Over 100 Filipino delegates from Trend Micro Philippines represented the country at the recent global Trend Micro AI Hackathon that took place in Fukuoka, Japan.
With a whopping 163 contingent that outnumbered participants from the US, Australia, Brazil, and 16 other countries, these Filipino engineers were set to dominate the competition.
From over 1,348 finalists, two teams from the Philippine delegation came out in the Top 5, placing 4th and 5th, showcasing the talents and skills of the local cybersecurity industry.
“Even with their individual projects and tasks at work, we are very proud of these engineers that still took on the challenge and represented the Philippines on an international stage,” shared Threat and Data Science Research Manager and PH Lead for AI Contest, Manuel Gatbunton.
“They truly embody Trend Micro’s motto of being ‘Engineered To Do Good,’ utilizing their skills and expertise to not only establish the Philippines as a key player in AI-powered cybersecurity but to also lend their knowledge and expertise to continuously improve our security solutions and better fight against cybercrime,” he added.
The Filipino delegation was composed of engineers from various backgrounds from all over the country, and members of the winning teams included graduates from private and state-funded universities like PUP Manila, Saint Louis University, and Divine World College of Legazpi.
The global AI Hackathon is an initiative of Trend Micro born out of the need to further enhance understanding and expertise in AI technology. As a pioneer in the use of AI and machine learning for cybersecurity, the company aims to further challenge its employees by allowing Trenders to showcase their creativity in a fun and engaging competition, while also inspiring innovation in the use of AI technology.