Statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on the second Open Data Philippines (ODP) hackathon, entitled, Readysaster: Hack for Resilience

April 26, 2014

The Open Data Philippines Task Force is pleased to announce the second in its series of hackathons, entitled "Readysaster: Hack for Resilience",  which will take place on May 10-11, 2014.

The first Open Data Hackathon, Kabantay ng Bayan, endeavored to develop applications in support of budget transparency.Readysaster has the goal of utilizing geospatial and disaster data from the government to help communities prepare for, and become more resilient to natural disasters. Registration for Readysaster officially opened at noon today, and we encourage all developers, designers, and other interested parties to participate.More details, as well as the registration form, can be accessed at http://live.data.gov.dev/events/readysaster.

The Readysaster hackathon is the Open Data Philippines participation in a weeklong series of events that share a theme of harnessing knowledge, technology, and innovation in building a more resilient Philippines. Another event, the 1st Philippine Tech Camp: Disaster Risk Reduction and Response for Resilience, to be held on May 5-6, is organized by the U.S. Department of State and USAID, with the UN World Food Programme, for invited participants consisting mainly of Disaster Risk Reduction practitioners like NGOs.More information on the Tech Camp will be cascaded by the Open Data Task Force later on.

Readysaster was 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.

The events of May 5-11 complement each other, with both displaying a shared commitment to explore all avenues in providing solutions to the risks and dangers posed by calamities. As always, we are grateful for the continued support and solidarity of our partners and friends in the international community not only in the immediate responses needed after Yolanda struck the country, but even today, in continuing to empower the Filipino people through community resilience and disaster preparedness.