Saturday, April 21, 2018

5 Malaysian Startups to participate in the EXPAND Philippines Accelerator Program with Launchgarage

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, April 21, 2018

LAUNCHGARAGE, the Philippines’ first innovation hub with the largest network of local, regional and global ecosystem partners has launched the EXPAND Philippines program in partnership with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the lead agency that drives the digital economy in Malaysia.

Launchgarage was co-founded by Jay Fajardo, widely considered by many as a pioneer and thought leader in the Philippine tech startup scene and a renowned serial entrepreneur in his own right with a notable exit under his belt. Its COO and co-founder, Jojo Flores is also the Co-Founder and VP of Plug and Play Tech Center, one of the world’s largest tech accelerators with 20+ locations across the globe. Its goal is to further strengthen the tech and innovation scene in the Philippines and Southeast Asia in general through its network, services, and opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

As champions of collaboration, Launchgarage and MDEC launched EXPAND Philippines to further strengthen the synergy between the startups in the Philippines and Malaysia.

“As the primary drivers of innovation in the country, we are truly excited to work with Malaysian startups eager to expand to the Philippines, breathing new life into our competitive landscape. Our role is to ensure that our incoming cohort is able to get a clear grasp of the market, its various regulatory and legal facets and a deeper understanding of the Philippine demographic,” said Lance Pormarejo, General Manager of Launchgarage.

EXPAND is a structured program tailored for tech startups, providing them with opportunities to connect with decision makers, influencers, investors and potential collaborators. Through this program, Malaysian companies are eased into the Philippine Market with various lectures, mentors, and an on-site immersion in the Philippines during the final stretch.

As champions of collaboration, Launchgarage and MDEC launched Expand PH to further strengthen the synergy between the startups in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Out of 50 applicants and a grueling selection process, five startups were ultimately chosen to participate in its first cohort. These are Sales Candy, Sushivid, My Robot Time, Avavaz, and The Decision Labs.

Launchgarage packed the 4-week program with webinars, meetings with expansion partners, investors, and mentors, that are essential to the startups’ entry in the Philippine market.
Exploring the Philippine Market

Most of the chosen startups are already successful in Malaysia and are definitely ready for expansion.


SalesCandy is the first action-based instant routing lead management system that would encourage prompt lead follow-up while improving accountability in salespeople of various industries. As a result, you can focus on generating high-quality leads that convert to sales with efficient marketing campaigns, instead of high volume of underperforming leads which leads to low sales staff morale and burnout.


SushiVid helps brands to find, hire and work with social media influencers from across the region for marketing campaigns. They are partnered with over 3,000 influencers globally and are seeking to aggressively expand their services to other countries in the region.

My Robot Time

My Robot Time is one of the earliest robotics educational firms which tackles research and design, production and sale, curriculum development, competition, and operation. Its head office is located in Shenzen with branches in Korea, Malaysia, and Turkey with R&D operations in Israel, Russia, and the USA. They cooperate with various robotics education training institutions and aim to be a global leader in STEM Education.


Avavaz is an online shopping multi-vendor e-commerce platform that provides daily great deals. Avavaz platform is designed for trade between ASEAN countries, so as to encourage open economies among countries trade whether it be businesses to consumers (B2C), businesses to businesses (B2B) or consumers to consumers (C2C).

The Decision Labs

The Decision Labs developed CEMPIA, the winner of the Philippines Health Tech Challenge. It is a Multi-channel, Multi-lingual, Digital Patient Experience Management Platform to understand Patient Experience at every touch point in the Hospital. CEMPIA captures patients feedback, suggestions, and complaints through a series of applications, and solves any dissatisfaction in real time.

The EXPAND Philippines Program begins on April 23, 2018, and ends in a culminating activity in Manila on May 18, 2018. It is open to media, investors and startup entrepreneurs. For more information, visit: To reach these startups, kindly send an email to

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ChatbotPH Becomes the First Artificial Intelligence Company to Join the Sterling Paper Group of Companies (SPGC)

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
(From L-R): Sterling Paper Group of Companies President Gerry Lim Bon Hiong, Sterling Paper Group of Companies CEO and Chairman of the Board Henry Lim Bon Liong, ChatbotPH Co-Founder and CEO Ron Baetiong, and ChatbotPH Co-Founder Stephen Ku.

