The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) recently launched its Mobile App to support the growth of business solutions using mobile applications that will benefit the industries of health, social enterprise, disaster management and development finance among others.
Coinciding with the PEF mobile app launch was the awarding of the top ten winners of the Southeast Asia Mobile Apps Challenge (SEAMAC) 2014. Each finalist received Php 100,000 courtesy of PEF. The SEAMAC 2014 was brought by J-Seed Ventures Inc. and locally ran by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE). More than 100 teams, with members aged 18-35 years old, submitted creative and innovative mobile application ideas. Sixty-eight (68) teams completed the task and moved forward to the next level but only the top twenty (20) teams made it to the Philippine Finals. The top three teams represented the Philippines in the regional finals held in Singapore last February. However, the Philippine representatives were not able to make it to the World Finals held in Barcelona, Spain.
The top 10 winners were Kargadoor, a door-to-door mobile app delivery service; Rocketeers, a made-to-order app; HIA, a history-tourism app; PasaHeroes, a public transport community info app; VOLO, an avenue for volunteering and social works; SIGLO, an e-payment platform for farmers; RescueWhere, a mobile crowdsource emergency reporting and response system; Orderee, a quick ordering system for restaurants; The Help App, to quickly locate a stranded victim of disaster; and Filterr, to act as filter by bridging users to specific relevant topics while keeping unwanted articles out.
Guest speaker, Mr. Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of the Information and Communications Office of DOST, shared information on mobile apps, and the initiatives undertaken by government in terms of advancement of technology.