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A Great New Way to Support Countryside Entrepreneurial Activities @swcebu @swbohol @dost_pagasa


THE Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICT Office), is again supporting Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) which will be on its fourth staging come June 6-8 at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad campus.

Startup Weekend Cebu 4, organized by TechTalks.ph and DOST-ICT Office and supported by Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDF-IT), is aimed at generating breakthrough ideas from tech communities in the Visayas region.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

The concept, which started in the U.S., is a global movement to empower young entrepreneurs to nurture their innovative ideas into becoming sustainable businesses.

The event gathers experts and practitioners from different fields of business to mentor the participants as they launch their concepts into business reality.

The whole event involves the participants in different stages of the business cycle including idea creation and business pitching, prototype development, mentorship and networking sessions until product or business presentation to possible investors and funders.

According to DOST Undersecretary and ICT Office executive director Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, the ICT Office has been moving forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry, and in line with this, it is supporting Startup Weekend Cebu 4.

“The DOST - ICT Office believes that providing support in countryside entrepreneurial activities is an effective way in livening and expanding the local economy through ICT,” Ibrahim said. “Promotion of homegrown ICT products and businesses will not only provide employment in the countryside but also help develop innovative and creative solutions that can address not only the local but also the global market.”

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph, said the DOST - ICT Office has since been very supportive of their activities, which now includes a Startup Weekend in Bohol later this year.
“From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to `Geeks on a Beach’, the DOST - ICT Office has been a consistent backer,” Amper said. “They have always been there for us, and we are very grateful to them, specially to Usec. Casambre and ICT Office deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim.”

Amper is serving as adviser/mentor to a new set of volunteer organizers who have stepped up to lead this year’s Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs Rica Serenio and Ben Skelton will be leading SWCebu and SWBohol, respectively.

During Startup Weekend, participants get acquainted with one another starting on a Friday night. They pitch startup concepts they are passionate about, and form teams around the most popular ideas. They refine their ideas and business plans and start building product prototypes with the help of the onsite mentors, and then present what they have accomplished in a four-minute pitch and demo by Sundayevening.

Following the success of its inaugural staging in May 2012, Startup Weekend Cebu organizers successfully staged its second and third and now decided to hold its fourth leg in June due to the incessant demand of startup enthusiasts in the Visayas and Mindanao area again in partnership with DOST-ICT Office.

With the support of DOST - ICT Office, Amper said the 4th edition of Startup Weekend Cebu in June is again expected to be a resounding success, as well as the first Startup Weekend Bohol in Tagbilaran.

The DOST – ICT Office and TechTalks.ph are likewise co-organizing Startup Weekend Bohol which, according to Amper, has already drawn the backing of Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.

Everybody interested in learning how to start a business using web or mobile technologies are invited to participate in Startup Weekend Cebu 4. Technical mastery is not required.

Students, business people, and tech enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Software developers and designers are likewise welcome to the event.

For registration or more information, visit the cebu.startupweekend.org or bohol.startupweekend.org sites, or find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @swcebu and @swbohol.



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Why @Amazon top tech honcho will speak at @Kickstartph‎ #startup event

Amazon.com Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Werner Vogels is set to speak before local tech startup companies to help them determine the best low cost and easy-to-use infrastructure necessary to scale and grow their businesses.

Vogels is the special guest at the Kickstart Ventures, Inc.’s Startup Mixer, a ​regular ​community event ​that stimulates interaction and collaboration ​​among startup founders, mentors, and investors, to be held at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City on April 30.

Christian Besler, Vice-President and Head of Community Engagement, Kickstart Ventures, said 
We are excited about the visit of Dr. Werner Vogels who is Amazon’s number two guy.  It only shows Amazon’s strong belief in the Philippines as a growing market for cloud services. We are also extremely proud to have him as a speaker for the Startup Mixer. Startups in the Kickstart investment portfolio have been using Amazon Web Services since the early days, thus, it is a rare treat for all of us to meet the person instrumental in making new technologies such as this possible.  Everybody’s looking forward to learn more from him.”

Being responsible for driving Amazon’s technology vision, Vogels’ vast experience and knowledge is expected to benefit local startups which are always exploring ways to leverage and monetize digital media services and social networking.

Vogels will talk about Amazon Web Services (AWS), a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications. These services power a wide variety of workloads including web and mobile applications, data processing and warehousing, storage, archive, among others.

