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

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Register at 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 and see you at the hack!

Are you ready for AngelHack Manila 2014?

The biggest hackathon in the world is back in Manila! Join your fellow developers at our new venue at A-Space Manila at 110 Legazpi St. Makati from July 26-27 2014 and get a chance to win awesome prizes! We’ve got cool devices up for grabs as well as the Grand Prize of being accepted into AngelHack’s Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program! The event is already sold out but if you want to know more: .

Hackathon Report: The first BitCoin Hackathon in Asia

We asked Ron Hose, co-founder of (the first BitCoin exchange in the Philippine) on his thoughts and motivations for the first BitCoin hackathon in Asia held at the heart of Ortigas CBD last March 1 and he said:

“We’re super excited about the applications of bitcoin in developing countries. We wanted to bring together developers, designers, and other creatives to generate ideas, and bring these ideas to life.
there were two main objectives –
1. get dev’s acquainted with bitcoin, and developing applications with bitcoin.
2. come up with ideas that utilize bitcoin to make a positive impact on the daily lives of filipinos.
We’re very happy with the results – the winning team created an app that not only has great positive impact – it enables anyone to easily donate bitcoin to any charity via their twitter account.”

2nd place went to the BitScholar team ( composed of Carl Alberto and Diony Fabilliar Guillen. BitScholar is a crowdfunding site for scholars using BitCoin to fund their academic dreams.

1st place went to Coins4Cause ( composed of Jay Ricky Villarante and Pio Lumongsod. Coins4Cause is a BitCoin donation aggregator for non-profits like Red Cross, Wikipedia Foundation and World Wildlife Fund.

The 1.0 BTC was split 75% and 25% respectively between the 1st place winner and the 2nd place winner. Not a shabby way to end a whole day hackathon for these pioneering BitCoin hackathoners. If you want to know more about BitCoin and how Coins.PH enables Filipinos to avail of it, check out this article on Rappler.

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 ( and

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) (

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 (

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 (

Likay is a responsive web and mobile SMS app for disaster prevention and mitigation. It will utilize data from, 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 (

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, you will never have to face any calamity alone.

Julia of Enlist (

App that tests and reinforces first aid knowledge of volunteers.

Disaster Buddy (

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 (

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.

Day 2 of #Hack2Help #AngelHackDavao

Live Blogging here in PLDT-SMART Ponciano Business Office here in Davao for the first ever App Hack Davao (powered by AngelHack) with the theme #Hack2Help.

There are 21 projects now on the page –

#AngelHackDavao (or #AngelHackDVO) in Instagram pictures (and a gunfight vid)!

Who will win in App Hack Davao this Fall 2013 edition? Stay Tuned!

SMART DevNet and DevCon present Eden Hackathon Benilde

Calling all developers! You can now register for the Eden Hackathon Benilde here !

Eden Hackathon Benilde takes place on November 16 at the De La Salle-Collage of St. Benilde. This is a one-day hackathon presented by SMART DevNet (SMART Developer Network), SMART Communications Inc.’s developer community for its technology platform, DevCon (Developer Connect) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in cooperation with its Information Systems Department, Project Management (PRJ-MGT) Section TO0B and the Association of Information Management (AIM).

Eden Hackathon Benilde focuses on the Eden PHP library created by OpenOvate ( ) which allows developers to do rapid prototyping in PHP for Internet Platforms and APIs for popular services like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google Drive, Google+, PayPal and Amazon. We’re inviting PHP developers to experience the power of the Eden PHP Library and show off the what they can do!

Eden Hacakthon Benilde is open to all developers: students, teachers and professionals. This is a FREE event, no charge for admission, but registration is required. For further details, check out the hackathon’s EventBrite page.

And the winners of HTML5 DevDay Bacolod are…

HTML5 Dev Day Bacolod Screen Timer

HTML5 Dev Day Bacolod Screen Timer

While the whole Bacolod City was in a post-Masskara mood and the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) was in the midst of the Sandugo Uni-Games, Hall 3 of Santuario De La Salle was bustling with a different kind of energy – cerebral perhaps to say the least.

In an uncanny twist, Hall 1 was where the chess tournament of the Uni-Games being conducted but there was something special happening literally down the hall. Hall 3 was the site of the first ever HTML5 DevDay in Bacolod City and also in the whole of Visayas as SMARTDevNet, SMART Communications Inc.’s developer community program powered HTML5 DevDay Bacolod being put up by SMART Prepaid. This being a seminal HTML5 event of its kind, more than 80 developers from all over Bacolod flocked to USLS to do code battle using the newest version of HTML that has been powering the World Wide Web from its inception.

