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Above photo: DICT-eInnovation Program Manager, Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin, and DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim together with the officers of Youthhack/ Credit: DICT

Above photo: DICT-eInnovation Program Manager, Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin, and DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim together with the officers of Youthhack/ Credit: DICT

DICT partners with youth organisation to strengthen digital startup ecosystem in the Philippines

Last week, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Philippines and Youthhack jointly announced the signing of an agreement to enrich and strengthen innovation communities and drive growth of the digital startup movement in the Philippines.

Youthhack was started in Manila in 2014 with the goal of bringing the Silicon Valley culture to the Philippines. Since then, Youthhack has grown into an international community with chapters in Calabarzon, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia, Philadelphia, and events in Italy, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It organises startup challenges, code weekends, student incubators and coding bootcamps.

The agreement will extend connections between the government and the international organisation, with the objective of immersing 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 introduce students to the startup world. The event comprises mix of workshops that will help participating teams on ideation, prototyping, and pitching. Teams will present their startup ideas to a panel of judges on a demo day.

“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, commented on the partnership, “It’s our first time partnering with the government and at first, we were wary because we thought that our plea was a shot in the dark but thankfully DICT proved us wrong. I cannot emphasise 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.”

Through its seedPH Program, DICT 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 Programme’s main thrusts for the Startup Community: Inform, Collaborate, Accelerate and Nurture.

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