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Friday, November 16, 2018

Aikontech brings Beltone to the Philippines.

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, November 16, 2018



Last November 13, 2018, Aikontech which is a 35-year-old company has brought its hearing-aid products to the Philippines.

To put things in perspective, according to the World Health Organization, there are around 250 million people with hearing disabilities and hearing impairment in the world. About 2/3 of these identified people live in Asia and the Philippines along with Indonesia is among the Top 4 in that list.

The prevalence of hearing disabilities in this region can be attributed to several factors such as congenital, work-related, accident injury/trauma, and even lifestyle (those who go to loud venues and concerts or work in them).

This considerably contributes to the lessening of the quality of life of these hearing impaired people and is also a hindrance to gainful employment and livelihood opportunities.

Aikontech Hearing is now the distributor in the Philippines of various hearing aids for all the requirements of hearing-impaired persons in the Philippines.

With this, Aikontech offers Beltone hearing aids. Beltone was founded in 1940 to make high-quality hearing care to people.

Beltone with its decades of experience aims to give access to quality hearing aids with a clear focus on the different individual needs of the hearing impaired. The company believes that no individual should be denied an improved life with better hearing.

Aikontech is into distribution of IT products that include brands like Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Panasonic, McAfee, Huawei, Samsung, Lenovo, Logitech, Polycom and Jabra among others.

With an opportunity provided by the GN Group of Denmark, Aikontech also decided into the Hearing Aid industry sector. The GN Group owns Jabra and 3 other hearing aids brands such as ReSound, Belton end Interton. These premiere hearing aid brands provide technologically advanced hearing solutions and excellent customer care experience.

The Board of Advisers to Aikontech Philippines are the following:

1. Dr. Rina Reyes-Quintos, MD, MclinAud, FPJOHNS
2. Dr. Nathaniel Yang, MD, FPJOHNS
3. Dr. Ramon Antonio Lopa, MD, FPJOHS






Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Edition of Startup Competition by IdeaSpace Foundation Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 15, 2018
IdeaSpace 2019 Startup Competition Launch.

This year’s Startup Competition by IdeaSpace,  was launched last November 13, 2018. IdeaSpace is also the country’s  leading and longest-running early-stage startup in the country and has been holding this competition for the past 6 years.

Unlike in the previous years’ competitions, the 2019 IdeaSpace Startup Competition will select 20 startups instead of the previous 10 selected for its accelerator program. What also makes it different this year is that the prize structure has been revised.

This is part of the “Pivot” that Ms. Diane Eustaquio, Executive Director of IdeaSpace announced. Going back to the history of the Startup Competitions held before by IdeaSpace, startups selected failed to utilize the fully the Php500,000.00 granted to them by the program. Instead, the startups tried to “economize” on the expenditure and when they needed more funds for their eventual take-off, then that is where it limited their full utilization.

Realizing such, this year, the prize structure was changed wherein the 20 selected startups for the acceleration period will receive Php100,000.00 as equity-free operations funding plus support in-kind worth Php500,000.

At Demo Day when the top 3 startups will be announced, each startup will receive Php1.0 million equity funding. This will serve as their “runway” according to Ms. Eustaquio.

“We are pivoting and making changes to the program to remain relevant and to address the gap that still exists,” said Rene Meily, IdeaSpace President.

The Philippine startup environment has 400 active startups as of 2017 out of the 547 founded since 2014.

According to Ms. Diane Eustaquio, the cash prizes are not the only benefits that chosen startups will be receiving. It will also include non-cash benefits such as Mentoring by industry experts, free Learning Sessions, Linkages to corporate partners, investor network and strategic partner resources, free office space use, and housing allowances for non-Metro Manila team participants.

The submission of entries started November 13, 2018, via www.ideaspacefoundation.org/apply and will be open until January 18, 2019.

A series of roadshows and learning sessions which will be announced on the following
channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ideaspaceph/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ideaspaceph
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ideaspaceph/ 






Thursday, November 8, 2018

ICT Champion Offers Bacolod New Leadership

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue: Tech-Driven Candidate for Mayor of Bacolod in the 21st Century.

A strong and dedicated champion for information and communications technology (ICT) in the countryside, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue now offers the City of Bacolod a chance for new leadership.
Last October 16 or a day before the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 13, 2019 mid-term elections, residents of Bacolod, including close colleagues of Batapa-Sigue were surprised to learn about her decision to run for mayor of Bacolod, challenging incumbent mayor Evelio Leonardia, who is now finishing his fifth term or a total of fifteen years as mayor of Bacolod .

Batapa-Sigue, 45, a lawyer by profession and a professor of law, in a press briefing last October 16, says her candidacy is about giving Bacolod a chance to “win” over status quo and open up to new ideas and solutions to speed up its advancement as one of the highly urbanized cities in the country.

She coins her vision for Bacolod in four letters – JOBS. These stands for jobs and investments, open governance, barangay development, and empowerment and sectoral and citizens participation. She believes that for Bacolod to steadily create jobs and attract investments, a comprehensive set of strategies, including trainings and certifications must be in place to ensure quality talent supply. She believes that good business environment includes efficient traffic management, sound environmental practices, and streamlined government processes, areas were the city is not able to address effectively.

Open governance, for her, entails the use of ICT to reduce red tape, promote transparency and accountability in government, make public services accessible, create an effective data collection to support policy research, and make available online platforms to bring government closer to the people and to effectively respond to citizens’ needs. Known for advocating the creation of smart or digital cities, Batapa-Sigue thinks it is high time for Bacolod to join the ranks of cities developing and utilizing a digital process that aims to provide convenience to its constituents.
2016 Ten Outstanding Women in Nation Sevice (TOWNS) in the field of ICT






Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PH Students to Compete in Global ICT Challenge

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
2018 Filipino Participants in the GICT (Photo courtesy of DICT)

Filipino students with disabilities will go to New Delhi, India for this year’s Global IT Challenge edition.

They are the winners of this year’s National IT Challenge (NITC) for youth with disabilities.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) organized the competition which aims to create awareness and enhance the IT capabilities of the country’s youth with disabilities.

The NITC will empower this sector so as to promote equal access to ICT but above – all to harness the untapped potentials of the Filipino youth.

A representative from a disability category was chosen and this will include two weeks of training and mentoring prior to the global competition.

The Philippine representatives are the following:

1. Justin Philip Gonzales of Philippine School for the Deaf – Communication Disability
2. Venus Alexis Arcayera Rescober of Quirino National High School – Visual Disability
3. Carla Mae Coyoca Pasigpasigan of Valenzuela National High School –Physical Disability
4. Lance Sebastian Llaguno of Valenzuela National High School – Learning Disability

“May this [competition] serve as an impetus for more initiatives, for more partnership because so much has to be done in ensuring a responsible and ICT empowered youth with disabilities towards the development of a disability-inclusive society,” Ma. Lourdes Aquilizan, Officer-In-Charge of DICT’s ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau said.

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico E. Caliwara and NCDA Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga awarded the certificates, medals and cash prizes to the winners.

This year’s participants from 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific numbered 300 with 124 of them belonging to those with disabilities.






Diwata – 2 Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Diwata - 2 with Solar Panels

The second Philippine MicroSat (Micro-Satellite) was launched yesterday at the Tanegeshima Space Center in Japan yesterday October 29, 2018.

The deployment of Diwata – 2 differs from its predecessor Diwata – 1 which was launched from the International Space Station (ISIS) last 2016. It was launched directly into orbit using the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with the H-11A F40 rocket.

Diwata – 2 will have a higher satellite orbit that will enable it to have a higher service-life than Diwata – 1. Both satellites were developed in conjunction between the University of the Philippines Diliman, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and Japan’s Hokkaido and Tohoku universities.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Council for Industry and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Diwata – 2 has enhanced capabilities than Diwata – 1.

