Three teams will be representing the country against competition from Indonesia and Malaysia to determine the most inventive solution against fake news.
Team Troglodyte, composed of Carlos Nazareno, Dominic Ligot, and Nikko Torcita, won first place and took home P10,000 in cash during the first Break the Fake Hackathon held last August 17 at American Corner in De La Salle University.
Their program, which is also named after the race of reptilian humanoids from the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, is a network graph that can identify fake news websites by mapping out their relationships to other such sources.
Second placer Team Git Stash created a web browser extension that bridges the gap between users and fact-checking organizations, while third placer Team GigaMike created an app that gives bloggers a fake news detection badge. Both teams won P5,000 in cash each.
Aside from competing in the Grand Hackathon on September 14 to 16 at Solutions Space Makati, the three teams will get a chance to win P100,000 worth of prizes and receive mentoring and pitching opportunities.
“I’ll really be looking forward to how our ASEAN neighbors are doing because I think they’re also suffering from similar challenges that we are,” said Dominic Ligot of Team Troglodyte. “I’m really looking forward to putting up good competition and swapping notes with them, and just getting in an environment where you have to bring your A game.”