PH’s First Chatbot agency now part of one of the nation’s fastest-growing

ChatbotPH, one of the pioneering messenger chatbot agencies in the Philippines, announces that it has joined Sterling Paper Group of Companies (SPGC) through an acquisition deal. The agreement was formally reached last February 1, 2018.

Founded back in 2017 by co-founders Ron Baetiong, JC Velasquez, and Stephen Ku, ChatbotPH has changed the customer service and automation game through custom-built, AI powered virtual assistants or chatbots. Beyond developing chatbots, the organization helps clients constantly improve their bots through regular AI training and R&D. The organization currently services organizations in the nightlife, banking, and retail industries, among others.

ChatbotPH now becomes part of the Sterling Paper Group of Companies. Started as a maker of photo albums and stationeries, SPGC is now a conglomerate with businesses ranging from school and office supplies to real estate and agri-business. Some of the companies under the SPGC wing include Sterling Paper Enterprise, Expressions Book Store, Openovate Labs, SL Land, and Sterling Global Call Center.

(From L-R): SL Agritech Corporation Chief Operating Officer Christian Brian Lim, Sterling Paper Group of Companies Senior Vice President and SACC, Treasury Head Josie S. Farnacio, Sterling Paper Products Marketing Director Michelle Lim-Gankee, Sterling Paper Group of Companies CEO and Chairman of the Board Henry Lim Bon Liong, ChatbotPH Co-Founder and CEO Ron Baetiong, ChatbotPH Head of Customer Success Ivy Barnachea, and Openovate Labs Founder Christian Blanquera

ChatbotPH’s amazing twelve-month growth proves the mainstream acceptance of chatbots. With this acquisition, the company receives more resources create more chatbot products that serve not just companies, but the nation as a whole.

"This acquisition of Sterling allows us to double down on the momentum that we have built on 2017 and scale our operations in order to help more businesses utilize the power of chatbots and AI," says ChatbotPH Co-Founder and CEO Ron Baetiong. "We're very excited to be part of the Sterling family and we look forward to creating great chatbots for Filipinos to use."

“ is the third tech company acquisition that the Sterling Paper Group of Companies acquired in six months time,” says Sterling Paper Group of Companies Chairman Henry Lim Bon Liong. “We believe that is really the future of how technology can further enhance and improve customer service of businesses and also allow easier and faster access to information for the users.”

“Chatbots can support businesses in relations to customers 24/7 and chat simultaneously with thousands of customers,” adds Sterling Paper Products Marketing Director Michelle Lim-Gankee. “We believe we found the right company with a great pool of talent that can propel us to contribute a faster service level and customer satisfaction to the society.”

Friday, April 13, 2018

ICT Jobs MOA Inked For San Carlos

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, April 13, 2018
Signing of MOA between San Carlos City and Virtual Workforce Professionals (VWP) with San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, Jr. (center), VWP founder, Leif Brian Margallo (2nd from left) with partners (L-R) PTB Digital Hub owner Jun Barangan, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Visayas Cluster Head Fredrick Amores and San Carlos City IT Officer Allan Binghay.

Virtual Workforce Professionals (VWP) signed Wednesday an agreement with the city government of San Carlos in the Province of Negros Occidental through its Cooperative Livelihood Development Office (CLDO) to shall provide information technology (IT) enabled work opportunities in the city.

The CLDO of San Carlos City was represented by Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, Jr., and VWP by its chief executive officer and founder, Leif Brian Margallo. Also witnessing the signing are project partners, namely, the Department of Information and Communications Technology represented by Visayas Cluster Head Fredrick Amores, PTB Digital Hub owner Jun Barangan, and San Carlos City IT Officer Allan Binghay.

The project aims to provide jobs and opportunities encompassing call center, data encoding, transcribing and processing, directories, content development for multimedia and internet purposes, virtual assistance and any business process outsourcing e-commerce related jobs.

The site of the partnership is San Carlos City’s existing rural impact sourcing (RIS) hub which is a product of collaboration and partnership with the DICT, the primary administrative entity of the national government that plans, develops and promotes the national ICT development agenda.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PSHS Students win in The Bright Ideas Challenge

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, April 12, 2018
The winners from PSHS - CVC and photo of their prototype. (Contributed Photos)

Generating electricity using common household piping systems won the team from Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS – CVC) the top prize at The Bright Ideas Challenge (TBIC) held at the Mind Museum. Taguig City.

