The Philippine Star

Cre­at­ing an im­pact with sus­tain­able, tech-driven so­lu­tions

- Hackathons · Programming · Tech · Manila · Quezon City · Quezon, Bukidnon · United Nations · Philippines · ASEAN

Tech­nol­ogy has taken cen­ter stage as the world en­ters the fourth in­dus­trial rev­olu- tion (FIRe) and gears up for the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

Be­fore pro­mot­ing and de­liv­er­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth, FIRe will first chal­lenge our minds and dras­ti­cally change the way we live. And as it dis­rupts ev­ery in­dus­try around the globe, key de­ci­sion-mak­ers, in­dus­try lead­ers and ev­ery stake­holder must be proac­tive and start mak­ing in­formed de­ci­sions on how they would uti­lize tech­nolo­gies to keep up with the fastchang­ing econ­omy and lever­age their busi­nesses.

Mean­while, for­ward-think­ing com­pa­nies in the coun­try have al­ready in­cor­po­rated in­no­va­tive ideas and tech­nolo­gies into their daily op­er­a­tions to ramp up their busi­nesses and im­prove their ser­vices to the Filipinos.

Im­pact Hub Manila, an in­cu­ba­tion hub that is part of the largest in­cu­ba­tion net­work in the world, stands be­hind cost-driven and pur­pose-driven en­trepreneur­s whose ven­ture ideas have an im­pact in the lives of Filipinos at a large scale.

“The world is chang­ing, and we be­lieve that we have to be at the fore­front of chang­ing things. Our net­work is the largest net­work of im­pact en­trepreneur­s in the world, and the en­trepreneur­s that we sup­port are all cost-driven and pur­pose-driven. What sep­a­rates us from in­cu­ba­tors in the world is that we have a very strong fo­cus in ex­per­tise and devel­op­ment. So most of those so­lu­tions that come out of our net­work and our com­mu­nity are very fo­cused on sus­tain­able so­lu­tions,” said Im­pact Hub Manila co-founder and CEO Ces Ron­dario dur­ing the me­dia launch of Im­pact Hackathon.

The group of Ron­dario will host Im­pact Hackathon, which is set to be the world’s big­gest hackathon — on Oct. 30 and 31 at the Smart Araneta Col­i­seum in Que­zon City, along with more hackathon cod­ing-teams from over 15 lo­ca­tions in the coun­try, si­mul­ta­ne­ously par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 24-hour on-the-spot cod­ing marathon. The par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate spe­cific prob­lem state­ments pro­posed by Im­pact Hub’s multi-stake­holder part­ners.

The event is an of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Records at­tempt to be the World’s Largest Multi-City Hackathon, gath­er­ing more than 10,000 hackathon par­tic­i­pants, 2,000 teams and 800 men­tors.

A hackathon is an event that gath­ers pro­gram­mers, soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, graphic and in­ter­face de­sign­ers, in­ter­face de­sign­ers, pro­ject man­agers and in­no­va­tors to cre­ate tech­nol­ogy-based so­lu­tion an­chored on the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals, tar­get­ing global is­sues such as cli­mate change, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, smart cities and health.

“There are so many prob­lems in the Philip­pines and the ASEAN re­gion, and where there are prob­lems, there’s an op­por­tu­nity for en­trepreneur­ship to rise. It opens the door for peo­ple to think, do bet­ter, and be bet­ter. This is a time for bet­ter think­ing and so­lu­tion­find­ing, and the re­gion and the Philip­pines can lead in this. This is our chance to de­fine our fu­ture and the world in 2050. This is our time,” Ron­dario said.

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