Manila, Philippines - Climathon is the first global climate solutions hackathon in the country by Climate-KIC. It is also the largest of its kind happening in 113 cities across 46 countries with over 5,000 participants last 2018. This hackathon aims to translate climate action solutions into tangible projects, supporting climate-positive businesses and startups, and addressing local policy changes.
The event was joined by both the public and private sectors. Hosted by Pasig City, Hub of Innovation For Inclusion of the College of St. Benilde and organized by SCALE Solutions and Future Proof PH, this two-day hackathon happened last October 25 to 26, 2019 at the Pasig City Sports Complex with over 15 teams that pitched proposals to improve mobility and waste repository in the city.
The judges during the hackathon are Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig City, Geronio Ulayao, the Vice Chancellor for Academics at the College of St. Benilde, Paul Pajo, the Business Development Head at Smart Communications Inc., Abigail Aguilar, the Regional Coordinator for Urban & Mindset Campaigns, Joycelyn Hilao, the Vice President and Head of Public Sector at PLDT Enterprise, Janna de Guzman, the President and Co-Founder of Bridge Access, Titon Mitra, the Resident Representative at UNDP Philippines, and Ludwig Federigan, the Information Officer at V Climate Change Commission.
The winning team will have their ideas come to life and implemented in Pasig City, and there are two teams that won in this event – Cloop and Sari-Cycling.
Team Cloop (front, center) with the event organizers and judges
The winners from Cloop are UP Diliman students - Glenn Adrian Ongpin, Ricardo Alinndayu II, Alexis Glenn Espina, and Leslie Anne Yasis. Cloop, short for “closing the loop between people and technology”, proposed ways to “upcycle” plastic waste. The plan is to set up inexpensive recycling machines all around the city that could turn plastics into anything that people could use or sell.
This enterprise will not only be helping the environment but also the women and persons with disabilities in Pasig City as this enterprise plans on hiring them for the project
Team Sari-Cycling (front, center) with the event organizers and judges
Sari-Cycle, on the other hand, as presented by Niels Nable of ADMU, Railey Montalan of ADMU, Clowee Licsi of ADMU, Bramwell Gonzales of CEU, Juvien Galano of University of Technology, and Prisanto Francisco of Pasig Institute of Science & Technology, proposed to put proper waste segregation bins next to sari-sari stores. These bins will be the designated waste area around the city as it will also be used by households, which will also reduce the chances of people tossing their trash at vacant lots.
This proposal will also help the store owners as it is their task to make sure that the people segregate their waste properly to which they will have the advantage of selling the recyclables, and apart from that, the local government will also give them incentives.
One of the organizations partnered with Climathon is Ambidextr, a content marketing, and events management company focused on serving tech companies in the Asia Pacific.
“The Climathon provides an exceptional framework for innovative ideas and technology-aided solutions to tackle modern-day problems such as climate fluctuations and environmental disasters as the country’s geographical location has made it susceptible to disasters such as earthquakes and floods that pose a great risk to the wellbeing and lifestyle of its citizens. Assimilating ideas like that of Cloop and Sari-cycling is a step towards resolving environmental issues through sustainability and smart utilization of single-use waste,” said Monette Quiogue, managing partner of Ambidextr.
The winners will receive the following:
- Php 300,000 Funding from PLDT (Php 150,000 per team)
- Incubation support & use of facilities from the City Enabler HiFI, College of St. Benilde
- Php 200,000 worth of Training and Coaching from SCALE SOLUTIONS (Php 100,000 per team)
- 1 year Virtual Office Business Use and 6 months use of conference rooms from HatchHub Serviced Offices
- 2 years Unlimited Linux shared Web Hosting for 1 year including domain name from BURKET (per team)
Climathon Pasig Would not be possible without the Organizers, Partners, and Sponsors:
Pasig Parish Credit Cooperative Ugong Multi-Purpose Cooperative Princess Delan's Food Services AMC Catering Service D' Castro Food Services Ellen Tatco's Catering Services Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish MYC Kitchen Specialties Friendly Chef Catering Services Cuisines & Events by Dories Catering Services, Inc. Michie Catering Services 8D's Catering Services Deofavante's 101 Catering Services Secret Spices Food and Catering Services Three Bridges Event Catering Services Inc. Yhancy Lito Art & Sign Pasig City Sports Center