Friday, September 22, 2017

List of Schools in Makati and BGC with Arts and Design Strands

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 22, 2017

The implementation of the K+12 Program by the DepEd last academic school year 2016 – 2017 was to enable the country’s educational system to be on the same level globally. These consist of Academic Strands that Senior High School students can follow for their chosen field. These are: 

I. Academic Track 

II. Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track (TVL)

III. Sports Track

IV. Arts and Design Track

The Arts and Design Track’s objective is to prepare the student for the design, performative, and creative industry. This curriculum will expose the student to various forms of media that include architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, animation, painting, fashion design, photography, and film.

In the Makati and Bonifacio Global City area, there are 7 schools that offer Arts and Design tracks in their Senior High School Curriculum. These are:

1. Career Academy Asia – PHINMA Education – 5th flr. PHINMA Plaza, 39, Plaza Drive, Makati City

2. iACADEMY Belaire – iACADEMY Plaza, H.V. Dela Costa, Makati City

3. Makati High School – Gen. Luna St., Poblacion, Makati City 

4. Meridian International College – 2F CIP Bldg, McKinley Hill, 1030 Campus Avenue,Taguig City

5. SoFa Design Institute – Enzo Building, 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City

6. St. Mary of the Woods School – Batangas st., Makati City

7. University of Makati –  J.P. Rizal Ext, Makati City 






Thursday, September 21, 2017

Secretary Salalima Bids Adieu to the DICT

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 21, 2017
DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima

President Rodrigo Duterte has just announced that he has accepted the resignation of Secretary Rodolfo Salalima as Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

In a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Sec. Salalima cited “personal and work-related reasons” for his resignation.

Sec. Salalima was the first ever to head the newly formed DICT, considered a strategic component of the country with regards to science and technology and its use in national progress and development in the 21st Century for the country.

Sec. Salalima is considered the “Father of Philippine Information and Communications Technology (ICT)” for his vigorous pursuit of ICT towards the need of the country in developing its own ICT sector in order to be competitive with the world. 

A robust and up to date ICT sector would serve as a “leveling” factor with regards to economic global competitiveness and would give the Philippines a strategic boost since information technology is considered a crucial part in national development. It is acknowledged that information technology will be a vital cog in harnessing the potential of the huge talent pool that the country has in the realm of information technology.

Secretary Salalima advocated the provision of ICT all the way to the most remote corners of the country so as to provide services in health, education and good governance. He strove to boost the technology startup sector by fully supporting the endeavors of the youth and academe as part of creating innovative solutions to everyday problems of the Filipino.

Before being appointed as DICT Head, Sec. Salalima was a top executive of a Telecommunications firm and has a wide purview of what the role of ICT in national development and progress.

President Duterte has yet to find a suitable replacement for Sec. Salalima.

Techblade has always been an advocate of the use of science and technology, particularly of ICT towards national progress. 

Article posted 9/21/2017 9:03 P.M.




School Tuition and Hospitalization Payments? Just JazzyPay it!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 21, 2017
JazzyPay Founders Joshua Marindo and Panchie Perez

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) now have an easier way of paying for their dependents’ school and hospitalization expenses. 

It is acknowledged that having loved ones far away from the OFWs create difficulties with their ability to send much-needed funds for their expenses here in the Philippines. The usual route is to send them by way of remitting through banks, payment centers, and even door – to- door delivery. This causes complications such as time zone differences, availability of the recipient and even the effort of standing in long bank lines just to withdraw the needed amount and make the payments to the institutions concerned. Much critical time is thus wasted. This is also more crucial when health matters in hospitals are on the line.

JazzyPay solves all this. JazzyPay is a mobile app that can be downloaded on their smartphones by OFWs that can enable them to pay directly to the schools and hospitals whenever needed.

JazzyPay  is a secure, reliable and convenient payment solution with the needs of the OFWs in mind and can be done anytime and anywhere.

The web-based payment solution was developed by the tech startup JazzyPay and was rolled out last May 2017. 

