Impact and viability


A code review will be done in the event of a tie. Judges will audit each team’s source code, with the help of a developer appointed by the judges. The tie will be broken based on the quality of the code.

Intellectual property rights

All teams retain full ownership of their own apps.


What’s with the theme?

We thought of this theme because we want the developers to think broadly and creative about the range of functions of their apps. Because understanding violent conflict can be done in so many ways, the theme allows participants to think of the different purposes of the app they will create. (But no disaster / flood warning apps please, since that’s not part of what International Alert does.)

What does International Alert work on?

We’ll talk a little bit more about what we do in the event, but to summarize, we understand conflict, and build peace!

1. We have a conflict monitoring website called Conflict Alert.
2. We also study the connection between the shadow economies (drugs, illicit firearms, kidnap-for-ransom, informal land markets, and cross-border trade) and violent conflict.
3. We also study the different kinds of horizontal conflict (violent conflict between clans, ethnic groups, rival insurgents, political parties and private armed groups, or authorities fighting for control over land, natural resources, elective and non-elective positions, including government resources). We also study common crime as a type of violent conflict.
4. We support the peace talks through galvanizing support within our networks, and we build communities that are resilient to discrimination and extreme ideology.
5. We work with businesses in ensuring that businesses do not incite violence in areas they operate in.

Who can participate?

Anyone creative and knows how to code and develop an app is free to participate.
What will be provided by the organizers during the event?
Internet access, power outlets, and food and drinks will be provided.

What should I bring for the event?

Laptops, chargers, extension cords, tools for app development, sleeping bags, extra clothes, tumblers, and extra broadband dongles.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have further questions, please email

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 9:00 PM (PHT)

Where: A SPACE Philippines – 110 Legazpi Street, Makati, NCR 1229, Philippines

DTI, IdeaSpace launch the QBO Innovation Hub

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 23, 2016
Signing the collaboration agreement are (L-R) QBO Innovation Hub Head Rene Meily, IdeaSpace Chairman of the Board Manuel V. Pangilinan, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, and DTI Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen Perlada.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) and IdeaSpace Foundation (IdeaSpace), the leading early stage technology incubator and accelerator in the Philippines, today signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment and launch of the QBO Innovation Hub at the DTI International Building, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City for startups and innovation entrepreneurs on August 8, 2016.

The Hub aims to link innovators, explorers, investors, academic institutions, start-up mentors, funders and enablers as well as a broad spectrum of partners and stakeholders from both public and private sectors to convene in constructive interaction and is DTI’s support to the startup community, particularly targeting startups with viable business propositions.

“This initiative is DTI-EMB’s way of providing relational form of assistance that boosts the climate of collaboration within the startup community, private sector, the academe and the government,” said DTI-EMB Director Senen M. Perlada.

In line with the Strategy #8 of the 2015-2017 Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) which states the enhancement of the innovative capacity of the export sector through an efficient system of national innovation, QBO Innovation Hub will also serve as an avenue to urge more micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) to collaborate and explore opportunities that disruptive technologies can offer.

“We hope to open more opportunities for market access and capital, and mentorship for our startups, especially the growing number of young entrepreneurs,” added Perlada.

The QBO Innovation Hub is under the Negosyo Center Plus operating model although it will be more selective and focus on more mature startups. As a flagship initiative of DTI to encourage entrepreneurship in the country, the over 250 Negosyo Centers across the country are equipped with materials and resource supports that will assist entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. As the agency adds more services catering to the needs of the startup community, more centers under the Negosyo Center Plus model will start assisting those in the startup and innovation sector.

“We hope that this is just the beginning of a larger initiative from public-private collaboration that will enhance our local entrepreneurs’ ability to network, to exchange ideas and to create and innovate products and services that could bring our Filipino brands in the global market”, urged Perlada.

“As a strong supporter of the startup ecosystem in this country since we launched IdeaSpace a few years back, we are glad that many other players have emerged to help build and grow such startups. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. We note with appreciation that the government has shown a keen interest in collaborating with private sector partners to help raise the Philippine startup scene to global standards through the QBO Innovation Hub,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, head of IdeaSpace, PLDT and First Pacific.

“Our hope is that the hub will help spur the Philippine startup ecosystem and trigger the spirit of innovation, risk-taking and creativity that will give birth to new companies, new jobs and wealth for entrepreneurs, their partners and their employees. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and to collaborate with both local and international business groups and funders to produce game-changing breakthroughs to rival businesses around the world,” said Rene “Butch” Meily, who will be leading the QBO Innovation Hub. Katrina R. Chan of IdeaSpace will serve as Executive Director of QBO. Meily also heads the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), a private sector vehicle for disaster management that has become a role model for the UN’s Connecting Business Initiative and includes many of the country’s major corporations.

Aside from DTI and IdeaSpace, the innovation hub was made possible with support from the Department of Science and Technology and JP Morgan Foundation. It takes its cue from the rise of innovation districts around the world – the likes of Silicon Valley in the United States, Block 71 in Singapore and Tel Aviv, the center of ‘Startup Nation’ in Israel.

QBO Innovation Hub is a natural progression in the efforts of IdeaSpace to help promote startup technopreneurship in the country, aside from providing equity-free funding, incubation and acceleration through its national startup competition held annually since 2012.

A non-profit foundation, IdeaSpace is supported by the following companies; First Pacific, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, PLDT, Smart Communications, Meralco, Indofood, Philex Mining, Maynilad, MediaQuest and TV5.
During the event, DTI also announced its plan of establishing a food innovation hub at the Philippine Trade Training Center later this year to strengthen its advocacy of advancing the innovation and entrepreneurship agenda. DTI noted that initiatives like this would support the realization of the Philippines’ ambition to be known as Asia’s trendsetter in export products and services.

