Congratulations to the Winners of Hack Manila 2018!
Congratulations to the Winners of Hack Manila 2018!
Congratulations to the Winners of Hack Manila 2018!
Check Out The Official PhotosHack Manila 2018 Day 1 & Day 2
Check Out The Official PhotosHack Manila 2018 Day 1 & Day 2
Check Out The Official PhotosHack Manila 2018 Day 1 & Day 2
Watch out for HackManila 2.0!Follow us on social to stay tuned for our announcements!
Watch out for HackManila 2.0!Follow us on social to stay tuned for our announcements!
Watch out for HackManila 2.0!Follow us on social to stay tuned for our announcements!

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Hack Manila 2018 was the first of August 99’s large-scale hackathons. We’re shaping up to set the stage for innovation and shine a spotlight on emerging talents and groundbreaking ideas. Join us at the premier community event for young hackers and engineers.

Here’s a recap of what went down at Hack Manila 2018:

With over 200 people taking up their coworking and events spaces, Loft was a full house for the weekend of November 17 to 18, for Hack Manila’s 48-Hour Hackathon. The contenders for Hack Manila 2018 had three challenges to choose from and accomplish for the weekend: AutoBook, PartnerPortal, and LokaLocal. Each challenge–sponsored by Canstar, Oqulo, and Loft Spaces, Inc. respectively–was open to solo, duo, or team participants to build and create their own programs and applications for varying uses.

Hack Manila participants were a mix of students, first timers, and hackathon veterans, all of whom brought their A-game, and fueled by sugar and caffeine to combat the shortage of sleep. Contenders were supported by 15 mentors, who also served as the event judges, who offered helpful tips and advice. One of the partners for Hack Manila 2018 was GDG Cloud Manila, an independent local community of developers interested in tech from Google Developers. They provided marshals as well as mentors for the event, namely its co-organizers, Brian Tan Seng and Ruben Canlas.

A number of event sponsors set up booths and tables where Hack Manila contenders could approach and inquire, win freebies and receive great swag during their downtime. One of these was Truelogic, whose founder and CEO, Itamar Gero, was also a mentor and judge for the 48-hour hackathon. Representing Canstar, an event partner for Hack Manila, CTO Ken Reddy says, “Hack Manila is all about getting the local developer community here in Manila to come and showcase what they can do. It’s about getting local businesses sponsoring and [investing] in young, local talent here in the country.”

“I'm so grateful for the participants, the mentors, the event partners, and the organizers that helped make HackManila possible. It was amazing to see the community come together and all the talent coalesce into real projects. We can't wait to start planning for our next event,” shares Hack Manila initiator and August 99 CTO, Bernd Rennebeck.

Read more about it here: Hack Manila Starts Strong With Its First Large-Scale 48-Hour Hackathon

< 2018 WINNERS >

AutoBook Challenge Winners

Sponsored by

Team Digify

  • Gaile Sarmiento
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  • Rodelio Arenas
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  • Virgem Gatchalian

Team Digify created a solution for the AutoBook challenge, sponsored by Canstar, which enables users to lend their vehicles or rent a car based on credit score.

Moreover, they added a monetary bond to their app, which allows users with low credit score to pay an additional fee to rent the car of their dreams. In turn, when the vehicle is given back to the owners in good condition, they may be reimbursed a portion of the additional charge for their rental.

Vehicles may be hired on an hourly or daily rate, which is also automatically computed within the app for a better user experience. Discounts may also be applied for a greater rental duration.

PartnerPortal Winner

Sponsored by

Michael Gerard Galon

Mik Galon, aka GigaMike, built a remarkable system that impressed every Hack Manila mentor. He succeeded in creating an app for the PartnerPortal Challenge, sponsored by Oqulo, which allows users to avail great products from brand partners at discounted rates.

He also added more capabilities to his app that went above and beyond the expectations for the weekend’s hackathon, such as a 360° VR Product Preview, Alexa Skills using an Amazon Echo, and a Payment Gateway via Blockchain.

What’s even more impressive is that he achieved all these on his own one-man-team.

