Angat Negosyo: Growing Local and International Filipino MSMEs

by Celina Agaton

I recently curated Angat Negosyo: Growing Local and International Filipino MSMEs, a workshop to help micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises navigate the local and export market journey. In partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, this event was funded by Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with the APEC Secretariat. The APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership works to build the potential of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in APEC developing economies to foster sustainable growth and poverty reduction in the region – with a focus on Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Peru.

Participants had the opportunity to hear speakers share their journey and work hands-on with local and Canadian leaders in design, production, taxation, logistics and finance.

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SIX Wayfinder Istanbul

by Celina Agaton

I’ve been invited again to join the 2018 Wayfinder meeting in Istanbul this year. The Wayfinder is organized by Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), the world’s primary network focusing on social innovation.​ I will join a select group of 150 innovators, experts, and entrepreneurs from around the world and across Turkey, who have played, and will continue to play, a critical role in building the social innovation field. I’m excited to share our work on cross sector mapping within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, and our resilient supply chains and livelihood programs.

The first Wayfinder in 2017 was hosted in London and brought together 150 social innovation leaders from across the world to celebrate 10 years of social innovation practice, and to explore our visions for the future of social innovation.

I’m excited to visit Turkey for the first time, and hopefully get to know more about my Turkish roots.

 



Second White House Mapathon

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Last year I was grateful to be invited to the First White House Mapathon and was able to thank the U.S. State Department for sharing satellite imagery and mapping support for Super Typhoon Haiyan. I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the White House for their Second White House Mapathonon July 7, 2016. #WHMapathon

The Philippines is the third most disaster prone country in the world, and the number one most at risk from climate change. With Map the Philippines readying for launch in the coming weeks, we aim to map the Philippines’ 81 provinces by December 2017 for better transparency, prioritization, coordination and monitoring of public and private infrastructure needs and projects. Beyond disaster management, our mapping, training and programs focus on building community resilience to help achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy invites you to the Second White House Mapathon to celebrate and actively do Open Mapping on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Open Mapping, or collaborative mapping, is where participants use a wiki-like approach to contribute to maps of the world. Open, accessible data -— including geospatial data — has been a key component of the Administration’s Open Data initiatives. During this event, we will highlight exciting initiatives that collect, create and use open geospatial data and participate in mapping projects to further those initiatives.

Increasingly, tools like citizen science and crowdsourcing are opening up the ability for the public to contribute to government datasets, and for government to support the creation of open data. Agencies including the Department of State, the Department of Interior, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the General Services Administration are working on crowdsourced mapping projects.

Crowdsourced mapping projects and participants are part of a growing innovation movement, transforming the relationship between the government and the public, and supported by United States commitments in the Second and Third Open Government National Action Plans. The White House Mapathon will highlight the successes and invite participants to contribute to the rising efforts in Open Mapping.


World Food Day Manila 2015

World Food Day

In honor of UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day on Friday, October 16 Map the Philippines, Amy Besa’s Ang Sariling Atin and Purple Yam Malate and De La Salle Saint Benilde invite food community members to an informal gathering to discuss and share ideas to create more sustainable and inclusive food infrastructure in the Philippines.

Our goals for the meeting are to:

1. Create a network of food community members from farming, education, government, business NGO and community groups.

2. Outline community needs such as farm to market roads, marketplaces, training programs, funding and other funding needs to support our local food economy.

3. Visualize the network and needs on a map to identify funding opportunities and areas for collaboration across government, business and NGO sectors.

Light snacks will be served, please feel free to bring a platter and showcase your local food products at our community table.

Register at https://wfdmnl2015.eventbrite.com


Map the Philippines

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Celina Agaton with partners from xchange and Making All Voices Count at the Map the Philippines Unconference on July 2015.

Map the Philippines is an international initiative to help provide free, comprehensive and accessible maps of the Philippines. We teach local government, business, NGOs, students and citizens how to map their community assets and visualize needed infrastructure and investment for economic and tourist development, and disaster and community resilience. We collect and share data to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals through real-time data collection, coordination and monitoring of cross sector efforts. Our mapping partners include the U.S. State Department’s MapGive program, OpenStreetMap, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, OpenStreetMap Philippines and the Digital Humanitarian Network.

Our goal is to help create more sustainable infrastructure and to provide a space for better cross sector collaboration, transparency and accountability for our communities. Our free online platform launches in early 2016 and provides opportunities for citizens and organizations to share their programs, services, and best practices, and to identify funding needs and connect with other stakeholders.

Map the Philippines’ partners include Making All Voices Count, a consortium of the U.K Department for International Development (DFID)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyOpen Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON), Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

Map the Philippines launches in the summer of 2016.

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Philippines #Tech4Resilience Competition

Making All Voices Count

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I’m partnered with Making All Voices Count on this Philippines #Tech4Resilience Challenge. Anyone can apply!  Finalists will be presenting their pitches at my Map the Philippines event June 24, please save the date.
The deadline is on June 17. Good luck!

Making All Voices Count is calling for innovative projects and creative tech solutions that can be implemented in the Philippines under the themes below. The ideas should aim at addressing Making All Voices Count’s overarching goal; transparency, accountability and better governance. Any entity from the Philippines is welcome to apply: companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, education establishments, NGOs or individuals.

