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Thursday, July 30, 2015

YouthHack Manila Startup Challenge 2015 Highlights

Wazzup Plipinas!

The YouthHack Manila Startup Challenge was held on July 25 & 26, 2015 at Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan, with lots of big activities like workshops and keynote speeches from some of the big names in the startup industry, a youth-run startup fair, and a big competition for high school and university students.

YouthHack Founder David Ongchoco opens the Startup Challenge with his origin story. “It felt surreal for the 18 year-old who just graduated high school,” he says. Moved by hackathons, Ongchoco realized the potential of the youth to contribute to (and revolutionize) the intersecting worlds of technology and entrepreneurship. We made our own interview with the very young founder, as well as his core team mates, so go watch the video below and be inspired from their stories. Due to time limitations we will be posting first the interview with David, and we will soon post the second part where we also interviewed his core team.

We heard talks from Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr; Donald Lim, Chief Digital Officer of ABS-CBN, Dennis Mendiola of Chikka; Pinky Natividad, venture capitalist and catalyst from; Mark Colentava, founder of Balanga Makerspace and Project Manager of CoinSaver, Roxi Lim of Kalibrr, design mastermind Brian Tenorio, and Uber’s Raymond Castillo.

We also took videos of the talks of some of the speakers so we promise to upload them soon at our YouTube account at . If given the chance, we will also share some of our own take-aways from their talks.

A few players of the startup community were at the Startup Fair showing everyone their world-changing ideas and providing an inspiration as well to the youths who would like to emulate them.

The winners of this year’s Startup Challenge are:

High School Division:

Third place: Fecere with their parking app “A Walk in the Park
Second place: MEDeAs with “MICA,” your medical care assistant. 
First place:, an environmental tracker by Grade 10 students from Philippine Science High School!

University Division:

Third place: Ergo Inc with their social media website “Wever
Second place: “Apprentiz” by Team Me Turner Tim Cook
First place: Connectworks, a mesh networking system by Team Zantsuken!

They received cash prizes, collaborative working spaces, and mentorships with some of the people in the startup world with the most clout.

Photos and videos of the event will be uploaded at the Wazzup Pilipinas officia Facebook fan page:

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