During their pitch in the Young Entrepreneurs Summit last August 2017, JazzyPay had just recently concluded its Agreement with the Manila Adventist College and the Adventist Medical Center Manila and presented their payment app. The app enables the users to pay tuition and hospital expenses from wherever they are located and whenever needed.

Upon downloading from Appstore of Playstore, there are only 3 steps to be made:

1. Register
2. Choose Merchant
3. Proceed to Payment

Payments can be done via Credit Cards, Debit Cards and PayPal.

So pay the JazzyPay way!

JazzyPay is one of eight finalists in the upcoming HealthTech Challenge this coming Oct. 4, 2017 to be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City.

Contact details:

Call (02) 994 9856
Email: hello@jazzypay.com
Website: https://jazzypay.com








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Major Summit on the Future of Filipino Commerce Confirmed for 27th – 28th of September in Manila

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The third annual edition of Seamless Philippines will be taking place on 27th-28th September and will see major Filipino banks, leading e-commerce and retail giants to come together to share their insights on the future of commerce in the Philippines.

Since the first edition of the show back in 2015 the Philippines has seen e-commerce revenue grow from $805 million to more than $1.2 billion, the consistent retail growth of 8%, and digital payments soaring to $5.5 billion in total transaction value. There has been a huge growth in disruptive companies in fintech and e-commerce changing the way Filipinos transact and shop, as well as multiple examples of businesses unable to keep up with the pace of change who have fallen by the wayside.

For the last three years, Seamless Philippines has been committed to driving the digital commerce narrative throughout the country, providing an essential once a year summit for retailers, e-commerce merchants, payments and logistics leaders. At the 2017 show, over 90 speakers and hundreds of delegates are set to come together to discuss best practice, key challenges, and market opportunities.

Kicking off the conference will be an intimate panel session featuring two of the most influential figures in the evolving payments industry in the Philippines, the Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Nestor Espenilla and the Chief of Party for E-PESO / USAID Mamerto Tangonan. Together they will be discussing how digital payment interoperability can help to drive commercial growth throughout the Philippines.

Following this session will be a keynote presented by Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of 7-Eleven Philippines. The leading convenience store chain in the country, 7-Eleven Philippines recently announced a 23.2% increase in sales across the country, driven in large part by the additional 393 stores opened last year. In his presentation, Mr Paterno will be discussing how to modernize Philippine retail for the digital age.

Other key speakers set to participate include:

Lotte Schou Zibell, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank
Rolando Tanchanco, EVP of Consumer Lending, BDO Unibank
Daniel Abraham Macatangay, VP Mobile Payments, Bank of the Philippine Islands
Ron Hose, CEO, Coins.ph
Rafael Padilla - Legal Counsel and Co-Founder, FinTech Philippines Association
Ryan De Vera, Co-Founder, Wealthmart
Christian Eugene Quiros, VP and Head of Risk Portfolio Management, Philippine National Bank
J Sadakathulla Rajan, Former Regional Director Reserve Bank of India
Eugene S. Acevedo, SEVP and Head of Retail Banking, Union Bank of the Philippines
Michelle Sario, Founder, The Artisan Gatherer
Peter Northcott, Marketing Director, flyspaces.com
Luca Pignatelli, COO, Foodpanda Philippines
Brian Cu, Managing Director, Grab Philippines
Neel Shah, Commercial Director, Juntos
Bhavin Patel, Group Omnichannel Director, Kamno Retail Group
Jose Magsaysay Jr., President, Potato Corner
James L. Indino, Jr., Vice President, Group Information Technology,  PhilCare
Macy Castillo, Commercial Business Head, Shopee
Nicola Moreili, CEO, more.digital
Miguel Pereira, CEO, Zoomov

Alongside the conference will be an exhibition set to bring together major players from across the payments, retail and e-commerce vendor communities including BPC Banking Technologies, Akamai, DNV.GL, Emarsys, Glory, Infobip, VeritasPay, Wirecard, HPS and Vinculum amongst others, who together will be showcasing some of the most innovative products and solutions critical to the evolving commerce environment.

The event will take place from 27-28 September 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, with over 2,000 attendees expected to attend.






