Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bacolod Seen Among Blockchain Pioneers

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

L-R Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) President and HYBrain DevelopmentCorporation CEO John Dave Duenas, BNEFIT Founder and Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Ethereum World - Singapore official Chris Thompson,  DynaQuest Technology Services President Randy Knutson and Ethereum World President Daniel Adams at the Bacolod Blockchain Initiative.

Industry practitioners see blockchain as a new technology that Bacolod need pioneer to enhance its lead as a center for excellence in information technology and business process management amidst the threats of new disruptive technologies.

Randy Knutson, head of DynaQuest Technology Services, a Manila-based firm says “blockchain technology will help the Philippine BPO industry migrate to next digital wave and create new jobs and preserve existing jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence-based call centers, making the Philippines one of the leaders in Blockchain Technology and Bacolod a destination location in that future.”

Last Thursday, May 24, blockchain industry practitioners and local stakeholders in Bacolod converged for an intensive whole-day workshop about block chain technology, dubbed as Bacolod Blockchain Initiative at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College – Talisay Campus.

The focus of whole day workshop was on the use of blockchain in smart contracts and healthcare, particularly electronic healthcare records and its integration in the academe.

The Bacolod Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), organized the project with the support of Ethereum World, an incubator based in Singapore, DynaQuest Technology Services, a Manila-based firm, and HYBrain DevelopmentCorporation, a Bacolod-based software development firm).

BNEFIT president John Dave Dueňas, also the founder of HYBrain said Ethereum World has invested in the best technology to provide executive services catered to all entities to help all visionaries expand their business ideas and discuss with our team of top developers and advisors.

The main aim of the initiative is to introduce blockchain technology which has been in mainstream media because of the popularity of one of its application known as “cryptocurrency” but Dueňas says, blockchain is more than cryptocurrency, it is a technology which introduces a new wave of “internet”, secured sharing of data and effective integration of data amongst processes which is now being referred to as the software development technology of the future.

Only a few countries like the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates have actually included blockchain technology in their academic curricula, so when Ethereum World, a blockchain integrator company based in Singapore showed interest in introducing the technology in Bacolod, BNEFIT has to grab this opportunity in order to open the doors in the province and the city to explore the possibility of being the first location in the Philippines which has academic institutions incorporate blockchain in their elective courses, he added.

The workshop will be facilitated by Knutson together with Daniel Adams, the chief executive officer of Ethereum World, and Chris Thompson, Business Development Director also of Ethereum.

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said this project is a big boost to the iTEACH program of BNEFIT which is composed of a series of industry-led digital workshops for the academe. We only have a few more years, before new technologies create major disruptions to the workplace and Bacolod needs to constantly step up not only to maintain its lead among BPO locations in the Philippines but to take advantage of the millions of new digital jobs available around the world, Sigue added.






Thursday, May 24, 2018

NICP to Hold Luzon ICT Conference in Taytay

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 24, 2018


The Convergence of Luzon Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Champions Conference and Exhibitions (CLICCONEX), the official Luzon cluster of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) will have its third national conference on July 5, 2018, at Sienna College in Taytay, Province of Rizal.

This year’s host is the Taytay Rizal ICT Council (TRIC) and the Municipal government of Taytay headed by Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula with Convention Chair Lucette De La Rosa.

The theme of this conference is “Innovation + Collaboration + Creativity = Digital Luzon”, Making Academe-Government-Industry Collaboration (MAGIC) that form the base of the aims and goals of all ICT Councils around the nation under NICP.

NICP is a national organization of now about eighty information and communications technology (ICT) councils all over the Philippines, representing the stakeholders in their respective geographical locations such as regions, provinces, cities, and municipalities with the vision to be the recognized and unifying advocate for countryside ICT development.

To strengthen the capacity of ICT councils to develop strategies for generating jobs and investments, NICP created clusters for its three major geographical divisions, namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in 2012.

NICP holds its National ICT Summit during the last quarter of the year with ICT cluster conferences held in the Visayas in the first quarter, Luzon in the second quarter and Mindanao in the third quarter.

