SAN FERNANDO CITY, March 20 (PIA) – Sixty-three students and 19 coaches from six state universities and colleges (SUCs) in La Union competed recently in the 2nd eGov Awards and in the first ever Inter-School Hackathon Competition as part of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summit of this city on March 15.

Students built different systems during the e-Gov Awards which was aimed to expose their skills in developing projects and ICT tools that can improve and support public delivery of governance services.

In the hackathon, the contestants created various applications designed to solve a civic problem through the use of digital technology, specifically addressing a smart and sustainable transport system.

Three Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) campuses namely the Mid (MLUC) in San Fernando, North (NLUC) in Bacnotan and South (SLUC) in Agoo town and other colleges to include LORMA Colleges, Saint Louis College (SLC), and Union Christian College (UCC) undergone series of demo and code reviews as well as panel presentations to expert judges from the industry.

At the end of the sprint-like events, the winners are the following: For the eGov Awards, the Real Property Tax Information and Economic Enterprise Management Systems, both of SLC, won the first place and third place, respectively. DMMMSU-MLUC’s SFC Alert: An Emergency Management application bagged the second spot.

In the hackathon, LORMA Colleges bagged the first place with their entry labeled as VEHI-Call, an app that can be used to identify available public vehicles for hire; followed by the e-LUGAN entry of SLC, and on the third place is the Vehicle Sharing System (VSS) of DMMMSU-MLUC.

During the summits’ closing ceremony on March 16, where major ICT industry players also shared the latest trends in digital technology in a forum, all participants were given certificates of participation while medals, trophies, and cash prizes were given to the winners.

All the systems and apps were judged according to its user-friendliness, over-all quality, and innovativeness.

The summit was spearheaded by the City Government in partnership with the San Fernando ICT Council composed of different national government agencies (NGAs), private individuals, telecommunications, and computer business locators in the city. (JNPD/AHFF/PIA-1)