Bulacan State U team triumphs at iTHINK Hackathon

A team of four student developers from Bulacan State University (BSU) clinched the top prize at the third annual iTHINK Hackathon, an event fostered by ISLA Camp (ICP HUB Philippines) and held during the International Conference on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (IRCITE) 2024.

The hackathon spotlights innovations utilizing the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP), a cutting-edge blockchain technology known for its scalability, security, and speed.

The BSU quartet, known as Team Open Soars and consisting of Ryka Gene M. Austria, Mary Queen O. Casaclang, Richard James C. Bagay, and Janniel Andrei D. De Jesus, led by coach Gabriel M. Galang, impressed the judges with “Communitask,” a digital platform designed to seamlessly connect individuals with short-term job opportunities.

Team CobraBytes from Central Luzon State University nabbed second place with a tokenized educational credit system, while Team spcF.coMeLex from Systems Plus College Foundation took home third place for their app Attend.ly, which gamifies student attendance and engagement using blockchain.

The DFINITY Foundation, known for its contributions to the ICP blockchain, provides access to a $20 million grant aiming to bolster Web3 and AI development in Asia. ISLA Camp (ICP HUB Philippines) takes the mantle in nurturing the talent emerging from these hackathons.

Nelson Lumbres, co-founder of ISLA Camp, lauds the event’s role in transforming Filipinos from passive technology consumers to dynamic Web3 architects. The organization’s goal is to transform the Philippines into a world-class hub for Web3 development.

To continue this momentum, ISLA Camp has announced the next iTHINK Hackathon, “Push to the Limits,” with a substantial prize pool and several high-profile tech community partnerships. The nationwide event promises to spotlight the Philippines’ burgeoning tech ecosystem on an international stage.