Thursday, January 28, 2021

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

With these new assessment tests, we'll finally know if distance education is indeed effective amid a pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Microsoft Empowers Filipinos To Support Visually Impaired Using Artificial Intelligence In APAC Hackathon

Microsoft Empowers Filipinos To Support Visually Impaired Using Artificial Intelligence In APAC Hackathon

Spotlight

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

With these new assessment tests, we'll finally know if distance education is indeed effective amid a pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Microsoft recently held its AI for Accessibility Hackathon, an Asia Pacific-wide competition where participants developed prototypes of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to transform the daily lives of people with disabilities (PWD), in the Philippines.

400 teams of students and young developers in the Asia Pacific worked side-by-side with startups and nonprofit organizations to simultaneously conceptualize AI solutions that address the lack of awareness and availability of assistive technology in the region.

Seven countries (Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines) were assigned to address specific issues identified by local partners serving PWDs. Philippine teams were challenged to formulate solutions to upgrade the daily life, employability and communication of the visually impaired.

Filipino developers were asked to focus on enabling secure online and offline payment experiences, enhancing wearable daily life technology, improving storytelling and public speaking skills, and increasing the accessibility of websites through AI.

“In Microsoft, we hope to empower every individual to achieve more, regardless of how they communicate, see, hear or move. With the help of our homegrown developers, we hope to not only bring betterment to the daily lives of the visually impaired but to also enable a shift in the creation of an inclusive environment full of opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Andres Ortola, general manager of Microsoft Philippines.

“With tremendous technological advancements in the region, particularly with AI and its significance in the immediate term, more can be done to both improve the access to and increase the viability of assistive technology for the visually impaired.”

In 2017, the Department of Health reported over 2 million cases of blindness or poor vision. Health experts have identified visual impairment as a cause of reduced functional ability and quality of life, and a perpetuator of economic repercussions as it depletes the productivity and income of those who suffer from it.

Leading the country’s list of victors is the team of SpeedyOnyx Philippines Inc., Cloudstaff Philippines Inc., and Atriev, which created Eye Browser, a formatted browser that has voice communication, quick keys and streamlined buttons built into specific websites to ease Internet navigation for the blind.

The team of Asia Institute of Management and Atriev bagged the second place as they created Paylight, an app that helps the visually impaired to easily identify what peso value they are holding through image recognition.

In third place is the NTT Data and Atriev team, which conceptualized Aeye, a wearable pair of glasses that enables the blind to improve their presentation skills by using machine learning, and cognitive services to assess the emotion in a room during public events.

The above prototypes, as well as the winning entries from each market, are eligible to apply for Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grants, to bring their ideas one step closer to reality.

Microsoft strengthens their dedication to champion PWDs through a systematic approach that has inclusion in its core: hiring people with disabilities, creating inclusive marketing and communications, and upholding the standards to which they hold their partners and vendors.

Gatchalian Seeks Institutionalization Of Effective Parenting Amid Pandemic Woes

Know more about what covers the Senate Bill No. 1985 for effective parenting filed by Sen. Gatchalian.

Bicol Int’l Airport Now 72.2% Complete

Malapit nang magkaroon ng airport sa Bicol!

DepEd To Consider NegOr As Pilot Area For Face-To-Face Classes

The Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones considers Negros Oriental to hold face-to-face classes in the near future because it is "...very active in education." said she.

Pangasinan Town Allots P8-M Budget For Covid-19 Vax Purchase

Pangasinan allocated PHP8 million for the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine for its constituents.

12 Mindanao Fishing Villages Receive Aid From MinDA

More equipments, more fishing!

PNP’s One-Stop Shop In MOA Part Of ‘New Normal’

PNP opens an extension office of the Civil Security Group (CSG) at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) as part of the ongoing efforts to adjust to the "new normal," citing the benefit of the One-Stop-Shop.

Herco Trading Donates Tools To Rebuild Typhoon-Hit Communities In Bicol

Herco Trading donates Greenfield's high-quality tools to help rebuild the houses of the victims of Typhoon Rolly in the Bicol region.

Cash Aid Up For 2K College Students In Catbalogan City

Ayos! May pa "Ayuda Eskwela" ang Catbalogan city para sa mga mag-aaral nito.

Inter-Continental Conference For Culture Of Peace Through Education Will Be Held Online

The Global Campaign for Peace Education will hold a worldwide peace conference online this coming Jan. 24.

Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Fest Successful Amid Pandemic

Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Fest proved to the world that a festival is still possible amid the threat of the health pandemic.

Spotlight

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

With these new assessment tests, we'll finally know if distance education is indeed effective amid a pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Lifestyle

The Life-Long Impact Of Brain Development In A Child’s First 5 Years

Interesting! Let's know how the first five years of a child's brain determines his success in the future.

Hendrick’s Gin Celebrates Love And Romance With The Perfect Pair This Valentine’s Day

Hendrick’s has something for you this coming Valentine's Day!

POND’S And Shopee Deliver ‘Smarter Skincare’ With First AI-Powered Chatbot

Customers can now interact with PONDS chatbot in Shopee as they launch their 'Smarter Skincare Just For You!'

Yellow Cab Introduces Its New Thin Crust Pizza, Starting At Just P249

New year new taste. Yellow Cab's New York Style Thin Crust Pizza is now available. The price starts at P249!

Entertainment

8 Family K-Dramas You Can Enjoy Over Lunas New Year

K-Drama is life! Time to add these K-Dramas to your list!

Award-Winning Film “Quezon’s Game” To Stream Worldwide On iWantTFC This January 27

Atin 'to! The historical movie "Quezon's Game" finally comes home to the Philippines and streams globally on iWantTFC beginning January 27.

Jamie Lends Her Voice For Inspirational Song “We Give Our Yes”

Diva Jamie Rivera's "We Give Our Yes" is the official song of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines celebration.

More Stories

Salceda Files Bill To Modernize Gov’t Services

Albay Representative Joey Salceda files a bill seeking to streamline inefficient government processes to modernize the delivery of citizen services.

Palace Tackles Proposed Price Cap On Pork, Other Food Products

Mas magmamahal pa kaya ang presyo ng baboy?

DA To Mass-Produce New Test Kits For ASF In February

Good news! Rapid test kits for African swine fever will soon be available!

Duterte Wants Kids Aged 10-14 To Stay Inside Homes

Dapat nga bang hindi muna lumabas ng bahay ang mga batang ang edad ay sa pagitan ng 10-14?

LGUs Urged To Step Up Covid-19 Vaccine Info Campaign

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges Local government units (LGUs) to exert more efforts informing the public about the government's Covid-19 vaccination program.

Travel

Bicol Int’l Airport Now 72.2% Complete

Malapit nang magkaroon ng airport sa Bicol!

Vaccinated People Still Need To Follow Travel Protocols

Nabakunahan man o hindi tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsunod ng travel health protocols, ayon kay Duque.

Panagbenga 2021 Postponed Due To Pandemic

Walang Panagbenga ngayong taon. 🙁

Radisson Hotel Group Rises Above Challenges To Add 84 New Hotels Across Asia Pacific

Radisson Hotel Group adds 84 new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

Motoring

MRT-3 Now Equipped With Touchless Temperature Scanners

“Automatic” and “touchless” temperature scanners are installed for passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) as part of the rail service’s measures against the Covid-19.

13 Ilocos Region Bus Routes Resume Operations

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) now resumes point-to-point public transport in 13 modified routes.

Over 421K OFWs Served Via ‘Hatid Tulong’

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) transports stranded OFWs in Metro Manila back to their provinces by the ‘Hatid Tulong’ government program.