Kyla Relucio and Joel Alejandro receive their prize from Richard Francis, Sandoz Global CEOWhen ABS-CBN business development associate Kyla Relucio and boyfriend Joel Alejandro realized a big number of fatalities due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) could be prevented, they decided to create a solution for it.
They developed the Save-a-life app, or “SALI,” a mobile interactive app where one can learn to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation and respond to emergencies.
Relucio and Alejandro entered SALI in the Sandoz HACk (Healthcare Access Challenge), a global competition to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing health care access problems.
There were 130 candidates from 30 different countries, and the SALI team was chosen as one of the six finalists.
They were flown to London to participate in the WIRED health conference. Along with the other finalists, they were given the opportunity to improve their products with the help of experts before the final phase of the competition.
“We were so nervous because everyone was good. The people we got to interact and compete with were in a different league,” says Relucio, whose day job entails developing apps to help Kapamilya in different aspects, such as job hunting and finances.
Relucio and Alejandro researched and submitted themselves to endless editing to get it right.
The hard work paid off. When they presented their final product to five judges composed of CEOs from Novartis, Sandoz Global, WIRED, Healthware International and mySugr, Team SALI was one of three groups that won the 20,000-euro grants.
What’s the next step for SALI?
“…We want to really develop the app, then do a limited release, most likely with our respective high school alma maters first. Then we’ll bring it to the public schools next. We want to use Filipino and, of course, fix the interface so that magandang tingnan and it’s easy to use even on lower-end smart phones…,” Relucio says.