UST team captures top plum in anti-child pornography hackathon

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The winning team from UST composed of John Joen Lim, Boaz Michael Sze, Jose Raphael Afable, John Robert Sevilla, and Benedict Viernes The winning team from UST composed of John Joen Lim, Boaz Michael Sze, Jose Raphael Afable, John Robert Sevilla, and Benedict Viernes[/caption] The winning team, led by John Joen Lim and composed of Boaz Michael Sze, Jose Raphael Afable, John Robert Sevilla and Benedict Viernes, all third year students taking up BS in Information Systems, won a cash prize of P50,000 and a trophy. The winning entry was anchored on an original cartoon character called ?Katzu?, which made the app appealing to children and encouraged them to report incidents of child abuse and cyber pornography. Other winners in the hackathon were a team from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) composed of Jerald John Pormon, Ken Layug, Han Ainan Ongsip, Gerard Anfernee Perona, and John Angelo Barot, which won the Best in Concept Idea in the mobile and web development component; Far Eastern University (FEU)-Makati won second place; and another team from PUP also won third place. A team from the Cosmopolitan International Institute of Technology (CIIT) composed of Reiner Laurence Penaflor,Reiner Joseph Penaflor, Elvin Jeffrey Abquina, and Angelo Bacani won the Best in Concept Idea in the info graphics component; while PUP won first place; the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) win second place, and CIIT also won third place. Held in Bayview Park Hotel, the contest aimed to come up with accessible and user-friendly computer and mobile applications to make reporting of child cyber pornography incidents easier under the DSWD’s #StopChildPornPH project. The event attracted information technology students from UST, PUP, FEU, ABE International Business College, CIIT, and TIP. The head of the panel of judges was Alberto Salvador of the Department of Science and Technology-Information Communication and Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office). — Andres Ansula ]]>

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