Geeks On A Plane is coming to Manila this July 24! Click here for more details
The inaugural event last year brought together key people from around the world - investors met founders, newly-formed friendships blossomed into new startups and the feedback we got - where attendees rated the event a whopping 9.5/10 - clearly sent a message that Geeks On A Beach was a resounding success!
We want to build on that first event and we’re making it bigger and better this year. We’re setting up camp on the shores of Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines.The great minds of the tech, design and startup world are once again coming together for two days on August 21 to 22, 2014 to share insights and to build new and wonderful things. Come and join the gathering. You're invited!
And more awesome geeks to come!
And so much more!
Over US$400 worth of goodies including...
Note: Housing and Airfare are not included in the registration fee. But, we have discounted rates, email us at email@example.com
Come as you are, in whatever shape or form. Business cards and sunscreen are always useful. Bring clothes fit for the beach and for fun nights out in the tropics. Always be prepared to meet new friends. See you at GOAB!
Airbnb is giving us awesome rental accommodations to choose from. Check it out here.
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Ah, Cebu, Cebu, Cebu. The island of great lore, the same island that the legendary explorer Ferdinand Magellan found in the early 1500s, to which he fell in love with, but tragically met a worthy adversary and ultimately his death. Oh, the demise!
Cebu's relations with foreigners have since improved and they are now welcomed as true friends. This boom town of the Philippines has the bustle of a new-world cosmopolitan city - home to big name companies and flourishing startups - but also keeps cool with some of the best beaches in the world just a stone's throw away. The culture is rich, the food is sumptuous and the opportunities are aplenty.
Be inspired. Get motivated. Learn new things. Plus get $300 (Php12,000) worth of perks and merchandise and the opportunity to meet all the right people in a fun, easy-going environment. Don't miss out . Get your GEEK on!
Asian Journal . BalikBayan . Rappler . e27 . SunStar . Cebu Daily News . TechInAsia . WebGeek . NewsDesk . Auza.net . InnoPub . iNewMedia.org . Alcordo Advertising . Third Team Media . Our Awesome Planet . ZeroThreeTwo . Vigattin Radio . TenMinutes.ph . PinoyGreatDeals.com . CrowdSourcingWeek . Everything Cebu .
Khailee Ng is Venture Partner at 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley based global seed fund and startup accelerator, overseeing a $10 Million micro-fund to invest in the next generation of Southeast Asia's most promising startups.×
Bowei Gai is a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who sold the company he co-founded, CardMunch, to LinkedIn in 2011. On New Year's Eve of 2013, he boarded his first flight for a 9-month long trip across 29 countries and 36 cities to research the world's startup ecosystems.
Join him as he culminates this remarkable journey at GOAB and get to see the diverse and interesting profiles of the people and places that are sure to have a significant impact on the future of technology.×
Jack Madrid is the President of Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines. Prior to that, he was responsible for the management and operations of Multiply Philippines. He was also the country manager of Yahoo! Philippines, the local operations of which he built as the leading digital news and content provider.
From 2006-09, Jack managed Dell’s customer support organization in the Philippines and from 2004-06 he was the Managing Director for MTV×
Besides software consultancy, he likes partnering and working with startups, and has proven it by building startups and apps like Artisteconnect.com, Guestlist.ph, Heygarch.com, Nowshowing.ph and more.×
Idealist. Cynic. Pragmatist. Journalist. Author.
Maria A. Ressa is a Filipino journalist, CEO and Chief Editor of Rappler. Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. She became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia.×
Originally recruited by Google to lead Korea operations and a recognized authority on WebMasterWorld, Richard is now Co-Founder of Korea's premier IT startup incubator/accelerator, Seoul Space. He is also a Mentor for the Korean Communications Commission's (KCC) Global K-startup Program, a speaker, panelist and judge at many tech forums and conferences worldwide.
Richard is also an avid birder, former NCAA Championships swimmer and Team captain, martial artist, oldschoolz skateboarder, artist, 9-ball tournament player, equestrian rider and PC gamer. That said, sleep is definitely not his forte.×
Jay is Founder and CEO of Proudcloud, an agile Ruby development firm based in Manila. He has been a tech entrepreneur since the mid 80's and runs Roofcamp, a regular gathering that hopes to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship at the grass roots.
