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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Manila to hold first ever Startup Weekend Manila: Women Edition

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 19, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Wonder ladies and women of the Manila tech startup community will gather on September 21-23 for the first-ever Women Edition of Startup Weekend Manila at Commune Cafe, Makati City.

Themed “Build Startups in Female Inclusive Environment”, Startup Weekend Manila: Women Edition is a 54-hour programme from Friday night to Sunday morning that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to transform startup ideas into reality.

But compared to the usual Startup Weekend, the upcoming women edition has an all-women list of judges and mentors. Men are allowed to join, but only female participants are allowed to pitch in front of the judges and to lead teams.

Startup Weekend Manila: Women Edition is part of a series of Techstars Startup Weekends across the Asia-Pacific this September to celebrate women, diversity, and inclusion in local communities.

The initiative aims to address the barriers faced by women in the tech scene including lack of mentors and female role models in the field, gender bias in the workplace, unequal growth opportunities compared to men, and unequal pay for the same skills.

The winning team at the Startup Weekend Manila: Women Edition will qualify to compete in a regional level (in-person) demo day with other winners of the same event from different cities in the Asia Pacific region. The finals and demo day is scheduled for October 20-21, 2018, in Bali, Indonesia.

Aside from Manila, key cities in Visayas and Mindanao – Cebu City and Davao City, respectively, are also organizing Startup Weekend Women.

The event is made possible through the support of Commune Cafe, Developers’ Society, WiTECH, Women Who Code Manila, J.V. Angeles Construction Corp., Beepbeep.ph, Alfox Printing Services, and Ideaspace Foundation.

If you are interested to join Startup Weekend Manila: Women Edition, you can get your tickets through https://bit.ly/SWMNLWomen.

For partnerships and sponsorships, email manila@startupweekend.org.






Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shop with Style and Confidence with StyleGenie

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018

With today’s hectic schedule and the demands of having to invest on appearance being a must in whatever endeavor, having a personal stylist can be of considerable advantage.

It is acknowledged that a significant portion of end-users and consumers are female, StyleGenie is a tech startup that can provide a stylist specifically for you.

By combining expert personal styling with data that is given by the user, a personal web-based styling app is available.

The fashion tech startup currently provides styling services to over 2,500 customers and connects with over 30 clothing brands that promote sustainable fashion. This is by providing each customer with their own personalized styling box together with their own expert stylists.

It is simply done by several steps.

1. Create a Style Profile
2. Order a Style Box
3. Then one receives expertly curated fashion pieces delivered to one’s doorstep.

These combined with more than 30 clothing labels that include Revival, Miz+Moxie, Lovely Bunny, Fashion Friday, MochaMondays, Skittles, Zalora,  Coco&Co and Chelsea.

The beauty of the app is that end-users can use it even when they are on the go and have it even has a 30-day replacement period.

This tech startup was among the finalists in the SheLovesTech tech startup competition for startups founded by women that were recently held by startup incubator and accelerator QBO.






Make Travelling Easier and Fun with TripZeeker

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018

The recently held SheLovesTech startup competition organized by QBO, a startup accelerator/incubator disclosed various tech startups founded or co-founded by Filipinas.

It intends to create more participation from the country’s women in the tech startup sector. According to statistics, only 18% of Philippine startup founders are women. In the competition, the range of disruptive tech services, processes, and tools was wide.

One tech startup aims to make it easier for those who plan to travel. TripZeeker which was co-founded by its CEO Kim Lim presents an online bazaar of travel experiences by connecting travelers with multiple tour operators and travel agencies across the globe.

The current way to travel is by just booking a flight and hotel accommodations. The travel is not optimized in terms of actual time spent in enjoying the travel destination though. More time is spent in finding what kind of tours to join, comparing prices, finding activities and other “things-to-do” when arriving at the travel destination.

TripZeeker takes away all that and gives the traveler more time in actually enjoying the trip. TripZeeeker gives travelers the convenience of having the freedom of choice in deciding what their travel experiences would be like by having a platform that will compare prices, availability of user reviews and they can also reference crowd-sourced information per destination.

This results in significant savings for the traveler and the travel SMEs participating in the platform also benefits by having exposure to global clients.

TripZeeker allows the traveler to explore 53,000 tours and activities around the world by having a platform that is easy to navigate with pictures of destinations around the world. The traveler can also book with TripZeeker that offers maximum value for their travel experiences by having insights on the best current deals from transport, hotel bookings, and tour packages.






New PH Human Resources Tools

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018


Human Resources Management is not always an exact science. There are more intangibles with regards to such. But although there are quantifiable metrics, these are still not as exact. From hiring to retiring or personnel, there is more to just keeping records.

A Filipina startup technopreneur came up with a tool for Human Resources Management (HRM) that would enable a more scientific and efficient approach.

Rumarocket uses and builds Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools that can help Human Resources managers in the process of managing their departments. This tool assists in HR management from recruitment, retention, promotion and crafting incentives programs for employees.

Kathleen Paige Yu, CEO of Rumarocket, believes that the collaboration of data-driven tools can be used in managing human resources challenges that will result in better business outcomes.  By customizing job experience to the individual needs of the workers and through the use of AI in predicting behaviors the tool creates a customized action plan for each employee.

This can predict behavioral factors that can be used in addressing concerns such as retention, employee stress, and work effectiveness.

