After spending two days locked in a room with students from Asia and Europe, one team emerged the winner of an international hackathon challenge and Jose Fernando A. Gonzales, a BSIT student from the University of Asia and the Pacific, was a member of the winning team.
The hackathon was set to be the culminating activity for Fast Track: A Europe-Asia Youth Hackathon Challenge, where youth from the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Turkey, Spain, and Poland were brought together to develop solutions to youth employment barriers.
Partnering with UA&P’s ITeC, YSDA Pilipinas held majority of the three-week program in the university, holding seminars, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies in the campus.
Alongside Fernando Gonzales were Philip Aron M. Bulleros and Timothy Paul P. Gonzales, who represented the UA&P in the two-day hackathon. Since the rules requires each team to be made up of different nationalities, the three were separated into different groups.
Fernando Gonzales shared first place with Michal Jakubowski and Malgozata Luczak from Poland, Marc Chiapella and Federico Zomeño Breitenstein from Spain, Gokhan Kirbac from Turkey and Hom Bahadur Thapa from Nepal.
This is not the first time that IT students from UA&P have joined a hackathon. Last January, two groups of IT students joined AteneoHacks, where Philip Bulleros and Fernando Gonzales first experienced a hackathon. You can read more about their experience here.
To know more about YSDA and the hackathon challenge, visit their Facebook page at YSDA Pilipinas.
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