6TH NICP SummIT Complements 2nd BIMP-EAGA & MT-GT TRADE FAIR & Business Leaders Conference

In commemoration of the 20th year of the BIMP EAGA or Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, and in celebration of the second Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand Growth Triangle or IMT-GT Trade Fair, Davao City is honored to hold the largest expo and business conference at the SMX Convention Center. Slated from October 20-24, the week-long international event is themed “Realizing the Opportunities of ASEAN Integration”.

The ASEAN Integration is a grand plan by the ten member states to pursue the acceleration of regional integration by strengthening of economic growth, social progress, cultural collaboration, regional peace and collaboration, and partnership with the international community. The ASEAN Leaders met in 2007 and have agreed for year 2015 to be the target date for the ASEAN Integration to be fully realized. The ASEAN Community then is on the fast track working on the ASEAN Integration’s three pillars, namely, the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, to address emerging and pressing cross-border challenges that affect regional and international arenas.

Earlier this year, Philippine incumbent President Ninoy Aquino Jr. expressed his support to underscore physical and social connectivity, in lieu of the ASEAN Integration. Simultaneous to the establishment of efficient transport routes which translates to improved economic performance of the country, the President is also keen on improving the country’s information and technology connectivity.

The 6th NICP Summit, an important side-event to the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Conference, will highly complement the objectives of the theme of the this international event. Slated on the 24th of October 2014, the summit will usher more opportunities for local key players to establish linkages with its ICT counterparts from the BIMP-EAGA member countries. The event will also hold as an excellent platform for participants to share best practices as well as get updated with current industry trends. More importantly, it is an ideal venue to explore and ink deals on potential investments as well as project collaborations (view program here).

Davao City was the host city when BIMP EAGA was launched in 1994.

The Value of Impact Sourcing in ASEAN member nations

Begin with the end in mind, and this is exactly the driver of the 6th NICP Summit this year! Held on the 24 of October at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City, the summit will be celebrated as an important side event of the weeklong international event “20th BIMP-EAGA and 2nd IMT-GT Trade Fair” from October 20-26.

 

This year’s summit will feature timely plenary sessions that will explore and augment the overall objectives of the international event. One facet of these sessions that ICT stakeholders can expect is the “Regional Hubs Through Impact Sourcing”, the third from a series of six sessions.

Beginners and key players alike from the ICT or BPO industry will find value by learning more about models for business process outsourcing during this plenary session. Top level business executives and key stakeholders from this industry will gather to discuss, analyze, and present opportunities that have risen from this thriving industry.

Why is impact sourcing so important for the Philippines and for the rest of the ASEAN nations? This is because through improved information technology, least developed areas will be able to connect with the global economy with the end in mind of bringing about jobs such as call centers, back office responsibilities, and other processes that can be outsourced.

Impact sourcing is a key concept in the upcoming ASEAN Integration in 2015 as it is aimed at improving lives of those in underdeveloped territories under the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT through the improvement and utilization of information technology.

BPO or Business Process Outsourcing refers to a broad range of business outsourcing activity with the end view of improving one’s processing and eventually cutting costs. This system is especially helpful for companies with highly technical and niche positions that cannot be employed locally, or those with complex IT processes that can be administrated and managed externally.

STARTUP WEEKEND EVENT REPORT

Event Date: July 11-13, 2014

Event Organizers: CDO ICT Business Council, Developers Connect, Ideaspace, TechTalks.ph, and the DOST-ICTO

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On July 11-13, 2014 at Capitol University the first ever Startup Weekend Cagayan de Oro welcomed everyone to join, pitch their ideas, form teams and compete against other teams. This event was organized by the CDO ICT Business Council, Developers Connect, Ideaspace,TechTalks.ph, and the DOST-ICTO. Ms. Dulce Rose Lada, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Head of Crea8tech Solutions also helped facilitate the event.

It’s great to note that facilitators, guests and organizers who have been to previous Startup Weekend activities expressed their positive feedback on the venue – Capitol University Mini Theater. They called it the “best Startup Weekend venue so far”.

There was an expected number of 155 participants who registered online via this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cagayan-de-oro-startup-weekend-july-2014-registration-11496738053

On the actual registration at 5:00PM on July 11, 86 out of the 155 attended the event. Among those 86 participants, there were 8 who opted  for walk-in registration.

Day 1 (July 11, 2014)

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The first day of SWCdeO centered around the Pitch Fire held in the Mini Theater of Capitol University, where the participants proposed their ideas to the audience and to other participants. During the Pitch Fire there were a total of 34 pitches.

Participants then voted on these 34 pitches. After voting, 14 out of the 34 pitches were selected to proceed to present a final pitch on the 3rd day.

These were the following 14 pitches/teams that worked throughout the event:

  1. Cioftru
  2. Cloud Infrastructure Services
  3. Lugaw Express
  4. Local Search Engine
  5. We the Product
  6. Fastlane
  7. Billing Through Cloud Tech.
  8. Teacher Soft
  9. Touriffic App
  10. Secure Deals
  11. Abroad Na
  12. Kagayan Appventure
  13. Notification Plus
  14. Online Grocery

Day 2 (July 12, 2014)

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78 out of the 86 participants proceeded to the Second Day where the 14 teams worked on their startup ideas at the AVR rooms of Capitol University. This was also the designated day that the participants scheduled a consultation with the following SWCdeO mentors.

  • Tina Amper (Business and Analysis): Founder, TechTalks.ph
  • Raymundo Reyes (Business and Analysis): Executive Vice President, Cagayan de Oro College-Phinma
  • Jeedo Aquino in place of Gus Rodano (Marketing): Chief Finance Officer, RedLemon Digital Media
  • Ferdie Macatangay (Business): Country Channels Manager, SWG at IBM
  • Dan Albert Pacquiao (Developer): Vice President, Cleversoft, Inc.
  • Lionel Amarado (Developer): General Manager, Innovuze Solutions, Inc.
  • Marvin Consuegra (Designer): Designer, Lightning Web Apps
  • Eric Clark Su (Designer): Co-founder/CEO, Twidl Inc.

Day 3 (July 13, 2014)

On the Third Day the participants practiced their pitches in front of the mentors and had the rest of the day until 6PM to polish their presentations. In was on this day where only 12 of the 14 teams pitched, since other teams decided to merge. Moreover, other teams also decided to change the name of their products.

Here is the final list of the 12 teams who did their practice pitch:

  1. Cioftru to Ideacamp – a crowdfunding website for Filipino campaigns
  2. Cloud Infrastructure Services to Zest Oh and later in the final pitch to Zayd – an online store for Muslim products
  3. Lugaw Express merged with Kagayan Appventure and was renamed Find See – an app that helps you find local/nearby stores
  4. Local Search Engine to E-Lib – an offline search engine for schools
  5. We the Product – an app that lets you rate and review products from different businesses
  6. