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App digitizing textbooks tops 2016 AngelHack Hackathon

by SMART Public Affairs | Jun 02, 2016
[02 July 2016] An app capable of digitizing textbooks developed by a group of young professionals from the fields of Information Technology (IT) and Pharmaceuticals emerged as champion this year in AngelHack Competition, the largest global hackathon series, backed by PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications (Smart) with PayMaya Philippines.

Thirteen teams composed of 76 aspiring delegates from all over the country gathered at ASPACE Manila in Makati recently to compete and design a mobile and web application that can help advance people’s lives, within 24 hours.

The grand champion, team GT and Thought Bubble Solutions with IT members Ed Oswald Go, Rodette Pedro, Grizelda Teng and medical practitioners Phylicia Marie Pineda and Angelica Andres Tiu, came up with the PITCH: Pharmacy app. An application that aims to eradicate the need of medical students to bring heavy text books especially during study reviews for the licensure exam.

With the aid of the app, data from textbooks are converted to digital copies enabling students to read and review via their mobile devices.

According to the team, designing the app was not easy because the team was only formed five days before the competition and some of them just met the other members for the first time.

“The idea started with our barkada. Unknowingly, one of our friends already contacted some programmers, who eventually became part of our team, to develop the app,” Pineda explained.

The team then learned about AngelHack competition and thought to participate and pitch the idea.

 

To prepare for the competition, some of the team members had to learn a little bit of programming which they found most challenging.

“I only did a crash course with him (Ed Oswald) the night before the competition. I have to learn it immediately because we have limited time to finish the output,” Teng shared.

Apart from bagging the grand prize which entitled them for an exclusive invite to HACKcelerator Program- a 12 week curriculum that would turn their ideas into reality, the team also won the PayMaya special award worth P10,000 for demonstrating the best use of PayMaya API.