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Thursday, October 20, 2016

“You Must Not Raise the Dead!” : Cocoon Program for the youth by SURE

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, October 20, 2016
Group 4 at the Asian Institute of Management Cocoon Program by SURE

Solutions Using Renewable Energy, Inc (SURE) gave the challenge to the Filipino youth The youth responded. SURE launched a program for 20 college students last September, 2016. 

The aim was to make the students feel empowered in their quest for sustainable energy solutions. But it was not as easy as that. It was hard but the students who participated barely felt it to be hard.

SURE utilized Game Theory in the challenge. On October 8 and 15, 2016, these students realized hot it was to have a concept and how to go about in achieving their projected results with their concepts.

Conducted at the Asian Institute of Management Indonesia Case Room last Oct. 8 and 15, 2016, the workshop consisted of sessions with experts that ranged from filling the transport gaps using the UP experience in Bike Share to creating business models to Design Thinking and Sustainable Design Architecture from Palafox and Associates.

The participants came from UP, De La Salle University, TIP and Batangas Colleges.

But the endpoint for the first day sessions was a challenge for a business model and implementation for sustainable food business business models. The participants rose to the challenge and designed and implemented sustainable business models.

The development and implementations again ranged from Pizza to Rellenong Bangus. Notwithstanding that these models worked given their profitability and ease of implementation as what was presented in the reports and presentations last October 15, 2016. These presentations and results would put a great many livelihood projects to shame with profitability exceeding a shameful 150%.

But the real challenge was further into the day when a real energy challenge was given to the participants, There was only internet for outside resources and real brainstorming was conducted.

But the real success of SURE for this Cocoon program has yet to be realized. As such as the participation and brainpower as an indicator, the Cocoon Program showed that the only limits with the youth is that there are no limits to concepts and ideas. The manner that the presentations, formulations and results were presented was refreshing in comparison to other startup presentations.

 The program is composed of four components: a 2-day workshop, sessions with experts in the industry and startups, a biogas/biomass plant visit, and an internship for a select few. This 10-month program will end on July 31, 2017. 

Throughout the course of the program, the students will have access to a community of experts and like-minded individuals. Small get-togethers with startups, consultants, and organizations will be arranged every month. Aside from these monthly meetings, a biogas/biomass plant visit will be arranged for the students.

The winners of the energy challenge will be known after three months.

The only limitation/s given is that they must not raise the dead. 

PH Animation Delegation joins most anticipated global content market for entertainment in France

Posted By: Little Miss A - Thursday, October 20, 2016

15 October 2016, Cannes, France – A delegation of Philippine animation studios headed by Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) President Juan Miguel Del Rosario, including ASI Animation Studios, RenderBee, Synergy88, TeamApp, Toon City, Toon City Academy, Top Peg Animation, and 88storey Films just arrived in Cannes, France to showcase their products and services to France and to the rest of the world at the Marché International des Programmes de Communication (MIPCOM).

With support from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Embassy of France in the Philippines, the delegation was able to secure a booth at the MIPCOM. This is the first time that the Philippine animation industry will participate at the MIPCOM under the Philippine banner. 

Slated on October 17 to 20 in the French entertainment capital of Cannes, MIPCOM is the world’s largest entertainment content market across all platforms. Every year, the industry’s major players such as Disney, Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox and HBO, among others, converge in Cannes for four days of meetings, screenings and conferences. 

With almost 14,000 participants, over 2,000 exhibiting companies and 4,700 buyers spread over 24,000 square meters of exhibition space at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès at Cannes, MIPCOM is easily the most anticipated global market for entertainment. 

Team Philippines hopes to capitalize on these four days to establish key contacts in the global entertainment ecosystem and to sign up new deals and partnerships.

“We are very excited about the country’s first ever participation in MIPCOM after how many years. We want to show the world that the Philippines is definitely a rising tiger in the animation industry,” said del Rosario. 