Themes

New projects that seek to incorporate both ‘offline’ efforts with use of ‘online’/ICT tools are strongly encouraged. The two themes for which you can submit your project idea are listed below. Ideas should seek to address two or more of the guiding points under each theme:

1. Within the theme ‘Strengthening community resiliency and response to disasters’ we seek projects that:

– Use of technology and innovation to strengthen disaster preparedness and response;

– Improve governance at local level for resilience and/or responses to natural disasters;

– Uses technology and innovation to support local communities with strengthening disaster resilience and response;

– Inclusive infrastructure and social program planning and development at community level;

– Make effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and marginalized groups or communities.
2. Within the theme ‘Improved planning and budgeting for disaster resiliency and response’ we seek projects that:

Utilizes open-data to facilitate dialogue for change between actors;

– Better integration of planning and/or budgeting across 3 levels of government using technology and innovation;

– Follow the money on resilience/response efforts;

– Improve government coordination that mitigates against humanitarian crisis using technology and innovation;

– Make effective use of technology to ‘make all voices count’ through active engagement of women and marginalized groups or communities in disaster planning and budgeting.

Process and Awards

– Up to 10 finalists will be selected to attend Map the Philippines Unconference – 23-24 June 2015, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges;

– 1 – 3 winners of the competition will get incubation support for their ideas from Making All Voices Count, with mentoring. Incubation will include preparation for potential innovation grants of up to GBP 40,000 down the line, depending on (i) the development of a proposal strong enough to warrant a grant and (ii) demonstration of their capacity to successfully implement;

– Winners will have access to mentoring support, international networking and related tools and resources through Making All Voices Count’s South to South Lab.

Key Dates

– Applications open on 25 May and close on 17 June 2015 23:59 GMT
– Finalists announced on 19 June 2015;
– Pitching session and announcement of winners on 24 June 2015

 

 


The First White House Mapathon

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I’m thrilled to have been invited to the first White House Mapathon on June 21 where they featured mapping projects like the Nepal earthquake and included my resiliency mapping project in the Philippines. The Philippines mention below links to my 2014 International Conference of Crisis Mapping talk.

The White House Office of Digital Strategy and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are pleased to invite you to the first White House Mapathon to celebrate and actively participate in Open Mapping on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Open Mapping, or crowdmapping, is where participants use a wiki-like approach to contribute to maps of the world. Geospatial data has been a key component of the Administration’s Open Data initiatives.
Increasingly, tools like citizen science and crowdsourcing are permitting the public to contribute to government datasets. In some cases, the public is collaborating to create data that never existed before their involvement, such as the OpenStreetMap response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Agencies including the Department of State, the Department of Interior, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, and the General Services Administration are working on crowdmapping projects.
Crowdmapping projects and participants are part of a growing innovation movement, transforming the relationship between the government and the public, and supported by United States commitments in the Second Open Government National Action Plan. The White House Mapathon will highlight these successes and engage participants in contributing to the rising efforts in Open Mapping.

The Mapathon will start with remarks and lightning talks highlighting the impact of open and crowd-sourced mapping projects. Then we will ask you to choose one of the five mapping projects outlined below and get to work mapping!

Mapathon Projects:MapGive: A public diplomacy program that supports the use of OpenStreetMap in humanitarian response and development. Participants will contribute to three sub-projects, targeting the Nepal earthquake response, public health initiatives in Botswana, and disaster preparedness and development in the Philippines. Power Service Area Mapping: Participants will contribute to a geospatial database under development by the Department of Energy, by researching public outage information so that disaster-impacted residents, tourists, first responders and relief volunteers can easily get to the information they need on scope and estimated restore times for power outages.Every Kid in a Park: The Every Kid in a Park initiative is a multi-agency effort to open our Nation’s lands and waters to all 4th graders for the 2015-2016 school year. This project will coordinate trail and facility mapping activities, further improving facility information within public lands and waters that have educational activities for kids.


Launching Netsquared Manila

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Coming soon…Netsquared Manila! We’re bringing all kinds of tech tool goodness to support the wonderful NGO community in Manila, and to connect us with over 80 Netsquared cities worldwide. Stay tuned for more updates! Netsquared is the face to face social purpose tech community meetup of Techsoup Global – a program providing free and discounted software and tools to NGOs around the world.


NextDayBetter San Francisco TFC Speaker Salon

Credit: Kris Krug

Credit: Kris Krug

I was invited to speak in San Francisco on August 9 at the ABS-CBN Foundation and The Philippine Channel’s (TFC) Speaker Salon.

Curated by NextDayBetter, the TFC Speaker Salon took place at the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum and featured ideas and inspirations from the Philippines on how technology and creativity can solve today’s most pressing societal challenges.

Here’s a brief description of my talk:

From Crisis to Community: Innovations from the Typhoon Yolanda Disaster Response and Beyond

Google USAID ICCM Fellow Celina Agaton shares her community and technology driven approach to rebuilding communities post Typhoon Yolanda and to addressing community resiliency year round. Cross sector data mapping, drones to map and verify citizen reports, new sustainable farming practices and anti-poaching technologies are some of the innovations being developed in partnership with local community leaders, universities and other stakeholders. These tools help form a sustainable infrastructure to identify and prioritize local community needs and high risk

Here are the other speakers and their topics:

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Courtesy NextDayBetter

NextDayBetter will be posting more photos and videos from the event, so I’ll be sharing them here, or check the NextDayBetter site, Facebook Page and Twitter.