Pinoy creators of photo app off to Denmark for entrepreneurship contest

Young Filipino developers who created a mobile application that allows a mobile phone user to post eight photos per day are representing the Philippines in Denmark to compete in the ongoing Creative Business Cup 2014.

The competition, known as the world’s championship for creative entrepreneurs, is being held in Copenhagen from November 17 to 19, 2014.

Pickld.me team with founder Dale David (seated, 2nd from left)

Pickld.me team with founder Dale David (seated, 2nd from left)

Online work platform Freelancer.com, together with the Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines, selected Pickld.me last September to represent the country in the entrepreneurship contest.

“We want to give these startup entrepreneurs the right training and support they need to succeed in the business. We understand that it’s not easy. You see businesses failing left and right, and with the right mentorship, these entrepreneurs can really change how the industry works,” said Freelancer’s regional director for continental Asia Jojy Azurin.

Pickld.me is a mobile application that allows users to create and compile eight moments of their daily stories (#selfie, #ootd, #whoamiwith, #busywith, #whereami, #morning, #afternoon, and #evening) in a microtimeline.

In its website, Pickld.me said the eight photos “is not a magic number” but merely a suggestion of which parts of the day to highlight. “It’s really your choice whether to complete all 8 photos or post less — no pressure. We believe in choosing quality over quantity. We believe that the number will be enough for you to remember how your day went years from now,” it explained.

“It’s exciting to represent the Philippines, but challenging at the same, since we are not just carrying our start-up, but more importantly our country which gives a bit of a pressure,” said Pickld.me founder Dale David.

Pickld.me said Freelancer.com has provided the guidance and encouragement they need to prepare for the competition. When asked about one of his mentors, David shared the lessons he learned from Azurin.

“I recall one of his talks on Marketing and Traction which he gave practical tips on how one can get users while on a bootstrapped mode. That creativity can be tapped if one is short of capital to make things work,” said David.

“There are a lot of concepts and principles that takes years to master — and hundreds of businesses had to know these the hard way. That’s why Freelancer wants to guide startups in their path to success — after all, Freelancer itself started as an idea that turned into a platform that gave millions of people jobs and businesses. We know the next big idea is out there. We advise everyone to give it a shot – your idea might just be the next big innovation,” said Evan Tan, Freelancer’s regional director for Southeast Asia.