TL;DR: If you haven’t registered yet, register now! http://tntdevchallenge2015.eventbrite.com – 13 more days to go!

Mobile Web and Content Developers! Be an Internet.org content partner! Create great local mobile websites for the Internet.org program and win cash prizes and gadgets! Join the TNT Mobile Web Dev Challenge, a competition open to all mobile web developers in the Philippines. Presented by Talk N’ Text, in collaboration with Internet.org by Facebook, and organized by SMART DevNet.

The Top 10 Projects for TALK ‘N TEXT MOBILE WEB DEVELOPER CHALLENGE will win an FbStart Bootstrap & Social Good memberships package worth 80K USD. This amazing opportunity will enable you to access useful mobile development with access to Facebook for mentorship.

To LEARN MORE, please see http://fbstart.com

Internet.org’s mission in the Philippines is to make the benefits of the internet more accessible and affordable to more Filipinos. SMART and Talk N’ Text are the Philippine carrier partners that worked with Facebook to bring Internet.org to the Philippines. Together we can help bring digital knowledge to more Filipinos who have never gone online before!   And we need more great local relevant content. Talk N’ Text is supporting agricultural and eco-tourism communities and needs your help creating relevant free mobile internet sites.

Here’s where you can use your talents to help out your country, and win prizes while doing it!

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Come up with great web ideas related to rural Livelihood generation (agriculture, grassroots tourism, ecofishing, small enterprise, cacao farming and etc.) Now imagine turning these ideas into mobile websites and spread knowledge by making them available to the public with zero data charges. You may refer below for more information on the challenge and the process on joining the online competition.

2. Form a web development team for the project or you can go solo. Typically this means you’ll need a developer, a content writer/editor, a UI designer, a visionary. Here’s a link to basic technical guidelines for Internet.org for developers:  https://developers.facebook.com/docs/internet-org/platform-technical-guidelines

Attend our PRE-EVENT on May 21, 2015 to learn more about Internet.org, developing for the platform, and know more about the challenges by listening to agriculture and eco-tourism resource experts. Pre-event details: http://bit.ly/preeventtntmobilewebdev

4. 20 teams will be chosen to come back on Pitch Day to DEMO the finished mobile sites to a panel of distinguished judges. 5 projects will be chosen, and each winning team will get to win:
•          A chance to have a coveted slot as an Internet.org partner
•          PHP 20,000 in cash
•          Android Phones
•          Prizes and Swag from TNT, Internet.org, and Facebook



1. Register as an individual or form a team of 2-5 members. Complete the registration form via https://tntdevchallenge2015.eventbrite.com. Don’t forget to submit your team name, team members and contact details.

2. Once you have registered, you can already start coding!

3. Once done, submit your entry to http://bit.ly/tntdevchallengesubmitentry. All entries must be submitted by 11:00 AM, JUNE 15, 2015.

On JUNE 18, 2015, we’ll reveal the Top 20 chosen teams or individuals who will join us on the PITCH DAY.

If you are part of the Top 20, we will see you at on June 23, 2015 for the Live Pitch and Q&A!



Build a website that will raise awareness, innovate and strengthen the livelihood  of the smallholder farmers and homemakers.

Sample Usecase:

  • A platform to enable the fishermen, farmers and homemakers to sell and promote a variety of homegrown products, not only in the Philippines but also in other neighboring countries.
  • A platform that will directly benefit the communities from the ECO TOURISM sector, wherein they can promote and inform prospect tourists of their capability. (e.g. Online booking / Directory Information)
  • A platform wherein the users can reach out & discuss ideas to a community of related interest.
  • A platform where the fishermen, farmers and homemakers can be reminded of the innvoation that’s readily available to guide them in their operations.
  • An informative platform that could be an avenue for the communities (e.g. farmers, fisherment, homemakers and others) to promote themselves and their campaigns/initiatives.


TECHNICAL APPLICATION Must follow the technical requirements for inclusion in Internet.org found at:



RELEVANCE The relevance of the project’s content to the selected target community. 40%
USER EXPERIENCE Usability of mobile website, considering both feature phone and smart phone users 30%


1. The challenge is open to individuals or teams with 2 to 5 members.
2. The project entry should not have been entered into a similar activity nor released in public prior to the related competition.


The Top 10 Projects for TALK ‘N TEXT MOBILE WEB DEVELOPER CHALLENGE will win an FbStart Bootstrap & Social Good memberships package worth 80K USD. This amazing opportunity will enable you to access useful mobile development with access to Facebook for mentorship.

To LEARN MORE, please see http://fbstart.com/


It’s time for #HackForHer – see you at the Spark a Smart Change Hackathon!

register now at http;//womenhackph.eventbrite.com

Register at http://womenhackph.eventbrite.com to join this Women Empowerment Hackathon

Are you interested in joining a women empowerment hackathon? You can still join! Register at:


We’d like to thank our friends from SPARK! for collaborating with SMARTDevNet with this hackathon.