Thursday, September 14, 2017

HealthTech Challenge Seeks Innovative Solutions in Healthcare

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, September 14, 2017


The deadline for the submission of entries to the HealthTech Challenge, a search for tech-based solutions (startups) that cover any stage of the healthcare process - from awareness, diagnosis, treatment, tracking, and monitoring – has been set at September 15, 2017.

“We urge any organization or individual or teams who have a working healthtech solution that contributes to Universal Healthcare Coverage. This is an open call for individuals, businesses, teams, startups, or organizations,” said Melanie Zoref, Economic and Trade Officer of the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and TechTalks.ph, has embarked on this initiative to commemorate the 60-year anniversary of Switzerland-Philippine government relations.    

As a global leader in providing Universal Health Coverage to its citizens, Switzerland supports all initiatives to make UHC happen in the Philippines. It may be a long road to UHC but the HealthTech Challenge (HTC) is an opportunity to showcase existing solutions that we can use to improve healthcare today.

As defined by the World Health Organization here, “Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.”

Solutions will include tech-based products including websites, mobile apps, or hardware and software solutions.

This Startup Pitching Competition is open to (1) individuals age eighteen (18) or older at time of registration (“Individual Participant”); and (2) legal business entities (“Business Entity Participant”), with existing healthtech solutions that address Universal Healthcare Coverage.

Entrants may submit more than one Entry using the Registration Form found in the Contest website.

The submission ends on September 15, 2017, at 23:55 PH Time.

The solution must be workable and be able to be readily used in the Philippines.  For those solutions from abroad, proof of actual usage of the product within the Philippines will be required.

Those startups with existing customers or revenue from said products will be given extra points.

We are seeking solutions that can be used today, therefore, the maturity of the product must be as close to “ready to use” as possible.

To apply for this competition or for further event details, visit www.TechTalks.ph or contact info@TechTalks.ph or call +63 915 481-7703.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Doris I. Mongaya

Tel : 0917 791 9545
Email : prworks2003@gmail.com






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“Smartening Up” our Cities

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Image from IOT Phils.,Inc.

The rate of urbanization in the Philippines has accelerated over the beginning of the new millennium. This does not only pertain to the cities in the National Capital Region but also in all regional urban centers. This has brought with it new challenges and problems. It is expected to do so because of the need to sustain an economy that is increasingly based on urban areas and the demand for more service related industries.

This has brought about these new problems such as:

1. Population increase correlated with poverty
2. Health and Education
3. Public Safety
4. Governance
5. Traffic

According to Dexter Tan of Converge, the only way of effectively managing and handling the impending urban crisis is through the use of technology. Particularly, Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

ICT will be used to improve the quality of life, bring more efficient services that will be able to meet the future demands of a burgeoning urban population in the future.

That is why ICT must be utilized in:

1. Technology and Infrastructure where traffic management, transportation, healthcare, urban planning, safety and security, and even education.

2. Sustainability refers to waste management, environmental concerns such as CO2 emissions, energy, water resource management, recycling and air quality.

3. Governance wherein government services, monitoring of the communities, law and justice and even business processes be given an ICT advantage.

4. Economy – management of human resources, financial maturity, products and resources and financial capital.

Only through the extensive use of ICT can these “Smart” Cities be sustainable in the future.






Groceries? Do it Online!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The ritual of buying provisions for the home is as old as the concept of the nuclear family itself. But modern day conveniences are also met with modern day challenges. That is why it is now a cause of stress for many of us who have to go to the grocery regularly. The products are on the shelves and they are well organized but the real challenge is going to the grocery itself and the trip home. Also, urbanization brought challenges such as traffic, parking and above all, time which has become a commodity in itself. 

A Filipino startup has presented and offered a solution for all the grocery related problems. Pushkart.ph does all the “grocering” for you wherever you are. With just a click at the online site, Pushkart.ph will deliver the groceries for you right at your doorstep. The customer will choose the time when the groceries will be delivered.

And the items will cost the same as what is in the grocery itself since Pushkart.ph has low operating overheads according to Pushkart.ph Marketing Officer Mark Jedwin T. Que.

