Bangsamoro Data Challenge Pitch Night – 11 February 2020

The time is finally here! We will be holding the Bangsamoro Data Challenge finals during our next Data Ethics PH meetup:

  • Date: 11 February 2020, 6:00pm.
  • Venue: 1B Virata Hall, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City (DAP is in-between Jollibee Center and One San Miguel and across Lourdes School Mandaluyong).
  • Seats are limited! Click here to register for the event.


We announced the Bangsamoro Data Challenge during the Inaugural Data Ethics Meetup last November inviting data analysts, data scientists, application developers, students, and faculty to pitch in their ideas for social good through data and technology on the Open Bangsamoro datasets.

Since that time we have been overwhelmed with the response, with abstracts coming in ranging from education, conflicts, disaster resilience, and agriculture. Of the entries we have selected 11 finalists to proceed to the judging.

Our Judges

The Data Challenge finals will also be judged by an esteemed set of judges:

Reina Reyes, Ph.D.

Reinabelle Reyes, Ph.D. is a scientist and educator who is currently head of AC Analytics at Ayala Corporation and host of Science Says at Knowledge Channel.

She finished B.S. in Physics from Ateneo de Manila University, Diploma in High Energy Physics from Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University.

Nick Brown

Philippines Country Manager for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Nick is also the Director of Business Development for engageSPARK, a social enterprise that puts interactive Voice and SMS communication tools in the hands of everyone. Nick also specializes in rapid shelter construction, digital humanitarianism, and the future of ‘Disaster Response 2.0’ technologies.

Prior humanitarian work, Nick was the CEO and Head of Research for Just Screening, Inc., a company dedicated to providing data on corporate involvement in controversial activities including armaments, nuclear power, and human rights violations. 

Michelle Alarcon

Michelle co-founded the the Analytics Association of the Philippines where she is co-chair of the Insights Committee. She heads Z-Lift Solutions, a business intelligence and analytics consulting firm where she continuously enhances the analytics methodology developed from her years of implementation experience and oversees all projects to ensure success with clients.

Michelle has 22 years of IT consulting experience, with 14 years implementing and managing projects in the Philippines, US, and Europe on Business Intelligence and analytics. She pioneered the Analytics Department of the largest local private bank in 2005, implementing a Single Customer View for the group of companies, and headed the Consulting team of a top 3 software company in 2011 where she led a team of 150 consultants in implementing enterprise solutions for companies worldwide.

Allan de Venecia

Allan is an experienced senior executive previously served as Group Vice President for an organization that operated in the retail, restaurant, exports and business process outsourcing industries. He currently works at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) where he pioneers data-driven innovation initiatives which includes the DOST funded project – Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics, R&D, Training and Adoption (SPARTA).

He co-founded MOOCSX PH, a Philippines-based e-learning company that launched the DOST Data Science Track from Coursera that trained more than 800 scholars in the fundamentals of data science. 

Allan is a graduate of the Asian Institute of Management with a focus on entrepreneurial opportunities that deal with data, ed-tech and other emerging technologies.

Camilo Montesa

Bong has over 15 years of deep experience in Mindanao/Southern Philippines in the areas of armed conflict, violence, fragility, stability, and peace building. He specializes in conflict analysis, conflict prevention, stabilization, strategic communications, and political transitions.

His on-ground experience in Mindanao in relating and dialogue with the non-state armed groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on many aspects such as cessation of hostilities, political dialogue and negotiations, stability actions, building resiliency, crafting peace agreements, and peace accords implementation as a core asset.