With the support of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), CLICCONEX aims sustain the working synergy for all Luzon ICT Councils and other ICT councils of NICP, strengthen the collaboration between the ICT Councils and their respective DICT field operation officers (FOOs) in Luzon, share programs and best practices among the Luzon ICT Councils and identify resources and support for ICT development among Luzon ICT stakeholders and partnerships with the private and public sector.

This year the CLICCONEX panels will focus on four themes, namely, Accelerate PH, Digital Skills, and Scale Talent Development, Reshaping Provinces through Digital Transformation, and Digital Cities Caravan: Transforming Cities Thru Best Practices in eGovernance.

Accelerate PH Panel will highlight the major traditional parameters for the steady growth of the IT-BPM industry and how to develop and promote countryside locations for inclusive growth. It will share the different segments of the new program of DICT on Digital Cities PH and highlight the initiatives of various industry associations

Digital Skills and Scale Talent Development Panel will focus on talent development and the need to introduce digital skills and implement intensive and relevant upskilling and re-skilling programs for the available talent supply to ensure the global competitiveness of cities and provinces for technology-enabled jobs and services

Reshaping Provinces through Digital Transformation Panel will identify and discuss imperatives for the development of a digital ecosystem in the local level such as the creating digital startups, an open innovation center and leveraging on new technologies like RPA, IOT, and AI to prepare for the workforce disruptions and creation of new jobs

Digital Cities Caravan: Transforming Cities Thru Best Practices in eGovernance Panel aims to showcase the winning initiatives of LGUs in Luzon which has integrated information and communications technology (ICT) for the effective and efficient delivery of public services, more active citizens engagement and adoption of new technologies. 

To register, interest participants can visit www.nicp.org.ph







Friday, May 18, 2018

PH Inventor Wins with Touch Surface Interactive System

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, May 18, 2018
Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao the inventor of the Smart Surface

Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao, director of the Computer Center of the University of the Philippines – Diliman College of Engineering won the gold in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva Switzerland.

The Smart Surface electronic sensor developed by Tiglao converts any surface into an interactive system. The gold award was only 1 of 20 awarded during the exposition.

The system converts any flat surface into a tap sensitive device akin to the touch surface of smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The system enables students to have an innovative and interactive method of learning. The Smart Surface is a system that is composed of sensors and a central controller.

Tiglao’s research and development for the Smart Surface received funding support from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) line agencies Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development as well as the Technology Innovation for Commercialization (Technicom) program implemented by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute.

The Smart Surface System was part of a two-man team sent by the country to compete in the exhibition that had over 7,000 exhibits and have been participated in by 226 entries in the competition proper. It featured 1,000 inventions wherein the Smart System was given an award and recognition.






Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bacolod Aims To Be GameDev Hub

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 17, 2018
Senior High School Students of Romanito Maravilla National High School get game art design workshop from Audacity Studio Design and Games Enterprise (Adage), Inc.

Information and communications technology (ICT) stakeholders in Bacolod aims to position the city as a hub for the game development industry in the Philippines.

In 2013, the Bacolod – Negros Occidental Federation for ICT (BNEFIT) officially launched the advocacy to step up in three areas, namely healthcare information management (HIM), software development and creative processes, specifically in animation and game development.

In 2016, BNEFIT supported the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the Department of Information and Communications Technology and GDAP partners in Negros Island in the conduct of the 1st Negros Island Game Festival.

From then on, a series of initiatives undertaken by BNEFIT or other groups separately has spawned in support of the Bacolod’s potential as a game development hub.

At present, as startup company, Audacity Studio Design and Games Enterprise (Adage), Inc. registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Holysoft Studios registered with the SEC and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) are taking the lead for BNEFIT’s programs in the creative industry.

The presence of creative startups like SWAPRose, Aardvark, and Simplex GameLabs and 2D and 3D Animation schools like the Negros Occidental IT and Language Center (NOLITC) and NXT Academy is a big plus to the growing support of national government agencies. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Management Bureau has regularly invited game development studios in Bacolod for international exposures while the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has provided equipment to creative startups through BNEFIT.

In the formal education side, Bacolod has several K to 12 senior high schools offering specialized tracts related to the creative industry. One is the Romanito Maravilla National High School, a public school in the city which offers its senior and junior high school students illustration and animation.

