Year: 2019

Finding Yourself and Others: Life Advice from Filipino Youth Advocacy Leaders

Reposted from our Medium account. The youth are building the future. This is the belief that guides Developh in all their projects, especially Collab: a by-students, for-students accelerator creating technology with mission-based organizations. It was launched last August 24 with Pitch Day, a one-day event where both students and advocates explore the intersection of technology and social good through ideation, community dialogues, hacking, and capacity-building. One of Pitch Day’s events was an advocacy panel, where five youth leaders from various sectors were invited to speak about how they’re leading innovation and different movements. With added questions from the audience, the discussion included not only their advocacies, but also their life advice as well. Below is a list of the panelists’ biographies, along with a summary of their answers. The Panelists Tia Narciso, Girl Power International Advocacies: Women’s Rights, Education Tia Narciso is a co-facilitator of Girl Power International Philippines. She is currently a student (taking up BS Psychology) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Apart from this, she is a leader who is deeply passionate …

Collab’s Pitch Day brings the Filipino youth at the front of innovation

August 5, 2019 ⁠— We’re rethinking the way technology is used to solve problems, putting purpose first: building tech-enabled projects with young people driven by mission. Developh is kicking off Collab with Pitch Day on August 24 (Saturday), 2019 at the Amazon Philippines Office in Taguig, City. At the intersection of technology & design, entrepreneurship, activism, and creation for impact – we’re gathering over eighty diverse participants to explore what it means to tangibly build initiatives for social good powered by technology; and listen this generation of people making change who need help. Collab is a by-students, for-students accelerator that works on impactful collaborations with mission-based organizations, working to scale their impact with technology; focusing on working with underrepresented Filipinos to build for good and upskill with technology. After Pitch Day, Developh is hosting a virtual incubator to directly build on the pitched projects with the organization providing capital, mentorship, technical guidance, and more. The first youth-driven event of its kind in the Philippines, Collab aims to use technology as a bridge to solving problems. …

PayMongo is putting payments in the hands of Pinoys

For the first time since 2013 and for only the second time ever, the Philippines has produced a startup entering the world’s premier accelerator, Y Combinator. From Manila to Mountain View, PayMongo is a FinTech startup looking to help local entrepreneurs and merchants to better their payment infrastructure — modernizing payments for the Philippines in a rapidly transforming digital economy. Founded in March of 2019, the quickly growing start-up has no shortage of all-star founders: starting with MIT-educated, Leyte born-and-raised CEO Francis Plaza to co-founder and lawyer Edwin Lacierda, a former Presidential Spokesperson under President Benigno Aquino. The Philippines has no shortage of company after company looking to revolutionize the payments sphere. FinTech is booming with its ability for rapid adoption amongst the growing digital economy that Filipinos from every social background are seeking to partake in. With mobile and internet penetration at over two-thirds of the population with no signs of stopping: virtually every Filipino is part of the market. However, financial access still remains a challenge for many — which is why many …