The Stockholm Challenge is a global networking program for Information and Communcation Technology (ICT) entrepreneurs. It demonstrates how information technology can improve living conditions and increase economic growth around the world.
Thirteen ICT initiatives from the Philippines made it to the finals joining a crop of 149 teams from 53 countries. The Philippine teams will be vying for top awards in categories such as Public Administration, Culture, Health, Education, Economic Development, and Environment.
A quick run down of the Philippine finalists produces this profile:
- Three projects in ICT for education, two of which propose mobile phones as a means to enhance learning.
- Two projects in agriculture, one of which is a veteran of ICT for Development competitions, previously receiving an award from the World Bank.
- Another project aims to connect Barrios wirelessly (ah, I like this!).
- One project is run by the biggest telco in the country.
- Two projects are health based, one for health tracking, another for documenting and sharing indigenous knowledge.
- One creates an arts venue and another uses mobile phones + web to distribute indigenous woven products.
- Two for the youth, specifically in entrepreneurship and socio-economic development.
To team Philippines, the finalists in Stockholm Challenge:
Congratulations! Goodluck and all the best in the competition!