In June of this year, La Consolacion College - Bacolod will start to offer Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing with Major in Game Development and University of St. La Salle – Bacolod will offer Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Game Development.

The overall goal of BNEFIT is to create 60,000 ICT-enabled jobs in 2022 and around a thousand of it from the creative sector, especially, game development.

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said the strategy is to enhance the artistic abilities of students especially with the use of digital equipment and platforms, as well as their coding skills since game development require both art and software development skills, BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said.






PH Students in Imagine Cup Competition Finals

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 17, 2018
Team Onyx during their presentation at the Imagine Cup Finals. (Photo from Philstar)

A team of students developed a mobile app for health uses that enables early detection of diseases reached the finals of the Imagine Cup held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The competition was held under the auspices of tech giant Microsoft. Team Onyx was composed of Romie Rey Santiago, Daniel Soriano, and Kyle Fretzie Regino. 

The Computer Engineering students from the Technological Institute of the Philippine – Quezon City came up with Bionix, an app that scans the fingernails of the user sends detailed images to Microsoft Cognitive Services which is then analyzed by a feature called Custom Vision. This determines types of diseases that may be present by comparing it to existing health data sets.

According to Daniel Soriano, early stages and signs of diseases can already be observed through fingernails. That is where the app comes in since a detailed image can be analyzed via the existing data sets.

Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Custom Vision can then help in determining diseases already existing and early diagnosis and treatment can then be applied if needed.

By using the app, the users can then send the results to a doctor and also Custom Vision has a list of medical specialists that can be consulted.

A member of the team disclosed that the inspiration came from initial efforts in using eye scans to determine if diseases are already present.   

One of the judges was impressed by the app wherein such a simple method of determining the onset of diseases was developed and created by a group of students with limited resources. The team was widely applauded in the competition.






EXPAND PH to Present Culminating Demo Day

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Launchgarage team will be holding its Demo Day event for Expand Philippines this May 18, 2018. This will be the culminating event for the online and offline accelerator program that featured 5 Malaysian Startups that intends to offer their products and services to the Philippines.

The 4-week intensive program was specifically designed for tech startups that provided each one of them opportunities to network and connect with decision makers, potential investors, influencers, and collaborators.

This program enabled the Malaysian startups to ease into the Philippine market through various lectures, sessions with mentors and immersion on-site in the Philippine setting.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) who are partners with Launchgarage in this program will make their presentation in the event. The 5 Malaysian startups will then proceed to make their pitches before the panel composed of industry investors.

Launchgarage COO Flores will give the opening remarks followed by the keynote speech by CEO Jay Fajardo.

The event will be on May 18, 2018, from 3:00 PM up to 6:00 PM at Launchgarage Innovation Hub, located in Calle Industria, Circulo Verde in Bagumbayan Quezon City.






Joel Villasenor: Filipino Scientist in Search of Extraterrestrial Life

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 17, 2018
Filipino Astrophysicist Joel Villasenor 

The search for extraterrestrial life has fascinated the youth since the creation of science fiction novels, movies and actual manned spaceflight starting in the 1950s. These included many young Filipinos during those times when the Space Race was being undertaken by the US and the USSR.

Inspired by such, a young Filipino during those times had his curiosity further piqued by the Moonshot but focused on the “How To” on further exploring outer space. His name is Joel Villasenor.

Realizing that further studies where required to pursue his dreams, Villasenor decided to study abroad and obtained a Physics degree at the California Technological Institute (CalTech) and went on towards a doctoral degree in Plasma Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Explaining that to go into the astrophysics field, one has to be involved in a university’s research program and from then on move into the realm with a graduate degree as one of the keys.

Also, Villasenor is the only Filipino member and the instrument scientist of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) that was recently launched into space. It is an all-sky space satellite that would be looking for exoplanets outside our solar system.

This collaboration between MIT Kavili, NSA, and several US-Based institutes give funding for TESS and unlike the Kepler Telescope will cover more areas in the search for exoplanets that have more probabilities in supporting extraterrestrial life.

Villasenor further explained that they were looking for “Goldilocks” planets wherein the distance of the planets from its sun will be conducive to the formation of the right amount of water wherein life can be sustained.

