Meet The First Big Ideas of Hikre School's Phoenix Cohort

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

In March of 2021, we introduced the inception of Hikre School to the world.

Students in the Philippines get the opportunity to learn how to design and build apps, practice their soft skills, and potentially change the world.

This June of 2021, we officially kicked off our inaugural summer cohort. Along with our journey, we’ve realized that we’re so much more than just an app development school, but we have the power to help students develop 21st-century skills.

Hikre School leverages Challenge-based learning, which is similar to project-based learning, however, challenge-based learning incorporates technology into the process. The goal is to have students come up with possible real-world solutions to problems.

A bit of history, challenged-based learning first appeared from the “Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow — Today”, a project initiated in 2008 by Apple to identify the essential design principles of a 21st-century learning environment.

In this model, students are instructed to simulate problem-solving solutions through collaboration, hands-on learning, and app challenges. For instance, before they go to design or code apps, they first have to go through brainstorming their big ideas, essential questions, and challenges.

At Hikre School, we help students find their big ideas and solve real-world challenges in the Philippines and potentially in the entire Southeast Asia through the use of CBL, technology, and design practices we teach in our program. It absolutely makes perfect sense for a continent where real-world problems are ever-growing.

Here are the first set of big ideas and solutions proposed by our students in their first app project named “Mega challenge.”


Big Idea: Transportation/Smart Commuting Essential Question: How can we improve the situation of the commuters? Challenge: Create a safer and more efficient commuting experience for both the drivers and commuters.

Transportation is a real-world problem. If there’s a place on the planet where there’s a huge need for innovation in the transportation industry, it’s the Philippines and Southeast Asia. We all know the presence of Grab or Uber, however, they’re considered high cost, even by Western standards. The majority of Filipinos still rely on commuting, so why not bridge the gap between smart commuting and public transportation?

Courtesy of Hikre School/Pasakay

This is where Pasakay comes into play. Pasakay, a Filipino term derived from the word ‘sakay’ which means ride. The platform is geared towards connecting PUVs (Public Utility Vehicles) and PUBs (Public Utility Buses) to commuters through an app. You will have the ability to see nearby buses/vehicles and their current locations and stops in real-time, and you can buy your ride ticket directly from the app as well. Their solution concept also includes real-time seat reservation, location sharing, and seamless online payment. Project by Jason Casil, Paul Sarmiento, and Vincent Navera.


Big Idea: Medical care Essential Question: How can we build resilient health infrastructure that can expand or adapt to unexpected crises? Challenge: Use technology to foster healthcare communications

According to Philippine Statistics Authority, in 2020, suicide in the Philippines went up 26%. When the pandemic started, unemployment rose, stress levels skyrocketed, reports of domestic abuse are up. It’s a stressful, unprecedented time, we need to use technology to fill in the gaps.

This is why the MedPocket team designed a healthcare app to help transition physical health services to online services.

Courtesy of Hikre School/MedPocket

MedPocket features an AI called Moxie that guides you through your medical needs. It asks you questions for instance regarding the pain level of your headache to which it provides you the right consultation and advice. Plus, you can connect and consult with doctors directly from the app.

It’s your medical care within your reach. More features include e-prescription, patient privacy, and hassle-free payment. Project by Sophia Abino, Nick De Vera, and Aayush Shah.

Full of Pet-ential

Big Idea: Pets Essential Question: How can we help one of the largest markets in the Philippines? Challenge: Create a solution so that pet owners don’t worry about their pets’ needs

Courtesy of Hikre School/Full of Pet-ential

The Philippines stands out as East Asia’s biggest dog owner, with six times the per-capita number of pets seen in China which is the biggest country in the said, according to the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

So here comes the “Airbnb for your Pets”, or PetBnb.

There are 11,600,000 dog owners in the Philippines and team of Full of Pet-ential developed a solution to help you with your pet care needs. Are you going out of town next week and your friends aren’t available to take care of your dogs? With Petbnb, you can find and book the closest available dog sitters in your area.

Additionally, the app shows information about the place of the dog sitter and the amenities like 24-hour surveillance, air conditioning, and if the dog sitters even have a dog themselves. With Petbnb, your pets are well taken care of.

Project by Sanya Chawla, Mark Lista, and Reniel Guiao.

At Hikre School, we’re building and reimagining the future of education in the Philippines, one student at a time. All of these while having fun and learning how to build apps! Through CBL, hands-on activity, group projects, and app challenges, we’re creating a new category of talent designed for the 21st-century world.

All the Keynote presentations can be found here.


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