To further add value, Pushkart.ph also offers the same promos as when one is in the grocery or supermarket. Also, the interactive website gives a wide variety of choices for every product need. Just like in the grocery minus the walking and pushing the kart and lining up for payments which can be a real source of inconvenience.

On the average, 3 hours is spent during a grocery activity cycle and that includes traffic, parking, lining up to the cashier. Also, the burden of so many grocery bags to carry.

So do yourself a favor. Go to Pushkart.ph for your grocery needs!

Pushkart.ph was a participant in the Techtonics Technology Fair and is one of the most notable startups during the pitching competition where they were among the 10 finalists. 

For your grocery needs : https://pushkart.ph/






Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Food and Money from Water-Based Farming

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Aquaponics with fish in the tank.

A startup is taking the bull by the horns with regards to food sufficiency and hunger mitigation in the country. Uproot found by Robi del Rosario is using technology together with agriculture and aquaculture in enabling the growing of crops for food even without the presence of land or soil.

Uproot aims to promote a community-based aquaponics program that will enable them to sell their produce to hotels and restaurants thus earning generating revenues, aside from having a sustainable source of food for themselves.

Plug and Play

Contrary to conventional knowledge, aquaponics is a very straightforward system wherein plants are raised without soil but instead have their roots in water. But Uproot brings another dimension to aquaponics.

The plants are planted on a bed wherein water is underneath, with the Uproot system instead of applying chemical nutrients to the water, fish are living inside the water tank. These fish then produce their biological wastes and these are then converted into organic fertilizers and nutrients for the plants.

This was explained by Robi during their participation at the recently held Your Way 2 Silicon Valley Pitching Tournament. The good thing is, the water is filtered by the plants and re-circulated back into the tank. 

Citing statistics that 7 million Filipino children experience hunger, Robi says the Uproot system based I communities will help significantly in addressing the problem. 

Robi stated that 1 square meter of space, a community or family can grow 100 pieces of tilapia and on the plant bed about 50 high-value crops can be grown with both fish and plants harvested in 2 months.     

This adds a dimension in urban agriculture and aquaculture that many communities can develop and utilize for their food and revenue needs. This also does away with frequent transportation requirements when going to the market. 

Uproot is still in the process of refining itself by making efforts to partner with corporations with regards to having the program part of its community participation and social responsibility projects.

Uproot hopes to involve 50 barangays in this program and the ai is not only to make them farmers but to enable them to be entrepreneurs at the same time.






Monday, September 11, 2017

Rectification Explained | Electronics for novices

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, September 11, 2017
A guide for novices and newcomers, we take a look at the inner workings of rectification and the many applications of a bridge rectifier.

By: Frederick Chua


What is rectification?

Rectification is the process of converting alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). Rectification is mainly needed in power supplies and as envelope detectors of radio signals. In its simplest form, a rectifier (the device required for rectification) is the same as a solid state diode, but most rectifier units contain a specific arrangement of diodes to better convert AC to DC. 

This opens up a whole host of other important issues when considering rectification, such as the type of AC supply, waveform and smoothing. The idea of a diode bridge (to become a bridge rectifier) was first patented in 1896 by the Polish electrotechnician Karol Pollack, but has since evolved and become more sophisticated. 

Single-phase rectifiers 

Most low power rectifiers (such as for domestic equipment) are single-phase. Single-phase rectifiers require a single diode which blocks either the positive or negative half of the input waveform, thus meaning a reduction by half in output efficiency and a lowered voltage; this is known as half-wave rectification, as only half the waveform is carried on through. Full-wave rectification means that both polarities are translated from input to the output and thus yield a higher average voltage. This requires the use of a center-tapped transformer.

Three-phase rectifiers

Otherwise known as multi-phase, three-phase rectifiers similarly use half-wave and full-wave circuits, but replace diodes with thyristors which can regulate the output voltage. Because of this added regulation, three-phase rectifiers tend to be used in high-power and industrial equipment. Depending on capability, you can find a wide range of bridge rectifiers configured in various ways from major electrical suppliers, such as RS Components

Bridge rectifier

A bridge rectifier (diode bridge) has a specific arrangement of four or more diodes if a simple transformer without a center tap is used. This is a full wave rectifier which, as the name suggests, converts both the positive and negative halves of the input waveform to a single polarity. 