Asked why these developers wanted to be part of this event,  a student named Bryan Dominic Tupaz commented:

“To learn about HTML5 and be able to get some hints/tricks that the professionals’ use to make a good webpage using HTML5. And lastly I want to join this Event so that I could learn and use HTML5 to further expand my skill set.”

Kathleen Bascon, a freelance web developer and graphic designer, on the other hand said:

“I want to learn more about this language and improve my skills in web development. I would also like to meet new companions to which I could share my expertise and at the same time learn from them.”

After the customary opening remarks by USLS’s Chair for Computer Studies, Ronald Ramos from SMART’s TSD (Technological Services Division) gave a two-part overview of how HTML5 can be used app development. In between his presentations, Bobbie Rebultan from SMART’s PSG (Platform Services Group) demonstrated the demo version of the SMS REST API. She was also able to run through the demo version SMART’s LBS (Location Based Services) API for the first time.

After this, Earl Valencia, President and Co-Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation talked about how developers can bring their apps to the next levels by encouraging them to become startups after they’ve created their apps.

Here’s the final list of teams and the apps they created:

1. Team Fura (Non-students)
City guide
Location aware application which displays all the nearest place found on your current location

Members: Rey Lim, Ephramar Telog, Jose Naldrix Rivera, Fretz Segotie

2. Team Breah (Non-students)
WeatherSocial Beta
Location aware application with desktop notification which displays the current weather condition, weather forecast, and people that have tweets, instagrams, and foursquares on it. Send SMS to your love ones by notifying them about the weather condition in their area, see people tweet their so we can actually know that their are people on it that will be affected by the weather.

Members: Joseph Gabito, Falconerie B. Badayos II

3. GREENOZ (Non-students)
Alert Me
A time management application using HTML5 local storage & SMART APIs
Members: Rics Rojas, Kathleen Bascon, Mowgli Mecha

4. CHIPS (Students)
Educational Map
Like a Google Map where you can select a country and it will locate the country.
Members: Roljhon Teaño Teano, Kier John Sagre, Andrie Ong, Jing Kie Barbas

5. Bacolod Challengers (Non-students)
Match and Learn
A drag and drop matching game that caters to all ages and serves to promote tourism in Bacolod.
Members: Philip Blaauw, Elaine Tolbo, Desiree Joy Germinanda,& Eliza Paguntalan

6. Michael & Oliver (Non-students)
E-Central is a one stop HTML5 Application System where people can ask for help like when there’s a fire, injury, a trouble, or a flood. The application automatically receives the SMS message and the operators can verify and forward the SMS help message to the agencies it should be forwarded to.
Members: Michael Angelo Salvio, Oliver Martinez

7. KKK-studio (Students)
Your free time is not just an ordinary free time. Play sunka powered by HTML5 and get socially active. “Free time gamming is more fun in the Philippines.”!!
Members: Kevin Patenio, Edbert Kent Arana, Edbert Kim Arana

8. Team GetLoaded! (Students)
GetLoaded! provides an avenue for Smart Subscribers to easily exchange services for Smart Load. Subscribers post services in which they get paid by other subscribers
through Smart’s Pasaload API.
Members: Franz Sarmiento & Benj Mikko Adrian Tupas

9. Team Bang (Non-students)
Pledge allows people from all walks of life to help charities/NPO’s/open source developers by volunteering or donating any amount through their mobile phones.
Members: June Rey Tella-in Lelanie Lubao John Lester Alba

10. RJJ ((Non-students)
TakeMe Map Locator
Locates your distance and check your travel time
Members: Raymond Serion, Joshua Artifice, James Bellero

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Scenes from HTML5 DevDay Bacolod

And the winners were:

Best Bacolod Life App (Students):  Sungka by Kevin Patenio, Edbert Kent Arana & Edbert Kim Arana

Best Bacolod Life App (non-Students): Match & Learn by Philip Biaauw, Elaine Tolbo, Desiree Joy Germinanda, Eliza Paguntalan

Best Smart App (Students): GetLoaded! by Franz Sarmiento & Benj Mikko Adrian Tupas

Best Smart App (non-Students): Pledge by June Rey Telia-in, Lelanie Lubao & John Lester Alba

Special Jury Prize (Samsung SIII): Pledge by June Rey Telia-in, Lelanie Lubaa & John Lester Alba

Special thanks to the judges: Jean Ong & Jann Tan Nery from SMART’s SMS/MMS Product Team, Lloyd Genesiran of SMART Visayas, Earl Valencia of IdeaSpace Foundation and Roy Lopez, co-founder of .

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