The first ever Blockchain Hackathon (Blockathon 2019) has just concluded last May 19, 2019 at Kadena Hub, Davao City.
Read more about the Blockchain Hackathon here: https://davaogeekhub.com/kadena-hub-to-host-first-24-hour-blockchain-hackathon-in-mindanao/
The two-day event was hosted by Mary Rose Ofianga, Agilab TBI Coordinator. It was a pitching competition which challenged participants’ (mostly students) innovative ideas that highlights the emerging Blockchain technology.
“Starting with a good idea and try to make a great idea. Be restless, do not quit. Have an intention on why you are doing that cause and to be tenacious after making that goal to reality”,Ann Cuisia, CEO of Traxion Tech Inc. said in an inspiring message to the participants.
“I am here today to show you that even though we are young, we can do so much”Said Joshua Allen Santos, CEO of Kadena Hub, in his opening message.
14 teams with three to five members from different schools and industries participated in the event. With the partnership of Agilab, University of Southeastern Philippines’ Technology Business Incubation (TBI), the students’ ideas will be enrolled into a seed program. This program will enable their ideas to grow with thorough research and will be funded and incubated.
“The event was very informative. This event really helped us students especially in our field as future IT professionals because it taught us how to be innovative and made us explore many things”According to Mary Claudewyn Padasas, one of the Blockathon participants.
Kiarrah Menil, Pauline Marie Dumagan, Frances Dimaano, and Rio Jessa Mae Florida from USEP won the first prize for their innovative idea called MAMAY. MAMAY is a new tool that will enable mothers to buy and sell breast milk online. According to them, it was inspired by a friend who is a mother that currently suffers breast milk deficiency. Team MAMAY won PHP 400,000 worth of incubation and a PHP 100,000 seed program.
Second place was won by Joshua James Cabrera, Jonard Tanilon, Sheila Joy Regis, Michael Juanito Regis Jr., and Abdur Rahim Jumlani with TITULO, an app idea that eliminates fraudulent sales of land. Third place wen to Dannah Rose Sanda, Pinky Corpin, Rolly Lee Linao, Gerondio Asejo Jr., and Leonard Bran Padada with CommLabs, a mobile-based livestock finder with geotagging for buyers.
Surprise consolation prizes of incubation and mentorship were also given to selected outstanding contestants; Lucid, Musikatin, BusKoTo, and Diploma.
Through the success of Blockathon 2019, students and participants was able to showcase their unique ideas. With some of them won funding and incubation.