The Biggest Techno Event of the Year

January 17th, 2013

Four days from now, we will be mounting Go Negosyo’s 2nd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. From the initial one thousand at the NBC Tent, we are now expecting close to five thousand attendees, including students from 70 schools in Luzon and Visayas as well as 500 participants from PLDT SME Nation, to attend the summit, which is enough to fill all the three halls of the SMX. The technology sector has been really booming in the past couple of decades, and we thought that it is about time for us to open this avenue for Filipinos who would like to start their own negosyos but are not sure of what to do, or where to begin. But before I tell you more about the event, let me thank the PLDT group led by MVP (who will attend the summit himself), EVP Eric Alberto, and PLDT SME Nation head Kat Luna-Abelarde for working with us in mounting the Technopreneur summit. They will be demonstrating their newest service called the PLDT Cloud there, which I think is one of the best IT-related services that we can avail in the country.

Four forum sessions will happen that will feature various industry names who will talk about their experiences as technopreneurs—what was it like to be one, the challenges that came along their way, and the steps that they have made in order to reach the top. PLDT President Polly Nazareno will help us inspire our participants with his opening remarks, while the keynote message will come from Engr. Diosdado Banatao, one of the most successful Filipino technopreneurs and the Chairman of PhilDev Foundation. The first forum will follow afterwards, which would highlight the success of Filipinos who have also made it big in the technology industry such as Silicon Valley fellows Winston Damarillo, Eric Manlunas, Dr. Paco Sandejas, and Myla Villanueva, as well as Smart Communications co-founder Doy Vea.

On the second forum, various technopreneurs will share their stories about setting up a business founded on technology. They are Bernie Abis (Webcast Technologies, Inc.), John Bibal II (Philippine Blackberry Developer Group), Alvin Edwald Chan (game developer), Gerry Cruz (Andgage), RJ David (, Michael Ngo Dee (, Ryan Escarez (developer, MRT Trackr), Calen Martin Legaspi (Orange and Bronze Software), Jose Julio Lopez (EMC Corporation), Marx Melencio (Grayscale Consultancy), Unyx Sta. Ana (Orchestronix), Jeffrey Siy (, and Alvin Tan (Siglo).

Government agencies and private organizations shall also be featured in the forum, as they explain how their institutions can help technopreneurs in their business ventures. The panel will be composed of James Ayson (Smart Communications), Ken Lauren-Dagano (technology evangelist), Reena Estuar (Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center), Jojo Flores (Silicon Valley S&T Advisory Council), Alvin Gendrano (Microsoft Philippines), Monchito Ibrahim (Information and Communication Technology-DOST), Beryl Li (SeedAsia), Jack Madrid (Multiply), Catherine Peterson (PhilDev), Dr. Luis Sison (DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship), Dr. Gregory Tongonan (Congressional Commission on S&T and Engineering), Marica Uchida (Developers Connect Foundation), and Earl Martin Valencia (Ideaspace Foundation).

Lastly, we will have a bloggers’ forum that will discuss about technology based on their perspective and if it can really help Filipinos move up in life. We will have Mark Joseph Delgado (Bloggers4Change), Anton Diaz (OurAwesomePlanet), Ira Giorgetti (male fashion), Tricia Gosingtian (female fashion), Ivan Henares (Ivan About Town-tourism), Mae Ilagan (When in Manila-tourism), Michael Lim (Fashion Pulis), Abe Olandres (Yuga Tech), Carlo Ople (, Patricia Prieto (female fashion), Jeoff Solas (, and Janette Toral (Philippine Blogging Summit).

See you all on Monday!