How These Students From The Philippines Bagged 1 Million PHP In Support For Designing An App

Students from the Phoenix batch of Hikre School bagged yet another amazing award. Jason Casil, Sophia Abino, Paul Sarmiento, Nick De Vera, and also our co-founder Aayush Shah participated in one of the biggest hack events in the Philippines organized by Impact Hub Manila and partners.

This hackathon event is geared toward the Health vertical or big idea, in which they were given a list of problem statements relevant to the health landscape in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Courtesy of Impact Hub

The event was a three-day-long from August 26th to 28th where students from all over the Philippines came together to brainstorm an idea, research the problem, build a demo prototype, and present their projects for the big idea of Health. Team Phoenix, now called team Novus for this event, would ultimately end up in top 5 out of more than 100 participants.

STD's are a growing problem, not only in the Philippines, but in the entire world. So, team Novus designed and developed an fantastic app for helping people in the Philippines struggling with STD (Sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (sexually transmitted infections) diagnosis, with the goal of breaking the stigma and discrimination among them.

It's a combination of education, artifical Intelligence, and on-demand consultation and diagnosis in a tap of a finger. Our students won a special award walking away with an offer of $20,000 or nearly 1 million PHP in incubation support to bring their app into the market.


Special thanks to our mentors Michael Lance, Vandolph Cruz, the juries from Impact Hub, and their partners for the event. On to the next one!

Join our highly-selected number of students for our upcoming Fall batch by submitting your student application. For further information, email


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