Jay's most recent startup cycle was Airborne Access, a Wi-Fi hotspot network founded in 2002 and acquired by PLDT/SMART in 2008.×
Mon Ibrahim is the Deputy Executive Director of Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO)
He was cited for his work in Government, primarily in the implementation of the Philippine Cyber Corridor Initiative, which aims to make the Philippines the Global for IT-BPO services. He was also instrumental in sustaining the development of the Philippine cyberservices industry and led marketing initiatives in promoting the Philippine IT-BPO brand worldwide×
A Filipino balikbayan who moved to San Francisco when he was 5, Paul spent time at Mercantila and at Google before leaving to start a BPO company in Makati in 2007. That company, Open Access BPO, went on to work with many top technology companies in Silicon Valley.
Today, Paul is the Founder and CEO of Kalibrr, which is building the talent cloud that helps companies identify, assess and hire the right people.×
Stephen Jagger is an entrepreneur who has had businesses since high school. His newest venture is PayrollHero.com, "Optimizing work productivity with Happiness". Stephen maintains offices in Whistler, Canada and Manila, Philippines.
He is also actively involved in a lot of businesses. Ubertor.com, which is a real estate software company that provides websites and online marketing tools to real estate agents across North America. Reachd.com, a training company that focuses on marketing professionals and businesses that are interested in learning more about SEO, blogging, Google Adwords and social media. And last but not the least, OutsourcingThingsDone.com which provides high level outsourced personnel to business owners and managers across North America.×
Patrick is a Multi-disciplinary Designer and Artist. A man of a few words, he prefers to let his works speak for itself.
He can draw and paint a piece one minute, and design and code an app in another.
Patrick had also collaborated with Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister and Walsh on social experiment phenomenon Forty Days of Dating, which recently got picked up for a film and book adaptation. His artwork, a calligraphy statement featuring the quote: "Time Enjoyed Wasting is Not Wasted" is one of the most repinned and shared images of the project. Because of its success,it then seeded to another collaboration, this time with Tattly.com, a company that makes temporary tattoos, and 2 of his calligraphy works are now available for purchase. He is currently the only artist based outside the US in their roster.
He just recently released a mobile game app entitled "Pugo".×
Camy Francisco-Cabral is a designer and artist, preferring to move her creations by mood. With a decade of experience in Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration, she handled a myriad of clients ranging from Travel, Web Design, Game Development to Corporate Branding. She's currently a freelance Art Director and Illustrator, while maintaining artistic partnership with her husband, Patrick Cabral.×
Koichi Saito is Director at IMJ Investment Partners, headquartered in Singapore. He sources, evaluates, and executes early-stage investment deals focusing entirely on Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining IMJ Investment Partners, he worked at private equity fund set up by George Soros from 2007 to 2012, and was engaged in several company and hotel acquisitions in Japan. Prior to that, Koichi served as an arranger of the securitization of mortgages at investment banking division of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. He also worked at Orix Corporation where he was responsible for providing loan to small and medium-sized enterprises in Japan.
Koichi holds a Master of Business Administration degree from IE business school in Spain.×
John’s professional career spans 10 years of sales, affiliate marketing, digital marketing, and business development experience.
He started in the mortgage industry, becoming a top agent in a sophisticated lead generation and sales environment. He was also a key member of Affiliate Media, Inc., and helped the company become one of the fastest-growing startups according to Inc.com. He has built various website portals, specialized in driving traffic and conversions to monetize through affiliate marketing. He became the affiliate director at VIP.com, and after which he ventured into Asia to help Bodog, one of the world’s biggest gaming brands, penetrate the Asian market as its Head of Business Development. John has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.×
With 8 years of real estate experience in the Philippines, Chow started her career with Rockwell Land, a luxury real estate developer. Rockwell constantly sent Chow to the United States as Sales Manager to lead its international team of sales agents. She then continued her career with newly established real estate developer Arthaland Corp. as its Sales Director, and led an entire division of the company’s in-house sales agents.
Chow is also a practicing Licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in selling properties at prime areas like Makati, and Bonifacio Global City. She has been leading top sales teams and by experience has an extensive understanding of buyer behavior, sales people skill optimization, and the real estate sales process in the Philippines. She graduated from De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.×
Oliver is the founder & CEO of AVA, an e-commerce company in Southeast Asia, and a Director of the Segovia Group, a 40-year old family investment group with interests in real estate, hospitality, and technology.
For four years, Oliver was based in Singapore where he worked with Procter & Gamble Asia. In a regional strategy role, he spent possibly the most interesting year of his life: selling Whisper feminine care pads. No, he didn't have to test the product.×
Earl is the President and Co-founder of the IdeaSpace Foundation, a non-profit incubator and accelerator based in Manila. IdeaSpace is funded by First Pacific, one of the largest business groups in Southeast Asia focused on telecom, energy, infrastructure, and agriculture.
He is concurrently the Vice President of Corporate Development and Innovation at Smart Communications. Prior to his move to Asia, he was a Business Incubation Manager at Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group in Silicon Valley. He also was a Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. He worked in VC firms H&Q Asia Pacific in Manila and Investor Growth Capital in Menlo Park.
Earl obtained a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University, a Masters in Systems Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2012, He was named one of the Manila 40 under 40 by DevEx and honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.×
Amarit Charoenphan is a startup ecosystem builder, serial events organizer & entrepreneur. Prior to starting Thailand's 1st startup coworking space (HUBBA) & 1st creatives & design coworking space (PAH Creative Space), he worked in management consulting and ran a social enterprise incubator for a local non-profit. He is actively building the Thai startup community as the Cofounder of the Thai Tech Startup Association (StartupThailand), through events and workshops such as co-organizing Echelon Ignite Thailand, Thailand's biggest international tech startup conference. Over the past two years, he has organized over 200 events and attended over more than the same amount.
He is also working on his own startup, and loves to volunteer his time as a Startup Weekend Organizer & Global Facilitator and other entrepreneur mentoring programs, speakers in classes and judges in competitions. He based in Bangkok but calls Southeast Asia home. In his spare time, he likes to scuba dive and to visit different coworking spaces across the world.×
Mohan is the Co-founder and CEO at e27.
He specializes in early stage tech investments, startups in asia, business development, strategic partnerships, content strategy, community management, events, media & marketing×
Jim Ayson currently heads the Partnerships team at SMART Communications. His group manages partnerships with internet companies, developer communities, content providers, and independent music artists. The SMART Developer Network (or SMART Devnet) is one of these programs that falls under our Partnerships portfolio.
A self-described “technology journeyman”, he has 30 years of work experience in technology, starting as a programmer and systems analyst, to web development, to marketing and business development in environments from independent consulting, to startup to corporate settings. Past affiliations include PCI Bank, Asian Development Bank, MSDN, Accenture, Tribiani Communications, and a number of NGOs and web startups. Jim also founded an online music community in 1997 called philMu which has won 11 Philippine Web Awards, and has a background as a tech journalist, writing for print and online. He has also been very active in managing online communities from pre-Internet Bulletin Board Systems to today's Facebook groups.×
Based in Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Gwen is an entrepreneur, investor and community leader focused on technology startups in Asia. She built and sold SGEntrepreneurs to Tech in Asia, where she now continues to track innovation in some of the world's largest markets. Gwen was also a founding partner of early stage technology investment firm, Thymos Capital where she saw two exits (one of which was iHipo) and continues to oversee their investment in Padlet, a Y-Combinator graduate.
She sits on the advisory boards of some associations, was a mentor at Polish tech startup incubator Gamma Rebels, is the Singapore curator for US-headquartered StartupDigest and the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox Network - the leading global network of innovators under 30. Gwen is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, graduated from its University Scholars Programme and spent a year at Stanford University doing technopreneurship.
Gwen has lived in Singapore, USA and Vietnam, given talks across Asia, Europe and the US, speaks 3.25 languages, loves physics, travelling, dance and adventure sports.×
Edith Yeung is VP of international business development at Dolphin Browser, a Sequioa-backed mobile browser with over 80 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures - seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Some of her investments include Fleksy, Mighty Text, Pack, Bounce.io etc. She is also an advisor to Strikingly.
Before all the startup world, she worked with companies like AT&T Wireless, Oracle, Siebel, Autodesk, Cisco, Telstra and Hungary Telecom. A few years back, she also founded BizTech, the insightful voice of news, events & research for the SMB internet market and SFentrepreneur, San Francisco's 3700+ entrepreneurs meetup,
You can also find some of her work on CBS, NPR, World Journal News, Techcrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, Small Business Trends, Fora and others. She frequently speaks on mobile, women and international entrepreneurship. And she loves dogs. :)×
Creative individual with diverse experience in multiple visual disciplines spanning print, motion, and web. Supports and advocates web standards and free software. Always interested in involvement at any stage of production from conception, execution, and management. Has worked in freelance, in-house and studio setups.