A diagram of a four diode bridge rectifier

Rectifier Output smoothing

Seeing as both full-wave and half-wave rectification produce pulsed voltage, a filter or smoothing circuit are needed to make the output voltage DC constant. At its most basic level, a reservoir capacitor can be placed across the DC output of the rectifier. The reservoir capacitor is so named as it discharges stored energy in between pulsations in the AC power source. In this short amount of time, the released energy combines with the pulsed power to gradually move to a state of smoothed current. 



This diagram shows a bridge rectifier (D1) in action. The smoothing capacitor (C1) stores and discharges energy in between pulsations. The discharged energy from C1 can be interpreted as the red line in the waveform graph on the right. 

What is it used for?

Virtually all electronics require direct current, and so bridge rectifiers are used primarily in power supplies for phones, laptops, washing machines et cetera. They are also extensively used in the automobile industry, and are found particularly in alternators. With the advent of the modern car and its more sophisticated electronics. In response, more complex and efficient rectifiers have been produced to put up with the demand for the various electrical systems around the car. 

The future of rectification

From the simple patent of 1896 to its presence in some of the most sophisticated technology in the world, what’s next for the rectification? As with most scientific advances, electrotechnicians are turning their attention to the environment and communications. In terms of environmental technology, this would see solar cells replaced with tiny antenna, nantenna, that can directly rectify light waves to produce DC electric power. This would make solar energy far more efficient. In terms of communications, the bridge rectifier is being developed to rectify higher frequencies in the terahertz and light frequencies. This is particularly useful in the world of fibre optics, and more specifically in optical heterodyne detection







Friday, September 8, 2017

Ground Gurus: Next Level Training

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, September 08, 2017


Graduating from school is only the first step. Technical proficiency has always been the bane of the Philippine educational system. According to statistics, 50% of Information Technology (IT) graduates have no programming skills and that is very alarming.

In this time of fast changing dynamics in technology and the demand for technically proficient professionals, there is an alarming gap between “certifications” and technical proficiency.

Ground Gurus is a startup in itself but is aiming to shrink the technical proficiency gap in the country. This is done by a platform that connects subject matter experts to learners.

Ground Gurus focuses on the technical training aspect of IT and Computer Science graduates and students.  It is widely known that there are many online tutorials but Ground Gurus have taken that one step further by providing face-to-face training, seminars, and developmental activities that will enhance technical proficiency in the IT field.
Ground Gurus Training Session

Ground Gurus conducts training and seminars every month on various subject matters that pertain to IT and technology related fields. This is given a practical approach as from those who work in the above-mentioned field themselves.
Ground Gurus Training Participants

This is evidenced by their partnerships with industry performers such as: 

1. Zej Games is a Startup Company that develops Android Games. Their vision is to become one of the mainstream android games developer/publisher in the industry. They have a mission to create new effective games for the enjoyment of all the gamers/players.

2. WebMObilePH where the student can learn Learn Web, Mobile and Realtime Apps from other developers. WEB + Mobile + Realtime Database From nothing to a real-time chat app complete with signup, login, token based authentication, authorization, with a RESTful API and a working Web and Mobile Apps. 1. Building a Client App (Web and Mobile) 2. Services-Controller-View 3. Setting up Your Backend Environment 4. Scaffolding and Services 5. User Management 6. Using Hooks and Manipulating Data.

3. JobCHambers.com  is a website that offers job postings for free for all legitimate employers within the Philippines. While most of the popular job sites are expensive or have costs, Jobchambers offers posting absolutely for free. Since we have job postings, we also offer job hiring or job openings. We also have event listings and creations.

Ground Gurus also aims to help other startups in their technical development.

Ground Gurus participated in the recently held You Way 2 Silicon Valley Pitching Tournament organized by BeFast.TV which is a Silicon Valley based media organization.

