The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), the unifying organization of some 160 software companies operating in the Philippines, is set to launch the first annual international software industry conference in the country dubbed as SOFTCON.PH: The Philippine Software Industry Conference on October 10 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
Five decades since the rise of modern computer programming and the creation of the word ‘software’ itself, the Philippine local software industry is ready to claim its rightful spot as one of the world’s top suppliers of software products and services, as well as a key economic player with US $1.16 billion in foreign revenues contributed to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and close to 60,000 full-time employees as of 2012.
PSIA President Joey Gurango states that “the recent recognition of the Philippines as the preferred destination for IT-BPO services, as well as the intense interest around our growing community of software startups, converged to trigger the idea for this conference.” Gurango also believes that a conference like SOFTCON.PH is instrumental in the expansion of the Philippine software industry. According to him, SOFTCON.PH “can inspire, educate, and encourage the members of our industry to grow and prosper through software technologies.”
Winston Damarillo, founder of several technology companies including GlueCode, sold to IBM in 2005, LogicBlaze, sold to Iona in 2007, Webtide, sold to Intalio, Exist Global, open source development pioneers, Morphlabs, award-winning cloud infrastructure solutions provider, and most recently Acaleph, big data storage provider, will participate in the panel, “From Start-up to Exist: Software Founders Who ‘Sold Out‘”.
SOFTCON.PH is a whole-day conference with opening and closing plenary sessions, four breakout sessions, and one exhibition hall where PSIA showcases up to 20 Filipino startup groups. It aims to bring together the government, top local and foreign businessmen, software rainmakers and professionals, and the media in engaging panel discussions to determine how to strategically take advantage of the opportunities presented by the megatrends, as well as to examine the status of the Filipino software talent and startups relative to the rest of the world.
For more information, visit the event website at softcon.ph.