Believing in the ability of the youth in providing innovations that improve the way we live, a telecommunications company launches its first 5G hackathon.
“Globe acknowledges the immense creativity of today’s youth,” said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe chief commercial officer.
Together with Animo Labs of De La Salle University-Manila, Globe invites students, young professionals, and startups from all over the country to pitch in their innovative solutions to modern problems using 5G technology.
“We want to show the extent of its [5G] use, from AR and VR, edge, Internet of things, as well as how it can impact industries and even our society. This is where Globe 5G Hackathon comes in,” said Guevarra-Cabreira.
She added, “We aim to enable Filipinos to learn what 5G can do and how to utilize it to its full extent.”
Participants will go through a series of workshops, slated to happen between May 21 and June 4, where they will learn from industry experts and mentors “essential learnings in developing applications” including 5G uses and building block technologies such as IoT, cloud, AI, and edge computing.
Speakers include experts from Huawei, Google Cloud, Intel, Alibaba, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and more.
“We will also help them develop their soft skill, focused on design thinking, prototyping, business-modeling, and a lot more,” shared Gerhard Tan, director of technology strategy at Globe.
The top 30 teams will then be able to cultivate their ideas and bring them to life through a nationwide pitch happening on June 2-25.
Categories for the competition will focus on the use of 5G technologies in different sectors of the Philippine economy and society. “We look at three main areas to encourage Filipinos to contribute to nation-building using technology,” explained Guevarra-Cabreira.
Categories include 5G for Society (education, healthcare, livelihood), 5G for Industries (retail, manufacturing, logistics, e-commerce), and 5G for Smart Cities (disaster risk management, sustainability, asset and resource management, transportation).
Ten teams will move on to the hackathon and demo day some time in August, and the awarding of winners is on Sept. 3. The winning teams will get exciting prizes and the opportunity to have their ideas funded by one of Globe’s partners and 917Ventures, the telco’s largest corporate venture builder.
Guevarra-Cabreira, together with Natasha Bautista, head of marketing communications and program management of 917Ventures, invites “everyone eligible” to join the 5G hackathon and take advantage of the company’s wide network.
“Globe is the pioneer and leader in 5G technology in the Philippines, covering 84 percent of Metro Manila and with presence in Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Boracay,” said Guevarra-Cabreira.
“We see a Philippines where families’ dreams come true, businesses flourish, our nation’s admired. Together we can come up with #FirstWorldNetwork solutions for our nation’s concerns.”
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