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PhilDev Labs at Techtonic Summit 2018

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.


PhilDev Labs Roadshow


PhilDev held a series of roadshows across the country to launch PhilDev Labs. PhilDev Labs is the hub of innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives by PhilDev. It strengthens the ecosystem of startup enterprises by nurturing viable ideas, strengthening their social impact, realizing their technology component to help them scale, and mentoring them to be sustainable. PhilDev Labs is part of the entrepreneurship pillar of PhilDev and houses various programs that support startups. This includes the Accelerator Program under the Innovation for Social Impact Project (ISIP) that PhilDev is co-leading with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia (DFAT Australia).

The roadshow covered three (3) key cities in the country: Baguio, Davao, and Cebu. A total of 230 participants attended the event from various locations nationwide. The events were held in partnership with PhilDev’s TechHub university networks from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Participating universities who also hosted the roadshow include Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City,  and the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

“Within our own university, we have several promising innovations and this kind of program from PhilDev, UNDP, and DFAT-Australia becomes an opportunity for local startups to build their network and strengthen the community we have.” said Prof. Christine Marie Gohetia, Public Relations of University of San Carlos and Program Manager at USC TechHub.

The PhilDev Labs Roadshow ran from April to May and is expected to conclude with its last stop in Metro Manila by the end of May. Various Manila-based startups and social enterprises are expected to participate in the event.

Learn more about PhilDev Labs and its programs. Follow PhilDev’s social media pages to keep you updated on upcoming PhilDev and PhilDev Labs events.



Saint Louis University TechHub Conducts Technopreneurship 101 Workshop

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Saint Louis University (SLU) held a one-day supplementary training for Technopreneurship 101 on May 5. Faculty members from the School of Engineering and Architecture participated in the activity. SLU in Baguio City is one of PhilDev’s partner universities that established a Technopreneurship Hub (TechHub) with support from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). SLU TechHub actively serves as platform to enhance and strengthen the Technopreneurship 101 course within their own university and their respective cohort universities and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Regions.

Topics covered by the training include Business Model Canvas led by Mr. Joel Barquez, Founder and CEO of Blood Hero. The session focused on the different parts of a Business Model Canvas and its importance in the foundation of a startup company. Mr. Tivo Mallillin, Competence Manager of Nokia R&D, led the session on Lateral Thinking. He presented Eduard De Bono’s concept of Lateral Thinking where a problem solver should explore different ways of examining a challenging task, instead of accepting what appears to be the solution with seemingly the most potential moving forward.

Dustin Masancay, PhilDev Labs’ Incubator Manager discussed Human- Centered Design and the importance of designing products and ideas based on the needs of the customer. A mini design thinking workshop was also conducted during the session.

“Design thinking offers a new way of looking at problems and creating solutions relevant to meeting the SDGs. These are the types of innovations–inclusive and highly impactful–that we hope to support through programs like ISIP and the TechHubs.” said Dustin Masancay, PhilDev Labs Incubator Manager.

The activity was concluded with a panel discussion with entrepreneurs who shared their experiences in putting up a startup. Panelists include Au Soriano, Founder of PinoyTravel, Inc.; Jessica Manipon, Co-founder of Vesl Trade, Inc.; Janelle Dulnuan, Co-founder of Plot and Play; and Jason Bruno of Word Camp.

“We believe that in order to strengthen Technopreneurship 101, we must consistently push for continuous academic and entrepreneurial mindset development through activities such as workshops and trainings. This would enhance and supplement our knowledge and capacity to teach the subject to our students. It is through supplementary activities like this that we gain a better understanding and grasp of the subject and see the various practical applications which the students would better appreciate.” said Professor Donna Tabangin, Program Manager of SLU TechHub.

Technopreneurship 101 is a subject developed by PhilDev based on recommendations from Visiting US Professors the PhilDev brought in and deployed in various Philippine universities in 2013-2017. Through the partnership of PhilDev and CHED, Technopreneurship 101 will be part of the new engineering curricula, offered as a required General Education elective, beginning academic year 2018. The subject will be rolled out in more than 539 Philippine universities that offer engineering programs. In 3-5 years, PhilDev hopes for the Philippine universities to produce new breeds of engineers and scientists who would have the skillset to commercialize their innovations and inventions.