Make It Happen is the 2015 theme Women’s Day 2015, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. This year’s Women’s Month celebration is especially significant as it marks 20 years since the United Nations laid down an agenda for women’s rights and gender equality in Beijing: the Beijing Platform for Action. In addition, 2015 is critical as the world seeks to define a new set of targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. SPARK! together with SMART Communications and the J. Amado Araneta Foundation join the call for women’s empowerment through ‘hacking the gender gap’.


1. A call for the creation of Safe Spaces and Safe communities of women
One out of 5 women in the Philippines fall prey to different types of violence. There are many areas such as in Metropolitan Manila where vulnerabilities of women are high due to lack of security and poor facilities. Yet, women still pass through or commute through these areas everyday. Stories of women being kidnapped and raped while passing these areas haunt the news at an increasingly alarming rate.As it stands, there are no online portals that allow women to anonymously report incidents of violence. There is also a lack of means to track ‘safe spaces’ for women to use as well as the lack of means to be warned when entering a ‘danger zone’. We are looking for an online platform that will allow women to report incidents of violence as well as be able to capacitate women to identify safe spaces and warn them from danger zones via SMS, email and even through Facebook and Twitter.

2. A call for anti-corruption.
According to a 2008 report by UNIFEM, women are more vulnerable to the impact of corruption than men. This is particularly true of corruption in public service delivery. As women form a larger proportion of the poor and take primary responsibility for child care, they are more reliant on freely provided public services. As a result, corruption in public service delivery has a disproportionate impact on women.* The challenge is to create an app for Monitoring Good Governance and Transparency PlatformCorruption is the ultimate bane in the Philippines. Even the top officials in the land have not been spared by allegations of illegal use of public funds and personal enrichment at the expense of the ordinary Filipinos. It is widespread in public procurement, in customs collection and in the action of the authorities themselves. Public bidding in many cases is rigged and the speed of transactions is often dependent on the ‘pampadulas’ (money given under the table). The challenge is to crowd-source solutions that monitor public transactions while at the same time creating a platform that will allow citizens to directly act as watchdogs in the interest of good governance and transparency.

3. To encourage women and girls engagement in STEM.
Tools to make informed decisions related to critical aspects of their lives, including their health and in an age where many societal debates are linked to the risks and benefits of technological developments, women must be scientifically and technologically literate if they are to participate fully as citizens. Moreover, as more and more interactions go online, women and girls’ ability to engage with ICTs can create mechanisms to mobilize, build community, and advocate for their interests, rights and social transformation. The challenge is to address any or a combination of the many dimensions of getting girls and women in STEM in a way that responds to different types of access to ICTS such as a mobile app that teaches scientific concepts, or a game that inspires women to learn about her universe or a mobile app that connects a community of STEM girls to share stories.

What are you waiting for? Organize a team, register at http://womenhackph.eventbrite.com and see you at the hack!

20.PH.NET & Beyond: A look at the future of Internet Services



Twenty years ago, on March 29, 1994, the Philippines was first directly connected to the Internet.

Yes, it was 20 years ago that a Philippine educational network called PhilNet connected to the Internet, paving the way for the establishment commercial ISPs and the widespread use of the Internet in the Philippines today, including an entire digital industry.

To commemorate this occasion, a series of events have been organized to give focus to the historical event. The anniversary is called “20.PH.NET” which refers to the “20th Anniversary of Philippine Internet.”

Various groups and communities around the Philippines are encouraged to organize their own events commemorating the anniversary in order to spread awareness of the milestone and encourage reflection on the state of the Internet in the Philippines today and where it should be going.

SMART DevNet is contributing by organizing an event to be held on the afternoon of March 29 to be targeted at the developer and startup community. The event is called “20.PH.NET & Beyond” and will focus on the Internet trends of TODAY that point towards the FUTURE.

This will be held at the JUMP Experience Center at the 4th level of SM Megamall from 1-4 PM on March 29, 2014.

Somewhat modeled after TED Talks, the event will include talks on the future of technology by various internet companies. We have invited some our technology partners to give their view on the future of various industries that have benefited from the internet. These range from online real estate, cloud computing, data security, transportation systems, to operating systems.

The target audience is our developer community and tech enthusiasts in general.

The event will be free of charge but attendance will require registration via Eventbrite. (http://20PHNET.eventbrite.com)

See you there! #20PHNET

Program Details: 20PHNET & BEYOND

12:30 – 1:15

Jim Ayson (Smart DevNet)
Introduction: 1:10-1:30

John Dang (ZipMatch)
The Future of Online Realty Services: 1:30-1:50

Milo Pacamarra (Trend Micro)
The Future of Internet Security: 1:50-2:10

Markku Lepisto (Amazon Web Services)
The Future of Cloud: 2:10-2:30

Douglas Ma (Uber)
Technology and its Impact on Transportation: 2:30-2:50

Edison Tan (Microsoft)
The Future of Operating Systems: 2:50-3:10

Wrap-up, Refreshments, Networking: 3:10-4:00



Try out the new SMARTDevNet Freemium APIs!

