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PH Startup Challenge 4: PH Youth to Build a Digital Philippines.

DICT Sec. Salalima exhortuing the Filipino youth at the 4th PSC

The 2017 Philippine Startup Challenge 4th Edition (PSC4) was launched last August 1, 2017 by the Department of Information and Information Technology (DICT) at its office in Diliman, Quezon City. 

Now on its 4th year, the PSC is aimed at the Filipino youth in coming up with innovative solutions to real life problems that are encountered by Filipinos every day. This year, the focus will be on 25 local problems that need innovative solutions that will utilize the burgeoning growth of information and communications technology (ICT).

Citing the natural inclination of today’s youth in ICT, this will harness the potential of students in colleges and universities in the country to bring to the fore their creativity, resourcefulness, and genius that will benefit national progress and development at the local and grassroots level.

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima was the keynote speaker and gave the challenge to the youth. In his inspirational message, Sec. Salalima welcomed the youth into the “Club of Failures.” It is only in failing to lay the seeds of success in whatever endeavor is undertaken.

Sec. Salalima, described as the “Father of Philippine ICT, ” came into the circumstances wherein technology has brought in a “New Culture” a “Culture of Innovation” has already arrived. 

The need for the youth to involve itself with innovating solutions is the key to the future of the country and technology has broken the line between problems and solutions. 

Now on its 4th leg, the PSC will commence with a PSC Mentor’s Bootcamp as stated by Emmylou V. Delfin, Program Manager, eInnovation, DICT. The Bootcamp will cover topics on the technical and business aspects of building a startup.
DICT Officials and PSC4 Partners

This will be undertaken with PSC partners that include the Philippine Software Association (PSIA), Titanium Technologies, and UP Enterprise.
The upcoming Bootcamps for Mentors are as follows:

August 1, Tacloban City
August 4, Naga City
August 18, Zamboanga City
August 31 Manila

Government, private companies, and organizations are collaborating in this endeavor together with the Philippine Startup Community. Partnering with them are Huawei Technologies, Microsoft, Ideaspace and Launchgarage.

The partners reiterated their support such as Microsoft represented by Mr. Arnie Locsin who enumerated the various Microsoft products that will be used in the PSC. Mr. Wellington, Liu Tao of Huawei Technologies have made available their resources for this year’s edition.

Mr. Jonathan Defensor la Luzuriaga, President of PSIA stated the continued support for the PSC and also related the journey started 4 years ago with regards to the Philippine Startup Challenge.

Mr. Kevin Facun, Team Lead of pIECE from Bulacan State University, last year’s PSC Champion disclosed that participating in the PSC redefined those who took up the challenge and has made them aware that there are greater things other than the standard school to employment cycle. pIECE developed an app that connects lactating mothers with mothers who need breast milk for their infants.    

DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima with Techblade Publisher Zeno Martinez


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