Hack the Climate 2014 Broke World Records!

ARG Theater,  College of Saint Benile , Taft Avenue , Manila- Philippines

This is the first official Guinness Book of World Record attempt for the longest hack-a-thon, lasted for 58 hours until past 10:30PM , longer than its target of 56 hours. The event opened from June 6 until June 8, 2014 .   From an initial of 41 teams ( June 6) ,  composed of different group of students, IT practitioners and professionals from different parts of the country .  By the time the team presented their project proposals, there were just about 30 plus team.

 Team Instigators
TEAM Instigators are behind “Tanaw“, the web application where you can check-in at an environmental landmark like-Foursquare and tell others about it and how to protect the place from possible environmental destruction. Every-time someone uploaded their photos of the site, People can also get some sort of reward points which they can redeem in some partner companies .   The winning team got two Apple Macbook Pro computers. The team was composed of Mr. Louis Michael Concepcion, Mr. Dominic Tuazon and Mr. Micheal Reynoso Gutierrez .
L-R Mr. Micheal Reynoso Gutierrez , Mr. Dominic Tuazon and Mr. Louis Michael Concepcion
Team Instigators took home the grand prize after presenting the best environment-related app at the conclusion of Hack the Climate 2014.
Team Greenenergy
Another interesting team is Greenenergy , Their project is called : Danger Zone – The team is composed of Mr. Nicollo Chua, Mr. Ian Tajeda, Hideaki Calayan, Kilpatrick ” Kiru” Corral  ,  Angelon  Bute , Carl Domenique M. Gabuelo and Ms. Patricia Arante
Team Animus
The team developed an application software called ” Earth Savers” Ms. Patricia Alonzo , Ms. Charlene Ho, Mr. Juan Miguel Maningo and Ms. Rizzi Sanidad
Team Kiryu
Team Kiryu was led by Ms. Agnes Alcira , Mr. James Layug , Mr. Louie Magbanua and Mr. Joel Rykiel Ng
They invented an application device which can detect soil moisture thus this can help crops and ornamental plants on watering their produce during the summer months.
participants with a huge white stuffed bear
Team Super User placed second and won US$800. Rounding the top five finalists were Climate Savers, Sprout, and Animus.
Team Mirada  proudly shows-off their application software
Mr. Kyle Abughanem (front). The guy in the middle is Mr. Rendrick Estrella and the one at the back is Mr. Reniel Guiao
The five groups won for themselves US $100,000 worth of Microsoft products each.
Ms. Dems Angeles and Mr. Jonathan Nava
Fellow bloggers Ms. Dems Angeles and Jonathan Nava won courtesy of Huawei Ascend G6 . The company also gave away ball pens. Website : http://www.huawei.com/ph/
Sprout was also hailed as the winner of the People’s Choice Award after impressing 90 people in attendance for its project. Team Vito Crews placed second with 75  in the People’s Choice race.
Four-Leaf Clover, Public Energy Number 1, and Team Be Aware got the nods for the NGO’s Choice Award. Each team got an Apple iPod Touch.
Four-Leaf Clover made its hack-a-thon project available for Windows phones, and with that, Microsoft handed the team with Windows phones along with Idea 92.

BizPark Microsoft Winners :
Team Animus
Climate Saver

Windows Phone Winners :
Idea 92

Animus, for its one-of-a-kind game made for XBox 360 with Kinect, was also rewarded with a Windows phone.
group photo
 After the winners were announced, a special photo session with all of the participants, bloggers and organizers at the venue.
Congratulations to the organizers and until the next event!
Note: All photos are from the author




Commission on Higher Education graduate tracer program seeks to address job mismatch

 Angelo King  Hotel , International Conference Center ,DLSU- College of Saint Benile,  , Arellano Street corner Estrada Street , Malate , Manila – Philippines

De La Salle University , College of Saint Benile, Manila

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has been closely working with industry stakeholders like Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE ), TESDA   to address the job mismatch.

Industry representatives are being involved in the development of curricula and standards, on-the-job-training programs, apprenticeships, faculty immersion, assessment-based talent development and other activities.

side entrance of the building

   In order to address the growing job mismatch in the country, CHED, in collaboration with the De La Salle University- College of Education, Knowledge Community  will conduct a national Graduate Tracer Study (GTS) to determine the employ-ability of graduates based on their respective disciplines.

Dr.  Maricar  Sison  Prudente , professor at the DLSU College of Education and the assistant project leader of the study. 

Through the study, CHED hopes to assess the issues concerning employ-ability and the relevance of higher education programs vis-a-vis expectations of the employers. It will use the results of the study to monitor the quality of programs offered in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

This vital information  can provide incentives to institutions; prioritize or de-prioritize courses; determine the basis for allocating scholarships; and investigate whether 21st century skills are properly and adequately taught to college students. The industry is supported by Personnel Management Association of the Philippines,  Industrial Technology Association of the Philippines, Business Processing Association of the Philippines

Mr. Benjamin Vergel  De Dios – survey consultant, GTS3  Knowledge Community, Inc.

The commissioned study will be conducted via an online survey that will run until October 31, 2012. Some 58,000 tertiary-level graduates (from batch 2006-2010) from 837 HEIs all over the country (including state universities and colleges, locally funded universities and colleges, and private universities and colleges) are being targeted for the study.

L-R Mr. Bejamin De Dios, Dr. Maricar Sison Prudente, Ms. Cecilia Ubarra , Dr. Marvic Hermosisima of Philippine Normal University and Mr. Jovito Anido

Respondents must be graduates of either bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in the CHED-identified disciplines which are namely: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Architecture and Town Planning; Business Administration; Related Education Science and Teacher Training; Engineering and Technology; Fine and Applied Arts; General; Home Economics; Humanities; IT-Related Disciplines; Law and Jurisprudence; Maritime; Mass Communication and Documentation; Mathematics; Medical and Allied; Natural Science; Religion and Theology Service Trades; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Trade, Craft and Industrial degree programs.

 participants and organizers of the media presentation

The 10- 15 minute survey will have questions on the knowledge and competency traits that respondents are using in their current job; the quality of their undergraduate education; and how their degree has helped them apply their skills and competencies to their current job, among others. Aside from answering the survey , participants can also win exciting prizes !

Commission on Higher Education : www.ched.gov.ph/

Dela Salle – College of Saint Benile :  http://www.dls-csb.edu.ph/

Knowledge Community : http://knowledgecommunity.ph/

Philippine Graduate Tracer  Study : http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineGraduateTracerStudy20062010

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