All 17 startups under Kickstart’s portfolio currently enjoys USD2,500 worth of free credits from AWS which they can use in whatever way they want.  Better performing startups also get an additional USD5,000 worth of credits.

Aside from AWS, Vogels will also discuss the 2014 trends coming out of Silicon Valley and how startups can learn and gain from them.

Prior to joining Amazon, Vogels worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.


ABOUT KICKSTART VENTURES, INC.

Kickstart is an incubator and investment firm which helps startups operating in the Philippines to build robust businesses and technical foundations, and to scale. Kickstart puts big company resources - - capital, facilities, expertise, and business connections - - behind the startups that it funds so they can launch faster and achieve scale and profitability sooner.

Kickstart was incorporated in March 2012 to serve as Globe Telecom's wholly-owned incubator and investment firm with a focus on digital startups. As a strategic early-stage investor, Kickstart is frequently a startup founder's first institutional investor, and an active mentor and business partner.

ABOUT AMAZON.COM

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial.

Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business.


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UK Ambassador @AsifAAhmad‎ and Consul Speaks Filipino to Spread Word of #Love to PH

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad greeted guests in Filipino which came as a pleasant surprise in an intimate event with British diplomats and Cebu society.

He says, "as we had no military operational links with the Philippines, I had to ensure that our deployment of two navy ships, three [Royal Air Force] cargo planes and 1,200 military personnel were able to operate effectively." Overcoming a huge dilemma in transporting care to those who need it most, it has never been highly publicized that United Kingdom is the number one contributor in the wake of supertyphoon Haiyan/Yolanda’s wreckage in the Visayas, surpassing the US. He also shares his vision of attracting more stakeholders to come and invest in the country thus creating more jobs and opportunities and his track record would speak for itself. He now looks forward to a brighter future for Philippines as with the rest of us.

He has chosen a long time Cebu resident who served a key role in organizing British aid as UK new honorary consul in Cebu. Ms Tamsin Booth has been assigned to care for British citizens in the Visayas and she speaks our local vernacular (Bisaya) as beautifully as she looks.

To our British envois, we, the Filipino nation, will be forever grateful by your generosity, urgency and humility all these years.



Instagrammed with [l-r] Ms Victoria Buenaventura, Consul Ms Tamsin Booth, Ambassador Asif Ahmad and yours truly.

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Faith Above Everything Else #livefearlessly #selfie

Growing up, life gave me barely enough in everything. But I am thankful I was raised that way because it taught me to appreciate what I have, save and have financial discipline, concretize my big dreams and work hard all my life for the things that I want to happen. Those deprivation prepared me to face the harsh fact that real world plays no favorites.  

Something happens to you when you become the hero for a long time. When I had the opportunity to actually do nothing, I immediately jumped at the idea. It was hard to explain to anyone even to my self. But we all go through that stage in life where we have nothing to lose and we couldn't think of anything better but to follow our heart. I am not one to explain my actions for I am only accountable to my Creator alone. We are young, the stakes are high but we have the rest of our lives to do better if not our best.  

With everything that goes on in my personal life now, I could only sigh with exhaustion beyond repair. A wise girl once told me in these times that I just have to "rest but don't quit." I will forever bring those words into my heart for God only has nothing but great plans for me; and while I take a leap of faith, He has opened more doors than I could handle.

For the first time in a long while, I can breathe again.

#blessed



Realizations by the sunset at our Imperial Palace Cebu suite.





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[Short Film] Rebuilding Lives: @ilovegeorgina @lizzzuy @marsmiranda‎ Spearhead Community Building in #Leyte #Haiyan @enjoyGLOBE‎ @GawadKalingaHQ

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) will be remembered forever as a catalyst to global cooperation. Thousands of families have lost not only their homes but their lives and their families from the catastrophe that is why it makes my heart warm to be part of the launching of Globe Tattoo Village in Ormoc, Leyte.

Graced by the presence and support of Globe ambassadors, Georgina Wilson, Liz Uy and Mars Miranda, blessed families at Barangay Tambulilid can wake up to a new home soon.

With the mobilization and operational capabilities in community building by Gawad Kalinga, we can only hope that the partnership will spark a stronger, better Leyte and the rest of the country. Enjoy the short film!



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