LokaLocal Winner

Sponsored by

Jose Miranda III

Jose joined as a solo participant for the LokaLocal Challenge, sponsored by Loft Spaces. His work stood out particularly because he created two apps–one for customers and one for LokaLocal partners.

Loft’s customers may view, track, and manage their bookings and their credits using the app, and redeem rewards with their accumulated points. In turn, the LokaLocal partner app allows Loft’s partner brands to view and manage their best selling products and the redemptions made by customers.

Showing promise and great potential, Jose shared that he looks forward to joining more events from Hack Manila.

Best Pitch Awardees

Team Hackstatic

  • Roy Selbach
  • Rupert Señga

Roy and Rupert originally registered as solo participants for Hack Manila, but after meeting on the Pre-Hackathon Orientation, they decided to partner up as Team Hacktastic, and create a solution for the LokaLocal challenge, sponsored by Loft Spaces.

Their app was built with great design and intuitive features, such as a virtual tutorial for beginners, the ability to choose which charity project to support while enjoying a cup of coffee from Loft’s partner brand, view and track your consumed coffee and donation amount, and access to Loft & Partner News, where updates and promotions can be easily shared to Lofters. There is also an accessible admin portal for Loft’s managers. There are a couple of unique features presented during their pitch, like being able to treat a friend and share with the community, and a gamification integration, where Loft branches can have a friendly competition by the amount of coffee consumed in a space.

And though the award was originally meant for the best performing solution, with their kick-ass pitch, the Hack Manila judges decided to award Team Hacktastic as the Best Pitch.

Design Excellence Awardees

  • Pablito Romero, Jr.
  • Patrick Delos Reyes
  • Shaira Mae Tolentino

Participating as a team for Hack Manila, first-timers Pabs and Shaira and second-timer Patrick spent the weekend building out their solution for the LokaLocal challenge, sponsored by Loft Spaces.

Using a progressive web app (PWA), they created a reliable and responsive experience for Loft customers and managers. They integrated a QR code system capable of scanning and generating for three prospective Loft branches. The amount of coffee consumed in these would be branches could also be tracked on their PWA.

The trio is just getting started; Pabs, Patrick, and Shaira are looking forward to joining more hackathons in the future where they can further develop their skills and experience more events with the tech community.

Creativity Awardees

Team Ba

Patrick, Rome, and Ronald, aka Team Ba, had an interesting take on their solution for the LokaLocal challenge, sponsored by Loft Spaces. Instead of creating their own app from scratch for the hackathon, they built up a chatbot, integrating it into Facebook Messenger.

Kopi, the Loft Bot, is the virtual companion for Lofters’ java and caffeine needs. After being prompted by a simple query, Kopi can provide a friendly and engaging conversation, instead of the robotic or automated messages that people may be used to, with the help of an adaptive dialogue system. Customers can ask for available products to purchase, order an item, and process their payment with Kopi. All of these are recorded in the back end dashboard accessible for Loft managers and the barista that will prepare the Lofter’s order. Kopi is also scalable to other messaging platforms and for other services, like booking a conference room at Loft, for instance.

It was a productive weekend for Team Ba, and they put an impressive amount of effort in creating their unique output for LokaLocal that their were recognized for the Creativity Award.

< Official Photos >

Day 1

Day 1 of Hack Manila 2018 was the warm up and the work out of the weekend, when contenders had to develop and refine their ideas to solve the challenges that they had chosen. With plenty of snacks and experienced mentors to bolster them for the weekend, they were able to concentrate on building their work.

And though the award was originally meant for the best performing solution, with their kick-ass pitch, the Hack Manila judges decided to award Team Hacktastic as the Best Pitch.

Day 2

It was crunch time for contenders on Day 2 of Hack Manila 2018, having to finalize all of their programs and demonstrate their presentations for the five-minute pitches in the afternoon. Hack Manila contenders impressed the mentors of the event with some of the best tech to date. At the end of the day, everyone was a winner with Hack Manila’s swag bags, certificates for all the participants, and the indelible experience acquired from the 2-day hackathon.

Coming Up: HackManila 2.0

We’re gearing up to build the Hack Manila community. Look out for our updates and announcements, and make sure to join us for the following events. Our team can’t wait to collaborate with you again!

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