In case you missed it and you weren’t able to drop by the #DevNet5000 CHRISTmas meetup, we do have some thing to make up for it! Check out the newly minted SMARTDevNet Freemium APIs at:


If you do develop an app using this freemium APIs do tell us about it appspartner [at] smart [dot] com [dot] ph

Just want to fiddle around? Use the API console https://developer.smart.com.ph/api-console

SMARTDevNet API Console

The SMARTDevNet API Console

Celebrate SMARTDevNet’s 5K members & CHRISTmas with us tonight!


Celebrate SMARTDevNet’s 5K members milestone & CHRISTmas meetup tonight!

We would like to invite everyone to join the Smart DevNet team for a  Christmas MeetUp to wrap up the year! We’ll be serving drinks (beer and cocktails), exchanging geek lore,  and generally be making merry! Come join us!!

We’ll also be celebrating our reaching over 5,000 members on our Facebook Group!So our hashtag for the evening is #DevNet5000. 

This is on December 16, 2013 at 9 pm at K-Pub BBQ, The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City. 

Register for FREE now at: http://bit.ly/devnet5000


PWDO Caritakathon winners Foxfree team picks up its Nexus 7 and other prizes!

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The recent PWDO “Caritakathon” sponsored by Smart DevNet yielded a grand prize winner in the person of the “Foxfree” team for its web design for the Tondo Blessed Hope Bible Blessed Church. The winning design is up online at its own domain at  http://www.tbhbbc.com .

Last night, members of the Foxfree team – Noni Devora and Robert Dominique Magboo dropped by our office to pick up their prizes. Here in the above photo, we see Paul Pajo of Smart DevNet presenting Noni and Robert with two Android tablets, a new edition Google Nexus 7 and a Lenovo tablet  – as well as a Smart Bro LTE Pocket Wi-Fi modem.

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Onward to more competitions to come!

Final 8 for #Hack2Help #AngelHack Davao

The Final 8 in no particular order: Rescue Point, Disaster Awareness and Relief System (DARS), K9Donations, Likay, iCalamity, Enlist, Disaster Buddy & Pledge2Help.

The Prizes:

The Teams:

Rescue Point (http://www.hackathon.io/25765 and http://www.hackathon.io/25767)

Windows Phone 8 Application for Disaster. The mobile application routes map for various key points of the place using HERE Maps. The application utilizes the offline capability of HERE maps. It uses routing to direct volunteers, victims to nearest key points or as selected by the user. The application tracks dead bodies from location to location for family and relatives.

Disaster Awareness and Relief System (DARS) (http://www.hackathon.io/25879)

Provides victims and rescue agents with a systematic mobile and web platform that integrates pre, per and post disaster solutions by providing: 1. Live feed directly from PAG-ASA that notifies individuals of oncoming weather based disasters 2. A method for victims to indicate that they need help, which will be stored and indicated in a map system for rescue reference. 3. Guidelines for what actions to take once a disaster is announced, during a disaster and after a disaster. 4. Display locations of relief centers and establishments where victims can proceed to attain aid.

K9Donations (http://www.hackathon.io/k9donations)

This web-based app will track donations and send SMS to the donor of the whereabouts of the donation and will send SMS to the contact person of beneficiaries in affected areas of an incoming relief operation.

Likay (http://www.hackathon.io/likay)

Likay is a responsive web and mobile SMS app for disaster prevention and mitigation. It will utilize data from wunderground.com, and use SMS via Youphoric API for location-based alerts and notifications. As a crowdsourced app, registered users can also send their SMS ‘tweets’ which will then be posted real-time on the web front-end.

iCalamity (http://www.hackathon.io/25794)

Track the people close to you by sharing locations. Our search and rescue portal allows viewers to track and prioritize the deployment of manpower. Overseas Filipino Works can stay informed with their families from across the globe. Our app is an Android mobile app, jQuery Mobile platform using HERE API, and our own custom mobile SMS Api, combined to make a simple yet effective approach towards locating people. With iCalamity.com, you will never have to face any calamity alone.

Julia of Enlist (http://www.hackathon.io/25848)

App that tests and reinforces first aid knowledge of volunteers.

Disaster Buddy (http://www.hackathon.io/25883)

This mobile application is a great companion for people who live in disaster prone areas as it solves several communication problems and guides you in the survival process.

Pledge2Help (http://www.hackathon.io/pledge2help)

With climate change affecting the world, many countries have been devastated by natural calamities like storms, earthquakes, and many more. Despite the preparations that these countries’ government make, there will always be unforeseen incidents. Victims of these unforeseen incidents in natural calamities will need all the help they can get from all people who are willing to help. This application running on web and mobile is designed to be able to consolidate any help that people can provide, by gathering pledges for donations whether in cash or in kind. People can choose from among different pledge stations helping a calamity-stricken area, and donate money or goods. The pledge stations are recognized organizations that help distribute the donations to the victims. With this, proper distribution will be guaranteed and done in an efficient and effective manner.

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