Diwata – 2 has its own deployed solar panels that will generate more energy for its operations. Also, an Enhanced Resolution Camera, which increases the resolution of images taken by its High Precision Telescope and Spaceborne Multispectral Imager (SMI) with Liquid Crystal Tunable Filter that will enhance its performance.

Both MicroSats will be utilized in monitoring weather, agriculture, environmental planning, national defense, and even urban and rural planning.

This is another step in having the country have its own Space Program that will be useful in national development.

TechBlade has been advocating the use of space technology in furthering national development since before Diwata - 1 was launched in 2016.






Monday, October 15, 2018

DICT, QBO kick off Startup BASIQS Workshops in 7 Cities

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, October 15, 2018
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and QBO Innovation Hub sign the MOA formalizing their partnership on October 9, 2018. (From L-R: Rene “Butch” Meily, President, QBO Innovation Hub; Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim, Regional Operations and Countryside Development, DICT; and Katrina Chan, Director, QBO Innovation Hub. 

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and QBO Innovation Hub (QBO) launched DICT STARTUP BASIQS, an introductory workshop on startup entrepreneurship, in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro last October 3, 2018.

Calapan was the first leg in a series of seven DICT STARTUP BASIQS workshops, which will also be held in Mati City, Tagbilaran City, Clark, Baguio City, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro City. The workshop is designed to grow the country’s startup ecosystem by encouraging budding technopreneurs to realize their ideas through experiential learning and skills building.

“Through the Startup BASIQS Workshop, the DICT is taking on the challenge of providing the startups the support they need so they can start building their digital startups. I hope the startups and technopreneurs in the areas where the workshops will be held will take the opportunity of learning the basics of technopreneurship,” said Undersecretary for Regional Operations and Countryside Development Monchito B. Ibrahim.

The workshops are free and open to the public and participants can look forward to learning about the startup mindset, tech entrepreneurship, and tools such as lean startup and business model canvas– learnings they can add to their toolkit. Students, professors, and aspiring technopreneurs interested in participating in the upcoming workshop can register at https://dictstartupbasiqs.eventbrite.com.

The DICT has formalized their partnership with QBO through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on 9 October. QBO is the country’s first public-private partnership dedicated to developing the Philippine startup ecosystem by supporting innovation, technology development, and entrepreneurship. The STARTUP BASIQS workshops are aligned with QBO’s vision to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship across the country and provide Filipinos with the basic knowledge on how to start a startup. DICT and QBO have been long-time partners in their efforts to establish a strong Philippine Startup Ecosystem

“It’s our vision to see more Filipino startups succeed. We think that through more dynamic collaborations with the government such as this program with DICT to promote the innovation mindset in the countryside, we can realize this vision in the near future” said QBO Director, Katrina Chan.

The DICT STARTUP BASIQS workshops is a component of the seedPH Program, which aims to strengthen the development of communities in the countryside crucial to spreading the startup advocacy in the country. In the form of open innovation systems, startup diversity and maturity, startup support is critical as digital transformation is one of the criteria in the Tholons Services Globalization Index to rank Super Cities.

The workshops also support the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startup initiative of conducting grassroots activities that encourage holding quality value-generating events.

About DICT – The DICT is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans develops and promotes the national ICT development agenda. About QBO Philippines QBO Innovation Hub is a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, DOST, and DTI.
Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines. For more information on QBO, please visit www.qbo.com.ph or send an inquiry to hello@qbo.com.ph.






Friday, October 12, 2018

Third PH Telco Player Potential Bidders

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 12, 2018


The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has disclosed the companies that are participating in the bidding for the 3rd Telco player that will provide Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services to the country.

Amidst recent controversies, the push for a 3rd Telco player has been gaining momentum due to the need for much-improved ICT services such as faster internet speeds.

According to the DICT, as of 11:00 A.M,. October 12, 2018, the following have already bought the bidding documents:

Potential bidders so far:

1. LCS Group of Companies with TierOne Communications
2. Udenna Corporation
3. Telenor Group
4. Now Telecom
5. PT&T Corporation
6. Undisclosed bidder
7. China Telecom

It is expected that there will be additional potential bidders until the deadline.






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