Rumarockets features and advantages are:

1. Get all your data in one place
2. Make actionable conclusions from your data
3. Gets more efficient when with more data input
4. The system draws fluent conclusions as talent needs change
5. Improve employee retention rates
6. Reduction of turnover for certain positions.

Rumarocket works by the following:

1. Open System – can be integrated with existing HR tools and software
2. Data Mining – It organizes and synthesizes data.
3. Utilizes Machine Learning

Rumarocket was a finalist in the SheLovesTech competition recently held by startup incubator/accelerator QBO.






PH Housing Problems? Filipina Startup to the Rescue!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018
GAD Container Modular House

The Philippines ranks 12th in world population, according to the UN, the country’s population is now at about 106 million. This is with its population growth rate of 1.72 between 2010 to 2015.

This population growth rate exerts pressure on the need for shelter or housing. By 2022, the need for housing is estimated at 6,571,387. Shelter is one of the three basic needs that include food and clothing.

The demand for housing has been outstripping the construction of houses for decades now. The government can barely cope with the demand and most houses are being constructed by the private sector.

Filipinas and the Philippine Startup sector are rising to the challenge. In the recently concluded SheLovesTech  startup competition organized by QBO, a Filipina founded startup took up the cudgels for the increasing demand for housing.

Greencorten Architectural Design (GAD) developed houses that are 30% cheaper than traditional housing costs, combined it with modular homes that use shipping containers, artisan furniture and green lifestyle services that will revolutionize the house construction in the country.

Using shipping containers for housing and other commercial uses has been existing for more than 2 decades. The innovation comes with having these scalable, disaster resilient and incorporates green technology with its design.

Another advantage is that these modular houses are 5 times faster to build than conventional houses.  They are also 3 times stronger structurally and even have a module for a swimming pool.

Founded by Filipinas last 2014, the main idea is to upcycle shipping containers that include products and green lifestyle services. The idea is to meet market expectations rather than just responding to housing development needs. This is coupled with sustainability and minimizing environmental impact.

By upcycling which is the process of discarded materials and re-utilizing them into higher-end materials in the houses, the need for consuming new materials is decreased will the upcycled materials can be used as higher-end parts for the houses.

These also include furniture and even fixtures as well as gardens and even swimming pools.

The advantages are:

1. Modular Design and construction’
2. Cost-efficient
3. Sustainable and environmentally friendly.

GAD’s products and services are:

1. Container Homes
2. Artisanal Furniture
3. Container Pools
4. Green Services










Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Antipara: Filipina-made tool for Marine Management

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Apo Reef images generated by Antipara's Underwater 3D image generator.


It was a portent of things to come. In last July’s Techtonic Summit 2018 Summit, one of the Top 3 startup winners was Antipara Explorations.  It is a startup that is used for marine explorations, monitoring, and surveys.

The Techtonic Summit 2018 was the 2nd edition of the summit started last 2017. It showcases disruptive technologies developed by startups in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s edition built upon the success of the previous year’s summit.

 The heart of Antipara is its algorithm.

Antipara enables the generation of underwater 3D mapping and includes an analytics service that provides information that is used in marine management and underwater visual environment.

The Philippine aquaculture industry will benefit from Antipara Exploration since it goes into a more scientific approach in fisheries management. This is done by having real-time access to information regarding information management, environmental monitoring, and protection as enhancing food security since aquaculture is a source of protein for a significant number of Filipinos.

Antipara can do the work that used to be done in 2 – 3 months in 1 day. The tool can cover 25 kilometers of coastline in 1 day in gathering data and generating much-needed research data. It also GIS information on reefs. Coral cover assessment and 3D models for dive maps.

Antipara’s 3D algorithm was created by Laurice Dagum. The startup was among the finalists in the recently concluded SheLovesTech completion organized by QBO and held at their Buendia, Makati startup incubator and accelerator facility.






Friday, August 24, 2018

Caraga To Host 3rd Mindanao ICT Conference

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, August 24, 2018


The Caraga Administrative Region or Region 13 will be hosting a national information and communications technology (ICT) conference this September which seeks to gather hundreds of digital champions for the countryside.

The hosts this year are the Caraga ICT Council and the Caraga Federation of ICT Councils all chaired by Butuan councilor Cherry May Busa in collaboration with the city government of Butuan, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

The 3rd Mindanao ICT Conference (MINCON) on September 25 to 26 this year to be held at Almont Inland Resort and Convention Center in Butuan City is a flagship program of NICP under its vision to share best practices and showcase the potential of the regions for ICT investments.

The conference will showcase the latest ICT development and the newest innovation platforms under the theme “BRITE MINDANAO: Building Resources Toward ICT-Based and Technology Driven Ecosystem In Mindanao”.

Councilor Busa looks forward to showcasing Caraga and Mindanao ICT initiatives, to convene ICT stakeholders and work cohesively to achieve an ICT ecosystem that will redound to the economic growth in the region and develop ICT learners to prepare the next generations for the future of work.
Founded in 2008 by local ICT champions from ten different cities, NICP which is now recognized for promoting the creation of ICT councils, an organizational model that brings together movers and key decision makers from the public or government sector (local or national line agencies), academe and human resource, and private or business and industry sector.

The ICT council aims to provide a platform to set directions to position their respective communities as strategic locations for ICT-enabled jobs and investments.

As the administrative center of Caraga, Butuan is poised to create more jobs and opportunities from the growing ICT industry to address the economic situation of the region.







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