PHL Ambassador to France, H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro, who will be visiting the Philippine pavilion at MIPCOM, added that “France has the largest animation industry in Europe and the third largest in the world, so there is a lot of potential for our animation industry to set up partnerships and increase awareness of the creative Filipino talent in France”.

The animation industry in the Philippines started in the 1980s, making it one of the stronger Asian players in the global animation industry today. From only a handful of animation studios then, there are now over 100 animation studios all over the country with a total revenue of US$153 million and over 11,000 full-time employees.

Aside from participating in MIPCOM, the Philippine animation delegation will also have meetings with the French Association of Animated Film (AFCA) and the Network of French Animation Schools (RECA), which includes Les Gobelins, the number one animation school in the world, to invite French animators to join Animahenasyon, the country’s animated film festival and to establish possible partnerships in higher education and training.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Smart Launchpad holds workshop for next big Pinoy content creators

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The first weekend of October was lit by a hundred creative sparks from brilliant content creators who became part of the Smart Launchpad, a first-of-its-kind workshop and talent search held last October 7-9 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo. With Samsung and YouTube as partners, Smart provided a valuable platform for these talented individuals to showcase their passions, own it, and take a shot at being the next big YouTube star.

The 100 participants, chosen from 1,537 entries from all over the Philippines, got to experience a three-day content creation program with talks from social media experts and experienced YouTube creators. They also had to make their final video entry for a chance to win Samsung gadgets and fly to Los Angeles, California to collaborate with international a capella group and YouTube creator, The Filharmonic.

Fidel Antonio Medel, Smart’s Prepaid Brand Manager, welcomed everyone with the idea behind Smart’s #OwnIt campaign and how it believes that the Filipino youth can own their passions and use the Internet and technology to showcase their personality.

He was immediately followed by DM9-Digit Managing Partner and Director and founder and editor-in-chief, Carlo Ople. He related his own experiences to the young creators and shared the most important trends for content creation as well as how to work with advertisers and partners.

“When you guys really own whatever it is that you are passionate about, it can really change your life,” was his insightful advice at the end of his talk.

YouTube Partner Manager, Enrique CuUnjieng, was next on stage to talk about the key areas to focus on as a YouTuber and how to utilize YouTube’s features and analytics in becoming a successful content creator. More than the numbers, he advised the participants to focus on the quality of their content and the way they make their audiences feel.

Frank Aldana was the next to talk to the Top 100 about video production, teaching them how to master the different techniques they can use. He said that each one of them is a storyteller and that they should inform, educate, entertain, inspire, or persuade their audiences through their content.

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.

The morning of the second day was spent in a question-and-answer panel session with some of the country’s talented YouTube vloggers Michelle Dy, Moira Dela Torre, Paulo Infante, and Nicole Andersson. They each got to share their own stories in building a career as YouTubers with the aspiring participants. They then broke away into small groups, each to their respective niches, to discuss tips, tricks, and techniques in making their videos stand out.

Later in the day, the finalists put everything they have learned to the test and started producing, shooting, and editing their own videos using Samsung gadgets.

The three grand winners who secured round-trip tickets to LA and took home the cool gadgets from Samsung were singers Lesha Litonjua and MJ Labenia, and makeup vlogger Christopher “Tops” Unay.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Digital Marketing Multiplied

Posted By: Staff Writer - Thursday, October 13, 2016

The country's very first digital congress, the "IMMAP DigiCon, The Power of X: Digital Multiplied", hosted by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the  Philippines (IMMAP), promises to be as enlightening  and exciting as the first event hosted by IMMAP 10 years ago.

"This groundbreaking event will be like no other that IMMAP has hosted in the past - more attendees, more learning tracks and most importantly, an even bigger line-up of speakers who will talk about everything digital in the 21st Century. Collectively, they will share their thoughts on this industry that is taking the world by storm", says Donald Lim, Chief Digital Officer of ABS-CBN and touted as the founding father of digital marketing in the country.

