A couple of months back, I met Tina — a Cebuana, wannabe-balikbayan “for good” (I hope that comes off appropriately), and an extraordinary lady inspired to follow the footsteps of our founderWinston Damarillo.
Her passion? Organizing tech meetups.
Exist had contributed greatly to these meetups by providing the TechBar as venue to gather the tech enthusiasts in Cebu. AFAIK, we’ve been organizing, leading and advocating tech meetups even before I joined Exist. And I can still pretty much remember what Winston had said about cultivating this community — that we must take it to heart to propagate the adoption of technology, be the leader (or lead by example) in elevating the general status of the IT industry in the Philippines.
Tina had come back; we had a chat this afternoon about recent happenings and what we can do to help each other in our vocations. (Many thanks to you Tina for the pandesal.)
She told us (I was with our HR Director, Ruth Billones and Ida Ortiz, one of our prolific Exist Ambassadors) that she got an invitation from Jojo Flores to attend and observe a start-up pitching event this Saturday. Jojo Flores and his team over at Plug n Play in Silicon Valley were the lead in this three-leg (Mindanao, Cebu, and now Luzon) science and technology incubation program.
I told her about PESO; she apparently had met Dickie Gonzales already. I also told her about Morph Code, which had the same objectives as PESO and the STAC’s ON3 start-up pitching happening on Saturday.
She’s planning to set up another start-up meetup in Cebu in June. Oh, and not only that. Tina’s just full of ideas and zest!
Beyond tech meetups, she’d like to find how she can contribute to the same purpose. We talked about the tech community, government funding, what it’s like (and what it takes) to build a startup, a Silicon-valley like ecosystem, Palo Alto-based freelancers who might be interested to reside in the Philippines for a change, Americans living in the Philippines, Pinoys who want to go and contribute back, career development, mentoring, and at the end, another meetup 🙂
The STAC Silicon Valley ON3 Pitching Competition is open to the public — if you are free on Saturday and interested to attend, here are the details:
Venue: Meridian International (MINT) Business Arts and Technology College, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
What to Expect: Pitches from start-ups involved in consumer web applications, internet, mobile, wireless, gaming, social media, software, clean and biotech.
Elevator pitches start 9am!
Now, here’s my pitch: Exist has worked with numerous start-ups worldwide in engineering their ideas to life. If you are a start-up and need help productizing your ideas, maybe we can help. Our team is versed with rapid prototyping to get you to market quickly, we’ve got IT rockstars at your disposal, and we’re definitely a great team to work with.
Leave me a message if you’re interested to explore further.
Incidentally, if anyone is visiting Cebu and would like a forum to volunteer/share your tech expertise, Tina and her team would be happy to host them. Find more information over at www.techtalks.ph.