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Companies join forces to tackle PHL tech challenges

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A group consisting of technology firms and various organizations has launched an initiative to come up with technology solutions for inclusive development.

Individuals from different groups organized to form TechUp Pilipinas, a platform where different groups can collaborate to  create technology-driven solutions that tackle urban challenges.

Bryan Makasiar, associate director of TechUp Pilipinas and team lead for the financial technology business group of UnionBank Philippines, said certain players in the technology industry started the platform with the objective of coming up with technology solutions addressing problems such as the lack of Internet connection in public schools and the issue of financial inclusion.

“We want to create solutions for the sari-store vendors, solutions for the common person,” Mr. told reporters on June 26.

The platform, first launched in May, targets to make technology solutions for healthcare, education, and logistics, rural banks, and others.

Now, TechUp Pilipinas also started on June 26 TechUp Tuesdays, a collaboration event opportunity held on Tuesdays meant for companies and other organizations to share ideas and forge partnerships.

“Not one entity can do it…it is not limited to tech companies or financial technology companies. We invite organizations, NGOs [non-government organizations] to learn about our solutions,” Mr. Makasiar said.

He added that TechUp Pilipinas so far has 12-15 partners already on board, including knowledge partners like the digital transformation unit of Enderun Colleges.

The group also plans to connect with government agencies and representatives of those from the grassroots.

“We always believe in collaboration,” Mr. Makasiar said. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo