Early-stage, Cebu-based startup engageSPARK bested six other startups during a pitching competition at the 2016 Geeks On A Beach (GOAB) in Bohol, Philippines.
The final leg of GOAB’s second international pitching competition happened last August 25. Judges were from key industry players: top venture capital firms, tech startup accelerators and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The startup went home with a cash prize and packaged mentoring assistance. Congratulations!
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engageSPARK is a self-service, cloud-based messaging tool for non-techies. Non-government organizations (NGOs), businesses and individuals can build information dissemination campaigns using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and SMS technologies. This allows them to interact with people that has little to no internet access and those that still use feature phones.
For those who are not familiar, a good example of IVR is going through a series of pre-recorded messages before interacting with a live agent when you call your local telco provider.
Campaigns may vary, depending on the purpose. Brands can drive customers to their store with a special offer or ask feedback from customers. Event organizers can conduct easily surveys. An institution can even help health care workers in the field by receiving disease symptoms and treatment information on their phones.
Here are some successful campaigns using engageSPARK:
- International NGO Mercy Corps is using the platform to educate thousands of Filipinos about key concepts on finance and saving.
- The same NGO also sent a series of messages about disaster awareness and preparedness during Typhoon Ruby.
- Recovery efforts during Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
- An anti-rape hotline was set up for a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
engageSPARK is available in over 200 countries and building a campaign would only take minutes.
For more information and news about engageSPARK, visit their website or like them on Facebook.
Last modified: September 11, 2016