The team from PSHS – CVC topped a field of 26 other teams that participated in the TBIC organized by Shell.

Hydropower has long been used I generating electricity but these students took it to another level that can be used in households that use piped in water.

The team called it the “Pipe – to- Manalo – to” which is a play on the title of a local sitcom Pepito Manaloto.

The team composed of John Paolo Lumanlan,  Earvin Michael Bibay, Daniel Nikko Tumanut,  John Lian Mar Catli, and Jose Benjamin dela Cruz.

The invention was inspired by team member Bibay’s observation that there was excess water running from the watershed in Diadi where he lives on his way to school every day. He thought of harnessing such excess water.

Using a Kaplan Propeller that was fitted into a T-Joint pipe, this enables the generation of electricity from running water in pipes. The team related that the prototype cost only 100 pesos to build with a tin can, a Tamiya Toy Car electric motor and a T-Joint pipe as its main components.

The team was flown to Singapore to attend Shell’s Make the Future Festival at the Changi Exhibition Center. But that was only a part of the [prize. Their school was also given Ph100,000.00 for its STEM program and another Php100,000.00 was given to the team that they will use in further developing and refining their invention.

PH High School Students win at International Science Fair

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, April 12, 2018
PH Team in Kanagawa Science Fair (Photo from Rappler)

Students from the Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas (PSHS – WV) campus took the plum in the poster presentation category at the recently held Kanagawa International Science Fair in Yokohama, Japan.

These were Justin Banusing, Cedrick Cruz and Peter Flores of PSHS – WV with their “Arijo”, an educational smartphone app. The Arijo app was included in the top 8 that was participated in by 78 groups from 34 different schools.

“We didn’t really come in with any expectations,”  “All we wanted to do was spread our advocacy of promoting STEM education and do the best for our school,” Banusing stated.

Developed over 1 year, the Arijo App was inspired by games such as Ingress and Pokemon Go. The app enables its users to learn science experiments, collate environmental data and then share it with others on a public repository.

Peter Flores said that “STEM is one of the most valued fields of studies out there, but not many people are getting into it.” “Since everyone is spending a lot of time on smartphones nowadays, we decided to reach out by putting science at their fingertips.“

The awardees are seniors in the PSHS – WV campus and will be pursuing STEM courses in college.

“I want to continue learning Computer Science and work in the industry one day,” related Cruz. “I also want to contribute to the STEM industry through Computer Science, which I hope to do throughout and after college.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

LX Innovative Solutions Gears Up For Smart City Development with IoT

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Filipino startup LX Innovative Solutions is taking the hardware industry by storm with their compact, dynamic Internet-of-Things based modules. Described as a “hobby project” when it first started, the company in its third year is now going full steam ahead by entering the modern urban development scene. LX was a recipient of the “Best Investment Value Award for International Startups” at the Southern Taiwan Science Park Innovation Festival in 2017 and has since then worked with a multitude of brands regionally, designing a variety of devices in the fields of robotics, healthcare, logistics, education, agriculture and more.

The group announced the development of a new framework at a private function in early March which tackles the ‘correct’ way to approach city-scale development. The new ecosystem they envision utilizes Internet-of-Things modules to acquire specific data from industries, Artificial Intelligence to optimize automation and a layer of Blockchain Technology which leverages this data to create parameter-based smart contracts that rely less on governance and more on optimum decisions with filtered data to back it up. Their group believes that they have pinpointed the solution for those who lack the educational awareness to understand this technology by creating an inclusive system which requires minimal learning to grasp.

The development startup’s 22-year-old CEO Russ Malangen says that creating impact with their technology is now dependent on working on various aspects rather than just focusing on one. “The narrative has changed for startups in our industry as surface-level solutions to problems are quickly becoming obsolete. Our company believes that an ecosystem which creates waves on many different fundamental levels using three core functionalities — IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain will be the key proponents to efficiency in today’s fast-paced world.” Malangen said.

He added that they will release their new products by early 2019 and that implementation will be in line with providing an all-in-one solution for different industries. “We are building the seeds of the future with this ambitious project. The ARK protocol will be able to connect with any existing nodes in place using different communication mediums like RF, Bluetooth, WiFi, GSM and more. Our system will rely on the IBM Hyperledger Fabric to secure this data while specialized smart contracts called EMBI will fuel our vision of creating a system of collaborative consumption for various resources in the Philippines through a utility token.”

