Manila - In celebration of their 10th anniversary, MyPhone, the first and leading Filipino mobile phone brand, in collaboration with Brown&Proud and Bbulletin, organized a two-day Tech Summit entitled HACK TO THE FUTURE 2018 last March 23 to 24, 2018 at the GREENSUN, Makati City.
It is poised to be “the most disruptive Tech Summit event” of the year, gathering speakers from the different branches of technology, focusing on the latest tech trends in Digital and Social Media, Technopreneurship, and Brand Innovation that can help Filipinos build a better Philippines. It featured various speakers, workshops, and exhibits that enriched everyone’s knowledge about technology today.
The First day of the Techsummit was attended by students from STI and other schools. The second day brought together attendees from barangays, cooperatives, organizations, professionals, community members, and Government Agencies to deepen their understanding of all things digital and how technology can aide to shape our future.
Kevin Tan, Vice President of MyPhone, did the opening speech. Afterwards, David Lim, President and CEO of MyPhone and Brown&Proud, gave a talk about Brand Pilipinas. He was then followed by Atty. Elena Sen Lim, Chairman Emeritus of the Solid Group Inc. (SGI). SGI established global brands in the Philippines such as Sony, Samsung, and Kia among others, and built Filipino Brands MyDestiny Cable and MyPhone.
David and Elena Lim shared how the Filipinos are capable of creating the most innovative products that can compete with the known global brands. They also introduced “BARKO1000” by Brown&Proud, a project aiming to promote at least a thousand startups every year and help them reach the global market.
Joining the line-up of speakers were ABS-CBN NoInk’s Digital Content and Marketing specialist Arbie Belmonte, and best-selling Filipino author of the social serye book and movie “Vince and Kath” Queen Elly. Jhonathan Howard talked about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the role of A.I. play in shaping the future. A discussion and demonstration on “Robotics” by Warren Gonzaga and “Virtual Reality” by Christopher David of VR Philippines also excited the audience. Latest trends in technology such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, digital marketing, animation, and film making were covered in the “#hack” talk by Mel Micah Catalon of Indigitous. Simultaneously, there were workshops for film making, and a hackathon where students’ skills are pushed to the limit to create the best of the best, by using the most advanced technology on their fingertips.
The topic of Digital Marketing and how to harness the power of Digital to benefit to the Community were discussed on the second day of the event. Successful Filipino business entrepreneurs such as Engr. Grace Nicolas, Founder of Tag Media, Mr. Robert Yupangco, President of Yupangco Holdings Corp., Dr. Elton See Tan, President of MTFI / E-hotels, Dean Jonathan Petalver of Brown&Proud Academy, Genesis Reonico of Digital Careers, Engr. Amelia S. Dean of Technology for Economic Development, Atty. Joceclle Batapa Sigue, Emmy Lou Versosa-Delfin of Startups, Laurene Tugaoen of SIPAG, Direk Alfredo Ongleo of FilmDream, Laurence Charles Salazar of NCCA’s Kultura App and Kristine Ricafort of Bbulletin each had their own knowledge and wisdom to share, Mr. Jay Jaboneta, the guy behind the yellow boat project and Chief Marketing Officer of Chibot, talked about “Experience Economy” and Elmer Robles, Phinclusion Inc’s Chief Technology Officer discussed the disruptive “Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.”
Lastly, the most anticipated forum was discussed by Tintin Bersola-Babao, a respected TV anchor and Celebrity Entrepreneur. She talked about success stories of an entrepreneur through social media.
“If there is one thing you can mortgage out of the Filipinos, it’s their creativity. We could not defeat our competitors with hardware, but we can fight them with HEARTWARE. It’s our time to invade the world with our creative products,” shared David Lim.
The two-day event was hosted by Inyi Yruma, Marketing Head of MyPhone, and Devon Seron, the newest GMA-7 star. In between talks, prizes were given away to the tech summit participants sponsored by ZED, Smart, Talk n’ Text, HOOQ, SPEED magazine, David’s Salon, Aircast, NoInk, Globe, Zoomanity, ABS-CBN Publishing, ABS-CBN TV PLUS, Vitagreen-C, and YSA. The event’s media partners are Village Pipol, Aircast, Group of Five Creative Concepts Inc., and Tag Media. The event’s community partners are TECH4ED, SIPAG, and Do It Right. The event’s school partners are the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, and the Brown&Proud Academy.