Due to popular demand, the organizers of the Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) are offering a speed dating event for startups during the international tech event which will be held in a 5-star resort-hotel in Mactan Island this August 21 and 22.
“The GOAB speed dating will involve 10 startup teams meeting quickly with 10 investors and mentors such as
Earl Valencia, President of IdeaSpace.ph (of Smart Communications) and Khailee Ng of 500 startups
for five minutes each,” said Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph which is the event’s lead organizer.
“The event offers a brief opportunity for startups or innovation-driven enterprises (IDE) to pitch their business for investment or mentorship opportunities as well as for investors to find investment prospects,” said Amper.
“This is in line with the Geeks on a Beach motto ‘work hard play harder’ which mean we’ll be mixing serious sessions on significant tech issues with some fun,” she added.
Startups from all over the country with existing products and services are encouraged to apply for the speed dating event during the Geeks on a Beach confab. Ten (10) lucky startups will be selected.
Applications can be submitted until August 12. Winning teams will be announced on August 13. The 10 selected startups will get 10 pairs of free 2Go boat travel vouchers (Manila-Cebu or Bohol-Cebu round-trip) and a 25 percent discount on GOAB registration fee.
According to Amper, the speed dating activity is just one of many fun happenings during the Geeks on a Beach confab, including laidback discussions and fun networking parties amidst sumptuous Cebuano food and the pristine beaches of Mactan.
Building on the successful first staging in Boracay September last year, Geeks on a Beach promises to be better and more productive with select expert-speakers, new and more exciting activities, and additional networking opportunities.
Personalities gracing GOAB this year include prominent IT and startup personalities from Silicon Valley, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and other parts of the world.
They include Charles A. Lim, Executive Vice President, Head for Wireless Consumer Business Smart Communications, 500 Startup venture partner Khailee Ng, Dolphin Browser VP of int’l business and dev’t Edith Yeung, e27 co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim, Rappler Chief Editor Maria Ressa, and Gwendolyn Tan of TechinAsia.
Also speaking are World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai, IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia, Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarette, Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito, Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand, Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea, and Paul Pajo of SMART DevNet.
GOAB will also feature Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero.com, Jay Fajardo of Roofcamp Launchgarage, Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Creative Director Patrick Cabral, Designer, Camy Francisco-Cabral, Jack Madrid of Openovate Labs, John Dang and Chow Paredes of ZipMatch.com, Oliver Segovia of AVA, Rico Sta Cruz Open-source Developer and Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com.
GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph, co-presented by the IdeaSpace, SMART, and SMART Bro, co-organized by the DOST-ICTO, powered by Sym.ph, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks. Platinum sponsors are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, Official Accommodation Partner is Airbnb, E-Ticketing Pratner is Eventbrite, 2GO as official sea travel partner, silver sponsors are Islands Souvenirs, Infocomm Investments and Sky Cable, Bronze Sponsors, STAC-Silicon Valley, Alquemie Partners, Kickstart Ventures, NG Khai Development Corporation, Arcanys, Freelancer and Caresharing. Institutional partners are PSIA, Brain Gain Network, NICP, CebuInIT, CEDF-IT, GDAP, DCOM and DevCon. Media partners are Asian Journal Publications, Balikbayan Magazine, E27, SunStar, Cebu Daily News, TechInAsia, WebGeek, NewsDesk Asia, InnoPub Media, iNew Media, Alcordo Advertising, Third Team Media, Our Awesome Planet, Zero Three Two, Vigattin Radio, TenMinutes.ph, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Everything Cebu, Innovation is Everywhere, Stuff Magazine, and Geeks in Cambodia. GOAB is supported by Plug and Play Tech Center, Mynimo, Kuyi Mobile, GT Cosmetics, Balamban Liempo, Cliptec, Pascual Laboratories, Dranix, Prifoods, and Istorya.net.