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Preparing for the future: PhilDev Scholars meet Google PH Pioneer

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On January 12, ten PhilDev-Shell scholars participated in a career guidance session with Randy Reyes, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead of Google and a pioneer of Google Philippines. The session was about career-building while pursuing personal passions.

Most fresh graduates go through the challenges of determining a career path to pursue after graduating from college. This is also the case for many of PhilDev-Shell’s scholars as discovered by PhilDev’s Scholarship team during the scholars’ peer counseling sessions. One of these challenges is deciding whether to pursue a career they are passionate about or a career that will better the lives of their families and provide them with financial stability.

The session with Randy is part of the support services provided to PhilDev-Shell scholars. The PhilDev Science and Engineering Scholarship (PSES) program go beyond funding talented students from various universities in the Philippines. It also provides support services such as peer counseling and career guidance to motivate scholars to perform better in school and ensure holistic development as individuals.

Randy shared his story and his journey to Google. He highlighted the importance of building confidence and leveraging on one’s strengths when finding one’s calling. He also emphasized to the scholars that it is normal for them to experience these kinds of challenges.

“The idealization of finding yourself, I think, is something to reckon with in general, but I don’t think it’s like one and done. I think you’re constantly trying to negotiate it and figure it out...and it’s okay,” Randy said.

Closing the session, the PhilDev-Shell scholars sought advice from Randy regarding balancing career and volunteering. Randy has volunteered to various social causes and advocacies while pursuing his career in the United States. His stories strongly resonated with the scholars since many of them are also involved in volunteer work for various organizations.

As parting words, Randy advised the scholars to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as they reach for their goals in life.

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Fireside Chat with Dado Banatao at ASPACE Gallery

Last February 4, our Founder and Chairman Dado Banatao was featured at a Fireside Chat hosted by the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP). At the event, Dado shared his insights and experiences as an engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. The chat was followed by a Q&A portion, which gave the participants a rare opportunity to ask questions directly to Dado.

Participants of the event included the Social Entrepreneurs (SE) of the Social Impact Accelerator. “It was a great opportunity for the Philippine startup community to learn from Dado, coming from his firsthand experience in using his technical expertise to invent, innovate, and scale businesses that improve the conditions of people. It was a great privilege for the SE founders to learn from him about growth strategies.” said Goldy Yancha, PhilDev Entrepreneurship Manager and ISIP Social Entrepreneurship Officer.

Dado believes that the Philippines has a strong capability to compete on a global level. He emphasized PhilDev’s work in promoting inclusive economic growth in the Philippines through supporting and spurring innovation and bringing in technical expertise through its wide network.

“PhilDev is here to help. We help not only entrepreneurs but also the government. We have taken Silicon Valley here to the Philippines. If you look at the profile of different nationalities in Silicon Valley, we outweigh the other Asian countries in terms of achievements, in terms of successful companies that were built in Silicon Valley. So, what we want to do here is for Filipinos to take advantage of opportunities here. If we have to compete with Silicon Valley, let’s do it. I’ve been there for so long that over time I realized that we’re just as good”

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The Innovation for Social Impact Partnership is a joint project between PhilDev, UNDP Philippines and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this partnership, UNDP and PhilDev combine their strengths in social innovation, sustainability, technology, and entrepreneurship to enable social enterprises become scalable businesses.


University of San Carlos, a PhilDev TechHub

PhilDev and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) continue to work to establish a network of Technopreneurship Hubs (TechHubs) hosted in Philippine universities strategically located nationwide. These TechHub universities will serve as Centers for Technopreneurship Excellence with whom surrounding universities and entrepreneurship communities can collaborate. The TechHubs are expected to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in various regions of the Philippines.

 The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City is one of PhilDev’s TechHubs. They have been actively involved in several initiatives pursuing the overall objective of the TechHubs to strengthen the linkage among the government, private sector, academe, and the community, to develop a thriving startup ecosystem, particularly in the Central Visayas region.

 On January 22, USC launched the USC TechHub known as “Carolinian BRIDGES” in its Talamban Campus in Cebu City. The acronym BRIDGES was derived from Building Research and Innovation for the Development and Growth of the Enterprise & Society. It is a center where innovators and game changers can collaborate and develop products that solve real world problems.

 This was followed by a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Dean Taboada, Dean of USC College of Engineering, and executives from private industry partners like Zoog Technologies Inc.; GT Cosmetics Manufacturing Inc.; TrustE Web Services Technologies; Lexmark Research & Development Corp.; Fluor Daniel; Autoliv Cebu Safety Manufacturing., Tsuneishi Technical Services (Phils.) Inc.; Minebea Mitsumi ; and Knowles Electronics Philippines. Through the MOU, they aim to build active linkages and an active ecosystem network with industrial networks through exchange learning sessions, On-the-Job training and faculty immersion, collaborative research, curriculum development of disciplines, and technology innovation undertakings

 Innovation enablers were also invited as speakers for the forum, with the objective of promoting and strengthening the Technopreneurship culture in the region. Present during the event were Bryan Ybañez, Research Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 7; Maria Elena Arbon, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 7; Rufino Olay III, Vice-President for Business Operations of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center for Excellence; and Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD, PhD, Vice-President for Academic Affairs of USC.  Jones Castro, PhilDev Executive Vice Chairman, was also present during the Regional Forum and Pitch Competition.

 Aside from the USC TechHub-Carolinian BRIDGES launch, a Technopreneurship Forum and Pitch Competition was also conducted as part of the activity lineup of the TechHub.  The pitch competition aims to showcase the talent and innovations of USC’s students and alumni. This is aligned to the TechHub’s objective of propagating entrepreneurial thinking among the students and alumni.

“We are really excited with the new developments happening in our TechHub. We believe that the opening of the USC Tech Hub-Carolinian BRIDGES will further spur innovation. This is just the beginning and we are looking forward to implement more projects and programs that would help us implement best standards in developing innovations and enterprises that are globally scalable and responsive to local needs at the same time.” said Dr. Angelo Cabije,TechHub USC Manager.

 “Since we at PhilDev started our partnership with University of San Carlos four years ago, we mark our journey with USC today with another milestone, the Carolinian Bridges, its Technology Business Incubator (TBI). USC is part of a nationwide Technopreneurship Hub (TechHub) initiative with CHED, wherein 15 TechHubs will be geographically and strategically located throughout the country to raise the entrepreneurship standards and spur innovation at the HEIs in its region and increase linkages with the industry and public sectors in their respective communities.” said Mr. Jones Castro, PhilDev Executive Vice Chairman.

 At present, PhilDev is officially engaged with six (6) TechHubs from all over the country. The goal is to expand to more universities and HEIs to support the implementation of the Technopreneurship 101 subject that was rolled out in all 539 HEIs in the Philippines that offer engineering programs starting academic year 2018-2019.