In image: Startup Weekend EDU Champions: Team Booyah! (front, center), with the event organizers, judges, and sponsors
Manila, Philippines - Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where you can build your own startup or join a startup team, create a prototype of your idea, have it validated, and be mentored by experienced entrepreneurs. This year’s theme is education.
The event was held last October 11 to 13, 2019 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.
After registration, the program started off by welcoming the speaker, Artie Lopez, who is the co-founder of Brainsparks Philippines and a startup coach.
On the last day, the speakers were Francis Plaza and Jaime Hing talking of Paymongo, who talked about their success story in getting to Y combinator.
The event judges were Francis Plaza, the CEO of Paymongo, Jaime III Hing, the CTO of Paymongo, Judge Calimbahin, Edukasyon PH’s head of strategy, Cindy Saw, the digital transformation principal at DXC, Carlos Hechanova, the socials innovation manager at Makesense, Gabriel Billones, the CEO of Y-loop Digital Solutions, and Aristotle Santos, the president of Top Grade Metal Industries.
The mentors were Jerome Lacson, the CTO of Upteam Corp., Jean Decena, the senior AI trainer at Startbutter and founder of JaiMala, Carlo Yaptinchay, the program lead for startup development at QBO, Prince Datu Javier, the vice president CloudSwyft Global Systems Inc., Micael de Rivera, the head of design operations at Make Technology by Ace Saatchi & Saatchi, and Pierce Jonota, who is the co-founder of User Experience Society in DLSU.
This year’s champions are Czar Carbonel, Ronabel Moros, Aries Dizon, Lucas Swift, an alumnus ofPolytechnic University of the Philippines, and Carl Rosales, an alumnus from Cavite State University, from Team Booyah!
The team created Booyah!, an app that curates fun educational videos for kids. While it makes learning fun for kids, it also becomes an alternative to YouTube as the go-to video platform for kids because of some of its videos' safety issues.
The other teams are Team OJT Lane, who won second place with a platform that allows students to access organizational networks that will help them develop their skills, and Team FINPLIN, who bagged third with an online platform that provides an interactive learning experience and a structured curriculum on financial literacy.
One of the organizations partnered with Startup Weekend EDU is Ambidextr, a content marketing, and events management company focused on serving tech companies in the Asia Pacific.
“Youth are often exposed to videos that are not age-appropriate. By creating an alternative source of education solely focused for children, it benefits the kids who get a dedicated and engaging channel for learning, and their parents who no longer have to worry about vulgar content, ” said Sofia Galve, co-founder of Ambidextr.