Party, do selfies, map the Philippine Startup future

What happens when nearly 500 geeks meet in Boracay? A lot!

Expect the tech reporters, columnists, and bloggers to have submitted for publication or posted already their take of the Geeks on a Beach conference last August 20 and 21, 2015 in Boracay. The social media-savvy participants already posted thousands of photos in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

We were there with the PRworks team, being part of TechTalks.ph headed by Ms. Tina Amper, that served as the event management back end.

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph and Lead Organizer of Geeks on a Beach, opening this year’s GOAB. #GOAB #techtalksph

A photo posted by Geeks on a Beach (@geeksonabeachph) on

 

  And here’s what we witnessed …

Geeks party hard

The series of parties began even before the official start of the conference.Food and drinks flowed during the pre-conference night chill sponsored by Kickstart at The White House. More drinks flowed during first night’s ASpace and Ipanema Acoustic Night at the Crown Regency’s beach front. Then came the geek party at Club Paraw.

Those who wish to relish those Club Paraw moments, check out the club’s grand album.

Get high by the beach

The strong south wind that locals call Habagat and the big waves failed to discourage many from taking a dip at Boracay’s waters.

 

Selfie and more

Geeks posted selfies and groupies in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #GOAB. But Gerald Yuvallos of Cebu’s Istorya.net had a blast doing this.

Meanwhile, Digital Filipino icon Janet Toral had her moment with Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

My #goab Dave McClure fan moment. 🙂 A photo posted by Janette Toral (@digitalfilipino) on

 

  We are legion! So long geeks! See you next year at Geeks on a Beach 2016. #goab #boracay   A photo posted by Ibba Bernardo (@ibbara) on

 

 

Meet new and old friends

You might have met somewhere before or never. But you found yourselves together as if you are old friends.

 

 

Meet investors

Some 31 investors joined the pre-conference investor’s dinner. Several more arrived the next day like Dave McClure of 500 Startups. They delivered talks, mingled with the participants, and entertained pitches.

 

 

Win prizes for pitching

Near Circles, a mobile app that connects you with barangay and subdivision neighbors has won GOAB’s international pitching competition. The other contest finalists are MobKard, a mobile app allowing merchants to create real-time and location-based promos, ProTees, a t-shirt crowd funding platform, Iskwelahan, a school announcements app, and Karpintero.ph, a web portal to quality and reliable construction service providers. The 5 finalists in the contest were chosen from an initial pool of 28 startups hailing from 8 countries, including India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. They delivered their pitches in front of the audience and panel of judges.  

Suresh Mylavarapu, Near Circles, Geeks on a Beach pitching winner, Apples Allison, Ross del Rosario, Doris Mongaya, PRworks

Suresh Mylavarapu of Near Circles poses with online writers Apples Allison, Ross del Rosario and Doris Mongaya of PRworks Inc.

Boracay, Philippines, GT Cosmetics, PRworks client, pitching competition prize, Geeks on a Beach

Geeks on a Beach host Albert Padin shows the contents of a gift pack from GT Cosmetics. This Cebu-based company makes carrot and papaya soaps, moisturizing creams, carrot and papaya lotions, and more.

The judges include STAC-Silicon Valley President Christina Laskowski, DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim, e27 Co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, 1337 Ventures CEO and Founder Bikesh Lakhmichand, 500 Startups Partner Tim Chae, and Smart eMoney COO Paolo Azzola. The top winner NearCircles received a cash prize of US$1,000, a GOAB Special Trophy, 1 unit Huwei Honor 4C Smartphone, and giftpacks. Second place winner MobKard and third placer Protees received a 1 unit Huwawei Honor 4C Smartphone and gift packs as prize each respectively. Iskwelahan, Mobkard, and NearCircles meanwhile received a special Smart Life Award for presenting an idea that enables customers to enjoy life through digital innovations. Each received 1 unit of Samsung Tab 3 Lite with a Smart Bro Prepaid Pocket Wifi. A VentureLab Award was also given to NearCircles which received US$250 plus a 1 hour mentoring session and to MobKard which likewise received US$100 and a 1 hour mentoring session.  

Map out tomorrow

Most significant, Geeks on a Beach 3 became the moment when the Philippine Startup Community — that includes both government and the private sector — launched the “Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups 2015 and Beyond.” According to the roadmap:

In the long run, the main goal is to produce the next billion-dollar tech startup from the Philippines.

 


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When 500 geeks meet in Boracay, they ... by
Emmanuel Mongaya
Emmanuel Mongaya
As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.

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