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Four UPMin students represent Philippines in Alibaba challenge

Four students from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Mindanao were selected to participate in the 2020 Alibaba Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) Global Challenge launched by the Alibaba Business School.

In a statement on Friday, the Communication and Media Arts program of UP-Mindanao has identified Cyndi Roselle Bustillo, Aladin Intoy Jr., Kristine Ghale Panes, and Renz Carl Ybañez as their second year BACMA students who passed the national qualification.

Their proposal was chosen from more than 250 entries sent worldwide and was selected to be part of the 60 finalists to proceed in the next phase of the competition.

“Their proposal named ‘Flexeet’ pushes for the development of a free, safe, and reliable work marketplace where people can showcase their skills and talents through video documentation of their work,” it said.

The statement also said that the competition “seeks to innovative digital solutions to support people, businesses, and institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

The GET Challenge aims to develop digital solutions for businesses, individuals, and institutions “impacted by the epidemic,” which would include more than 10 participating countries composing of more than 100 teams throughout a four-round selection.

“It’s more than a competition. It’s a full package journey,” it said.

Throughout the competition period, the GET network will offer participating teams with live-streaming sharing and training sessions, as well as the reference kit of the latest case studies.

Individualized one-on-one coaching before the global finals will also be offered to the final participants. The culmination of the competition is set on August 25. Winners will receive 100,000 RMB (P714,000), a trip to Alibaba headquarters, and admission into the Alibaba GET Talent Bank.

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