Open Data Philippines in Tech for Resilience Week

With the use of visualizations and new media, and the national open data portal, just to name some significant examples, Open Data Philippines (ODP) has always believed in the power of harnessing the new, to engage with the public, all towards finding solutions to real issues and problems, and by so doing, empowering the Filipino people.

It is in this light that the Open Data Philippines Task Force is pleased to be participating in a weeklong series of events that share a theme of harnessing technology and innovation to build a more resilient Philippines. May 5-11, or Tech for Resilience Week, is all about the determination of different sectors, partners and friends in the global community, the private sector, NGOs, and government agencies to come together and find ways to enhance the resilience mechanisms of our country.

The 1st Philippine TechCamp: Disaster Risk Reduction and Response for Resilience, held today and tomorrow (May 5-6), is organized by the US Department of State and USAID, and aims to build the capacities of Disaster Risk Reduction practitioners. With support from the UN World Food Programme Globe Labs, Open Data Philippines, and other partners, the two-day event allows representatives from civil society to work with science and technology players in defining the challenges confronting them and, more importantly, in finding ways to surpass these challenges. An attached hackathon (May 9-10), in partnership with Globe Labs and Google Developers Group, will also take place after the Tech Camp to put lessons and new relationships into practice. Members of the ODP Task Force will take part in the Tech Camp to share their knowledge and experience in Open Data and Open Government. 

Following the success of its first hackathon, Kabantay ng Bayan: Hacking the National Budget, the Open Data Philippines will also be holding its second hackathon on May 10-11, entitled, Readysaster: Hack for Resilience. As Kabantay ng Bayan sought to develop applications in support of budget transparency, Readysaster aims to bring developers, data geeks, and designers together in a two-day overnight event. This time, creating applications that can boost the preparedness and resilience of local communities by harnessing national government data.

Readysaster is organized in collaboration with Code for Resilience, the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and Project NOAH, and was made possible through partnerships with Smart Developer Network, Microsoft Philippines, Google Developer Group, and WhenInManila.com, as well as the support of Smart Bro, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Mozilla Philippines, and Palet Express.

Tech for Resilience Week is a clear example of how technology can bring people together in pursuit of a higher cause: a clear commitment and solidarity to help others and to boost the resilience of the Philippines. Open Data Philippines is proud to be part of this weeklong series, and encourages the active participation of all towards ensuring the success of these events, a success that also redounds to the benefit of Filipinos.

To learn more and register for the hackathons:

The 1st Philippine TechCamp - Hackathon 

May 9-10, 2014 

Globe Corporate Showroom, Makati 

https://www.facebook.com/events/508767529229588/

Readysaster: Hack for Resilience (Open Data Philippines Hackathon) 

May 10-11, 2014 

Palet Express, 2231 Molave Building, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

http://live.data.gov.dev/events/readysaster/ May 5, 2014