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Community Health Apps Shine at 1st Masskara Hackathon

Community health systems took the spotlight at the 1st Masskara Hackathon held at STI West Negros University last October 17 and 18, 2016.

Information technology professionals Richard Real and Ralph Ledesma from Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod who teamed up with students Pindar Jimenez and Queeny Kenn Amar of the University of St. La Salle -Bacolod topped the 24 hour hackathon with HealthMe, a healthcare assistant system for the effective and real-time dissemination of medical information through short messaging to barangay residents through their respective barangay health centers.

Information technology professional Richard Chan of the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos bagged the second place with his e-Health Card which seeks to provide faster, seamless, integrated system for securing health cards required for employment  from a city, town or provincial health office.

Robert Janagap, Eymard Pava, and Emelyn Hibionada II, senior students of STI West Negros University took the third spot with their web-based manpower management system called  Healthcare Freelancers.

The event was jointly spearheaded by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology, Inc.,  HyBrain Development Corporation,  a software development firm based in Bacolod, along and Microsoft Philippines. 

We wanted the annual Masskara Festival to feature an information technology event because it is about time we promote innovation, a mark that complements the message of resiliency that the festival sought to send when it was created in 1980, BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue.

While we enjoy the traditional events of the Masskara Festival, it is also good to provide venues for sharing of knowledge and ideas that can scale up to commercial and business level, because Masskara is not only for fun, it sends out a meaning of hope and renewal, she added.

John Dave Duenas, President of Hybrain and Diego Jose Ramos of lead the concept for the coding marathon for talented developers to prototype a seemingly impossible idea to a business viable MVP (mininum viable product). 

The focus of the hackathon is to provide solutions to the healthcare through technology innovation or disruption of the current industry practice by a validated idea taken to a product or service prototype.

The top three winners received 30K, 20K, and 10K respectively and  Microsoft Azure, a new development platform for mobile development, worth 250K each and free use of DOJO 8 co-working spaces. Judges of the hackathon were doctors and startup founders./jbs

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