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Festival of Creativity
26 - 28 September 2018




Grand Prix
CategoryA03. Viral Marketing & Messaging for Mobile
Entrant Company DM9 JAYMESYFU Makati City, THE PHILIPPINES
Advertising Agency DM9 JAYMESYFU Makati City, THE PHILIPPINES
Name Company Position
Melo Samson Tower Of Doom Editor
Carlo Perlas Tower Of Doom Producer
Ina Vargas Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Account Manager
Caloy Sambrano Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Client Service Director
Alex Syfu Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Account Supervisor
Dee Taar Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Illustrator
Buboy Paguio Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Associate Creative Director For Digital/Art Director/Programmer
Biboy Royong Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Art Director
Aste Gutierrez Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Associate Creative Director/Copywriter
Eugene Demata Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Executive Creative Director
Merlee Jayme Ddb Dm9jaymesyfu/Digit Chief Creative Officer
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Brief Explanation

Smart Communications is the Philippines largest mobile company. Through their Smart Public Affairs group, they are actively engaged in several CSR programs which include disaster preparedness, community building, livelihood and of course education. TXTBKS targets public school kids, many of whom belong to families who cannot afford e-readers. These kids usually walk miles to go to school carrying in some cases as many as 22 books to school, leaving them tired and unable to focus on their studies. With the current shift toward smartphones, Smart Communications had an abundance of inactive, older sim cards which would simply go to waste. In these sim cards we saw the opportunity to resurrect older technology and make them beneficial to the less fortunate. So with the help of textbook publishers, the current editions were condensed so they could be encoded into the inboxes of sim cards. When loaded into any analog phone, which have become increasingly affordable, kids could now access their books in a format that was lightweight and easy to use. These sim cards were initially distributed to 4 partner public schools. Immediately, school bags became 50% lighter. Within months, attendance had increased by 90% and the average performance of students increased by a surprising 95%. These results encouraged Smart to pursue its TXTBKS project, by including more subjects and more grade levels, for immediate nationwide release to public schools.