The MSU-IIT’s Information Technology Department of the School of Computer Science (SCS) that developed Altair GIS, an app that uses Google Maps was awarded one of Top 30 Innovative Apps for 2015.
The Altair GIS app was developed in collaboration with the Municipal Health Office of Salvador, Lanao del Norte headed by Dr. Jordan Pinzon.
At this time where technology is a major driver and enabler of change, one seldom finds software solutions that not only address technology-driven issues but, more importantly, solve critical problem domains such as community health, hence the award given during the first Google Developers Hackfair organized by Google Developers Group Philippines on December 19 to 20, 2015 at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City.
HackFair Philippines 2015 was the interactive two-day event that featured 30 apps, websites and Internet of things created using Google Technologies.
Along with the rest of the country’s developers who used Google technologies to develop relevant software solutions in health, education, productivity, music, arts and culture, social impact, etc., Altair GIS was one of the 30 teams/individuals featured in the HackFair Philippines 2015 which also had a mini-conference.
The Project Manager of Altair GIS, Prof. Lemuel Clark Velasco along with two fork development project teams involved John Paul Postrano, Lyka Cristina Diaz, Leo Anthony Catane, Leonard Aguanta, Joshua Dave Gomora, and Joannah Marie Acibar who created the app to process and analyze the geographic and household data involving the occurrence of Schistosomiasis also known as snail fever and Katayama fever, a disease caused by the Schistosoma type of parasitic flat worms.
The Country Head of Google Philippines Kenneth Lingan handed the award to Altair GIS as one of theTop 30 Innovative Apps of 2015 during the closing ceremonies of HackFair Philippines 2015.
In December 2015, the SCS was designated by the CHEd as one of IIT’s Centers of Development (COD). – Released by the OPI (Contributed News)