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 www.kumu.ph







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 tokensale.acudeen.io and follow them on their social media accounts:

Twitter: twitter.com/TeamAcudeen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/acudeencommunity
Telegram: t.me/AcuTokenGroup






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.

For more information about QBO, visit www.qbo.com.ph.




Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This Manila incubator is merging brick-and-mortar businesses with startups

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Team Cerebro during their training and immersion in Silicon Valley 

Manila, Philippines – Cerebro Labs, the newest incubator in Manila, is on a mission to enable collaboration between traditional businesses and startups.

Founded by seasoned professionals with backgrounds in law, accounting, and engineering, Cerebro Labs is not your typical startup accelerator.

“We came from traditional professional practice and industries. We have worked in both the private sector and public sector and have more than 100 years of combined experiences,” said Atty. May Quizan, Planning and Innovation Director of Cerebro Labs.

Quizan says that while they are transitioning from conventional industries to technology-driven businesses, they hope to impart their knowledge and expertise to millennial startup entrepreneurs.

According to Cerebro Labs, they believe one of the keys to startup success is striking a balance between creativity and practicality.

Along with the decades of experience of their team in various industries, Cerebro Labs says they are also bringing along their wide network of people from brick-and-mortar businesses and corporations, including real estate, banking, and finance, retail, construction and so on.

Cerebro Labs also seeks to generate more opportunities for Filipino graduates so that they do not have to go abroad to find better jobs.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, there are at least 10 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide.

The incubator has opened its first startup challenge last January. Winners of the competition will have the chance to win up to PHP 500,000 seed funding and up to PHP 2 million worth of support services including mentoring, office space, and access to Cerebro’s network to different industries.






Science Explorer Bus arrives in Iloilo

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with its Science Education Institute (SEI) fielded its Science Explorer Bus to Iloilo. This mobile science learning facility enables students to have a fun learning experience even though their schools are under-equipped or have no science laboratories.

Features such as interactive learning equipment and collections of learning modules that are geared towards the promotion of hands-on learning of complex science and mathematical concepts are included in the Explorer Bus.

The DOST brought the Explorer Bus to Iloilo and the Science Explorer Bus was able to facilitate the learning of  570 pupils and students from Lapayon Elementary School and Lapayon National High School in Leganes, Iloilo on its first stop last February 26, 2018.

Additional schools in Iloilo that are scheduled for the Science Explorer Bus are the following:

1. Bayag Elementary School and Bayag National High School in Leon, Iloilo;

2. Badiangan Elementary School and Badiangan National High School in Badiangan, Iloilo;

3. Dueňas Central Elementary School and Dueňas General Comprehensive High School in Dueňas, Iloilo; and

4. New Lucena Central Elementary School and New Lucena High School in New Lucena, Iloilo.

The DOST acknowledges that access to science teaching aids is not enough in many schools in the country. This has an effect on student learning in these areas. Thus, DOST brings its Science Explorer Bus to these areas where it can provide laboratory facilities, audio-visual equipment, interactive exhibits and learning materials that are not usually available to students in said areas.

The ultimate aim of the program is to inspire and encourage more students to become professionals in science by having exposure to such scientific equipment and even interaction with scientists.

On its Iloilo leg, the Science Explorer Bus tackled several topics such as Weather Science, Forest Biodiversity, River Geology, Water Rocketry and Marine Science.

The Science Explorer Bus was launched in 2010 and has served 22,802 students all over the Philippines.






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