TechCamp is a program under the U.S. State Department’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative that connects civil society organizations (CSOs) across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity.
This is the 36th leg of TechCamp that was held around the world, but first in the Philippines. The 1st Philippine TechCamp is organized by U.S. Department of State., U.S. Embassy in Manila, US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN - World Food Programme (WFP), Globe Telecom, Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines and Open Data Initiative.
The focus for the 1st Philippine TechCamp, May 5 and 6 (Monday and Tuesday) is about Disaster Risk Reduction and Response for Resiliency Building, which aims to provide a venue for sharing and knowledge exchange on DRR and response, and identify practical actions for collaboration and partnerships.
The unique thing about the Philippine TechCamp, it include a hackathon a immediately a few days after the May 5 and 6 ideation workshop with the NGO, LGU, technologies and local agencies; a hackahton (May 9 and 10) is organized lead by Globe Labs and GDG Philippines.
#1) Team DE
Assessing structural integrity made easy
The second placers are marketing officer Justin Cudaihl and software engineer Theodore Gonzalez, who developed a mobile app that will help future users do preliminary surveys on the structural integrity of their properties.
The app asks a set of questions related to the property's details – such as the time it was constructed and the improvements done to it since – strengths, and vulnerabilities.
The data is then sent to a server that packages these details into a document. This can then be sent to professionals for further assessment.
#2) Team Momma Panes:
Kuwago: Easy-to-read charts from complicated data
The first placers, web engineer Mark Steve Samson and software developer Kat Padilla, chose to develop an app that would "develop simulated models or scenarios that can trigger floods and landslides in vulnerable and poor areas of the LGUs based on real time and available weather data."
Their solution to this problem is Kuwago, a dashboard where complicated data can be simplified into easy-to-read graphs and values.
Data from Project NOAH and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, for instance, can be processed by Kuwago's system and packaged into easy-to-read graphs. Samson said that these graphs could be used in making decisions in cases of floods and landslides.
#3) Team "Fans of Kat Padi"
ERPAT: A solution for assessing and processing building permits
Third placers, mobile and web designer Joseph Emmanuel Dayo, product designer Mariwin Alvarez, and software engineers Mervin Joseph Alvarez and Anna Marseille Gabutero, came up with a system that can aid in the process of giving location clearances from applicants, building inspectors, up to the officers approving or declining applications.
For now, they are calling the system the Electronic Registry for Permit Assessment and Tracking (ERPAT). Applicants can go directly to the website and pinpoint the location of their property.
The links for photos and videos:
- Hackathon: https://twitter.com/globelabs/media
- Hackathon Live streaming: http://youtu.be/PrPJXdD37e0
- TechCamp workshop (May 5 and 6): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CQeiHfoUso
- Hackathon Workshop: