Becoming The “Leche Flan” In Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon 2

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Becoming The “Leche Flan” In Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon 2

 

It has been a week already since our team won the first Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon sponsored by Facebook. I can still feel the same excitement and pride the I felt while pitching and being proclaimed as the winner. And now, we’re just waiting for the go-signal and funding from Facebook to make our project become a reality.

 

While we are waiting for our “big break,” I want to share the complete pitch that I made during the pitch night.  And yes, I tagged it as the “complete pitch” because not most of the things that I wrote were actually presented. Blame it on the time constraints as well as the pee that I can no longer hold because of my nervousness.

 

Anyway, I must credit Ms. Janette Toral for telling me that I can make use of “shock and awe” technique in making a speech. It came in handy with my opening line which caught the attention of the people. So here’s the transcript of my pitch that I saved in my Gdrive that I used as a guide during our pitch.

 

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Gay! Fat Gay! Ugly gay! Immoral!

 

These were just some of the labels that were thrown my way when I was still in elementary and high school. I felt that I had no place in the world to be who I really was.

 

Fast forward today?

 
Give me a blow job. You’re a disgrace to this country! You’re an HIV carrier!

 

And other stuff that no other euphemisms can actually fake the hate. These phrases were sent to my blog’s FB page every now and then for being a staunch LGBT rights advocate and HIV awareness blogger.

 

Indeed, cyberbullying is alive and kicking in this country. The game has shifted from face to face insults to cyber bullying.

 

Here’s a statistics of what happens today with regards to cyberbullying.
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But what is cyber bullying?

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Cyberbullying, according to Bill Belsey who is a cyberbullying expert, involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phone, instant messaging, defamatory personal websites, and defamatory online personal polling websites, to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

 

But do you know what I’ve learned from all of these personal bullyings? It’s learning kindness from so much unkindness. Yet, emotions make us human. And human as we are, we at times are drawn to post online our frustrations and anger. All of these happen even to the best of us. And we understand.

 

But the freedom of speech online without limits in this country is a strong reason why our values as Filipinos and as netizens is deteriorating.
In fact…

 

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In the spirit of what Digital Halo Halo Hackathon is all about, which is digital literacy of Filipinos and promote positive online engagement and dialogue, our team, In The Mix, will present to you “MError”.
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MError is a portmanteau of two words, me and error. This will serve as a personal app that would rate what you post online does not lead to cyber bullying and cultivate intellectual discourse.

 

So how can we help prevent this impending epidemic?
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Facebook constantly upgrades its policies and even informs users of their rights to privacy security and the like. But because of the large number of reported cases, of which cyberbullying is one concern, Facebook cannot keep up.

 

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Please be reminded that this app is not a censorship of what we are supposed to post online. It is just one of the proactive ways to deal with the issue by empowering people to change their behavior on a more personal level.

 

With this app, we are one with Facebook’s goal of making it a safe place for social networking, with Rappler’s no place for hate campaign, with Wyeth’s value about treating each other with respect and dignity, with Acceler8’s focus on harmoniously blending the power of space and people, with Ellen Tordesillas’ use of materials to strengthen democracy and to make life worth living.

 

I am speaking on behalf of all women (who can be your mother, your sister or your girlfriend) who are experiencing misogynistic remarks online. I am speaking on behalf of all men (your father, brother or boyfriend) who are afraid of the trolls’ comment to their loved ones. I am speaking on behalf of the LGBT community to say that the word gay is not synonymous with being weak. I am speaking for everyone who, in one way or another, has faced cyberbullying or has cyberbullied. And thru MError, maybe just maybe, we can all make a difference.

 

Please watch our complete pitch here:

 

Skip to 47:00 if you would like to specifically watch our presentation.

So what do you think of our project? Would it really help alleviating the worsening cyberbullying in the country? Or what do you suggest we can do or add up to the project to achieve such goal?

 

Becoming The “Leche Flan” In Digital Halo-Halo Hackathon 2

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he’s a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!

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