THE Philippines landed in the Top 20 of the Global Coronavirus Innovation Map launched by StartupBlink on the back of innovative sites that show real-time information on the pandemic.
Based on the ranking, the Philippines was the only Southeast Asian country in the Top 20 with a score of 0.15. The United States topped the rankings with a score of 4.28.
The top 5 in the rankings, after the United States, were Canada which scored 1.73; Estonia with 1.31; Switzerland, 1.3; and Israel, 1.28.
The Philippines is ranked 20th. This shows the leading role the Philippines is taking in creating innovative solutions related to the coronavirus,” StartupBlink said.
Based on the results, there were five new web sites and one innovation that helped the Philippines become part of the top 20.
The web sites included ThingsPH; FightCOVID.app; Dashboard Philippines; Edukasyon.ph for institutions wanting to migrate to online learning; and the COVID19 Philippine Data and case Tracker.
The non-web site innovation was the University of the Philippines’s efforts to create the country’s own testing kits.
“For the top 20 countries ranking, we see
that countries in Europe such as Estonia, Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland are surprisingly over-performing in Covid-19 related innovation compared to their general rankings in StartupBlink’s 2019 global ecosystem ranking report. StartupBlink’s next global ecosystem ranking and report will be published this May,” StartupBlink said in a statement.
ThingsPH is a web site that features a free online community map of real-time street activity made possible by CCTV networks and artificial intelligence video analytics. FightCOVID.app is a telehealth diagnostics web site that helps in assessing Covid-19 risks for Filipinos. The web site was launched by White Widget.
Dashboard Philippines mapped estab-lishments that can be used by residents to move around during the enhanced community quarantine. The web site provides information for grocery runs and even shuttle services as well as a tracker for donations.
Edukasyon.ph, meanwhile, offers free accounts to traditional educational institutions to allow them to transition to online learning during the pandemic.
The COVID19 Philippine Data and case Tracker provides information about Covid-19 cases in the Philippines.
“We are mapping hundreds of innovations created in response to Covid-19 in categories such as treatment, diagnostics, lifestyle adaptation, prevention, and grants. The resource is crowdsourced by the public and is free to use,” StartupBlink said.
The project, StartupBlink said, was created together with the Health Innovation Exchange by UNAIDS, Moscow Agency of Innovations, and global information partners such as Crunchbase, Meetup, and SEMrush.