The digital landscape in the Philippines continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace; as such, the congress is the perfect venue for the country's digital marketers to keep in step and to learn from digital marketing experts from all over the world, who will share their  knowledge during the 3-day event.

"More industries today are now going purely digital and we are expecting this kind of transformation among many more companies in the future", Lim adds.

For the first time, through "The Power of X: Digital Multiplied", IMMAP fuses together other regular digital marketing conferences - the Mobile Marketing Summit, Digital Commerce Summit, and the IMMAP Summit - into one event, expecting to draw around 3,000 delegates from various industries across the country.

Lim says this congress will be 10 times bigger than before as IMMAP once again enjoins members of the Philippine digital marketing industry and demonstrates to them how brands can grow exponentially with the power of digital, multiplied.

Why "Power of X"? Lim explains that "X" is one of the most powerful letters in the alphabet. It has many possible usages, but it also stands for the unknown. "When it comes to digital, it's up to you to determine what 'X' stands for. In many ways, digital is still misunderstood , and so it gets the 'X' mark or is crossed out of an advertiser's consideration list. How will you be able to amplify your brand in the digital space? It's for you to define your 'X'', he says.

The IMMAP DigiCon will have 10 subject matter tracks and 10 speakers in each track, for a total of 100 speakers. The topics for the 10 tracks include "Branding and Marketing", "Content and Distribution", "Start-ups", "Creatives", "Social and Search", "eCommerce and Payment", "Marketing Technology", "CRM, Data and Analytics", "Research and Measurement", and "Media and Ad Networks".

The likes of Dan Neary, Vice President for Asia of Facebook, Wendy Hogan, Head of Strategy and Marketing Transformation of Oracle, and chief executivesof local companies like Ernest Cu, CEO of Globe Telecom, Kenneth Yang, President and CEO of Golden Arches Development Corp., Fred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., will be on hand to speak during the plenary sessions. Meanwhile, Sunita Kaur of Spotify, Anna Liechtenstein, Global Chief Startegy Officer of Havas Media, Paul Azzola, COO of PayMaya Philippines, Guy Hearn, Chief Innovation Officer of Omnicom Media Group, Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer of Google Asia Pacific, Gwendolyn Regin, Head of Strategy and Business Development of Asia Mashable, and Sandhya Devanathan of Facebook SEA,to name a few, will be among the 100 speakers expected to provide the learning and sharing of knowledge on digital marketing in the 21st Century.

"Trust is earned, not given... CNN Philippines will continue to provide information you can trust on TV and digital platforms."
- Armie Jarin Bennett, Executive Vice President / Managing Editor, CNN Philippines

""Creativity offers us the ability to reduce, the ability to get things down to the simplest possible form.
 Creativity demands simplicity. You cannot be creative unless you make things simple."
- David Guerrero of BBDO

"Digital is the only type of medium that allows you to react as fast as you get the message."
- Tonypet Sarmiento of Havas Media Ortega

The first "IMMAP DigiCon, The Power of X: Digital Multiplied", will be held on October 10-12, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Vicente Sotto Street, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City. For more information and registration details, go to or Also, visit Facebook page, and Twitter, @immapPH.

Zambo ICT Hosts Minda ICT Conference

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Zamboanga Information and Communications Technology (ZICT) Council successfully hosted the first Mindanao ICT Cluster (MIC) Conference last Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Garden Orchid Convention Center, Zamboanga City.

The conference is part of the cluster meetings of ICT Councils under the National ICT Confederation of the the Philippines (NICP), which was created in 2008 to be the recognized umbrella organization of ICT councils in the country.

The theme “Accelerating Mindanao ICT in the Heart of Equator Asia” also highlighted the LivEx BIMPEAGA conference and special forums with ICT-BPO industry leaders. 

The event gathered different stakeholders and government leaders who are passionate in helping shape the local ICT-BPO ecosystem in Mindanao to generate jobs and improve economy.