Specialties: Open source, web development, Ruby, HTML5, CSS3×
Promoting the growth of e-commerce in the Philippines since 1997. Janette Toral is the site owner of DigitalFilipino.com She currently serves her community in the DigitalFilipino Club and the public at large through training and consulting in the area of e-commerce, digital marketing, blog campaign, and the likes.
She is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner.
She participated in the IVLP or International Visitors Leadership Program 2011 (individual program) sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. Featured as 1 of the 6 women innovator at the APEC Women and Economy Summit 2011, San Francisco, USA.
She got recognized as Champion of Philippine Internet and E-Commerce Hall of Fame Award given by Asian Institute of E-Commerce in 2010; Globe Tattoo Digital Elder Award 2009; E-Services E-Champion Awards 2008 - Policy and Legal Category by the Department of Trade and Industry / CITEM / Board of Investments; International Schools Cyberfair Ambassador Award 2004 and 2002 given by Global Schoolnet USA; World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) Philippines Awards 2003 E-Learning Category for her E-Commerce Workshop Online.
Janette, as technical consultant / executive director of the Congressional Oversight Committee for the E-Commerce Law, was instrumental for the creation of policies in the area of consumer protection (value added services, e-commerce, electronic banking), data privacy for the private sector, and acceptance of electronic payment in government.
As founding president of the Philippine Internet Commerce Society, she was instrumental for the passage of the Y2K Law and E-Commerce Law. She retired in 2002. Other organizations she served as board member in the past were the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) and Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP).
A Triton Dragon Boat Racing Team paddler. Into 21k runs and cross-fit.×
Ron Hose is the co-founder and CEO of coins.ph, Philippine's leading Bitcoin exchange. Coins.ph is developing Bitcoin based low-cost banking products for the underbanked throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to coins.ph, Ron was a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt.
Ron was also the co-founder of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company that was acquired by Telefonica. TokBox was backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of Silicon Valleys best-known angel investors. Ron holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Ron is also an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley startups.×
Tomas got interested in Bitcoin through his education in Austrian economics and voluntaryism. His technical background comes from years in finance and retail IT. He launched Coin Of Sale as a free pet project in July 2013 and transformed it into full-time startup this year. Coin of Sale is a Bitcoin POS payment system. Tomas has been promoting Bitcoin in Signapore since early 2013 by giving public talks, writing and appearing in local and international media.×
Sam Kaddoura is CEO and co-founder of BuyBitcoin.ph based in Makati, Philippines. Prior to launching the business, he spent several years in investment banking and corporate finance, managing a range of portfolios from several sectors, including Financial Services & Technology, Food & Beverage, and Media & Telecommunications. Sam graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2006 with a Bachelors in Finance.×
Plug and Play Tech Center is a Silicon Valley based tech startup accelerator, which he started in January 2006, and built a community of 350+ tech startups, 200+ angel investors, 150+ VC investors, 200+ large tech corporations and service partners, 50+ domestic and international universities, and numerous experts in various technology fields.×
Christina serves as Founder and Managing Director of Alquemie Partners, a management consulting firm providing hands on operations consulting and advisory services to early stage and growth companies. Her career includes 13 years as a branded consumer, life sciences and technology banker FBR Capital Markets, East Peak Advisors and Pacific Growth Equities; and three years in equity research at Hambrecht & Quist LLC. She has participated in both M&A and capital raise helping raise in excess of $2.0 billion.
