Last March 18, 2013, Microsoft and the Asian Development Dank (ADB) awarded the best apps to be sent to India.
Microsoft takes pride in partnering with ADB to harness the valuable role of technology in attempt to alleviate social challenges. “We are glad to partner with the ADB to make the AppsForAsia Redesigning Development project possible,” said Karrie Ilagan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines.
“Thank you ADB for the trust and the partnership. We look forward to more programs in the years to come and for the Philippines. AppsForAsia is the digital world version of nobility, an innovation for a cause. AppsForAsia paved the way for the availability of apps that came to provide sustainable solutions for the economic and social benefit of government, NGOs, and enterprises in the region. We hope that through this project, more people will be reminded to download something that is socially relevant so that in their own simple way, they can try to make a difference.”
From a large number of entries, the top 15 applications were selected by a distinguished panel of mentors from the academe and industry. All the apps that were developed maximized the use of Microsoft technologies such as the cloud platform, Windows Azure. Of these socially relevant apps, the top three was announced in an awarding ceremony held at the ADB Philippine office. These top apps include Codetoki, Blood Donors Network, and LeanAsset applications.
Codetoki by Honeylyn Balingcasag and Ademar Tutor from Cebu won 1st place in the AppsForAsia Redesigning Development project with Php 100,000 and will be sent to the Governors Annual Meeting in New Delhi, India together with the AppsForAsia 2nd and 3rd placer.
Codetoki is an app that encourages the youth to find employment by matching employers and applicants through a gamified platform for screening and hiring entry level developers.
Blood Donors Network and LeanAsset won Second and third Place with Php 50,000 and Php 20,000 cash incentives, respectively. Blood Donors Network helps build and maintain a sustainable community of voluntary blood donors in the Philippines. This helps make sure that everyone has immediate access to safe and adequate supply levels of their blood type in times of need. On the other hand, LeanAsset is a public transport monitoring system that enables commuters’ quick and convenient access to transportation.
Top 3 selection criteria were based on How it Addresses the Stated Need (30%), Usability (20%), Innovation (30%), and Business Viability (20%).
Other finalists include Adopt-A-Student, Barangay Integrated Information System, CHARM (Citizen Health Ambulatory Record and Management), Civil Records Management, Crimespots, eScholar, InstaPatrol, My Startup Academy, Project SIPOL, Project WatchDog, Rocketlabs, and Where’s My Doctor?
From those we saw, our bet was and we hope it would be easily implemented is the Civil Records Management apps which aims to provide a workflow system that will enable the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) to reliably and effectively provide services while safeguarding documents from tampering and theft, destruction due to old age and calamities, and providing transparency through audit trails. This perfectly fits to use in our government offices.
AppsForAsia is running in other countries namely Australia, Korea, and Malaysia. In the Philippines, this initiative is supported by other esteemed organizations such as IdeaSpace, a program that helps Filipino entrepreneurs develop groundbreaking technologies; Philippine Software Industry Association; Smart DevNet and DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship, a program which has helped many early stage technopreneurs in launching their startups.
The apps of the 15 teams were showcased in an exhibit as part of the awarding ceremony’s program. The mentors who further coached the participants were introduced in the event. Notable representatives including Karrie Ilagan, Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines; John Cann, International Organizations Director for Microsoft Asia; Robert L.T. Dawson, The Secretary, Asian Development Bank; and Chris Morris, Head NGO and Civil Society Center, Asian Development Bank were present to personally congratulate the winners.
Learn more on AppsforAsia: Redesigning Development by visiting www.microsoft.com.ph/appsforasia.
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