I’m currently in Manila with the CodePhil team working on a typing trainer called TypePhil. We’re trying to embed long-term digital literacy skills, starting with English proficiency and basic computer competency, by releasing TypePhil into local communities.
We’re physically in Manila for 2 weeks to meet with regional partners, who possess an invaluable and deep understanding of systemic educational and economic needs in the Philippines.
Why burn time building a whole new typing app?
1. Long-term transition plans. We’re seeking partnerships with university students in the Philippines to enable translation of TypePhil content into local dialects. At the same time, in the 12mo+ timeline we’d like those students to have the opportunity to build TypePhil itself, so they can get development time on a real-world application. This is only possible if the product belongs to our Filipino partners and our dev team.
2. Connectivity. Our goal is to deploy TypePhil to 10,000 students in the Philippines by the end of summer 2019. Some of these students are located in senior high schools with reliable high-speed broadband; others are located in schools with no Internet access at all. We’re building online (webapp) and offline (native) versions of TypePhil, sharing functionality but compensating for disparities in connectivity, to best address each use case.
3. Ownership. Internet connectivity, math/science/English education, and device usage (mostly in mobile handsets) are all rapidly developing in our target areas (Mindanao, Lavazares, Northern Samar) of the Philippines. While development on the platform is still nascent, we need to be able to move fast and adjust our codebase for demands expressed by our partners.
If you know any corporate social responsibility reps or NGOs/nonprofits working in the digital literacy space in Southeast Asia, we’d love to connect with you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Sang Jun Park, Cesar Ibarra, Chelsy Jiayi Wu, Sahir Jaggi