On June 27-28, participants from various sectors of the tech and startup community came together for the Techtonic Summit 2018 at SMX in Pasay, Metro Manila. This years’ theme is Disrupting Southeast Asia, with the aim of inspiring innovation and building a community across the region. The event was attended by over 10,000 participants featuring tech industry leaders, impact investors, leading media partners, and thousands of representatives from the government, academe, corporate, and startup community.
The event opened with key messages from Philippines Senators Bam Aquino, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, and Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.
“Funding startups is an adventure”, said Sen. Bam Aquino who is also the principal author of the Innovative Startup Act which seeks to empower and encourage Filipino innovators and entrepreneurs to build better solutions for the nation.
The main event was the Ring of Fire competition where 20 startups competed for a chance to win PHP 500,000. The winner of the competition was the student-led Exora Technologies, an online marketplace for big power users and retail electricity suppliers.
“The level of Philippine startups keeps getting better and Filipino startups need to look abroad, raise their sights, because they’re capable of doing it and they have the technology for it,” said Butch Meily, QBO Innovation Hub President and one of the judges in the pitch competition. Through an event like this, Techtonic aims to make Southeast Asia the epicenter of innovation.
PhilDev took part in the two-day event as one of the community partners. The event was dubbed as the biggest tech conference in the Philippines, presented by PMCM Events Management, Original Pitch Venture Capitalist, QBO, LiquidMinds, and XS by XS.
“We are excited for the developments happening in the region and we are hopeful that events like this help pave way for more opportunities for collaboration and community-building within Southeast Asia. We are happy to be part of this year’s Techtonic Summit. We hope to leverage on the networks built during the summit to explore more areas of collaboration between startups, government agencies, corporations, and other ecosystem builders in the region. It was also a great opportunity for us to reach out to the startup community about our recently launched Social Impact Accelerator, where we look forward to supporting impact-driven social enterprises in the Philippines.” said Katherine Khoo, Mentorship Coordinator of PhilDev Labs.
Watch Techtonic Summit's event highlights, here.