WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016

WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016 Registration Starts July 18th


For the fifth consecutive year, WebGeek will host its annual hackathon, DevCup, on August 20-21, 2016 at the Meralco Multi-purpose Hall in Ortigas.

DevCup aims to bring together amazing developers, designers, and technology professionals to create innovative apps and showcase the Philippine developer talent. Participants are provided with a theme in which they must develop their app and they are given two days to complete their app to be presented to the judges.

Last 2015, 70 teams battled it out for the DevCup championship title. Out of the 70 registered teams, 60 apps were presented at the end of the event for the judges to select. The winning team of Jose Marco Padillo, Giovanni Angelo Balaguer and Micah Andrew Bule of Cynder,  presented their app First Response which provides crowdsourced notifications for information dissemination during a disaster or calamity . On second place are Jezer Crespo, Marc Levinson B. Suarez, Reynaldo Del Rosario Jr  of Xudoer with Xonar and CodeBuddy was third place with Connectify, with members Patrick Ofilada and Rommel David.

Early bird registration opens on July 18 until the 20. You can sign up as an individual, or up to a maximum of three as a team. Last year, tickets were sold out in just 2 days. Better to register early, as the event only have limited slots.

This year’s DevCup is expected to be as exciting as the previous years’ hackathons with the participation and support of Philippine developers as well as its esteemed sponsors. With your support we can make it a collaborative and fun experience for everyone.

For those who are interested to sponsor, shoot them an email at events@webgeek.ph.

For registration details and updates, you may follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and visit http://devcup.net.




ASIA Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Photo: Elabram Systems Group CEO Mikel Yaw, E Commerce Advocate from Digital Club Filipino Janette Toral and Zalora Managing Director Constantin Robertz for the last panel discussion about “Micro- multinationals- E commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond” in the upcoming “Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015” on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines. Join us! To register http://www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph



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Bounty Fresh joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015


According to Ms. Joan Clarice N. Caccam, Assistant Brand Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), Bounty Fresh Chicken is a brand under the Bounty Fresh Group of Companies (BFGC), a privately owned company operating in the Philippines.

BAVI and its sister company, Bounty Fresh Food Inc. supplies live chicken, dressed chicken, and various processed chicken products nationwide.

Bounty Fresh Chicken was awarded “Asia’s Best” in 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Award in Malaysia and is the most-liked chicken brand in the Philippines. It has over a million likes in one of the leading social media platforms, Facebook.

This year the brand has launched its new online campaign, #DiskarteNaMayArte. This campaign aims to celebrate the Bounty Fresh Moms out there who always find creative and resourceful ways to make homemaking extra special for their loved ones.

Bounty Fresh supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 because it acknowledges the powerful role of digital media in reaching and interacting with its customers and brand lovers.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of Online Marketing in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific region with the following points:

The digital economy of the Philippines

• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from East to West and West to East

• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?

• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation

• Technology and Entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth

• Micro – multinationals E-commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond


Speakers are as follows:


Constantin Roberts Managing Director, Zalora Philippines

Kristian Melquiades General Manager, Uber Philippines

Richard Upton President, John Robert Powers Asia

Donald Lim Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN

Janette Toral E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino

Robert Yupangco President, Yupangco Group of Companies

Chinkee TanBest Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach

Rebecca Bustamante Mills CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards

Mikel Yaw CEO, Elabram Systems Group

Carlos Celdran Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide

Maria Camille Montejo CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.

Pocholo Gonzales CEO, Creative Voices Productions

Tanya Llana Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa

James Jimenez Director, Commission On Elections

Lloyd Luna CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation


For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph.

For partnership and sponsorship, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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Solar energy enters tourism

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Solar energy enters tourism business in the Philippines

Makati, 7 January 2015 — With an average of six hours sunshine per day the Philippines is not only a popular destination for vacationers, but also a convenient location for solar power plants. In Baler, the provincial capital of Aurora, now both aspects get together: the hotel Costa Pacifica is going to let a solar power plant be installed on its rooftop. For that purpose they consulted the expertise of the renewable energy company PV2 Energie.

The German company planned a solar power plant that enables the hotel to produce a substantial part of the power it needs on its own. Very soon, the hotel will obtain power from its own roof. “The solar power plant will cover most of our electricity needs during daytime”, summarizes Edgardo J. Angara, owner of Costa Pacifica and former senator. This world class resort is one of the first hotels in the Philippines that will make use of solar energy.

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The recently build hotel located on Sabang Beach was already planned with a rooftop that is suitable to accommodate a solar power plant: the roof is oriented in a way that avoids shading and further has a structural engineering that enables it to carry the solar plant. “At Costa Pacifica we found ideal conditions for the installation of a solar plant, but this is not necessary. We can build solar plants on most rooftypes that are commonly used in the Philippines”, explains Chris Hannen from PV2 Energie. The plant will cover a surface of 1000 m2 and therefore is estimated to produce 140 kWp (kilowatt-peak). That corresponds to a yearly production of energy of approximately 196,000 kWh (kilowatt hour). The plant shall be installed before summer 2015.

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“For us it was of great importance to work together with an experienced company, which we found in PV2 Energie”, says Cynthia Garcia-Eidell, hotel manager of Costa Pacifica. The first contact between the hotel and the renewable energy company was in summer 2014. For PV2 Energie this project is one of the first steps it makes in the Philippines. The company has been an active player in the solar business in Germany for years. Now it is one of the first German renewable energy companies that opens a Philippine-based establishment. The two share-holding associates Chris Hannen and Phillip Küpper agree: “When it comes to solar energy we see the Philippines as an important marketplace for the next years.” More information about PV2 Energie: http://www.pv2energie.de. ###

Attachment: Three different views of the hotel Costa Pacifica.


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Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2014

A Lagueno as speaker at Digital Influencers Marketing Summit this September 2014 at SMX Aside from being a Marketing & Branding Head under Elabram Systems Group, Business Development and Marketing Consultant to different multi -national companies in the Philippines, Columnist under 3 Regional Newspapers, Contributor in a National Newspaper and now a broadcaster under DZME 1530 KHZ Radyo Uno, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas is also an online writer which her blog Empowered Grace was the finalist under two categories under The Philippine Blog Awards. On September 13, 2014 at SMX Convention Center, Mall Of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines.


Grace originally from Calauan, Laguna will be speaking in front of more than 500 Marketers, Bloggers, and Entrepreneurs who believes that the way to go today is through Online. Grace is also the founder of Laguna Blogging Summit and on its 3rd year this 2014. According to the E Commerce Guru of the Philippines Ms. Janette Toral, “Bloggers who step up and speak their minds are few and rare. They will not be able to please everyone. But will definitely find a niche where their skills suit best. In my observation, Grace Nicolas is one of those who take risks to get their message and advocacy across. Furthermore, using her influence to make a difference. I invited Grace Nicolas to share her insight on “bloggers as digital influencers” at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit (September 13, SMX MOA).” To know more about the summit and to register;


Digital Influencers Marketing Summit 2014 #dimsummit – Digital Influencer Boot Camp by Janette Toral





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iROC goes to Beijing..

As they all Thesay,Journeybuiltto nIROCwith our young Robotics AthRome was not over eight. Same letes, many of the Champions in Robotics Competitions had to go through rigorous trainings prior to becoming the country representatives to an international Olympiad such as the IROC.

Step 1: Robotics Workshop

The first part of the exposure to Robotics happens during a Robotics Workshop or Camp. Data Science and Technology Corporation (DSTC) is the country’s leading provider of comprehensive Robotics Training Packages to schools. It is a special train- ing package offered to schools who are just starting to implement or introduce the con- cept of K12 Robotics Courses. As a beginner in Robotics education, the training package includes the following:

Robot Kits (no specific brands are required but highly recommended are INEX Robo Circle for young learners and INEX Pop-XT for moderate to advanced learners).

Robotics Environment (i.e. Sumo wrestling fields, Agribot Fields, etc.) – game boards where the programmed and assembled robots will be run and tested.

Robotics Camp Curriculum—the complete day-to-day lessons for the duration of the camp Robotics Trainers & Facilitators Installation of Robotics Software Applications Competition Management—the culminating activity at the end of the 3-day workshop.

During the school year, a typical Robotics Camp is usually held as a Saturday-program-offering of the school to a select group of students. Some schools would implement it as a Club or an Elective Subject. During Summer, Robotics Camps are more popular and offered by the schools as one of its Summer Class Programs.

