Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. continues runner-up streak in Impact 5G Hackathon with carbon-reducing e-commerce app

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) secured another podium finish in the Impact 5G Hackathon, placing second runner-up this time in the climate change category.

T.I.P.'s e-commerce app 'Larang,' which means equilibrium in Filipino, wowed the judges enough to beat 22 others in the competition. Its premise lies in connecting consumers to the nearest supplier of fresh, healthy, and local produce, thereby reducing the country's overall carbon footprint.

"A person's diet dictates the amount of carbon footprint he emits. Through Larang, people can have access to the cheapest and freshest local products in the market," said student researcher Ayeesha Mhae Amburan.

Powered by artificial intelligence, Larang allows users to choose from a wide variety of produce complete with prices and nutrition count. The app likewise permits them to select from a list of the closest suppliers in town. Both pickup and delivery options are available.

"By cutting travel distance, we hope to meet the equilibrium and lessen our contribution to climate change. This way, we also add to our gross domestic product or GDP," Amburan added.

What started as a quarantine passion project for Amburan and fellow T.I.P. freshmen Kenny Alvez, Jeremy Reuel Cesista, Neal Barton James Matira, and Carlo Dominique Tolin is now up for incubation under Impact 2050.

Mentor and faculty researcher Cris Hate credited the team's success to each member's innate empathy and problem solving skills.

"Talent and empathy is a winning combination not so common among students; but to be able to do something good and significant to the community, you must first have to feel — it's one of the values we instill among T.I.P.ians from the onset," he said.

Impact 5G Hackathon is the longest-running hackathon in the country. A flagship program of Impact Hub Manila in collaboration with Smart and PLDT, it aims to decentralize opportunities and create impactful digital solutions for health, education, climate change, good governance, food and agriculture, indigenous people, and smart cities.

For more information on T.I.P., please visit tip.edu.ph or T.I.P.’s official social media accounts through @TIP1962official for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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