Christina also serves as President of the Science & Technology Advisory Council - Silicon Valley, a non-profit focused on promoting a tech entrepreneurship focused ecosystem in the Philippines to support startup activity in the country. STAC SV is the creator and organizer of the nationwide ON3 Business Pitch Competition. In June 2012 STAC SV became a partner of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. In October 2012, the European Union – United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative announced that ON3 would be highlighted in the 2013 Global Mapping report.×
Jay Aldeguer has etched his name as one of the most multi-awarded and creative entrepreneurs in the Philippines. His growing interests have led him to venture into several business concepts in tourism, retail, tours, media, adventure and most recently, hospitality, all under the “Islands” brand. Islands Souvenirs, Islands Banca Cruises, Islands & More, Islands Pasalubong and Islands Stay Hotels now comprise his holdings company “The Islands Group” where he currently sits as Chairman & CEO. He also chairs the Islands Foundation, whose main thrusts are environmental protection and community based entrepreneurship.×
Mr. Pascual is the Chairman of Pascual Pharma Corporation, one of the major pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines. He is also Chairman of ADP Pharma and Pascual Total Health, Inc., subsidiaries of Ondarea, the holding company of which Mr. Pascual is Chairman and CEO. The pharmaceutical companies focus on the specialty therapeutic areas of cancer treatment, cardiology, and pediatrics while the healthcare company, PTHI, concentrates on health, wellness, and personal care products.
Martin is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Nest Capital, a seed fund investing in technology startups and early-stage companies in the Philippines and the Southeast Asia region. He also serves as a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that regularly works with the Philippine government on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.×
Early- and growth-stage technology venture capital investment, covering Southeast Asia, Japan and US.×
Ravi started his first Internet company in 1997. Over his entrepreneurial career, he has founded three companies in Boston, two of which today employ more than 2,500 people worldwide, and have over 3 million SME customers. One is public (NASDAQ:EIGI) with US $1.5 Billion market valuation and another was later acquired by BestBuy (NYSE:BBY).
Since exiting from his last company, Ravi has been an angel investor focused on social impact and technology startups. He is also an investor (LP) in 500 Startups and 500 Durians.
In 2011, he moved to Africa to volunteer with Grameen Foundation working on poverty alleviation projects. Since moving to Cebu in 2013, he has been focused on building engageSPARK, a not-for-profit business to help improve the lives of the poor worldwide.
He is passionate about poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, and enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, trekking, kayaking, and is slowly learning paragliding.×
Having worked in the intersection of fun, technology and people for the past 15 years. Eric is now a co-founder of Twidl Inc. building Lifebit - a game layer on top of life. It helps people get more out of life thru a combination of life logging, game mechanics and social features.
As a former Internet cafe owner, network engineer, IT department head, computer teacher, graphic designer, animator, UI and game designer, Eric has the unique insight on how technology can help people enjoy the world more.×
Vianney holds a Master's degree in New Media and Communications from the CELSA-Sorbonne University, in Paris.
Before joining Five by Five, an innovation agency, as a user strategist, he worked for four years at the strategic planning department of BETC Paris, the leading advertising agency in France.
In this role, his work ran the gamut of creating marketing plans to devising brand strategies, socio-cultural trend analysis and more, in order to build brands that people could actually care about. Even if at the end of the day, the point was to sell millions of yogurts.
He also co-founded the BETC StartupLab in 2012, a commando unit inside the agency, designed to apply its expertise in branding and user experience for startup clients.
Vianney believes in transformative communication.
He is also a strong admirer of Elon Musk, Marcel Mauss and Sarah Geronimo.×
A converted geek. Sources and evaluates early-stage innovative opportunities in South and South-East Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand) in Consumer Internet & Mobile (classifieds, e/m-Commerce, mobile payments, social media, utilitarian mobile applications such as m-health, m-learning, and mobile infrastructure such as low-cost mobile broadband networks) and Financial Inclusion (innovative remittances, credit, savings & insurance products for the BoP).
Works with portfolio organizations such as Healthkart, Newshunt and Scroll Media as Board Member on strategy, growth plans, international expansion, operational excellence, and fund-raising. Passionate about technology, especially mobile, for development and social change.×
What makes GOAB special is that it’s bringing together people from different corners of the startup world and is giving them a venue to meet, exchange ideas and start creating great things.
Last year, the people behind the startup Zipmatch received seed funding from international investors that they met at GOAB. A number of talented developers met new partners from the conference as well and have since been involved in new and exciting projects and companies.×
Listen to the mavericks of the industry talk about their endeavors and get the answers that you need. Learn about the players in the region, the countries that are booming, the sectors that are on the rise. We’ve invited a good mix of speakers who know what’s going on from the grassroots to the macro level.×
Geeks On A Beach is equal parts work and fun. Network with people in the conference halls and party with them at the beach. We have lined up a number of outdoor activities so that you can have fun from day to night.×