I have been in hackathons in the past and this one is pretty amazing as PLDT Enterprise through PLDT Innolab just recently launched their partnership with AIM (Asian Institute of Management) to propose and work on digital solutions to help battle COVID19. The pandemic has disabled tons of companies and set the whole world in turmoil and this event is set to generate innovative ideas from professionals across the country and try to rid problems brought about the virus.
They called it Bayanihan@AIM. Over 70 teams from different places in the Philippines, winners were given mobile phones and cash prizes to deserving teams. PLDT Innolab has been supporting different organizations and collaborated with AIM and ADB in this enterprise. They worked on three themes namely Food Security, Jobs and the future of work. JoJo Gendrano the FVP and head of PLDT Enterprise and Core Business Solutions was also there to witness their efforts.
The Hackathon ran from April 27 to May 10 and was participated by schools and young professionals. Amherstia Ojerio and Rosette Astoriano won the Food Security challenge with Urban Farming with a build operate transfer model. Kevin Sison, Carmelita Esclanda, Elijah Medina and Naman Punit won the Jobs challenge with their inclusive platform with e-learning and job matching. Michael Kakumoto, Jann Teng, Ariel Silva Jr. did the MSME challenge by making digital tools to manage customers to increase productivity even under these COVID19 ECQ/GCQ conditions.
AIM President and Dean Jikyeong Kang was also present and lauded the efforts of PLDT Enterprise for doing this.