Step 2: Robotics TheCurrJourneyon to IROC iculum Integrati Usually after a Robotics Camp, schools would realize that Robotics had a magical effect to their students …students who used to be afraid of Mathematics would start churning-out formulas as if they were part of their ordinary daily conversa- tion. Many students would want to take-up advance classes in Robotics, and the rest would definitely want to continue working on a robot project.

As an excellent Hands-On laboratory for Science and Mathematics, schools are encouraged to integrate Robotics in their Science, Computer, and/or Mathematics Curriculum. Especially in Science and Mathematics, many difficult concepts are easy to unlock when taught using Robotics Demonstration.

Data Science and Technology Corporation offers packages that bundle Robot Kits, Teachers Training, S.T.E.M. Robotics Curriculum, and year long mentoring sup- port for schools.

A culminating activity can also be conducted at the end of the program where students would compete in a friendly competition and the possible candidates to an inter- school, regional, and National Robotics Competition are identified.

Step 3: Regional Robotics Competition

Data Science and Technology Corporation works together with Pinoy Robot Games to hold regional qualifying competitions all over the country. The winners from the various competitions are invited to participate in the National Robotics Competition.

Since this is a qualifying level and preparation for the schools’ participation at the National, same categories are used at the regional level.

Step 4: National TheRobotJourney to IROC ics Competition

The country’s first open robotics competition where the student skills take the center stage. There are various game categories where students can take part.

There are no robot brand requirements for the different gaming events, except for special INEX leagues.

Every year, there are more then 300 school teams that participate in this national event. The champions from the main game category will be the country’s repre- sentative to the International Robotics Olympiad.

The different Game Categories are the following:

1.Sumobot— match is fought between two teams, each team having 2 members. Only one team member may approach the ring. In accordance with the game rules each team competes on a Dohyo (sumo ring) with a robot that they have constructed themselves. The match starts at the judge’s command and continuous until a contestant earns two Yuhkoh points. The judge determines the win- ner of the match.

2. Line Tracing—the objective of Line Tracing is for your autonomous robot to com- plete the course in the shortest period of time while accurately tracking the line from START to FINISH. A game is played by one robot per team having 2 mem- bers. Only one team member may approach the playing field. Playing field consists of different obstacles with corresponding points. Your aim is to surpass the obstacle while moving on the line. The team who approach the finish line in the shortest period of time will win the game.

The Journey to IROC

Step 4: National Robotics Competition

3. Mission Challenge—these are games with required accurate movements and be-

havior of robot. The students are tasked to develop a program and build robots with precision. Example mission is the break-out challenge.

Break-Out: A natural disaster has occurred and the mission of the robot is to find or make a path to the trapped individuals. The trapped individuals are at the cell

marked END in the map. The robot will begin at the cell marked ST. The fast- est robot to get to the END wins.

4. Robo Soccer- this is a robot game that mimics human soccer. Participant will control humanoid robots to score more goals in opponent’s net. Understanding of hu- manoid’s mechanics and strategy is important and cooperation with teammates is re- quired.

5. Humanoid Challenge—this is a robot game that requires building and programming

a Humanoid Robot to behave according to the given task. One example gaming event for this category is Humanoid Prison Break. The objective of Robot Prison break is to build a robot that performs its best sensor usage by predicting the obstacles to understand a robot’s autonomous movements and study human brain function.

The Journey to IROC

Step 4: National Robotics Competition

The 2015 National Robotics Competition will be held on February 7, 2015. The winners for this event will be the country’s representative to the 17th IROC to be held in Bucheon, South Korea.in December 2015.

Step 5: International Robotics Olympiad

The 16th International Robotics Olympiad will be held on Nov. 5-9, 2014 at Shi-jingshan Gymnasium, Beijing, China.The theme of this IROC is “Robots: Stop Global Warming!”

In the previous 15th IROC held in Denver Colorado last December 16-20, 2013 , the Philippine Team brought home many awards and recognitions. This is the first Robotics Team in the country that won GOLD Medals in a Regular Category.