A variety of applications and use cases have begun to surface and LX Innovative Solutions hopes to make the transition to the digital world easier by bridging the gap through their middleware. By providing a sound infrastructure in which different modules and platforms could freely interact, the problem of lack of expertise is solved through the community that naturally develops within the ARK ecosystem. “Our movement from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Everything is made possible through Blockchain. We will be able to interconnect devices, aggregate data and create solutions accordingly based on hard facts, something that the country sorely needs”, Chief Operating Officer Paolo Gonzales said.

To their company, one thing is clear: The future is now the present and it is dependent on the next generation’s efforts to begin modernizing the society we live in today. Their goal is not to dominate the market, but to pave the way for open collaboration to build a better city that leads to rapid economic development.

CARAGA Region Unites for ICT Development

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Founders of the CARAGA Federation of ICT Councils led by Butuan City Councilor Cherry May Busa with National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) Vice President Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Assistant Secretary Alan Silor, eInnovation Program Manager Emmy Lou Delfin and Mindanao Cluster 2 Director Evamay De La Rosa.

Information and communications technology (ICT) councils created by various cities and provinces in Region XIII or the CARAGA region joined forces last April 4 in Butuan City by forming a federation.

The creation of the federation was one of the major strategies identified during the whole day capacity development workshop organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the CARAGA ICT Council (CIC) based in Butuan City.

National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) Vice President Jocelle Batapa-Sigue conducted the workshop where she cited the various strategies in order for the region to develop and generate jobs and opportunities in the ICT sector. Sigue is the founder of the Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) in 2008, the ICT council recognized under NICP, which is instrumental in placing Bacolod as one of the Centers of Excellence for IT in 2013.

DICT eInnovation Program Manager Emmy Lou Delfin presented the projects of the department to support the growth of the ICT industry in CARAGA.

DICT Mindanao Cluster 2 Director Evamay De La Rosa said the objective of the workshop is to develop the internal strengths and readiness of the ICT Councils as industry catalysts and to create a set of strategies to improve the socio-economic situation of its region by identifying and developing ICT-enabled industries and businesses to serve as drivers for investments and jobs.

The workshop also aims to promote ICT-enabled Jobs as a high value economic opportunity in rural communities which have access to internet connection and evaluate the viability of the areas in terms of initiatives to address current needs of the academe and the industry players, readiness and strategic disposition of ICT stakeholders and presence of leadership exemplified by champions from different sectors and openness to mentorship assistance of the would-be founding conveners in the establishment of ICT Council.

Officers of the CIC led by its president incumbent councilor Cherry May Busa of Butuan City were also inducted to office by DICT Assistant Secretary Alan Silor. Busa was also named a president of the CARAGA Federation of ICT Councils.

The federation under the leadership of CIC is set to host the NICP 3rd Mindanao ICT Cluster Conference in September this year.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Kumu. The Filipino Super App

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, March 26, 2018
Rodel Tirante of Team Kumu and Katrina Bayog, Head of Partnerships of Kumu

We have apps when we want food delivered. We have apps when we need transport. Also, we have apps when we want to communicate via text messaging and even voice calls. Surely these apps have revolutionized our behaviors and thinking when we need services. All of these are at our fingertips and held in the palm of our hands.

Introducing Kumu. The first app that incorporates all of these needs and wants. Instead of cluttering up our smartphones and devices, one would need only Kumu that incorporates all of the above-mentioned apps. It is a Super App.

What makes it surprising is that it is a Filipino developed app.

According to Katrina Bayog Head of Partnerships of the Kumu Team, it has been in Asia that these needs have been wholly identified and incorporating them into 1 Super App is the logical conclusion. In serving the unique needs of the Filipino, Kumu aims to “Take Back the Internet,” for the Filipinos.

Team Kumu is composed of Filipinos who are I their 20s and 30s and can be considered as a team of Global citizens since they are based in the country and internationally. They saw the opportunities open in the Philippines for such a Super App.

According to Ms. Bayog, Data testing started in February 2018 and the Grand Launch will be on June 2018. 

It is something to look forward to in Filipino talent, creativity and tech innovation.

Aside from the services mentioned above, the Filipino Super App also offers live streaming for artists and musicians, it has a Kumu Wallet for financial services together with remittance services both domestic and international. Also, it includes mobile games.

