Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shop with Style and Confidence with StyleGenie

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018

With today’s hectic schedule and the demands of having to invest on appearance being a must in whatever endeavor, having a personal stylist can be of considerable advantage.

It is acknowledged that a significant portion of end-users and consumers are female, StyleGenie is a tech startup that can provide a stylist specifically for you.

By combining expert personal styling with data that is given by the user, a personal web-based styling app is available.

The fashion tech startup currently provides styling services to over 2,500 customers and connects with over 30 clothing brands that promote sustainable fashion. This is by providing each customer with their own personalized styling box together with their own expert stylists.

It is simply done by several steps.

1. Create a Style Profile
2. Order a Style Box
3. Then one receives expertly curated fashion pieces delivered to one’s doorstep.

These combined with more than 30 clothing labels that include Revival, Miz+Moxie, Lovely Bunny, Fashion Friday, MochaMondays, Skittles, Zalora,  Coco&Co and Chelsea.

The beauty of the app is that end-users can use it even when they are on the go and have it even has a 30-day replacement period.

This tech startup was among the finalists in the SheLovesTech tech startup competition for startups founded by women that were recently held by startup incubator and accelerator QBO.






Make Travelling Easier and Fun with TripZeeker

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018

The recently held SheLovesTech startup competition organized by QBO, a startup accelerator/incubator disclosed various tech startups founded or co-founded by Filipinas.

It intends to create more participation from the country’s women in the tech startup sector. According to statistics, only 18% of Philippine startup founders are women. In the competition, the range of disruptive tech services, processes, and tools was wide.

One tech startup aims to make it easier for those who plan to travel. TripZeeker which was co-founded by its CEO Kim Lim presents an online bazaar of travel experiences by connecting travelers with multiple tour operators and travel agencies across the globe.

The current way to travel is by just booking a flight and hotel accommodations. The travel is not optimized in terms of actual time spent in enjoying the travel destination though. More time is spent in finding what kind of tours to join, comparing prices, finding activities and other “things-to-do” when arriving at the travel destination.

TripZeeker takes away all that and gives the traveler more time in actually enjoying the trip. TripZeeeker gives travelers the convenience of having the freedom of choice in deciding what their travel experiences would be like by having a platform that will compare prices, availability of user reviews and they can also reference crowd-sourced information per destination.

This results in significant savings for the traveler and the travel SMEs participating in the platform also benefits by having exposure to global clients.

TripZeeker allows the traveler to explore 53,000 tours and activities around the world by having a platform that is easy to navigate with pictures of destinations around the world. The traveler can also book with TripZeeker that offers maximum value for their travel experiences by having insights on the best current deals from transport, hotel bookings, and tour packages.






New PH Human Resources Tools

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018


Human Resources Management is not always an exact science. There are more intangibles with regards to such. But although there are quantifiable metrics, these are still not as exact. From hiring to retiring or personnel, there is more to just keeping records.

A Filipina startup technopreneur came up with a tool for Human Resources Management (HRM) that would enable a more scientific and efficient approach.

Rumarocket uses and builds Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools that can help Human Resources managers in the process of managing their departments. This tool assists in HR management from recruitment, retention, promotion and crafting incentives programs for employees.

Kathleen Paige Yu, CEO of Rumarocket, believes that the collaboration of data-driven tools can be used in managing human resources challenges that will result in better business outcomes.  By customizing job experience to the individual needs of the workers and through the use of AI in predicting behaviors the tool creates a customized action plan for each employee.

This can predict behavioral factors that can be used in addressing concerns such as retention, employee stress, and work effectiveness.

Rumarockets features and advantages are:

1. Get all your data in one place
2. Make actionable conclusions from your data
3. Gets more efficient when with more data input
4. The system draws fluent conclusions as talent needs change
5. Improve employee retention rates
6. Reduction of turnover for certain positions.

Rumarocket works by the following:

1. Open System – can be integrated with existing HR tools and software
2. Data Mining – It organizes and synthesizes data.
3. Utilizes Machine Learning

Rumarocket was a finalist in the SheLovesTech competition recently held by startup incubator/accelerator QBO.