TESS is monitoring 200,000 planets outside the solar system an measuring the “dips” in the brightness of the planets will determine if it is at the right distance to be a “Goldilocks” planet. The “dips” in the brightness is caused by a planet passing by its sun.

 “These planets cannot be too close or too far from a star. We know that life [originated] from liquid water. We’re looking for places that can support liquid water,” Villasenor further explained.

It has been a long way from the Philippine Science High School Main Campus in Quezon City to the search for exoplanets for Joel Villasenor.






Bacolod Aims To Be GameDev Hub

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 17, 2018
Senior High School Students of Romanito Maravilla National High School get game art design workshop from Audacity Studios.
Information and communications technology (ICT) stakeholders in Bacolod aims to position the city as a hub for the game development industry in the Philippines.

In 2013, the Bacolod – Negros Occidental Federation for ICT (BNEFIT) officially launched the advocacy to step up in three areas, namely healthcare information management (HIM), software development and creative processes, specifically in animation and game development.

In 2016, BNEFIT supported the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the Department of Information and Communications Technology and GDAP partners in Negros Island in the conduct of the 1st Negros Island Game Festival.

From then on, a series of initiatives undertaken by BNEFIT or other groups separately has spawned in support of the Bacolod’s potential as a game development hub.

At present, as startup company, Audacity Studio Design and Games Enterprise (Adage), Inc. registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Holysoft Studios registered with the SEC and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) are taking the lead for BNEFIT’s programs in the creative industry.

The presence of creative startups like SWAPRose, Aardvark, and Simplex GameLabs and 2D and 3D Animation schools like the Negros Occidental IT and Language Center (NOLITC) and NXT Academy is a big plus to the growing support of national government agencies. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Management Bureau has regularly invited game development studios in Bacolod for international exposures while the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has provided equipment to creative startups through BNEFIT.

In the formal education side, Bacolod has several K to 12 senior high schools offering specialized tracts related to the creative industry. One is the Romanito Maravilla National High School, a public school in the city which offers its senior and junior high school students illustration and animation.

In June of this year, La Consolacion College - Bacolod will start to offer Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing with Major in Game Development and University of St. La Salle – Bacolod will offer Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Game Development.

The overall goal of BNEFIT is to create 60,000 ICT-enabled jobs in 2022 and around a thousand of it from the creative sector, especially, game development.

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said the strategy is to enhance the artistic abilities of students especially with the use of digital equipment and platforms, as well as their coding skills since game development require both art and software development skills, BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said.






Friday, May 11, 2018

Centsilyo: No more loose change

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, May 11, 2018

Team E-Pursuers with other Finalists and Judges of the 4th Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC4)

An app developed by students of the University of Southeastern Philippines makes shortchanging a thing of the past. The app called Centsilyo is a mobile wallet app that makes paying for items and collecting the right amount of change from a sale an exact transaction. That means there will be exact change down to the last cent.

 “Our startup idea was actually inspired by the No Shortchanging Act of 2016 (RA 10909),” shared  Mariah Nicole Perez de Tagle, who tapped her classmates Daniella Javilles and Annie Marisse Insong to develop their innovative app.

Their team known as the E-Pursuers took the name from the Bisaya word “Sensilyo” meaning “Loose Change.” This aims to enforce the law wherein businesses are prohibited from giving insufficient change for their transactions with their customers.

E-Pursuers won the 4th Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC4) by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in its National Finals last April 2018. The team is also the recipient of the Huawei Philippines Special award that earned them a spot in the Seeds for the Future Program this coming October 2018 which is a two-week immersion program in startup hubs in Shenzhen and Beijing China.






Thursday, May 10, 2018

The World Startup Festival ™ and Telekom Malaysia Strive to Foster Regional Startup Champions

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, May 10, 2018
(From left) WSF Ambassador to Africa Ismail Nabe, WSF Regional Director Udesh Chaskar, WSF International Board Member Teymoor Nabili, TM Chief Digital Officer Ahmad Azhar Yahya, WSF Regional Director Fazil Irwan Som, WSF Accelerator Lead Trainer Richard Dacalos

Kuala Lumpur, 2 May 2018 - The World Startup Festival™ (WSF) and its accelerator partner, D’Academy have partnered with Malaysia’s No 1 Converged Communications Services Provider, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) to organise accelerator bootcamps for ASEAN startups, in preparing them for funding and market access.

