2016 Philippine startup contest launched

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The country has launched a startup competition which encourages the youths to develop and promote socially relevant technological innovations that could solve real-life challenges.

The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), in cooperation with Intel Philippines, officially launched on Friday the 2016 Philippine Startup Challenge.

Under the SeedPH initiative of DOST-ICTO, the Startup Challenge aims to cultivate the Philippine Startup Ecosystem by conducting advocacy campaigns, capability development programs, and research initiatives.

This year, the third installment of the Philippine Startup Challenge will introduce a new Internet of Things (IoT) track, an initiative developed in collaboration between the DOST-ICTO, PSIA and Intel Philippines.


Organizers said the new track will allow young innovators to utilize IoT to further develop innovations that are relevant to daily lives.

“We see IoT as an emerging trend in the industry that innovators, especially the youth, can explore to create relevant technology,” said DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director for Innovation Monchito Ibrahim.

He continued, “We believe that the evolution of this competition –from mostly software innovation to currently exploring robotics and hardware– is a great step in welcoming a wider talent base to the community who will create more exciting use for technology and connectivity.”

The 2016 Philippine Startup Challenge also represents partnership among government sector, industry and private sector representatives as well as the academe, Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).

For his part, Calum Chisholm, Intel Philippines country manager, said the company is excited to be part of the 2016 Philippine Startup Challenge as this will be the first time that participants will be able to showcase their technological innovations related to the IoT.

“IoT presents a huge opportunity for aspiring inventors since it touches almost everything in our lives. Intel is committed to supporting innovation in this space and look forward to the entries that have the potential to transform experiences across industries and society,” he added.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the Challenge, the organizers will host a bootcamp series together with Intel Philippines to empower college instructors and professors.

Lean Startup 101 and IoT Bootcamps will be conducted in various locations across the country.

This two-day bootcamp will cover topics on developing startup ideas, creating viable business models, best practices in effectively operating a tech startup as well as basics on building IoT solutions.

Here is the schedule of the upcoming Bootcamps: May 20 to 21– Bacolod City; May 27 to 28 – Metro Manila; June 10 to 11 – Baguio City; and June 24 to 25 – General Santos City.

PNA

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