MANILA — A gritty Philippine squad, composed mainly of University of the Philippines (UP) students, finished second in the recent Digital Inclusion Challenge 2020, participated in by 150 teams across 30 countries from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1.
Organized by a Toronto-based tech company Convergence.tech, the global 10-day hackathon aims to address digital inclusion in the education sector.
The PH team is composed of five undergraduate students of interdisciplinary fields from the University of the Philippines Diliman, namely Miguel Balao (BS Economics), Gianna Burgos (BS Computer Science), Jamila Domingo (BS Business Administration and Accounting), Kayla Tiongson (BS Community Nutrition) and Jelena Garcia (BS Business Administration). They were joined by Savinay Sharma, a Statistics student at Hindu College.
Teams were given 10 days to craft and submit their solution to the panel of judges, composed of 15 professionals who are leaders in their respective fields of expertise.
Among them were United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General and head of New York Office at UNEP Satya Tripathi, Canadian Senator Colin Deacon, and Global Education Policy Lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Asyia Kazmi.
Despite the odds and difficulties, the team’ got the nod of the judges and bagged 2nd prize for their app solution called STABLE or Students who are ABLE. They earned 7,500 Canadian dollars of P280,000 for their effort.An adaptive learning management system specifically designed for students with hearing impairments, STABLE aims to equip hearing-impaired primary students with knowledge and soft skills so that they may be able to grab opportunities in the world ahead of them. (AI/FC/MTVN)