Pitch Night

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

The SkillsBuild Innovation Camp, a team-up between the Asia Pacific College (APC) and IBM, 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 on developing web solutions for disaster resilience. 

In order 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 partner with the participating APC students. Resilient.PH used its Resilience Co-Creation Expo 21 (RCX 21) platform for this purpose.

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. 

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.