Three Philippine teams named as finalists to the Alibaba GET Global Challenge 2020
ALIBABA Business School, in partnership with The Royal Beijing Language and Culture Center, names the Top 3 Finalists for Global Ecommerce Talent (GET) Programme in the Philippines. The Makati-based language center also recently teamed up with iacademy, the first Philippine educational institution that will be implementing the Alibaba GET Program. The competition simultaneously takes place in over a dozen other countries such as the African Region, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Colombia, France, Serbia, Russia, and Mexico.
This year’s Alibaba GET Global Challenge 2020 theme is “Digital Solutions During and Beyond COVID-19.”
The “GET Global Challenge 2020” event aims to discover solutions that can be used during this pandemic and even after. The challenge wants to identify those innovative digital solutions that pass criteria and will be of help to many people, businesses and institutions as everyone needs to adapt to the new normal.
Applications were opened in April with a deadline of submission set on May 4. Developers and entrepreneurs were challenged to come up with digital solutions for everyone that would promote inclusive development and empowerment for the youth.
The vision of this global challenge is “To inspire, inform, and enable." Students and universities have been encouraged to join and present their ideas that will hopefully reduce day-to-day struggles, combat the virus, and improve work efficiency and quality of life. During the competition, the teams were able to take advantage of everything the Alibaba GET Network offered, from individualized 1-on-1 coaching to different resources (case studies, industry reports, etc.) and live-stream sharing and training sessions. More than a hundred teams have entered the challenge from over ten countries and regions.
Three teams have been chosen from the roster of participants to represent the Philippines: NEIGHBOURLY, CHECKMADE (Las Chicas), and SYMLIFY. They will be competing with 52 other teams from 14 different countries.
Neighbourly is an e-commerce platform for residential neighbourhoods that promotes “bayanihan” by empowering community building and commerce.
Checkmade is a startup that aims to create a fraud-free online marketplace in the Philippines. Beyond fraud, it is Checkmade’s goal to help create a better and more secure ecommerce ecosystem.
Symlify is a single platform that helps online sellers manage their businesses. Symlify is an order management system designed for small business online sellers that depend on social media.