Friday, November 4, 2016

CLIMATE CHANGE HACKATHON AT THE 8TH NICP ICT SUMMIT THIS NOVEMBER

In the commemoration of the 3 rd anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Hack the Climate will stage its
first ever Clean Technology Hackathon and Training happening in Palo, Leyte and Tacloban City.
It is part of the 8 th NICP ICT Summit 2016, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of
the Philippines (NICP), DOST Region 8, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus,
Seed4com, Move.ph, Millenia Suites, ThinkLab and Unionbank of the Philippines.
Hack the Climate is a climate change themed Hackathon that is formed out of the desire of a
two Princeton University College Students, named Michael Lanchanski and Jacob Scheer to help
the Philippines in their battle for climate change through Technology and Innovation. With the
help of their Filipino counterparts, Elaine Cedillo, Diego Jose Ramos and Rizzel Jill Dy, Hack the
Climate was born in June 2013.
“Hack the Climate in Leyte is our 5 th since we started and we hope that we can bring this project
across the country” said Elaine Cedillo, the lead project coordinator for this leg. “Hack the
Climate is more than just a hackathon, it is our advocacy. Educating the students and young
professionals about the adverse effects of climate change while challenging the developers to
create a solution for climate change adaptation or mitigation, and through that, the
participants are empowered to do something to help our environment,” she added
THE CLEAN TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS AND THE HACKATHON
This year’s Hackathon is dubbed as “Hack the Climate Cleantech-Loban” and it will be a three-
part event. They will be launching their first solar e-Learning facility for Alternative Learning
System and a Solar Night Lamp assembly livelihood training program for the out-of- the school
youth and partner NGO’s, plus a conference – hackathon about Climate Change Mitigation and
CleanTech.
Philippine Toy Library located at Palo District 1, Barugo Leyte with more than 100 learners and
at Pambujan, Samar with more than 90 learners will be the beneficiaries of an e-Learning set-up
consisting of laptops from Huawei Philippines powered by solar panels which will be donated
by Unionbank of the Philippines through their Go Beyond CSR. The Solar Night Lamp that will
be produced during the training will be donated to a fishing community in and around
Tacloban.
The hackathon, a coding marathon, happening on November 9-10, 2016 at Philippine Science
High School in Palo, Leyte, involves a specific theme where participants will be creating web or
mobile applications, or hardware solutions. The conference happening simultaneously with the
hackathon features speakers to educate and enlighten the audience to what is happening with
our environment and how it affects each and every one of us, and different technologies which
can be used to help in creating solutions.
Clean Techloban is supported by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. and the
OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc.
and organized by Redwizard Events Management. For more information you may log on to :
http://hacktheclimate.com/ or like their facebook page :
https://www.facebook.com/HackTheClimate