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.

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