WebGeek Taps Software Devs to Answer Social Issues at Social Innovation Camp Manila


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Software developers and designers can change the world. Or, at least for WebGeek Philippines, these talents can bring solutions to today’s social problems through web or mobile. A huge number of social problems still need attention: transportation, hunger, and unemployment, among others. Because WebGeek believes technology can help, it will put the best Filipino software developers and designers to the test to answer them at its Social Innovation Camp (SICamp) in Manila on September 13 to 15.

These developers will be tasked with creating mobile or web-based solutions for what they think is a social problem worth solving. They will have 48 hours to develop this idea into working software.

As early as June 10, WebGeek was already on the lookout for ideas from developers who want to take part in creating an application that can change the way people can do things. Last year, Tech in Asia featured the Social Innovation Camp Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The winner, ThatApp, was chosen for creating a game that answers teens’ questions about sex.

Similar to this, participants interested in pitching ideas for this camp should look at how an application can be both sustainable and a game-changer. It can either become a social enterprise, a community interest, or a helpful tool to non-profit organizations.

Interested participants can submit ideas until August 2. The six best ideas will proceed to the weekend, and the top team from SI Camp Philippines will join the top teams from other cities at the end of the year for a final regional camp.

WebGeek underscores that SICamp is an “open space meeting.” This means it is not only for people who want to submit ideas. It is for anyone who wants to participate and share their skills in areas like software development and business strategy.

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