PH Housing Problems? Filipina Startup to the Rescue!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, August 30, 2018
GAD Container Modular House

The Philippines ranks 12th in world population, according to the UN, the country’s population is now at about 106 million. This is with its population growth rate of 1.72 between 2010 to 2015.

This population growth rate exerts pressure on the need for shelter or housing. By 2022, the need for housing is estimated at 6,571,387. Shelter is one of the three basic needs that include food and clothing.

The demand for housing has been outstripping the construction of houses for decades now. The government can barely cope with the demand and most houses are being constructed by the private sector.

Filipinas and the Philippine Startup sector are rising to the challenge. In the recently concluded SheLovesTech  startup competition organized by QBO, a Filipina founded startup took up the cudgels for the increasing demand for housing.

Greencorten Architectural Design (GAD) developed houses that are 30% cheaper than traditional housing costs, combined it with modular homes that use shipping containers, artisan furniture and green lifestyle services that will revolutionize the house construction in the country.

Using shipping containers for housing and other commercial uses has been existing for more than 2 decades. The innovation comes with having these scalable, disaster resilient and incorporates green technology with its design.

Another advantage is that these modular houses are 5 times faster to build than conventional houses.  They are also 3 times stronger structurally and even have a module for a swimming pool.

Founded by Filipinas last 2014, the main idea is to upcycle shipping containers that include products and green lifestyle services. The idea is to meet market expectations rather than just responding to housing development needs. This is coupled with sustainability and minimizing environmental impact.

By upcycling which is the process of discarded materials and re-utilizing them into higher-end materials in the houses, the need for consuming new materials is decreased will the upcycled materials can be used as higher-end parts for the houses.

These also include furniture and even fixtures as well as gardens and even swimming pools.

The advantages are:

1. Modular Design and construction’
2. Cost-efficient
3. Sustainable and environmentally friendly.

GAD’s products and services are:

1. Container Homes
2. Artisanal Furniture
3. Container Pools
4. Green Services










Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Antipara: Filipina-made tool for Marine Management

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Apo Reef images generated by Antipara's Underwater 3D image generator.


It was a portent of things to come. In last July’s Techtonic Summit 2018 Summit, one of the Top 3 startup winners was Antipara Explorations.  It is a startup that is used for marine explorations, monitoring, and surveys.

The Techtonic Summit 2018 was the 2nd edition of the summit started last 2017. It showcases disruptive technologies developed by startups in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s edition built upon the success of the previous year’s summit.

 The heart of Antipara is its algorithm.

Antipara enables the generation of underwater 3D mapping and includes an analytics service that provides information that is used in marine management and underwater visual environment.

The Philippine aquaculture industry will benefit from Antipara Exploration since it goes into a more scientific approach in fisheries management. This is done by having real-time access to information regarding information management, environmental monitoring, and protection as enhancing food security since aquaculture is a source of protein for a significant number of Filipinos.

Antipara can do the work that used to be done in 2 – 3 months in 1 day. The tool can cover 25 kilometers of coastline in 1 day in gathering data and generating much-needed research data. It also GIS information on reefs. Coral cover assessment and 3D models for dive maps.

Antipara’s 3D algorithm was created by Laurice Dagum. The startup was among the finalists in the recently concluded SheLovesTech completion organized by QBO and held at their Buendia, Makati startup incubator and accelerator facility.






Friday, August 24, 2018

Caraga To Host 3rd Mindanao ICT Conference

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, August 24, 2018


The Caraga Administrative Region or Region 13 will be hosting a national information and communications technology (ICT) conference this September which seeks to gather hundreds of digital champions for the countryside.

The hosts this year are the Caraga ICT Council and the Caraga Federation of ICT Councils all chaired by Butuan councilor Cherry May Busa in collaboration with the city government of Butuan, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

The 3rd Mindanao ICT Conference (MINCON) on September 25 to 26 this year to be held at Almont Inland Resort and Convention Center in Butuan City is a flagship program of NICP under its vision to share best practices and showcase the potential of the regions for ICT investments.

The conference will showcase the latest ICT development and the newest innovation platforms under the theme “BRITE MINDANAO: Building Resources Toward ICT-Based and Technology Driven Ecosystem In Mindanao”.

Councilor Busa looks forward to showcasing Caraga and Mindanao ICT initiatives, to convene ICT stakeholders and work cohesively to achieve an ICT ecosystem that will redound to the economic growth in the region and develop ICT learners to prepare the next generations for the future of work.
Founded in 2008 by local ICT champions from ten different cities, NICP which is now recognized for promoting the creation of ICT councils, an organizational model that brings together movers and key decision makers from the public or government sector (local or national line agencies), academe and human resource, and private or business and industry sector.

The ICT council aims to provide a platform to set directions to position their respective communities as strategic locations for ICT-enabled jobs and investments.

As the administrative center of Caraga, Butuan is poised to create more jobs and opportunities from the growing ICT industry to address the economic situation of the region.







Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Maya – 1 Deployed in Space

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Image from DOST-ASTI


The Philippine’s first CubeSat (Cube Satellite) was deployed into space last August 10, 2018, by the International Space Station (ISS). It was launched into space last June 29, 2018, by the SpaceX Falcon spacecraft.

The CubeSat was among 2 others deployed from Malaysia and Bhutan. Maya – 1 will be used in taking imagery, serving as a repeater satellite for ham radio transmissions and even cellular phone communications.

Maya – 1 will function as a Store and Forward system for communications purposes between the CubeSat and ground stations. It will also provide scientists and government agencies with a geographical hazard map with its wide angle and narrow angle image generating cameras.

It can collect data on generating early warning on landslides and flash floods. It can also track endangered species and fishing vessels.

Maya – 1 was developed in cooperation with Japan and Kyoto University. 

Currently, Diwata – 2 the next Micro-Satellite developed by Filipinos is being readied for its own launch within the year.






“Olivia” Wins PH Edition of She Loves Tech

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The Judges of She Loves Tech PH Edition

“Olivia” is the winner of the Philippine Edition of She Loves Tech competition held at QBO Innovation Hub last July 31, 2018. She Loves Tech competitions were also held in 15 regional locations around the world.

She Loves Tech the world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology came to the Philippines. The Philippine leg of the competition was co-organized by QBO with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Olivia won the top plum and will compete in the global finals to be held in Beijing, China this coming September 15, 2018.

Olivia can be described as the fitbit for money, made specifically for women, and is redefining how women save and invest their money. They help women create financial goals, match them to investment products via AI, and allow them to allocate investments to goals so they can track their progress.

Olivia was founded to make it easier for women to set aside funds for the things that are important. Whether it’s for that vacation, your child’s college education or kitchen renovation, Olivia will visualize the goals and help them take action.

Most personal finance platforms are mainly built by men, for men. While line charts and beating the market motivates men, women are more concerned about what money can do for her family. Olivia is targeting the 900K women who are investing in the Philippines to help them achieve their personal financial goals in life by making investing simple and affordable.
The pitching competition at She Loves Tech PH Edition

It was noted that in the Philippines, only 18% of startups were composed of women. The competition’s aim was to generate more awareness among women with regards to participate and found more startups.

This is the first time that the competition was held in the Philippines. “I’ve met a lot creative and highly competent female founders throughout my career, and I know what impact they’re capable of,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “I believe this competition is a fantastic opportunity to continue empowering more women to work in tech and supporting those who already are.”












Habagat and No More NOAH

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Project NOAH

It all started on September 29, 2009. It was just Storm Warning Signal No. 1 over the NCR and surrounding provinces. Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) was forecasted to pass over the above-mentioned areas and since the winds were not that strong, only rain was expected. But the rain came with the equivalent of a month’s average in volume within the time span of 5 hours. It caused so many deaths and damage to property in the affected areas. That time, there was no way of forecasting rain volume.

