Many would say that the Philippines has a very long way to go in terms of achieving the same satisfaction and safety that commuters abroad feel when they take public transportation abroad—especially among women and just about anyone who highly depend on trains. The LRT-1, however, hasn’t been too disappointing as of late. Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), which oversees railroad and railway projects in the country, increased the number of LRVs or light rail vehicles from 77 in 2015 to 109 in 2018. They’ve also made their trains more efficient by reducing both cycle and queueing time for passengers and offering more trips.
But they’re not stopping there. LRMC and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Hub for Innovation For Inclusion have teamed up to launch Hackatren, an IT application development contest to improve customer experience on the LRT-1.
Think of Hackatren as a direct wordplay on hackathon—a type of event done by the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple, and even NASA. Hackathons see programmers and other computer experts team up to create coded projects over a short period of time.
LRMC has spent roughly PHP8 billion over the last three years upgrading the railway system. But the rail operator also believes in the power of the youth. Things like Hackatren can further enhance the LRT-1 while reaching young Filipinos and harnessing their programming, tech, and innovation skills.
Participants will be asked to come up with working prototypes of their technology. They can be anything from intelligent applications and immersive experiences, to artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. The prototypes presented will be judged based on four criteria: value (40%), design (20%), development (20%), and uniqueness (20%). The team awarded 1st place will receive PHP100,000.00. Moreover, if prototypes are considered doable for the LRT-1, management will get in touch with the participants for possible engagement.
Hackatren runs from June 11 to 30 and is open to Filipinos aged 18 and above. Interested participants may log on to https://bit.ly/2JLARrU for more details.
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