TNT and Facebook has teamed up to host another developer competition in the country.

More than a year ago, Smart introduced the Free Basics service app (formerly in the Philippines through TNT. It’s the first time the service was made available in South East Asia.

Free Basics by Facebook lets users access useful service on their mobile and smartphones. Select websites are free to use without any charges – making news, health, job posting, and education content available free of charge.

“We want the millions of our ka-tropas to have quick and free access to valuable information through their mobile devices. We are glad to partner with Facebook in making this happen through the Free Basics platform,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Wireless Consumer Operations Head at Smart.


This year’s developer challenge aims to encourage young and up and coming developers to contribute and provide innovation solutions related to disaster preparedness and relief, health, and education.

The top projects will be presented on pitch day happening on September 9, 2016 to demo the product in front of the panel of judges. The winner will get a chance to be added to the bookmarked websites of

“We’re committed to supporting local developers, and this is central to our mission to bring locally relevant, free basic services to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected to the internet.”

The winning team will get a trip to Facebook’s Singapore Headquarters, cash prize, and an FbStart package with benefits valued up to USD 80,000.

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