This will be one out of a series of accelerator bootcamps with more than 100 startups across Asia. These bootcamps, spanning one week, comprise three modules namely Module A, B, and C. Startups which attend all three compulsory modules and demonstrate satisfactory progress in their businesses will be eligible to tap into a pool of fund worth USD20 million, specially allocated for startups, with a commitment by WSF to invest up to USD100,000 per startup.

Commenting on the collaboration, Ahmad Azhar Yahya, Chief Digital Officer, TM said, “TM is excited to partner with WSF in providing startups, including from Malaysia, with opportunities for growth and market access. Anticipating on the digital future, we can generate enough opportunities through innovation to employ the growing workforce effectively. This collaboration also shows our support in creating a thriving startup ecosystem in Malaysia towards empowering Malaysia’s economy particularly through digital and innovation, in line with our strategic goal of empowering digital.”
(From left) WSF International Board Member Teymoor Nabili, WSF Ambassador to Africa Ismail Nabe, WSF Regional Director Udesh Chaskar, WSF Accelerator Lead Trainer Richard Dacalos, TM Chief Digital Officer Ahmad Azhar Yahya
The culmination of the bootcamps is the WSF annual event in Paris happening from 6-8 June providing opportunities for startups from Asia, Africa, North America and Europe for collaboration and funding opportunities.

Close to 1,500 participants consisting of startups, corporations, governments, and community leaders, mainly from Asia, Africa, and Europe are set to attend the Festival. More than 30 speakers from Asia, Africa, and Europe are scheduled to speak at the Festival.

Among them are MakeSense founder and EDF Foundation Board Member Christian Vanizette, OECD Southeast Asia head Alexander Boehmer, Crème de la Crème COO Theo Dorp, Formulate IP Angel Investor Director and CEO Neeraj Gupta, IFRC Policy Strategy and Knowledge Director Shaun Hazeldine.

Some of the sessions include ‘The Future of Financing and FinTech Options’, ‘French Government and the Startup Project’, and ‘Understanding Equity Investments and Should You Take It’.

“WSF has always believed that startups can only grow when they don’t work in isolation. Hence, WSF pays equal attention to governments and corporations as central players in the startup ecosystem. Only then, can businesses be a force for good and solve pressing problems in the society,” said WSF International Board Member Teymoor Nabili.

The annual Festival is scheduled to set foot on the African continent in 2019.

Also present at the press conference were WSF Ambassador to Africa Ismail Nabe, WSF Regional Director Udesh Chaskar, WSF Regional Director Fazil Irwan Som, and WSF Accelerator Lead Trainer Richard Dacalos.

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About WSF

The World Startup Festival (WSF) is a global entrepreneurship platform based in California, bringing together the global startup community, as well as government and corporate leaders from the 10 regions of the world, to create a global conversation on youth entrepreneurship and future businesses in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution. WSF works closely with OECD in Paris and 7 of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WSF is a super connector and incubator for businesses worldwide, providing an end-to-end service including funding from ideation to IPO, international business collaboration, media exposure, ratings and awards.

For further information on WSF, visit www.worldstartupfestival.com.

About D’Academy

As the licensed accelerator partner of WSF, D’Academy runs fast-track startup accelerator programmes focusing on pre-seed, seed and post-seed startups across the world. D’Academy’s unique selling proposition is the convening of compressed accelerator bootcamps across 4 stages namely D’Camp, D’Pitch, D’Raise and D’List, spanning over just one week per programme to suit startups’ active business schedule.

About TM

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s Convergence Champion and No. 1 Converged Communications Services Provider offers a comprehensive suite of communication services and solutions in fixed (telephony and broadband), mobility, content, WiFi and smart services. As a market leader, TM is driven by stakeholder value creation in a highly competitive environment. The Group places emphasis on delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst focusing on increased operational efficiency and productivity.

For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.mywww.tm.com.my.

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