For the past six months, DTI had been active in tapping the private sector and the academe to further enhance the innovative capacity of Filipino entrepreneurs and to encourage more investors in the startup, innovation and creative services sector. Several events such as SlingShot Philippines carried out a series of dialogues to accelerate the development of the startup and innovation ecosystem in the country.

Named after the iconic “kubo” as it reflects the modern re-imagination of the traditional Filipino home and community space and developed in partnership with the BBDO creative agency, DTI hopes that the QBO Innovation Hub will usher in a new breed of startups that will thrive in the innovation economy.

Globe Business bolsters national startup and innovation summit

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 23, 2016
Globe Telecom and its fully-owned venture capital subsidiary Kickstart Ventures, Inc. bolstered the second staging of Slingshot Philippines 2016, the two-day National Summit on Startups and Innovation covering the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, and digital startups, among others. 

Globe Telecom and its fully-owned venture capital subsidiary Kickstart Ventures, Inc. bolstered the second staging of Slingshot Philippines 2016, the two-day National Summit on Startups and Innovation covering the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, electronics, and digital startups, among others.

With the theme “Accelerating the Innovation Economy,” Slingshot 2016 provided an avenue for young minds with big ideas, innovators, investors, and policymakers to collaborate and set the standard for the Philippine startup community.

Globe, through its enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm Globe Business, served as co-presenter of the event and helped startups understand the need for uninterrupted business through the right technology, infrastructure, and know-how.

“It is imperative that Globe Business, as the trusted business advisor of choice of enterprises, support these kind of events. Our drive to understand passions greatly redounds to the spirit of the Philippine startup community. It is with high hopes that we help them achieve operational efficiency and business growth,” said Globe Business Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT-Enabled Services Group Mike Frausing.

Around 50 speakers and panelists including JD Montelibano, Globe Business Head of Research and Product Development, talked about the role of ICT in nurturing the Philippine innovation economy before some 600 conference delegates. Montelibano discussed the different IT solutions that can help startups such as Google Apps for Work and Chromebook, Microsoft Office 365, including Connectivity and Mobility packages.

The conference also saw venture capitalists like Kickstart sharing in terms of resources or expertise to help create that ecosystem for local tech startups. Kickstart President Minette Navarrete, one of the SlingshotPH panel moderators, noted that through technology tools, investors, entrepreneurs and regulators can use digital funding platforms to create a transparent, accountable and efficient ecosystem.

“In a fledgling ecosystem like the Philippines, the role of venture capital like Kickstart is to break barriers that prevent startups achieving any sort of traction, and to build bridges to help startups scale. Close and relevant engagement between the business community, the public sector, and the startup founders is key. Beyond capital, the critical factor is access: to funding, to commercial deals, and to mentors and other supportive relationships. These help create a stronger Philippine startup community. We’ve loved that our parent Globe Telecom and Ayala Corporation affiliates have supported our portfolio companies through sponsorship, distribution, product development and marketing deals, and we’re thrilled that other companies are following suit,” said Navarrete.

Slingshot Philippines 2016 was the direct offshoot of Slingshot Manila 2015, the official startup and innovation event organized by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and key industry stakeholders such as Globe Business and Kickstart.

To know more how Globe Business can empower your startup’s passions with industry-renowned ICT products and solutions, visit or contact a Globe Business Account Manager.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Eastern Visayas To Host National ICT Summit

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tacloban City and the Province of Leyte will be this year’s host of the National ICT Summit organized by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP). 

The Regional Information and Communications Technology Committee – Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology (RICTC-EVFIT) will be hosting the eight staging of the annual summit on November 10 and 11, 2016 in Tacloban City and in the Municipality of Palo, Province of Leyte.

This year’s theme, “Acceler8 Region 8 thru the Digital Economy”, highlights the resiliency and renewed dynamism of Eastern Visayas after Typhoon Yolanda. 

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8 Director Edgardo Esperancilla serves as chairman of the summit as the chair of RICTC-EVFIT.           

NICP President Wilfredo Sa-a, Jr. hopes to bring together champions of the information and communications technology from public and private sectors to share industry trends and development, understand the challenges, identify and collaborate on ways forward to promote ICT industry development, generate new investments and create new jobs for the cities outside of Metro Manila and the countryside. 

Among the key activity of the summit is the 5th eGOV Awards for local government units, a recognition given to municipalities, cities, and provinces with exemplary performance in empowering its citizens and business sector by integrating ICT in their programs and services. 

Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, former president of NICP and chair of the 2016 eGOV awards says the two categories are Best in eGov Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award and Best in eGov Business Empowerment (G2B) Award.

This year’s topics include the presentation of Philippine IT-BPM Roadmap 2022, NICP Targets in for 2022, creating competitive cities and exploring affordable innovative options, impact sourcing and developing country side outsourcing, resiliency and business continuity, Internet for agriculture and creating a startup ecosystem.

The 2-day summit will also feature a 24-hour hackathon called Hack the Climate which will serve as venue for developers to create solutions addressing climate change and environment issues. 

The event is supported by the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

President, NICP
Executive Director, CEDF-IT

Chair, Egov Awards for LGUs
Executive Director, BNEFIT

Provincial Science and Technology Director
Province of Leyte

RICTC-EVFIT, Chairman          
DOST 8, Regional Director 

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