The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Youthhack jointly announced the signing of an agreement that will enrich and strengthen the development of innovation communities which have been crucial in the continuous spread of the digital startup movement in the Philippines.
The agreement will extend the connection of the government and the international organization, Youthhack, to immerse the youth in the startup culture, technology-based skills and entrepreneurship through the DICT-Youthhack Startup Challenge High School Edition.
The two-day hackathon, which will be held on January 27-28, 2018, aims to help students to get a glimpse of the startup world. The event is a mix of workshops that will help participating teams on ideation, prototyping, and pitching. It features a demo day where teams will present their startup ideas to a panel of judges.
“We welcome this partnership with Youthhack with the hopes that this will help us continue our advocacy in empowering communities and Filipinos especially at a young age and eventually create a nation of innovators and digital entrepreneurs,” said DICT-eInnovation Program Manager Emmy Lou V. Delfin.
Youthhack’s Vice President for External Affairs Bianca Bravo believes that the partnership will create more impact in the community the organization serves. ““It’s our first time partnering with the government and at first, we were weary because we thought that our plea was a shot in the dark but thankfully DICT proved us wrong. I cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is for youth orgs like YouthHack to gain support from capable agencies such as DICT. Through this partnership, we’re not just able to reach a bigger scope but our objectives of inclusivity and collaboration is also achieved.”
DICT, through its seedPH Program, aims to strengthen the Philippine Digital Startup Ecosystem and support the continued development of relevant innovations and digital startups throughout the country by encouraging the Filipino youth to develop ideas that could either help solve societal challenges or become successful businesses.
The seedPH encourages Filipinos especially the youth to create startups through the programs summed up in one phrase: I C.A.N., which stands for the Program’s main thrusts for the Startup Community: Inform, Collaborate, Accelerate and Nurture.
About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that will plan, develop, and promote the national ICT development agenda.
Youthhack is an organization which started in Manila back in 2014 with the goal of bringing the Silicon Valley culture to the Philippines. They have since grown into an international community with chapters in Calabarzon, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia, Philadelphia, and events in Italy, Hong kong, and Singapore.