Pinoy Teen Bags International I.T. Award
Another Filipino teenager displayed his world class talent at a recently-concluded international information technology competition based in London, England.
Eighteen-year-old Angelicum F. Oda was the first Filipino and one of two Asians in the thirteen winners chosen from among 250 entries from 49 countries, who were given due recognition at the Cable and Wireless' Childnet Academy Awards held in Montego Bay, Jamaica [March 31, 2005].
Angelicum set up a website advocating young people's awareness to the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, the Young MDG, which he entered as a project in one of the three categories, New to the Net, the other two being, Individual and Schools.
To develop his project, he received a share from the 30,000 UK Pounds from the web development fund of Cable and Wireless' Childnet Academy, an international non-profit organization working with others to help make the Internet, a great and safe place for children and young people.
With his project, "Young MDG", Angelicum intends to inform young people and interpret for them, the importance of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, and in what possible ways they can help achieve them.
In September, 2000, the United Nations agreed an international blueprint called the Millennium Development Goals to combat some of the pressing issues facing the world’s poor including poverty, hunger, inequality, lack of education, poor health and environmental degradation.
"So far, existing websites and resources about the MDG are somewhat not child-friendly, and are not written for young people's understanding and interest, that's why I thought of making one that is intended for young people like me, " says Angelicum.
Little did he know that his simple back-bedroom idea could grab international attention, since it involves the UN's Millennium Development Declaration, not to mention an all-expense paid trip for two at the Caribbean to attend the Academy Week for ICT-Related seminars and workshops and the awarding ceremony itself. One of the highlights of the week is the a conference entitled "Releasing Potential, Minimising Risk, Download the Future," where and Angelicum and other winners get to interact with the local Jamaican Students.
During a five-week period, the Childnet staff, a special young people's panel, and a team of international judges, meticulously scrutinized all entries and project ideas from many countries which included Canada, USA, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the Philippines.
This is the first time in it's eight years of existence, that Childnet Academy awarded an entry from the Philippines in its international ICT competition. On his way back home, Angelicum paid a stop-over visit at the Taking IT Global headquarters in Ontario, Canada for a meeting about potential collaboration with his projects. Taking IT Global (www.takingitglobal.org) is the largest and most informative online community.
On his way back home, Angelicum paid a stop-over visit to the TakingITglobal headquarters in Ontario, Canada for a meeting about potential collaboration with his projects. Taking IT Global is one of the largest and most informative online community.
The full list of winning entries and all information is available at www.childnetacademy.org. The Young MDG website is still under development and can be seen at www.youngmdg.com.
Angelicum, who is homeschooled at the Angelicum College in Quezon City, has been designing and developing personal and community websites since fourteen. Some of his websites tackled personal interests like literature, geography and pet-care. In 2003, his literary site (www.theministryofmagic.org.uk) was cited by the official Harry Potter website of Warner Brothers . In 2003-2004 the same literary website was shortlisted from among 1000 entries by the Stockholm Challenge, said to be the Nobel Prize equivalent of the IT world.
He's also working for the United Nations Volunteers Country office as website editor and developer. He also serves as ICT-Director for Voice of the Youth Network.