The website of Ground Gurus is at http://www.groundgurus.ph/#/






Saturday, September 2, 2017

The State of PH Startup Sector

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, September 02, 2017
Usec. Monchito Ibrahim and Jojo Flores on the status of Phil. Startup Sector


The Philippine Startup Sector is beginning to gain momentum and this was evidenced by the Your Way 2 Silicon Valley Pitching Tournament held last August 29, 2017. The pitching tournament was organized by BeFast.TV, a media company that features the startup sector in Silicon Valley. 

Among the features of the tournament was the discussion presented by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Usec. Monchito Ibrahim and Jojo Flores of Plug and Play. 

It has been acknowledged by Usec. Monchito Ibrahim that the Philippines has a lot of catching up to do relative to the startup sector of other countries, but the DICT and other government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are on the process of harmonizing their startup roadmaps. Looking back from 4 years ago, the DOST – ICTO organized the first roundtable discussions with the startup sector.

Aside from that, the DICT is harnessing the full potential of the country with the region-inclusive expansion of startups. Usec. Ibrahim cited that the last two winners of the Philippine Startup Challenge came from the regions and not the NCR.

Jojo Flores told of how in 2010, very little was happening in the Philippine Startup sector but things started heating up with the establishment of Kickstart and IdeaSpace, local startup incubators. This was a critical component for the sector since it provided institutional funding for startups.

The challenges remain for the Philippine Startup sector, among which are the dearth of mentors oin the regions with regards to startups. Jojo Flores said that more participation from investors are needed to maintain the momentum.

An “attitude change” was also cited by Jojo Flores wherein, those who are studying must consider being more entrepreneurial rather than just seeking employment. Recognizing the talent potential of Filipinos, it would make sense that these talents be harnessed to the fullest. Also, Jojo Flores adviced startups to have their own “attitude change”, they should focus on creating value rather than creating ‘Unicorns”. 

Jojo Flores dreams of a Filipino Startup that is recognized globally.     






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Visayas ICT Targets 1 TBI Per Province

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Startup founders, technology business incubator (TBI) managers, and representatives of information and communications technology (ICT) councils from the Visayas joined the 5th Geeks On A Beach (GOAB), an annual international startup conference held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan this year.

The participants supported by the Visayas ICT Cluster Organization (VICTOR) of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) came from Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Dumaguete, Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Bohol. 

In 2016, ICT councils under VICTOR-NICP pegged a three-year target of achieving at least one TBI in each province in the three regions of Visayas to support local efforts to help build a startup ecosystem, develop entrepreneurship and generate jobs.

During the GOAB, Visayas ICT councils welcomed the proposed strengthening of collaboration among various government agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) with private incubators and accelerators as well as local stakeholders.

A TBI offers space, shared facilities, and services, as well as a whole line of support to incubate the startups such as mentoring, marketing, development of business and financial plan, legal services, export facilitation, investment linkages, seed funding, technical training and other programs.

The VICTOR participation, which was led by NICP trustees Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Joeven Tansi, was supported by DTI Western Visayas and DTI Negros Occidental./JEBSigue






Veer Immersive Technologies Win PH Leg of Your Way 2 Silicon Valley

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Winner! Veer Immersion Technologies

It went down the wire in the Philippine Leg of Your Way 2 Silicon Valley last August 29, 2017. 

And after the dust of the pitching tournament composed of 16 competitive startups, it was Veer Immersive Technologies that came out on top of the field.

Your Way 2 Silicon Valley disrupted the startup pitching tournament by the way of its format. This was explained by Athina Papadopoulou of BeFast.TV, the global video startup new media production house that organized Your Way 2 Silicon Valley pitching tournament. The format was the same as a TV Reality Show.

Instead of the regular 5 minute presentation for each startup, this tournament gave new challenges to the competing startup teams. The format was for four rounds and each team was given only 1 minute to make their pitch for every round that tackled four factors that were deemed critical to every startup.
Your Way 2 Silicon Valley Panel of Judges
Every startup team was pitted against an opposing startup and each round was a knockout round. Judging was done after every pitch of 2 startups. The winner steps to the next round.

