Planting the GOAB Seed to a Startup Founder

At today’s Founder’s Friday meetup, we were glad to hear how GOAB had helped one startup founder in Cebu. Jonas Kee Quilantang Founder/CEO of Uniform Solutions attended the 1st GOAB conference in Boracay last 2013 where he met Khailee Ng, managing director of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based investor and accelerator with offices in Asia.

His first conversation with Khailee made him to realize that he could never be funded if he did not have a functioning product and actual business. His “startup idea” alone was never going to be enough to make his dream come true to “get funded”.

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Geeks On A Beach 4th event to be held on August 25-26

Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), the international tech and startup convention which will have its fourth run in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines later this month on August 25-26, 2016.

“Geeks on a Beach” (GOAB) is a unique international conference featuring the cutting-edge of the tech world in a laid-back atmosphere. With the theme “Empowering startups, leading change”, GOAB4 will once more highlight communities of startups or innovation-driven enterprises based on software or apps, which have seen remarkable growth in the Philippines in the last few years. GOAB has greatly contributed in empowering Philippine startups.

“We are looking at startups taking the lead in strategically leveraging opportunities offered by a bigger regional market of ten countries with some 617 million people and a combined GDP of US $2.1 trillion opened up by the Asean integration,” said Mon ​Ibrahim​, Innovation Consultant, Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

Organized by TechTalks.ph and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and co-presented by PLDT SME Nation, Ideaspace, PLDT Innolab and SmartDevNet, the 4th annual GOAB gathering will be held on August 25-26 at the Bellevue Resort Hotel in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines.

Some of the brightest minds in the industry from the USA, Singapore and other countries will be on hand at the 2016 GOAB. Invited to speak in the confab are Techstars co-founder and managing partner David Brown, Startup Weekend co-founder Marc Nager, Chris McCann of Greylock Partners,Crowdsourcing Week founder and CEO Epi Ludvik Nekaj, ​500 Startups Managing Partner/Investor Khailee Ng, 500 Startups corporate innovation director Arnaud Bonzom, Zalora Philippines Managing Director Constantine Robertz, PLDT SME Nation Head of Community Partnernerships Fro Oliva, Ideaspace.ph Managing Director Diane Eustaquio, ​TechTalks.ph chief content officer Robert Cristobal, Citrix principal UX designer Philip McKay, and STAC Silicon Valley president Cristina Laskowski.

Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph who has been instrumental in conceptualizing GOAB said those who are into digital technology, web design, and innovation should not miss this opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the industry and meet the key players in the tech startup world.

“The Philippines’ remarkable work-play environment complemented by the famous Filipino hospitality and a unique cultural mix of East and West makes it the natural cultural doorway to the ​ASEAN​ for geeks and investors alike,” said Amper.

This year, GOAB is held in partnership with HappyGaraje, Sym.ph, and PR Works. This year’s official airline partner is Philippines AirAsia. Silver Sponsors are Zalora, Mynimo, Teradoor, PouchNation, A Space and Infocomm Investments, while Bronze Sponsors are Yoyo Holdings, Payoneer, Eurekloud, USAID-STRIDE, US Embassy, Eastern Communications, RTI International, Piktochart, Office of Senator Bam Aquino, Department of Tourism, Launchgarage, and StarTechUp Inc. GOAB organizational partners are Philippines Software Industry Association, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines., UP CebuInit.org, CedFIT.org, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Developers Connect, STAC Silicon Valley and GoNegosyo. Media partners are Auza.Net, Tech in Asia, Geeks in Cambodia, Hubnob.tv, InnoPub Media, Mytechisland.com, Zerothreetwo.com, Jumpstart Magazine, Mobile Ecosystem Forum, Asian Journal Publications, Balikbayan Magazine, Innovation is Everywhere, e27, Newsdesk Asia, WazzupPilipinas, Escooped.com,Istorya.net, Expat Philippines, PayPerClick.ph, TopTen.ph and Our Awesome Planet. GOAB founding sponsors are Smart, Smart Devnet, Ideaspace, Mynimo.com, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, STAC Silicon Valley, Islands, Istorya.net, GT Cosmetics, Chef on Demand and Ng Khai Development Corporation

