Geeks On A Beach, taking place at the Movenpick Hotel on the beautiful coast of Cebu, will gather brilliant minds behind tech, design, and entrepreneurship from southeast Asia on 21 and 22 August to talk tech. And work on their tan too.
This isn’t just about the Asian startup ecosystem. This is also a love letter to the amazing companies and entrepreneurs in the Philippine startup community. Geeks On A Beach organiser Tina Amper wanted a conference that would highlight local success stories, something she considered especially important given all the attention Singapore already receives among local and regional investors.
But Geeks On A Beach was also created as a forum to help identify the problems affecting Filipino entrepreneurs, and hopefully come up with ways to resolve them. “We will also talk of the sad realities and the challenges”, said Amper. "We will focus on what we need to do more."
And that it will, with these key highlights during the two-day event.
The keynote panel for the first day tacitly acknowledges the obstacles ahead for the Filipino startup ecosystem. Dubbed "Philippine Startups and the Road Ahead – UNCUT!”, the panel will provide a realistic view of the local startup community. Another panel, ‘Technology Stack for Startups’, will overview some of the new technologies that can help startups scale, both in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Celebrating success stories
The second day will focus more on the success stories shared by entrepreneurs. Case in point: Rappler.com chief editor Maria Ressa will deliver a keynote speech on ‘The Future of Media Today’. No surprise there: Rappler is perhaps the most widely-read and respected alternative news outlet in southeast Asia, and was founded to balance state-controlled news agencies.
The second day will also feature breakout sessions with tracks on special interests, business and entrepreneurship, gaming and design, and tech and developer topics. One such workshop, ‘Branding and Digital Marketing for Tech Startups’, led by Mike Prasad of SuperMassive Holdings, is just one of many intended to help grow and educate a new generation of founders and investors.
Endless brainstorming on the beach
This isn’t the first event that TechTalks.ph, the lead sponsor of Geeks On A Beach, has helped organise. They’ve done everything from informal meetings over coffee to tech workshops and startup competitions, all with the aim of sparking more interest in innovation-driven enterprises and startups.
One of these activities, "Startup Weekend” is a 54-hour event in which participants brainstorm tech products with the help of local tech and entrepreneurial leaders.
Other activities that should be on your agenda include panel discussions on the startup scene in the Philippines, One-Minute Fire Pitches, investor Speed Dating and the amazing Women in Tech Breakfast Session.
Of course, I have my personal favourite, something no tech conference should go without: happy hour on the beach!
Get your geek on in the sand, check out Geeks On A Beach!
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