In light of recent disasters, the US Embassy in Manila has been working with responders and affected communities to build a more resilient Philippines. Through the “Tech for Resilience Week,” the US Embassy and its partners have put lifesaving tech tools into action.
Starting with TechCamp held on May 5 at Globe Labs, Globe Telepark in Valero St., Makati City, there will be three linked events taking place from May 5 to 11, all geared toward harnessing technology to empower Filipino non-governmental agencies and local government units (LGUs) to build climate-resilient communities.
TechCamp takes a unique approach to connect to the “non-techie” civil society representatives with technologists. To put lessons and new relationships into practice, TechCamp will be followed by an “App Developers’ Challenge,” a 24-hour “hackathon” on May 9 and 10, in partnership with Globe Labs and Google Developers Group.
The week concludes with another two-day Hackathon entitled “Readysaster: Hack for Resilience” that takes place on May 10 and 11.A hackathon is an intense collaborative computer-programming marathon where computer developers and enthusiasts engage to develop new digital applications and programs to achieve a specific goal and common good.
These three events are designed to complement each other and to use problem sets drawn from conversations with community members in communities around the Philippines that have been identified as disaster-prone.The Tech for Resilience Week reflects a shared commitment to explore all solutions—especially technological solutions—to the risks and dangers posed by calamities.
With United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. Embassy in Manila partnered with World Food Programme, Globe Labs, Google Developers Group, Open Data Philippines, and the US State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy.