?E-basura? app from UC tops 2015 PH Startup Challenge

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The TeamseyRoll team from University of Cebu, which created the "e-basura" mobile app topped this year's Philippine Startup Challenge The TeamseyRoll team from University of Cebu, which created the “e-basura” mobile app topped this year’s Philippine Startup Challenge[/caption] The TeamseyRoll team from University of Cebu — composed of Dominique Kevin Macasero, Hernie Alexis Origenes, Joesenh Nino Codera, Albert Cueme, and Ed Ryan Estrella — bested nine other teams from Visayas and Mindanao which competed in the national finals held at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila on March 1. No team from Luzon was able to enter the last stage of the tough competition that was co-organized by the ICT Office of the DOST and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). A crack committee of judges selected TeamseyRoll, which will now go on a two-week immersion program at the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen and Beijing in China as part of their winnings. From the original 108 entries the competition received, the top 10 teams went on to compete for this year?s startup challenge. The list was trimmed to three before the eventual champion was proclaimed. The top three winners, however, will be entitled to mentoring and internship opportunities with the competition?s industry collaborators and partners which include Huawei Technologies Philippines, Ideaspace Foundation, HP Enterprise, Vibal Group, Microsoft Philippines, IBM Philippines, and Intel Philippines. The creators of the e-basura app described their project as ?a cross-platform mobile application that addresses the problem and teaches people on the proper disposal and management of broken and old electronics.? ?Since there is no established solution yet for this problem in our country, E-Basura aims to be the novel and disruptive platform for proper e-waste management in the Philippines,? the TeamseyRoll team said in its project abstract. E-basura?s core features include tips and guidelines for dissemination of information on proper e-waste management and disposal, drop-off site map and locator where users can locate sites for proper disposal of e-waste, and pick-up calendar schedules which give dates on e-waste collection. Other features include user devices and disposals management, up-to-date news feed, user profile, and rewards and points. ?With the useful features offered by e-Basura, it solves the existing problem on the proper management and disposal of electronic waste here in our country. Many people will benefit from this app not only for personal benefits but for the welfare and safety of the society and especially the environment,? it explained. The other finalists were:

? Team Hardwire — Ateneo de Davao University ? Team Tripple J — Ateneo de Davao University ? Team Navigators — Caraga State University ? iTeam — University of Cebu-Main Campus ? Team Laagan — Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology ? Team Book Now — Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology ? Team Bashpal — Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology ? Team Gasifanatics — University of Southeastern Philippines ? Team Interfacers — University of Southeastern Philippines

The contest was also held with the support of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).]]>

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