For more information, just go to

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ubiquity Global Services Philippines, Inc. in Bacolod Continues with its Expansion

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Ubiquity Global Services Founder and President Matt Nyren and Country Manager Erick Canlas were joined by Bacolod City Councilor Em Legaspi Ang and Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) Executive Director Jocelle Batapa Sigue last March 19 during the inauguration of their third space at the Negros Frost CyberCentre in Bacolod City

Launched in March 2014, Ubiquity Global Services Bacolod Delivery Center pioneered the Business Process Outsourcing for Prepaid Financial Services, with a starting count of fifty employees. In a span of only four years, the site has grown into more than 1,000 team members, and have recently expanded to create capacity for even more exciting growth.

Currently housing 800 seats in its Phase 1 and 2 locations, the Bacolod site expanded further into its Phase 3, housing 330 seats, to accommodate a total of 1,100 production seats to support its ever-growing workforce and clientele.

The site’s success is supported closely by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), an active partner of the government in creating jobs and driving innovation for the local Bacolod community. Together, with its global sites in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and the Philippines, Ubiquity is transforming the Customer Experience with highly engaged teams and the most innovative technologies in the outsourcing industry

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acudeen Technologies Announces $35 Million Public Token Sale To Place Movable Assets on the Blockchain

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acudeen, a marketplace that empowers financial inclusion through selling invoices ahead of their maturity date for liquidity is proud to announce the launch of its Public Token Sale with a hard cap of $35 Million this April. The company’s token sale will be based in Singapore where it established its regional office in early 2018.
“The ACU tokens serve as our answer to the growing demand for our services outside of our current consumer market. The purpose of our token sale is to accelerate more businesses with our services in the coming years through this revolutionary technology,”  Mario Jordan Fetalino III, Chief Executive Officer said.

Integrated with popular blockchain platform Stellar, the token’s functionality addresses the issues of liquidity and expensive cross-border invoice purchases through blockchain and cryptocurrencies, making transactions faster with minimal fees. The AssetChain, the ecosystem’s blockchain built with the IBM Hyperledger Fabric, provides confidentiality for business owners through a permissioned blockchain in which data is only shared to participants involved in the transaction. This helps protect their sensitive information both from possible competitors and from the public.

The ACU Token Team envisions a means for financial inclusion that facilitates verification, hassle-free transactions, cross-border purchasing and better incentivization. With ACU, business owners are empowered even more by being given the flexibility to choose when they want to complete purchases. The company views this as a unique opportunity to both adopt modern technology and to rapidly scale towards their company’s mission beyond the fame, the glory and the profits -- To support and generate financial inclusion amongst small business owners and to give them the opportunity they otherwise won’t have been tied to current bureaucracies and archaic systems.

In line with this, the ACU Token Team will be hosting various Roadshows and Community Meetups around Asia for the next few weeks. The dates for the tour will be as follows:

Philippines: March 17-21
Singapore: March 19-20
Hong Kong: March 22-24
Indonesia: March 26-27
Thailand: April 2-3
Japan: April 5-6
South Korea: April 7

The Private Sale Round for the ACU Token is currently ongoing and will last until Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT +8:00), while the Public Sale will commence on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT+8:00) until Friday, April 30, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT+8:00).

Interested parties may view the Whitepaper and apply for the whitelist via their website at and follow them on their social media accounts:


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maya – 1 Ready by June 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Example of a Cubesat

The launch and deployment of the Philippines’ first cubesatellite or cubesat is scheduled this June 2018.

According to Joel Joseph Mariano, Jr, acting director of DOST – ASTI, the turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be on April 1, 2018. Maya – 1 was developed and built by Filipino engineers from DOST-ASTI.

Afterward, JAXA will arrange for its transport to the International Space Station (ISS) and from there launch and deployment will be undertaken by June 2018.

“As you can see, it is ready. We’re just waiting for procedural matters,” Marciano said in a video press conference at the Kyushu Institute of Technology campus in Fukuoka prefecture in Japan last Monday.

Two of the DOST engineers who built Maya-1 under the guidance and supervision of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) are Joven Javier and Adrian Salces.

Javier and Salces were sent by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) to Japan to participate in the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite or Birds-2, a cross-border university project for the development and operation of cubesats.

