Globe empowers startup founders in 5G Hackathon

Ten groups move forward and are one step closer to bringing their ideas to life in the Globe 5G Hackathon, the first and biggest event of its kind in the Philippines.

Together with De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Labs, Globe screened over 100 idea submissions and brought them down to 30 for the Idea Pitch Competition round. Among those, 10 groups emerged, namely Alaga Health, LunaX, bant.AI, OHC, D’Hacks, Team CamvS, Handuraw, Team Cardinals, iGAT, and Tenth Maria, which were a mix of students and young professionals.

Focus areas for the competition were particular to how Globe’s 5G Technology can positively impact society (education, healthcare, livelihood), industries (retail, manufacturing, logistics, e-commerce), and build intelligent cities (disaster risk management, sustainability, asset and resource management, transportation).

Some ideas that the Top 10 groups presented included a telehealth marketplace and service hub, a virtual patient simulator for medical students, simulating virtual laboratories for students, a road safety mobile app, an online service mall, a fishing forecast mobile app, a food waste management app, and many more.

“We are excited to explore and support these big business ideas using the promising technology of 5G as we aim to create and deliver a richer and fuller customer experience,” said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

Since the Idea Pitch Competition, the Top 10 teams have been assigned mentors, given additional workshops and are now in the process of prototyping their ideas in preparation for the 5G Hackathon Demo Day on September 21, 2021.

The final 10 teams will be given a chance to win up to P620,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to work with Globe and 917Ventures in scaling their business ideas.

“More than the overwhelming response that we’ve gained from our participants, we are proud to be innovating with such young, brilliant, and passionate minds in the first-ever Globe 5G Hackathon,” shared Vince Yamat, Managing Director of Globe’s 917Ventures.

The Globe 5G Hackathon Headquarters is powered by Globe Prepaid’s Virtual Hangouts. In this experiential space, participants collaborate and learn beyond the classroom.

As the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G AirFiber for Home use in 2019, Globe is the pioneer in 5G technology in the Philippines. Its 5G outdoor coverage in the National Capital Region has reached 92 percent as of June this year and currently has 1,759 5G sites nationwide.

Up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G technology offers the fastest connectivity and download speeds, ultra-low latency, greater bandwidth, superior network reliability, and the ability to connect to more devices. It also enables frontier technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Edge Computing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

To know more about the business ideas and prototypes from the Top 10 teams, Globe 5G Hackathon’s Demo Day will be aired publicly on Globe’s official Facebook and Twitter pages on September 21.

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