The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) announce the finalists for the Software and Internet of Things (IoT) tracks of the Philippine Startup Challenge 2016 Run, today.

The Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC) is a digital startup competition for college students, which aims to inspire the youth to create digital solutions and socially relevant startups that could solve the country’s most pressing problems.

Twenty one teams from the software track and 6 teams from the IoT track qualified as semi-finalists and have undergone coaching sessions with Startup Industry Mentors namely, Artie Lopez (Brainsparks), Joey Gurango (Spring.PH), Fam Alonto (LaunchGarage), Nicole Paterno (1000 Angels), Jerry Tieng (Titanium Technologies), Jhaze Asuncion (UP Enterprise), Carlo Valencia (StartupPH Mentorship) and Unyx Sta.Ana (Orchestrack). The mentors provided real-life and relevant insights that helped the teams in both business and technical aspects of their startup idea.

 

For most of these student teams, it has been their first time going thru the innovation process. “We are overwhelmed. We never thought that our simple idea will progress and with the help of the mentors, we are confident we could make this platform better than what we thought it would be,” shares Kevin Facun of Bulacan State University.

 

With the help of these mentors, most teams have pivoted their ideas, which were then assessed to select the teams who will advance to the National Finals.

 

For DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, the department, through the competition,is  happy to see numerous ideas all aiming to give impact to the society by helping solve its most pressing problems. “We are very inspired and hopeful of our youth today. These millennials are putting their skills and energy to good use by creating innovation in different industries – transportation, health, education, agriculture. We are equally excited to see them pitch their ideas on the finals and the DICT will continue to support them with the hope that they continue with their startup even after the competition.”

 

National Finalists for the 2016 Philippine Startup Challenge include the ff:

 

Software Track

 

  1. AgriSenso (Team Agri Senso, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) – An e-commerce platform that connects farmers to bulk buyers.
  2. Balay (Team Umali, Saint Louis University) – A mobile and web application that facilitates making arrangements for housing accommodation.
  3. Geodetic Pro (GeoTeam, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) – Computerized land survey service.
  4. Isla-Bahay (Team Lumay, Siquijor State College) – an-app based homestay locator.

5.Milktrack (Team JuanPiece, Bulacan State University) – Your Safe, Uninterrupted, Resource of Everyday Breastmilk.

  1. PharmaSearch (Team Radiant, Caraga State University) – A mobile application that navigates you to the right pharmacy.
  2. RentBuddy (Team Hacksptler, University of Cebu) – a property management platform for landlords to connect with their tenants.

 

  1. Sea2Go (A-Team, Ateneo De Davao University) – Fish market in your pocket.
  2. Trase Mobile App (Team Trasean, Bulacan State University) – Connecting Trainings and Seminars Providers and Seekers.
  3. TutoReal (Team Techplus, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) – a website that provides an avenue for parents and/or students to find their needed tutors in just a click away.

 

IoT Track

 

1.AutoGation (Team AutoGation, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines) – An automated irrigation system.

  1. Find, Inform, Response and Enhance (F.I.R.E) (Team PRO, Gordon College) – An IoT application which quickly identifies a change in temperature, gas leaks and presence of smoke. It will also automatically notify the fire fighter once there is a fire-related disaster that is about to happen.
  2. Hushtag (Team Hushtag, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) – A location monitoring device that allows pet owners to easily locate their pets through their smart phones.

The thirteen teams are set to pitch their startup idea in front of the panel of judges composed of representatives from PSC Partners – Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Microsoft (Philippines), Huawei (Philippines), HP Enterprise, Launchgarage sand Ideaspace Foundation in the PSC National Finals which will be held on April 21 in Spring Valley Technology and Innovation Hub Roxas City, Capiz.

Three teams from the software track and one team from the IoT track will emerge as winners. The winning teams will receive funding and mentorship opportunities from the startup community partners.

PSC is conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Society for IT Educators and with the industry support from Huawei Philippines, HP Enterprise, Microsoft Philippines and Ideaspace Foundation.

 

About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

About PSIA –The Philippine Software Industry Association is a non-stock and non-profit organization dedicated to promote the growth and development of the software industry in the Philippines and increase its over-all competitiveness in the global scene.