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App to reduce carbon footprint wins Hack the Climate Manila, gets support from Smart

by SMART Public Affairs | Oct 02, 2015
[15 September 2015] With the end purpose of reducing the carbon footprint in Metro Manila especially along EDSA, a group of young professionals developed an application intended to encourage more people to use bicycles as their major mode of transportation.

Re/cycle Team received P40,000 for besting other teams that participated in the second edition of Hack the Climate Manila, the first eco-themed and longest hackathon in the Philippines.

In their pitch during the recently held 2nd Hack the Climate Manila, the group called the Re/cycle team said they “want to make a difference in people’s lives by getting them to adopt a green lifestyle by using bicycles.” They further cited that this will not only contribute to a cleaner environment, but also promote a healthy lifestyle.

The app will include information on where the bikers can eat, rest, or buy different bike equipment and spare parts. Re/cycle team plans to partner with bike shops, restaurants and other business establishments catering to the needs of the cyclists. It also plans to develop a rewards system for bikers whenever they buy or eat in these establishments.

Team members JayVic San Antonio, Rhiza Talavera, Xyriz Tan, Jade Gaa, and Anna Jane Matillano received P40,000 for besting other teams that participated in the second edition of Hack the Climate Manila, the first eco-themed and longest hackathon or programming marathon in the Philippines.

In addition, they have the opportunity to pitch their application to Smart Communications (Smart) for possible funding. As part of its thrust to encourage innovation, Smart introduced a jury prize in the competition to enable the developers to continue their project if they want to establish a startup in the future.

Through its Open Innovation program, Smart enables people to be creative in solving problems. Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) and the Batingaw apps are the products of previous hackathons.

According to Smart Developer Evangelist Paul Pajo, Smart continues to support Hack the Climate Manila as part of its corporate advocacy of the use of technology for social good. "Hack the Climate helps us find ways to mitigate effects of climate change using technology," he said.

"We know the community has untapped potential to solve a problem in their area but we need to extract these things by doing events such as hackathons, developer weekends, technopreneur bootcamps, AngelHack, Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekends, among others," said Pajo.

Supporting both the first and second editions of Hack the Climate Manila is in line with Smart’s long standing commitment to engage in environment-friendly initiatives. Smart was the first Philippine company to use green merch or stone paper for its outdoor and in-store advertising and merchandising. For several years now, Smart has been holding annual tree-planting activities nationwide participated in by its employees.

Smart also continues to be involved in the Marikina Watershed Initiative as the lead proponent of the project that aims to protect, reforest, and rehabilitate the said watershed. Furthermore, Smart, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, holds interactive workshops nationwide to educate and increase the awareness of students on energy efficiency and conservation.