Internet.org by Facebook will be hosting the “Happy Hour” closing party on the last day of the 2-day event. Facebook will present Internet.org in one of the GOAB special sessions on Thursday. Internet.org’s mission is to make the world more open and connected by developing a range of solutions to address connectivity barriers such as accessibility, affordability and awareness—in hopes that one day, everyone will be connected.

GOAB participants include a mix of software professionals, developers, designers, startups, tech/startup enthusiasts, business professionals, investors, the government, academe and various organizations supporting the innovation community in the Philippines.

“We are excited to have this fruitful collaboration with Internet.org by Facebook. We are happy that an initiative by a startup that has really made it big has gone out of its way to help GOAB empower other startups,” said Dave Overton, GOAB Chief Geek and Founder/CEO of Sym.ph.

For more information, to sponsor or purchase tickets, visit, www.GeeksOnABeach.com; or contact Hello@GeeksOnABeach.com. Facebook: Geeks On A Beach and Twitter @GeeksOnABeach.

 

A day in the life of a geek: Mon Ibrahim

Mon Ibrahim’s contribution to GOAB and the Startup Ecosystem.

Let’s take a look at how Geeks on a Beach championed the Filipino startups. As our alumni share their inspiring stories. “Once upon a Beach” is our video series aimed at highlighting the impact of GOAB. Especially on the startup community. Whether you are a founder, innovator or a proponent of the startup agenda. These chronicles will move you to visit the next GOAB in August.

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Geeks on a Beach, The Untold Story

See what the fuss is all about.  Join us!

August 25-26, 2016 #Panglao #Bohol #Philippines

 

#tech #startups #design #entrepreneurship #conference #beach #GOAB


Why is GOAB different than other events and why we cannot accept all speaker requests or provide complimentary tickets?  And, why we continue to seek sponsorships?

 

Thanks in advance for spending 5 minutes to read and helping us make this event more awesome.  

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A day in the life of a geek: Sari Software

Let’s take a look at how Geeks on a Beach championed the Filipino startups as our alumni share their inspiring stories. “Once upon a Beach” is our video series aimed at highlighting the impact of GOAB on the startup community. Whether you are a founder, innovator or a proponent of the startup agenda, these chronicles will surely move you to visit the next GOAB in August.

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Once upon a Beach: GOAB Stories

Let’s take a look at how Geeks on a Beach championed the Filipino startups as our alumni share their inspiring stories. “Once upon a Beach” is our video series aimed at highlighting the impact of GOAB on the startup community. Whether you are a founder, innovator or a proponent of the startup agenda, these chronicles will surely move you to visit the next GOAB in August.
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Meet our Second Set of Speakers for Geeks On A Beach

Surprise! 

We’re now announcing our second set of of speakers for this year’s Geeks On A Beach! Homegrown innovators in business and tech will be joined by world-leading founders and CEOs . Their decades of experience in running their own business will inspire you to have your own, too.

Sign up today! We offer 25% off on your conference ticket valid until June 15, 2016 only. Register at www.geeksonabeach.com

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The Coolest Geeks are Ready to Set Camp in Panglao Island

Drum roll!! We are ecstatic to announce the first batch of speakers for this year’s Geeks on a Beach! More to come, but for now let’s make waves for these coolest geeks who are ready to set up camp in Panglao Island.

If you’ve been wanting to meet influencers and leaders like them, now is your chance to meet them up close.  Work hard. Play Hard.  Get ready and sign up today!

Because we don’t want you to miss this golden opportunity, we’re giving you 30% off on  your conference ticket valid until May 31. Register HERE! Continue reading The Coolest Geeks are Ready to Set Camp in Panglao Island