Cat@lyst Seeks Innovative ICT Tools

Written By Pinoy Tekkie on Linggo, Mayo 5, 2013 | 9:44 PM



cat·a·lyst

[kat-l-ist] 
noun
1.
Chemistry . a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected.
2.
something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.
3.
a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.
4.
a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic.


Tattoo, powered by Globe, together with the Global Shapers Manila Hub launches a nationwide competition where young Filipinos can transform their ideas into viable programs that could create social change with the help of modern technology.

The youth challenge is part of Cat@lyst, a Tattoo-branded initiative that seeks to promote the use of innovative ICT tools to provide solutions to real community problems such as air pollution, traffic enforcement, crime prevention, among others.


Tattoo is the most reliable mobile broadband while the Global Shapers Manila Hub is composed of young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society. It is part of the Global Shapers community, a global program of the World Economic Forum


“We are looking for a realistic solution that has an ICT component and has the potential to be replicated in other communities. We need young people who have a genuine desire to help,” said Dong Ronquillo, Head of Tattoo Nomadic Broadband Business.

Anybody ages 18-30 is welcome to present a project that focuses on a specific need and addresses a social issue. They should be able to demonstrate the practicality of the project and how it can be executed technologically via mobile or web while mobilizing stakeholders.

Criteria for the entries include, the ff:



1. Innovation – demonstrates creativity and originality

2. Implementation Feasibility – proposal should be executable in the given timeline and proponents should demonstrate capability to mobilize stakeholders involved

3. Impact – provides a long-lasting solution to an existing social problem

There will be five winners who will receive P200,000 in cash each for program development as well as ICT support to see through the ideation, distillation, and incubation of technology-based innovations useful to catalyze change in local communities.

In June, Tattoo and the Global Shapers Manila Hub will be hosting Shapers Lab, an event that provides an avenue for the top 15 teams or individuals to further develop their ideas through a multi-stakeholder dialogue and mentorship from development professionals and ICT experts.

“We want to utilize technology and new media to help shape the future and build a better world. We want to show that our youth can serve as catalysts for change by contributing their insights and solutions to social challenges,” said Bianca Gonzalez, Tattoo Ambassador and Global Shaper.

While the winners will be announced during the Tatt Awards in June, the teams will still continue to work on their projects for a three-month period with assistance from Globe Bridging Communities, the CSR arm of Globe and the Global Shapers. Viable projects may also be adopted as part of Globe BridgeCom’s activities.

Application form may be downloaded from the Cat@lyst website www.catalyst.com.ph to be filled up and submitted via email. Applicants must also submit a one-minute video entry from May 2 to 31 using an .mp4 or .3gp format with a maximum resolution of 20 mb to pitch their solution for an existing community problem.
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