RCX 21 Pitch Night – Innovations for Resilience

The SkillsBuild Innovation Camp is a team-up between ARISE-Philippines member, the Asia Pacific College (APC) and IBM, that seeks to fast track APC students’ competency in front-end web development.  In this run of IBM’s corporate social responsibility initiative for education and skills development, the participating students were asked to focus their hands-on training developingweb solutions for disaster resilience.

To make the learning experience more meaningful, APC tapped, Resilient.PH to invite local organizations in need of web solutions for their disaster management gaps to meet participating APC students and present their case. This gave birth to the Resilience Co-Creation Expo 21 (RCX 21), a platform for end users and solutions provider to come together and co-create disaster resilience interventions.

Ten organizations from various sectors across the Philippines were introduced to 154 participating students (organized into 27 groups) in the jump-off RCX 21 event last January 4. The student groups listened to the organizations explain their disaster management gaps and their web solution needs.

Last March 10, the SkillsBuild Innovation Camp  drew to a close with the Pitch Night where pre-screened top 10 student groups presented their solutions to judges from IBM, ARISE-Philippines, CodeDoor, and other APC partner institutions.

Resilient.PH President and Chief Resilience Officer, Mr. Ace Esmeralda, commended APC and the local network in involving future leaders early on in identifying resilience solutions. “It is inspiring to see young people working on concrete solutions to real disaster management challenges. Congratulations to IBM, the Asia Pacific College, and to ARISE-Philippines for making this possible. To the students, we hope you bring with you all the learnings from the innovation camp when it is your turn to lead.” Esmeralda said during the culminating activity.

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