In the first round, the topic was “Who are you and what makes you different?” Each pitch was met by resounding applause from the audience, themselves composed of representatives from the Philippine startup sector.  The first round only had 8 “survivors that were decided by a panel of 5 judges representing government, startup Finishers, and sponsors of the event.

The 2nd round had only 4 teams surviving while the third round had 2 survivors. The judges in the third round 

The Final round was between Veer Immersive Technologies and Still Fresh Food.     

Both startups were neck to neck during the judging and the final judging was done outside the room.

The winner was announced by BeFast.TV Operations Manager Gemma Kwook and after the envelope was opened it was Veer Immersive Technologies that emerged as the winner.

Veer Immersive Technologies are composed of ICT professionals that provide Virtual Reality training for airlines. They are already engaged with several airlines and are poised to further scale up their services and operations.

Veer Immersive Technologies will compete with the winners of Your Way 2 Silicon Valley from Singapore, Djakarta and Hongkong. 

The winners of each leg will then compete in a pitching competition to be held in Singapore on January 2018. The regional finals will include accommodations, airfare, mentoring and coaching before the final pitching tournament.

The winner will then be sent to Silicon Valley where they will undergo further training and coaching. Also, they will be introduced to incubators, accelerators and venture capitalists.

Techblade congratulates all the participants and winners of Your Way 2 Silicon Valley.   
On Our Way 2 Silicon Valley!

The participants were the following:

1. Bloggapalooza
2. Orbitrr
3. Dibz
4. Groundworks
5. Exora
6. Veer Immersive Technologies
7. Jazzy Pay
8. Still Fresh
9. Quickwire
10. Leverage
11. Product IO
12. Resto Gap
13. Job Pyramid
14. Fetch Everyday
15. Uproots 
16. Urban Greens






Monday, August 28, 2017

The Road to Silicon Valley

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, August 28, 2017


The winner of a pitching tournament for startups that will lead to Silicon Valley will be held tomorrow, August 29, 2017 at  the City Club, Alphaland Makati Place in Makati City.

BeFast.TV, a Silicon Valley based company will host a pitching tournament for Filipino startups and the winner will meet investors and accelerators that will further enhance their capacity in making a success of their startup. 

This event is a part of “Your Way 2 Silicon Valley” project, which is initiated by tremendous requests from many VCs and accelerators in Silicon Valley to discover Asian startup markets. 

The Project is to have a startup reality show with pitching tournament winners from 6 different Asian cities – Manila, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta – in Silicon Valley. 

Silicon Valley based Venture Capitalists (VCs), accelerators and co-working space participants are looking forward to engaging with top startup founders in Asia. 

The groundbreaking event aims to promote and motivate Filipino startups and further stir the pot of the emerging Philippine startup sector.

Further information can be gleaned from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/befast-manila-presents-your-way-2-silicon-valley-tickets-36991612910







Crystal Memory Data Storage Developed by Filipina Physicist

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, August 28, 2017

A form of re-writable crystal that can store data for more than a year was developed by researchers at the Washington State University. It was Dr. Marianne Tarun, who hails from Cabaga, Isabela that made the breakthrough.

Dr. Tarun discovered that that electrical conductivity gets boosted 40,000% by exposing it to light.
Dr. Marianne Tarun of the Washington State University
It was noticed by Dr. Tarun that conductivity of some strontium titanate increased considerably. It was thought at the start that it was because of contamination of the samples.

Upon further research, it was discovered that it was exposure to light that resulted into the findings.

This discovery enables data to be stored in crystals unlike in previous methods wherein heating crystals would only store data temporarily. This will have significant effects on enhanced performances of chips in computers and gadgets that utilize store data in its memory.

Dr. Tarun was then a postdoctoral researcher at the Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Before that, Dr. Tarun taught at the Philippine Science High School from 1994 to 2006. Also, Dr. Tarun served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Physics and Astronomy Department of WSU and researched on electrical defects on semiconductors.  






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