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GOAB 2017 Kicks Off!

The Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) International Technology and Startups Conference commenced August 24, 2017, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This year’s edition is geared towards forming a synthesis between the best practices of the corporate sector and the startup sector in the Philippines.

The inclusion of the corporate sector will significantly enhance the scope of the tech startup sector that is challenged to come up with technology based solutions that will aim to solve everyday problems and concerns in the country. The corporate sector will benefit from the development, implementation, and application of solutions crafted by these tech startups to enable them to be more efficient in the operations and increase their revenue bottom-lines that are the results of these tech startup solutions.

Tina Amper, founder of gave the opening message of the annual confab followed by the welcome keynote address of Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron of Puerto Princesa City. The government was represented by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim. 
Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron welcoming the GOAB 2017 Participants

The first Panel Discussion with the subject of How Founders Can Navigate Treacherous Seas; Path to potential Unicorns in the Philippines wherein Aldo Carrascoso, Founder/CEO of GlycoProx Biosciences stressed that startups must “Achieve Value, then Valuation will follow.” 

In the same Panel Discussion,  the subject of value was further pointed out by Founder and CTO Emeritus Yobie Benjamin, startups must “Focus on your value proposition and your addressable market.”

"Use your power to raise funds. DO NOT depend on the 12 Tribes." - Yobie Benjamin

The next Panel Discussions will tackle Decentralizing Applications: Intro to Ethereum and Blockchain Tech; Updates on Startup Innovation Bill to be presented by the Office of Senator Bam Aquino and a Workshop regarding Fundraising and Working it Out with Investors. The State of the Nation’s Startups will be the topic of Jojo Flores, Co-Founder and VP Operations of Plug and Play Technology Center.

The GOAB 2017 conference will be until August 25, 2017, at the Princessa Garden Island, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Techblade supports the Philippine Startup Sector will continue to bring updates about GOAB 2017.   

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