Other countries that implemented the Birds project are Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

Maya – 1 is part of the Birds – 2 project together with Malaysia and Bhutan.

Maya – 1 will still be subject to tests by JAXA with regards to spaceworthiness before launch and deployment. This will be then released from the ISS into low orbit by utilizing the Kibo, a Japanese experimental module.

Maya – 1 is capable of multiple missions that include image generation of the country, sending of short messages and transmission of voice communications using amateur radio frequencies. Maya – 1 is also able to monitor dynamite fishing through sensors installed in strategic areas of the Philippine archipelago. Also, habitat monitoring in remote areas of the country.

Unilab Foundation for STEM

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Unilab Foundation Team making their presentation before students at the STEM Expo

Unilab Laboratories, one of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the country through its Unilab Foundation is going forward with its mission. Aiming to promote and raise awareness for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) so as to encourage students to seriously consider careers in STEM.

Participating in the recently held STEM Expo in SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia, Unilab Foundation presented its advocacy right at the forefront of the event.

According to Unilab Foundation Project Lead, Alfred Dicto, the challenges facing STEM education in te country is enormous but not insurmountable.

Unilab Foundation is forming a chain of partnerships with various organizations in order to address the concerns of STEM education in the country.

Citing the following challenges faced by STEM education:

1. Lack of Teachers’ Training
2. Low interest in taking up the STEM curriculum among students
3. Dearth of facilities
4. Policy/ies in government and schools with regards to STEM

But Unilab Foundation brought with them Astrophysicist Reina Reyes who even interacted with the students in support of STEM.

Mr. Dicto emphasized the support of Unilab Foundation for the promotion of STEM among the students and the Filipino people and that bigger things are in store in the future. 

PH Students Communicate with the International Space Station

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The International Space Station

Filipino students were able to contact and communicate with the International Space Station for the first time last February 17,2018.

The live contact was organized by the PHL-Microsat Program in cooperation with University of the Philippine (UP) Diliman together with the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

This has been another step to disseminate knowledge on space science and technology and also to inspire more students to become more interested in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM).

The event was held at the UP-EEEI-Meralco Innovation Hall in UP Diliman and was livestreamed via the DOST-ASTI’s website and its Facebook page.

Radio communications linked the students with the astronauts aboard the ISS.

Participants of the event were students from the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) and Holy Angel University in Pampanga.

The PHL-Micr5osat Program is also involved with Diwata – 1, the first Filipino developed microsatellite which was deployed in 2016. Diwata – 2 is currently in the development stage.

It is the aim of the DOST-ASTI to encourage more students to take up STEM courses and be available as a pool of science and technology professionals that will be harnessed for the nascent Philippine Space Program.     

The ISS has been in orbit for more than 19 years.

Filipino Math and Science Awardees Continue to Increase!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
2017 YES Awardees

The country grew a record-breaking bumper crop of math and science awardees among its youth. When the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards was established in 2007, there were only 70 awardees given recognition. After 10 years, the awardees numbered 1,195. These were students who competed in international math and science competitions and won top awards.

 “If the number of YES medals awarded is any indication of our future in science, I’m happy to say that it looks more than promising,” according to Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the organizer of the YES Awards.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) wherein 548 awardees were given recognition. There will be other recognition events in various regional DOST offices.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña personally gave the Secretary’s Medal to the awardees. He gave assurances to students that the DOST will always be supportive of programs that strengthen the Science and Technology endeavors of Filipino students.

The ceremonies included national organizers of math and science competitions, school official, teachers, and parents of the awardees.

Also given recognition were the top 3 schools with regards to the number of awardees. Philippine Science High School Main Campus garnered the Gold Ribbon Award for having  278 medals with St. Jude Catholic School with 265 medals and Grace Christian College having 175 medals.

DICT launches Safer Internet Day for Children in PH

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara, NIGS Director Maria Teresa Garcia and other members of IACACP pose for a photo at the launch of Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines last February 13, 2018.

Recognizing that internet safety for children as a critical component of Philippine development, the  Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) recently launched the Safer Internet Day for Children last February 13, 2018.

This is part of the joint campaign by the government and private sectors to eliminate online child pornography and to have a cyber- environment that is safe for children to use. Access to information using the internet is being widely utilized by children and minors thus subjecting them to hazardous content.

