According to the event’s page in Facebook, and i quote
The National Government Portal (GOV.PH) and its partners invite everyone to join Hack4PH: The 1st Philippine e-Government Innovation Challenge. Hack4PH is a nationwide competition that aims to co-create innovative and citizen-centered solutions of the future. The event will be held from November 23-26, 2018 at (to be determined). To prepare participants for the event, a Pre-Hackathon Workshop will be conducted on November 10, 2018.
I signed up and I never expected that I would be one of the participants. Not until the National Government Portal posted a note of the qualifiers last November 8, 2018.
The chance of meeting like-minded people was always been my desire. It fulfilled my goal of upgrading myself with knowledge and skills I’ve gained during the three-day hackaton. The fact of sharing ideas and pulling off an app in less than 3 days to help Filipinos in a way were the main core of this event, I think.
It was a surprise that Mom and Dad allowed me to go because they have been so protective of their lil girl. I already knew that they would not allow me but through prayers, they became supportive. I did all these calculated risks because we needed the money for my dad’s medication. Yes, He is still fighting Chronic Kidney Failure and undergoes dialysis 3 times a week.
Although we did not won, God gave opportunities. A lot. As in.
Back to the blessing of being one of the qualifiers, I had a lot of fun learning a lot from my groupmates, my co-qualifiers, and our mentors. Aside from that, I gained new friends and learn from them.
This blessing of being one of the participants wouldn’t be possible without National Government Portal, CIOF Foundaion, NEDA, Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training, DICT – Luzon Cluster 2, DICT, Mayor Arman Dimaguila and Ate Des Dimaguila.
As we move forward with the development of our mobile app, we are certain that we can make a different perspective on sharing food.
Here are some of my experience caught in photos:
more pictures on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/racquelsarahcastro/
Met one of the mentors too after the event. Mr. Gideon Ponio. I gave him my book and encourage him to write a book too.
We had a chance to pitch our solutions to CIO Conference last December 6, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City!
From the note of National Government Portal, i quote
George Kintanar, chairman of the CIOF Foundation, explained why the Foundation supports Hack4PH and the DICT. “We want to harness the best of Filipino brains to have the best solutions for the Filipino,” he said.
Special thanks to Ms. Lou, Mr. Christian, Ms. Aaliya, and Sir Florante for the assistance they gave me.
To my team, thank you for the memorable times. we will surely have more moments to nurture our friendship. Thank you
I want to join again next year if that would be possible.