MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its efforts to support the growing Filipino app development community, Freelancer.com is excited to announce its partnership with WebGeek Philippines in the all-day hackathon extravaganza, WebGeek DevCup.
Manila - In a show of support for the event, freelancer.com will be sending an experienced software engineer from its head office in Sydney to join the judging panel.
According to a 2012 statistical report by the country's Commission on Higher Education, the IT sector is seeing steady growth in the Philippines. The total number of IT graduates was 45,814 this past academic year; up by 14,800 from AY 1999-2000. This makes information technology the fifth largest discipline in the country in terms of total graduates.
IT jobs abound for these graduates as well. "On freelancer.com, programming and application development are already the among the top 10 jobs being awarded to Filipinos." affirms Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com. "All around the world, the Philippines is starting to gain popularity as a top app development locale. This hackathon creates an opportunity for Filipino developers to showcase their skills and ingenuity in a high-pressure environment. We're excited to see the results and we're honored to be a part of such an event." says Barrie.
Registration for the DevCup is open until August 15, 2012. The event will be held on Aug 25, 2012, at the Meralco Multi Purpose Hall of the Meralco Compound in Ortigas Center.
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