It must be noted that the country has been identified recently as one of the global hubs of online child pornography.

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara emphasized: “We have to go beyond the Internet, we should go back to the family kasi nanganganak yang problema yan, pwedeng maging ugat ng use of illegal drugs, cybercrime, or even human trafficking.”

“Naging bahagi ang Pilipinas sa mas malawak na pagkakaisa laban sa child pornography,” “Pero dapat safer Internet (for children) everyday, hindi lang ito pang isang araw, ” Asec Caliwara added.

Safer Internet Day for Children was first established internationally in 2004. In the Philippines, it is every second Tuesday of February as proclaimed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In November 2017, a summit regarding safe internet for children and minors was also conducted between various stakeholders from government, NGOs, the private sector, academe, and communities in order to formulate policies and programs to make the internet safe for Filipino children and minors.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

QBO Innovation Hub launches new QBO App, now available on iOS and Android

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 08, 2018
Launch of QBO App last March 1, 2018 at City Garden Grand Hotel

QBO Innovation Hub, the Philippines’ first public-private sector platform for startup companies today launched the QBO App, a new and convenient way for QBO’s community to connect with each other and access QBO’s programs and services, at the City Garden Grand Hotel.

QBO is supported by a consortium composed of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), J.P. Morgan, and IdeaSpace Foundation Inc., a leading incubator of early-stage startups established by the First Pacific, PLDT and Metro Pacific group of companies.

The launch was headlined by speakers such as Secretary Fortunato dela Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Roberto Panlilio, Senior Country Officer of J.P. Morgan Philippines; Chito Bustamante, founder of Chikka; Justin Hall, Principal Investor at Singaporean venture capital firm, Golden Gate Ventures; and Katrina Chan, Director of QBO. These speakers represent the bleeding-edge pioneers in the local startup ecosystem.

The event was attended by both notable startups in the local ecosystem and top executives and officials from QBO’s partners including Butch Meily and Diane Eustaquio of IdeaSpace Foundation Inc. and Chris Young of First Pacific among others.

The QBO App is a virtual hub that allows startups to connect with a broader range of entrepreneurs, investors, partners, and other potential resource persons. It’s also an avenue for users to engage in startup-related discussions as well as stay updated with QBO’s events and services. Not bound by geographical or physical limitations, the QBO App enables users to discover and connect with potential partners from regions outside of Metro Manila.

“This is an exciting time for us, and indeed for the local startup community as a whole. With our app, never has it been easier for our entrepreneurs to access the essential services and resources that will help them take their companies to the next level,” said Katrina Chan, QBO Innovation Hub Director. Chan also added that the app will act as an avenue to more conveniently connect with QBO's roster of
experienced mentors and consultants.

The QBO App features three primary functions. Its QNNECT feature provides access to QBO’s network and connects users with people with whom they can create meaningful partnerships. Through QNNECT, founders can meet other industry players and potential partners; startup enthusiasts can find ways to get started in the industry, or otherwise stay on top of the latest news, and mentors and investors can find new businesses and other potential investments.

The QLLABORATE feature enables a more active startup community through the QBO App. Through it, users can discover startup-related events across the country, participate in groups to seek advice, discuss trendy topics, and communicate with special guests and speakers. Important resources like government forms, speaker presentations, and other documents can also be downloaded through QLLABORATE.

Finally, with QNTRIBUTE, users can become active members of the startup ecosystem, sharing their news, pushing their own products, and posting photos, links, videos and other startup-related content on a social media-like timeline, as well as give feedback to QBO’s programs and services.

“Our goal is to help provide opportunities and mentorship for our budding startups, especially those driven by young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs. The convenience of an app will be very appealing to them, and eminently helpful,” said Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara of DOST.

QBO’s partners share its passion for supporting local startups. It's collaboration with J.P. Morgan has led to the creation of the elite INQBATION Program, that seeks to develop select, high-potential startups – empowering underserved founders and creating impact for the community.

“With mobile technology continuing to disrupt the business landscape, connectivity helps level the playing field for many of our startups – in terms of access to resources and partners that they can tap as they develop and grow their business. Launching this app is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Roberto L. Panlilio, Senior Country Officer, J.P. Morgan Philippines.
The QBO Team

The QBO App is only the latest development in QBO’s vision of Filipino startups changing the world, and it is available and ready for use on both iOS and Android devices.

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