Changing the world @ GOAB-Palawan

Successful Silicon Valley Fil-Ams lead 400 Startup stakeholders
Puerto Princesa, Palawan (August 23, 2017) -- Yobie Benjamin and Aldo Carrascoso may not be well-known in the Philippines. But they are two Filipino-American serial entrepreneurs who have done amazing things.

Benjamin, for example, is not just into various projects that apply Internet of Things technology -- he raised $40 for a Silicon Valley company before it produced its first intelligent wearable headset. In Kenya, Benjamin is involved in Wildlife Works that sells carbon credits for protecting the rainforest and wildlife from poachers.

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Why are geeks going to Palawan?

'Geeks on a Beach' 5 on Aug. 24-25
"We have something cool to reveal to you today. The most laid back tech Startup conference in the world will take place in the most beautiful island in the world," says Tina Amper in an email blast to her list from the previous Geeks on a Beach in Panglao, Bohol.

This time, she announced, GOAB 5 will happen in Palawan this August 24-25, 2017.

No fine details yet.

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Googlers to speak in GDG Cebu Code Camp

Cebu chosen Southeast Asia destination
Welcome to the Queen City of the South, where developers learning various Google technologies will converge for Google Developers Group (GDG) Cebu's biggest event yet! GDG Cebu Code Camp will be on February 25, 2017 at IEC Convention Center Cebu, Cebu City from 8AM to 6PM.

Cebu Code Camp will focus on essential technical topics for developers, along with updates on the current development trends.

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When 500 geeks meet in Boracay, they …

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.

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‘See you in Boracay’ in 3rd Geeks on a Beach

Witness the GOAB 3 launch of the Philippine startup road map
Silicon Valley startup guru Dave McClure has urged geeks here and abroad to attend the third Geeks on a Beach on Aug. 20-21, 2015 in world's best beach destination in a country primed to become the next startup destination.

“See you in Boracay!” said McClure, the founder and president of 500 Startups.

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Cebu taxi-hailing app out to outflank giants

MiCab confident of Filipino support
With foreign-owned taxi hailing apps relying on add-on fees to make money, the Filipino-owned MiCab pivots towards LED advertisements to keep the fares low for commuters with an add-on of only 10 pesos or $0.22.

That P10 charge will go to the taxi driver, not to MiCab nor even the taxi operator, said MiCab founders Eddie Ybañez, Eric Cuenco, and Kenneth Baylosis even as they bared strategies to beat their bigger budgeted competitors soon.

While the local startup laid low for several months, foreign-owned competitors entered the Philippine market and carved large chunks of the

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Drawing up startup, e-commerce roadmaps

3 strategic Philippine developments
"THREE developments are unfolding in the e-commerce and start-up fronts in the Philippines," I wrote in my column in Sun.Star Cebu last July 6, 2015.

While the column briefly outlined my comments on these developments, I decided to post here copies of the pertinent documents for you to browse and analyze. Then I really urge you to post your comments and articulate your thoughts below.

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Watch out for Studzmarket!

The Only Student-Centered, Campus-Specific Online Marketplace
From Iligan City comes a new website, Studzmarket.com, an online website that provides a safe marketplace for students to buy and sell anything that will help them adjust and flourish on campus.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="670"] English: Old and new in the city of Iligan, Mindanao.

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Kickstart, Echelon promote Asia’s tech startup community

Echelon 2014 comes to the Philippines again, and Kickstart Ventures, Inc. reprises its sponsorship role, throwing its support behind Asia’s largest tech conference and the cornerstone of the region’s startup community.

“By helping startups get onto the Echelon main stage in Singapore, Kickstart will be giving startups a chance to get the attention of decision makers in the international technology industry.

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