2 GOLD Garcia, Nicole John – Letran Calamba and Calderon, Hans Simon – Letran Calamba

6 SILVER Aguila, John Raphael – Letran Calamba, Maningas, Sean Vince Ruel – Letran Calamba, Gener, Czareen Elen – Letran Calamba, Santiago, Sabrina – GCC, Ngo, Arvy

Daniel – GCC, Imperial, Eian david – GCC 5 BRONZE Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ, Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ 7 SPECIAL AWARDS Tan, Heart Bernice – GCC, Tan, Heidi Kristine – GCC, Uy, Jeremy Lance – GCC, Gamboa, Kimberly Klaire – GCC, Ng, Calvin Alexander GCC, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ , Chua, Alvin Ken Steven Jr. GCC

The Journey to IROC

Data Science and Technology Corporation (DSTC), in partnership with Pinoy Robot Games, is

the strong support that makes possible the holding of several Robot Camps, Regional Qualifying Rounds, National Robotics Competition (NRC) and the Philippine Team to the International Ro- botics Olympiad. It has been continuously providing the Philippine schools with the best technol- ogy solutions for education.

Data Science and Technology Corporation is a provider of world-class technology educational solutions to schools. Some of its products are:

1.LabDisc—a laboratory that fits in the palm of your hand! It is a complete laboratory for K12 Science Experiments, with up to 14 built-in sensors, equipped with GPS technology, compact, wireless, perfect for indoor & outdoor science-related activities.

2.Digital Microscope—your modern version of Microscope, a must for all science classrooms. Connects to PC or MAC, with Camera, Video, and Time-Lapse Functions. Focus and Project for the whole class to see.

3.Robotics Program for Schools—a comprehensive Robotics Learning package for schools, complete with curriculum, robot kits, and training support.

4.Robot Kits— we carry several types and models of Robots like INEX, Pop-Bot XT, and RQ Huno Humanoid

5.K12 Computer Courseware— market-relevant computer subjects for K12

6.Multimedia Resources—instructional materials for Science, Mathematics, English and local academic subjects like Araling Panlipunan, Filipino and MAPE.

7.Mobile Planetarium—a portable and inflatable planetarium dome complete with Aircon Unit. The dome can accommodate up to 60 students at a time, with various astronomy shows for full enjoyment of all students.

8.3D Printer—the first Philippine-made 3D Printer. Inventor is Mr. Justin Gabitan of Puzzlebox.



The Journey to IROC

 September 12, 2014

Creative Robo Fest to be held at Don Bosco Canlubang. Students will build Robots that would be able to help stop global warming. The winners from this competition will also form part of the Philippine Robotics Team who will compete in the 16th International Robotics Competition in Beijing China.

 November 5-9, 2014

16th International Robotics Olympiad to be held in Beijing, China. The theme for this year’s IROC is “Robots: Stop Global Warming!”

 December 13, 2014

National Sumobot Competition to be held at Don Bosco Makati. This event is exclusive to Sumobot Games. The winners from this competition will take part in the Sumobot Category in the National Robotics Com petition.

 February 7, 2015

National Robotics Competition. The winners from this competition will be the country’s representatives to the 17th IROC in Bucheon, South Korea in Decem- ber 2015.

 Middle of 2015, Asian Robotics Competition to be held in Indonesia.

 December 2015 IROC, Bucheon South Korea









These two students namely; Ana Isabelle Chua, Grade 9 and Kimberly Gamboa, 4th high school at Grace Christian College WON the IROC or International Robotics Competitions.

Happy Kids are now building robots for competitions and uplifting the Philippine Education, so sad that this kind competition are not recognize by Department of Education.

MEDIA and BLOGGERs felt sad and pain when we heard that our Department of Education is not supporting our contenders abroad. Latest count IROC / DSTC brought home 3 Gold Medals, 8 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze from Denver last year 2013.

I asked if they get student from our Public and Science School like Manila Science, Phil. Science and other Science school here in the Philippines? Coach Melvin of DSTC or Data Science Technology Corporation answered directly that they don’t participate to this competition in spite the fact that DSTC will sponsor the winning student.

Another Competition for robotics will be held at Beijing, CHINA / November 5-9, 2014. 40 Students and counting will compete to the international robotics competition, and Philippine Robotics Team are now preparing to this event.

KUDOS to all participants of the Philippine Robotic Team, and bring home more Gold.   


Here I am holding a Sumo Robot that won last year competition in Denver. This robot can configure and control thru your tablet and laptop.


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