Innovation +SocialGood: #2030Now #HackSociety

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Innovation +SocialGood: #2030Now #HackSociety
Save the date! On September 24, 2016, Rappler, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will once again host the annual Social Good Summit. This year, we want you to #HackSociety!

MANILA, Philippines – With over 60 million Filipinos still not connected to the internet and many others still lacking skills needed to navigate the new economy, disruptive technologies and the digital revolution threaten to leave many of our countrymen behind.

Yet, beyond giving us shiny gadgets and gizmos that entertain and enthrall, these technologies have the power to help society solve its biggest problems.

In a world where 3D printing technology has reduced atoms and genes to software and where robots are replacing the human worker, how do we equip ordinary Filipinos with essential skills they will need to stay relevant and competitive?

How can we effectively use technological innovation to help farmers increase their harvest or market their goods? How do we use them to transform scarcity into abundance?

On September 24, 2016, we tried to answer these questions.

Rappler, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  once again hosts the annual Social Good Summit.

Welcome Remarks: Rupert Ambil, MovePH Executive Director

Technology and the Future: Paco Sandejas, Narra Ventures

Technology and the Future: Minette Navarette, Kickstart Ventures

Technology and the Future: Ken Lingan, Google Philippines

Technology and the Future: Isabel Sieh, Girls Will Code

Panel Discussion: Technology and the Future

What is #HackSociety? Project head Gemma Mendoza explains


Vice President Leni Robredo: #FutureProof: Developing a resilient nation

Rappler’s Maria Ressa, “The Future Now”

Panel discussion on technology and public debate

Solar Philippines’ Leandro Leviste on powering the future

Q&A with Leandro Leviste

Robin Padilla to millennials: Fight the good cause

UNDP’s Ola Almgren on achieving sustainable development goals through innovation

Panel discussion on technology and social accountability

#2030Now Challenge: Teaching tomorrow’s innovators by DepEd Secretary Liling Briones

Joey Salceda and ‘Dutertenomics’

What’s new? We want you to #HackSociety!

On its fifth year, the Philippines Social Good Summit will teach the innovation process through a solution-simulation forum where participants learn, connect, and act.

We introduce #HackSociety, an ideathon that harnesses the new democratic space in order to crowdsource “hacks” that aim to address these core issues:

Accountability & Governance

Education and jobs

Environment and disasters

Food, agriculture, and poverty alleviation

Peace and development

#HackSociety is an experiment where decision-makers will meet citizens, and where both will work together to solve common problems and challenges. It will connect the disruptors with those in the peripheries: teachers, farmers, and workers groups with digitally-savvy millennials and students, as well as innovators in the academe and industries.

It will help proponents enhance and shape their ideas into viable projects.

Seats for #HackSociety are limited. To participate, interested groups are required to submit ideas or “hacks” via Click here for more details on the #HackSociety mechanics.

You may also email using #HackSociety in the subject line.

Innovation+SocialGood X-Change

X-Change is a space for learning, interaction and ideas. It is a marketplace that will feature technologies that are shaping the world and partner initiatives around key issues: Learning and Work, Food & Poverty, Accountability & Governance, Environment and Disasters, etc.

To be part of the Innovation+SocialGood X-Change, email, use “X-Change exhibitor” in the email subject.

Innovation +SocialGood Program Overview

Registration (8:00am to 9:00am) 

Opening Plenary: Technology and our common future (9:00am – 10:00am)

This session will take up how disruptive technologies available today are shaping our economic, social and political future. The session will explore issues surrounding these technologies, what needs to be done to address these concerns, and how these technologies can be applied to improve the plight of Filipinos.

#HackSociety (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

During the Social Good Summit, participants will be divided according to different issues. Facilitators and mentors will help participants improve on their ideas towards creating feasible projects. Mentors will include subject matter experts from government, multilateral agencies, civil society and private sector, venture capitalists, startup incubators, and tech experts.

The best ideas will be featured during the afternoon plenary and on Rappler

In the distribution of tickets for Innovation+SocialGood #2030Now #HackSociety, priority will be given to those who submitted hacks for #HackSociety

#2030Now Challenge (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

The #2030Now Challenge is a game which guides participants through the various ideas, activities and learning areas within the Innovation+SocialGood X-Change. Giveaways will be given to those who accomplish challenges. 

It’s a fun way to learn and connect.

Innovation +SocialGood Plenary (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

  • Why #HackSociety?
  • Future-proof: developing a resilient nation
  • Technology and social justice
  • Technology’s impact on public debate
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative ideas
  • Revolution
  • Technology and social accountability
  • Peace and social justice

About the Social Good Summit

The Social Good Summit is an annual global event organized around the United Nations General Assembly. It is sustained globally by +SocialGood, a community which shares world-changing ideas to spark action in our social media era. Rappler’s Maria Ressa is one of its 5 global advisors.

Rappler has been organizing the Philippine leg of this global event since 2012.

Each year, we bring together a lineup of speakers and about 1,000 people with many more online via livestream, live blog, and social media.

The discussions have normally trended #1 in the Philippines and up to #1 globally, kicking off a global dialogue picked up in different cities around the world. You can read more and watch our events in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In 2014, the Philippine leg of the Social Good Summit was held in two locations: Manila and Tacloban City, the city that suffered the brunt of Typhoon Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon which killed more than 6,000 people. The event highlighted the need for a holistic approach to this enormous global threat: one that involves all sectors of society, including government, civil society, the private sector and ordinary citizens.

You can revisit the visualization of the Twitter communities that participated in SGS last 2014.

Last year’s theme “Innovation +SocialGood: #2030Now #TheLeaderIWant,” explored the disruptive power of technology and the integral role leaders play in fostering innovative ideas that could help address the complex problems of our day. It set the stage for the national conversation that led us to the most engaged elections the Philippines has witnessed so far.

If you want to learn more or are interested to partner with us for the Social Good Summit, email

If you want to volunteer for the SGS 2016 Organizing Committee, please send us your CV and say “I want to volunteer” in the email title.

If you want to attend the Social Good Summit, register below:




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