The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Intel Philippines and Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE) officially opens the call for entries for Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC) 2016 – a student startup competition which aims to inspire college students to create socially-relevant technologies that can be viable business ventures.
In the past two years, the Philippine Startup Challenge inspired academe stakeholders to create technology and Internet-driven software products and solutions to address real-life problems in industries and communities. Bootcamps were conducted throughout the country to equip college faculty mentors on startup methodologies and Internet of Things (IoT) basics. The challenge has now gathered a roster of 400+ eligible mentors who will be building student teams to pitch their innovations.
On its third run, the competition offers two tracks – challenging the youth to innovate in a broader field covering mobile applications and systems in the software track and now opening opportunities for hardware-driven IoT projects in a dedicated IoT Track supported by Intel Philippines. Interested participants who have disruptive and innovative ideas may form a team of four (3 college student members and 1 eligible faculty mentor) and pitch their startup idea through a five-minute video.
Twenty teams will be chosen from each track for further mentoring sessions. The IoT track teams will receive Intel Galileo boards which they can use in developing their projects. A national finals will be held to host the ten best teams from both tracks who will be given an opportunity to pitch in front of the distinguished leaders of the startup community.
Winners of the Challenge will get a chance to be part of PSIA-Software Product Incubation Group (PSIA-SPRING.Ph) LaunchPad program and be mentored by prominent names in the Philippine startup scene. The winners will also be given access to valuable networks within the country’s startup ecosystem, which could lead them to future partnerships and collaborations. IoT winners will receive valuable mentoring opportunities supported by Intel Philippines.
Through this challenge, the DICT together with PSIA, PSITE and Intel and its esteemed partners Huawei, Ideaspace, Microsoft and HP Enterprise will continue in its thrust in developing the Philippine Startup Ecosystem and promoting the creation of innovative technologies that are beneficial to the society and the country.
For more information on the Philippine Startup Challenge:
Karla Legaspi Jackielyn Isip
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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.