Participants had then opportunity to network, consult and share experiences with industry players and successful technology entrepreneurs from the Philippines and BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area).

ZICT President Michael Tiu Lim expressed his hopes over Zamboanga City's target to generate more ICT-enabled jobs with all the local stakeholders working hand in hand with the local government unit led Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco, who expressed her full support to the initiatives.

NICP President Wilfredo Sa-a congratulated Zamboanga City and ZICT for having the distinction of hosting the first NICP ICT conference for Mindanao. In 2012, ICT councils in the Visayas under NICP organized VICTOR or the Visayas ICT Cluster Conference, which was was held annually. Last April, Luzon ICT Councils also held their first cluster conference.

Past NICP President Jocelle Batapa-Sigue commended the good turn out of ICT clusters in Mindanao and emphasized the goal of NICP to drive 1 Million ICT-enabled jobs to the countryside by 2022. She underscored the need for stakeholders to ensure talent supply, conducive business environment, and efficient infrastructure.

The conference was also supported by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Trade and Industry and other agencies. /jebs

Monday, October 10, 2016

UP Professor receives David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, October 10, 2016

The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilASST) has given Dr. Enrico Paringit the recognition of being one of the five outstanding researchers.

Dr. Paringit who is an engineer by profession and is a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering made almost decades of research and development (R&D) of utilization of spatial technologies i.e. resource management, environmental monitoring, and hazard assessment that became the basis for hazard and disaster risk reduction and management. 

He graduated with a degree of BS Geodetic Engineering in 1997, MS Remote Sensing in 1999, and Doctor of Engineering in 2003 and dedicated his professional career in serving his academe, the University of the Philippines. 

“Dr. Paringit’s academic leadership is exemplified when he held the positions of Chairman and Director of the UP Department of Geodetic Engineering and Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (TCAGP),” PhilASST cited.

Paringit was also entrusted with government-based projects by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Climate Change Commission such as the sensor calibration and validation component of DIWATA, the Philippines' first microsatellite, and hazard mapping of the Philippines using LiDAR, a surveying method using laser light.

His award, the David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research, was recently established by PhilASST and DMCI Holdings, Incorporated to give recognition to outstanding researchers in the field of engineering.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Two Filipinas represented the country in DLD Innovation Festival in Israel

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, October 08, 2016
Innovation Festival Tel Aviv
May Montero and Ginger Palma – Arboleda represented the Philippines in the DLD Innovation Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Innovation Festival was held last September 24 – 29, 2016. 

May Montero, together with her husband Kenneth Morgan Nieto presented Tambio which they launched last May 2015. Tambio is for people who participate in commercial raffles. These raffle prizes are the redeemed in booths located in malls. Tambio makes it fun and easy for the participants by removing the tedious filling up of raffle tickets. Tambio uses mobile devices and printers for the raffle tickets. Rurrently, Tambio can be found in 8 shopping malls in Metro Manila and the innovation has processed more than a billion in sales for one mall operator.

Ginger Palma-Arboleda had Taxumo. Knowing the difficulties in the tax payment process had her husband develop a system so as to avoid “tax-bill shocks”. This system will compute, file and pay taxes of SMEs and the self-employed.

Those who avail of Taxumo will just pay a monthly subscription fee for services that previously take a long and winding process. This will save the users much time, avoid mistakes in calculations and will do away with the services of so-called tax experts. Taxumo is scheduled to be launched in November 2016.

DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival was held from 24 to 29 September of 2016 and will consist of a five-day series of events focused on digital culture, creativity and urban innovation ranging from meet-ups, conferences and panels to outdoor public happenings.  

The Festival is part of the Israeli government’s efforts in growing its startup industries. These include the Creative Cities and the “Start Tel Aviv” where the winners will be given the opportunity to showcase the enterprises and innovations. The Israeli government is not only funding these startups but also is creating an ideal startup innovation infrastructure.



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