As startup communities of potentially fast-growing tech businesses spread all over the world, the Geeks on a Beach confab this September 26-27 will bring the World Startup Report to the beaches of Boracay.
With the objective of boosting the local startup scene, TechTalks.ph organized the Geeks on a Beach to bring together Filipino startups and leading tech innovators from around the globe.
World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai will present the keynote address for #GOAB entitled “The World Startup Report: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities” on September 27.
Bowei Gai is a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who sold the company he founded, CardMunch, to LinkedIn in 2011 before starting the World Startup Report.
The World Startup Report aims to document the world’s startup communities through a series of reports, identify and empower local startups, and help connect these people to each other.
According to Bowei Gai, the rise of startups in the Philippines is favored by the country’s internet-aware, text-savvy young generation and significant English-speaking population. “The Filipino startup community is still in the infancy stage but the country is ripe with opportunities,” said Bowei Gai.
This is further favored by the country’s talented human resources. “Startups don’t need big investment to start off. All they need is a computer, internet connectivity and a business idea. With a passion to launch their startup, they can start building and coding on their web-based service or mobile application without investing in office space or expensive equipment. Once they have a viable product, they can sell it right away” said TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper.
For PRworks director Doris Mongaya, the rise of Filipino startup communities with successful startups means the growth of Filipino-owned global businesses. “This will generate employment with the profits going back to Pinoy hands,” she said.
The first Geeks on a Beach panel discussion on the “World Startup Ecosystem: Distinguishing the Asian Experience during the first day will be led by Bowei Gai.
There will also be another panel discussion from the World Startup Report ambassadors on the situation of startups in different parts of the world on the second day of #GOAB.
Eden Shochat of Aleph.vc will tackle the startup scene in Israel while Khailee Ng and Paul Singh, both of 500 Startups, will present the state of startups in Asia and North America respectively.
In these discussions, participants will see the diverse and interesting profiles of the people and places that are bound to have a significant impact on the future of business and technology.
Apart from the learning and business opportunities, Geeks on a Beach will also feature networking events, fire pitches, film showings, and other fun activities in the white sand beaches of Boracay.
To register, interested parties may visit the official event website at http://www.geeksonabeach.com. #GOAB is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geeksonabeach) and Twitter (@geeksonabeach).
Organized by TechTalks.ph, powered by Sym.ph, PR and event management by PRWorks, branding by HappyGaraje.com, Geeks On A Beach is co-organized by DOST-ICTO and co-presented by SMART, SMART Bro, SMART Devnet, and IdeaSpace.ph.
Other partners are Amazon Web Services as platinum sponsor, Freelancer.ph, Ng Khai Development Corporation, LBC Express, Fineupgrades, Boracay PubCrawl, TheGoSee.com, WaveMaker Labs, SPR Boracay Real Estate as silver sponsors, Airbnb as the official accommodation partner, Microsoft Philippines, GTCosmetics Manufacturing, Island Souvenirs, and Megaworld as bronze sponsors.
Philippine Software Industry Association, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, UP CebuInit.org, CedFit.org, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Brain Gain Network, DevCon, UVNS, and STAC-Silicon Valley are event’s institutional partners.
“Geeks on a Beach” is also supported by: Lenovo Mobile, Metrodeal.com, KuyiMobile, Plug and Play Tech Center, SHIFT, SeedAsia, Mynimo, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Geek Speak, Malee, R&M Preserves, Alveo Land, Lenddo and Lakwatsa Resto Lounge, along with Webgeek, e27, Newsdesk Asia, istorya.net, auza.net, Third Team Media, Panay News, Davao Bloggers Society, Vigattin Radio, Inno Pub Media, SGEntrepreneurs, Rappler, Alcordo Advertising, Asian Journal Publications, Balik Bayan Magazine, and ABS-CBN as media