On December 2011, Typhoon Sendong devastated Parts of Mindanao. Again, there was no means of forecasting the rain volume. There was a need for more accurate forecasting and then President Aquino instructed that a system be established that will give a more timely, comprehensive and accurate forecast of such disasters.

In July 6, 2012, Project NOAH was launched. NOAH is the National Operational Assessment of Hazard. It is a breakthrough in the cooperation of national agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Institute of Geological Sciences, PAGASA, UP College of Engineering,   PHIVOLCS, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute and the Science and Technology Institute.

The aim was to give at least 6 hours lead time for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management agencies to prepare for disaster related operations. This also involves knowing how much rainfall is expected, the strength of winds, generation of hazard maps for vulnerable areas, storm surge estimates, flood-prone areas and even estimate of how much time rain will fall in a particular area.

This involved 21 public and private agencies and institutions that put in equipment for early warning on rainfall amount,  Doppler radar stations that can observe cloud formations, vole of rain and direction. Included were water level measuring devices and early warning systems.

This was implemented and operated from 2012 until 2017. But by February 2017, the funding for NOAH was not continued citing lack of funds.

The University of the Philippines adopted Project NOAH from the DOST.

In the past 3 months composed of June, July, and August of 2018, seasonal Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) has caused loss of life and property that could have been mitigated if NOAH and its systems were still fully operational.






Global Accelerator Exchange: Launchgarage Signs Agreement For The Inclusion Of Filipino Startups In China’s Greater Bay Area Initiative

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Launchgarage Innovation Hub recently launched the LG:GAX (Global Accelerator Exchange) Program which aims to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and the global market by conducting year-round inbound and outbound accelerator programs with our local, regional and global partners. This program seeks to provide companies with the opportunity to connect with key industry players through the Launchgarage network, gain unique market insights from experts, obtain support for research and development, and the facilitation of deals/investments.

In line with the LG:GAX program is the partnership with Gungho Space, an incubator and service platform that is devoted to be the “Super Connector” for Hong Kong, Macau and overseas entrepreneurs with the  mainland market against the background of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and E-Cell, an Incubator in India focused on fostering and raising awareness in the region of Gujarat which is fostering the innovation and having multi-cultural connections with other incubators which help tech makers to increase the reach and have their products going global, Launchgarage has signed an agreement of collaboration with them to bring Filipino Tech Startups into the Global Market.

“This is an exciting development for the parties involved. We are fully on board for this initiative and our exclusive partnership with both Gungho Space, lead by Andy Yip who is one of the, if not most prominent Angel Investors in China and E-Cell, NIRMA’s Premiere Incubator in India. Our main objective is to support each other, to bring in opportunities for collaboration and to foster the startups within the network. For Launchgarage to be part of this alliance is something truly special indeed, and we can’t wait to kick off our programs in a few months’ time,” said Russ Malangen, GAX Program Manager, Launchgarage Innovation Hub.

As part of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau International Incubator Alliance, Launchgarage portfolio startups will gain exclusive access to the China market which is now solely focused on the development of the Greater Bay Area, Asia’s answer to Silicon Valley. Outbound and inbound exchange programs will be facilitated among the three organizations and engage in constant discussions to help accelerate companies that are ready for expansion to other parts of the region as well. The goal of the partnership at the early stages is to kickstart the development of joint teams for innovation R&D and to foster project development in applicable areas where synergies are found.

No project in Asia has been as ambitious as the China government’s vision of developing the Greater Bay Area. The plan to transform the Pearl River Delta into a world-class mega city cluster includes neighboring countries in Hong Kong and Macau, which will serve as special administrative regions. A strategy has been conjured up to enhance the capital, talent flow, and connectivity within the Greater Bay Area and utilizes Hong Kong’s financial strength, and Macau’s advanced services, leading to a possible GDP which exceeds $4.62 trillion by the year 2020. The involvement of a Filipino entity in Launchgarage is an integral part of the equation to ensure their inclusion in this initiative. Its competent team of former and current serial entrepreneurs from the top down with exceptional track records will help propel Filipino startups moving forward and ensure that they do not miss out on the opportunities which this new titan market will bring forward.






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