Short Description: Codetoki is a platform that eases the process of helping youth find employment by matching employers and applicants through a gamified platform and addresses the Philippine’s challenge of high unemployment.

Codetoki is a platform that eases the process of helping youth find employment by matching employers and applicants through a gamified platform. Codetoki is a solution to help the Philippines overcome high unemployment, which remains a prominent issue with 7% of the 40 million labor force unemployed and 20% under-employed.

In the Philippines, out of 70,000 graduates in Computer Science and IT and related courses in 2011, only 10% are employable. That is only 1 out of 10 graduates. The Codetoki developers have also experienced the problem first hand. After graduating from college, they soon realized that their skills didn’t exactly match what industry needed, making landing a first job very difficult.

Meanwhile, the Philippine IT-Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is growing rapidly. By 2016, the goal of the Philippine IT-BPO industry is to generate around $25 billion in annual revenues and generate 1.3 million direct jobs. One of the major roadblocks is the current talent pool supply. So Codetoki developers turned to technology and app development to clear this roadblock for people just like them.

Through the platform, companies’ first post the requirements of ICT skills needed for open positions, students can then answer practice problems and complete challenges that pertain to these skills. For every challenge they complete correctly, students earn a badge for their profile. The process provides students with opportunities to master the technology skills needed for their desired position and build a profile of skills related to the position that employers are able to view. Students with the most badges are posted on a leadership board, which employers can use to determine who would be the best fit for their positions.

Codetoki serves a two sided market. First, it allows student to learn and master the skills needed to match specific company requirements. Similar to a game, the student can get better at a specific skill by constantly working on challenges and achieving badges. Second, it increases the number of qualified candidates to be considered by companies. To view a demo video of Codetoki, please click here.