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Globe Telecom, Global Shapers Manila spur innovation in good governance via Shaping Davos hackathon

Global Shapers Manila Hub, in partnership with leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, is staging a two-day hackathon on January 15-16 at the Globe Valero Telepark in Makati City to address the challenges in creating a more transparent and accountable Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

Dubbed as Shaping Davos, the hackathon will be part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to be held a week later. Forty of the select Hubs worldwide will discuss 10 issues related to the theme of the meeting with the Manila Hub assigned the topic “Working from the bottom up: The new future of governance.”

The Manila Hub which is part of the Global Shapers community, a global program of WEF, is also composed of young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society, making it imperative for its members to look for ways to resolve concerns affecting the youth.

On the other hand, Globe is a staunch advocate of good governance initiatives, having conducted several leadership workshops such as LeadCom with Ayala Foundation Inc. and C@talyst also with Global Shapers Manila Hub to help produce effective and trustworthy leaders out of young Filipinos.

“Globe is committed to helping transform the youth into good citizens and future leaders. At the same time, the company believes in the importance of innovation not only in creating new or better products and services but also in spurring good governance,” said Fernando Esguerra, Director of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.

Thus, to bring youth good governance ideas to fruition, Globe Labs and Globe CSR decided to support the hackathon by providing connectivity to incubate the apps that will be featured at the WEF.

At the same time, Globe Labs will present its latest APIs (application program interface) which can be used in app development that may benefit the Sangguniang Kabataan in the exercise of its duties.

SK is a youth council in each barangay in the Philippines which represents teenagers from 15 to 17 years old. It is supposed to lead the local youth program and projects of the government in the local village but is currently under fire for poor performance in coming up with legislations and promoting the development of young people.

The Manila Hub will also host Interactive panel discussions on the morning of January 15 which is open to non-participants of the hackathon. The event will be graced by key personalities from the government such as Senator Bam Aquino and National Youth Commission Chairman Gio Tingson as well as the development sector like Transparency International-PH, and the media.

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