Sportshouse will Soon Roll-Out Breakthrough Apps via Colleges’ Bright Kids


by Buddy Nievera, |

Mars Chua, Sportshouse CEO, revealed to that their company will soon roll-out their own apps produced by the best and the brightest students from top colleges and universities.

The successful conclusion of the Sportshouse App Challenge, held at the Oakwood Premier last week (March 20, 2015), signals Sportshouse’s foray into the tech world via an integrated app utility and solution for its customers and sports enthusiasts.

The team from Asia Pacific College brought home the championship and cash prize of one hundred fifty thousand pesos (PhP 150,000) with a narrow margin versus second placer AMA University.

“It doesn’t stop here,” Chua stressed as he saw the need to support the country’s student app developers beyond the contest. He believes that in order to remain competitive amidst the ASEAN integration, Sportshouse has to evolve beyond the usual brick-and-mortar marketing the retail industry is used to. Through the Sportshouse App Challenge, the students will continue their journey by integrating the best functionalities together with the company’s entrepreneurial expertise and come up with an app that best serves its users.

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The judges deliberate on close contest. From left to right: Monchito Ibrahim (Deputy Exec. Dir. of ICT at DOST), Homer Nievera (CEO of Heartshaper Asia), Mars Chua (CEO, Sportshouse), and Thess Ambayec (AVP-Operations, Sportshouse).

Others who reached the finals were: CIIT, College of Arts and Technology; Lyceum of the Philippines University, College of Computer Studies; STI Ortigas-Cainta, Information Technology and University of the East, College of Engineering. However, both teams from Lyceum and UE were not able to show up in the final challenge due to technical problems.

Members of the winning APC team were: May Rose Rubianes, Daniel Tagala,Ian Ace Dagalea,Gyro Jose Guevarra, and Kenneth Carl Tesalona. The team was coached by Jacob Catayoc.

The second placer: AMA University
The second placer AMA University flanked by Homer Nievera (extreme left) and Thess Ambayec (extreme right): Jaypee C. De Castro, Ryan M. Gunawardana, Adrian Jay A. Albarico, Jabneel O. Daet, and Ricaro B. Virgillo Jr.. They were coached by Dean Allan Burgos.
Team STI flanked by Homer Nievera (extreme left) and Thess Ambayec (extreme right): Genevieve Cana, Ria Cataquian, Akiza Rojo, David Khierl Gidor, Dexter De Guzman and coached by June Francisco.
The CIIT Team flanked by Homer Nievera (extreme left) and Thess Ambayec (extreme right): Jim Mikael Carpio, Rex Lynnus Sueno, Kelil Albuainain, Coach and IT Head Joel Aldea.

The Sportshouse App Challenge, which was supported by the government’s Department of Science and Technology, initially invited 31 schools with 15 of them eventually submitting their entries.

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