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Al Villarica

Chief Enterprise Architect and Head of the Innovation Center, SMART Communications

Alvin Gendrano

Development and Platform Evangelism Director, Microsoft Philippines

Dado Banatao

Managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital and PhilDev Chairman

Earl Valencia

President of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.

Paco Sandejas

Managing Partner of Narra Venture Capital and BGN Co-Founder

Vladimir Manuel

Adviser, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Globe Telecom


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Causes we support

Philippine Development Foundation

The Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) is a nonprofit working to create an ecosystem of science and technology in the Philippines for long-term economic growth and development.

Geeks on a Beach

GEEKS ON A BEACH is a brand new conference for everyone who is passionate about startups, technology, design, and making the world a better place.

Featuring presentations from hand-picked experts from all across the world. GOAB is the perfect place to come and share learnings and stories with new friends in a three day get-together by the shores of splendid Boracay island in the Philippines.

GOAB is organized by, co-organized by DOST-ICTO, branded by Happy Garaje and powered by is a non-profit, independent community of business, technology, and startup enthusiasts. It is an SEC-registered business founded by Tina Amper. is known for our grass roots organization of international events such as: Startup Weekend Cebu, Startup Weekend Davao, Cebu ON3 Startup Pitching Competition and other events - all of which help educate, support, and empower people to become entrepreneurs. also provides opportunities for training and connection with the right resources to help the grassroots community become more globally competitive and implement industry best practices. founding members include Dave Overton, Mark John Buenconsejo, Paola Galan, among others. chapters are located in Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Iloilo and other cities in the Philippines.

For more information, you can email Tina at


PCARI is a collaboration between the Philippine government, leading Philippine universities, the University of California (UC) Berkeley, and UC San Francisco. Under the guidance of Dado Banatao, PCARI establishes two joint research institutes in two key technology areas: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Health and Biotechnology, which have both been identified as the focus for the development of industry in the Philippines.


The Cloud Computing project (“CloudTop”) of the DOST ICT Office (ICTO) aims to develop the appropriate technology to fulfill the Department of Education’s mandate and the President’s directive of providing “education for all”.

CloudTop is an innovative technology that will level the education field by making it possible for students and teachers to have access to digital information and teaching materials at the most cost-efficient way possible and collaborate to pool and share expertise nationwide. This will enhance students’ capabilities to better equip them for higher education or employment.