AngelHack Manila, the first ever Philippine hackaton event was successfully held last June 8 and 9, 2013 at the Voyager Innovations' Ortigas office. More than 250 participants signed up to "the largest group of hackaton participants" and pitched about fifty 50 projects. I, myself, was excited when I read AngelHack Philippines Ambassador Elaine Cedillo's post.
So, What is AngelHack?
From AngelHack's website, "AngelHack organizes hackathon competitions for web developers and entrepreneurs, called AngelHacks, where they can learn developer tools, meet new friends, and receive funding and mentorship for their startup ideas. In 2013, AngelHack will organize 100 hackathons, bringing together 15,000+ developers in 50+ cities. Winners from every city are put through the AngelHack Accelerator Program, where we mentor them for 12 weeks before bringing them out to Silicon Valley to raise investment and introduce them to incubators."
Choosing the Top 13 Projects
There were 2 rounds of judging. For the first round, 4 separate rooms were used. Each team has room assignment and given 2 minutes each to present. Three projects were chosen from each room to make-up the top 13 and these are:
- Call Me
- Nearby Geeks
- Route Scout
- True Swift
- Pinoy Explorer
- Thingamadibs (Dibs)
Criteria for judging are
- 35% Feasibility of Project Concept
- 35% Technical Excellence
- 30% Market Potential
And the winners are...
After 24 hours coding and about 5 hours of time-controlled pitching and judges' deliberations, pagesnapps - system that turns Facebook pages into apps - was chosen as AngelHack Manila 2013 Grand Prize winner. Aside from $10,000 cash prize, team members will receive 12 weeks mentoring then flown to Silicon Valley where they'll have chance to pitch pagesnapps to potential investors during TechCrunch Disrupt, the biggest and most popular startup event in San Francisco.
|Zander developers/designers: Harold Ocampo, Ian Tappa, Francis Fajardo, Mark Segalle, and Louie David during the awarding of the $20,000 Google apps credits. Inset: Zander fishbowl prototype|
|Jessie Panganiban receiving his "Hindi Ako Masyado Lasing" prizes|
Jessie Panganiban, winner of "Hindi Ako Masyado Lasing" award, received nerf gun and 6 bottles of San Miguel flavored beer.
For having developed Blackberry devices compatible apps, special Blackberry prizes were given to HackBlitz, Dibs (Thingamadibs), Konvoy, MailBug, UlapResto, TravelBud, pagesnapp,MindHub and Capicar.
First Day of AngelHack Manila in Pictures
|fish bowl with submerged aeration gadget - prototype for Zander|
|SolarLink's solar panel app prototype is envisioned to lessen the cost of solar panel projects by providing online computation of loads and corresponding materials|
Mentors from Asian Institute of Management, Orange and Bronze, Narra Venture Capital and Infinity.ly shared their expertise in software engineering, business analytics, validating the market, and how to successfully pitch a project.
Two projects that immediately caught my attention are Zander and SolarLink.
Interviewing Josh Constine, TechCrunch writer, was the bonus for the day.
|Voyager Innovations headquarters - venue of the first ever hackaton in the Philippines, AngelHack Manila|
|... more developer, programmer, and designer participants of AngelHack Manila|
|and more attendees of AngelHack Manila. Josh Constine of TechCrunch (in yellow shirt) doing his rounds|
|The organizers from Smart Developer Network taking a break|
|...and more members of the organizers on break - Paul Pajo, Smart developer evangelist (sitting with glasses) and Greg Gopman, AngelHack cofounder (center, backview), on break yet still playing with his gadget|
|the support group and volunteers|
|DJ Ramos (rightmost), AngelHack Philippines Ambassador, having fun with his sword toy. With him are what he called them "the Mozilla guys". They were willing to check my Mozilla installation but unfortunately, I did not bring my netbook with me.|
|Josh Constine, TechCrunch writer|
Second Day of AngelHack Manila in Pictures
Closer Look at Some Participants
|PayBilis designers/developers: Don Delloro, Israel Brizuela, and Richard Gamato. Paybilis is an app that will deliver bills to consumers in digital format. Payments will also be integrated with SMS notification|
Some Foods and Drinks
AngelHack Fun and Moods
The Judges And Judgement Hour
|Josh Constine (TechCrunch), Greg Gopman (AngelHack founder) and Winston Damarillo (Exist and Morphlabs)|
|RaphWunsch (Metrodeal.com founder), Jay Yao (international graphic designer), Alvin Gendrano (Microsoft) and Ann Jacobe (Shoephoric.com founder)|
|Adrich Scheuders announcing vacancy of engineer position at Freelancer.com. P42,000.00 will be awarded to the one who can successfully recommend an engineer|
Partners for AngelHack Manila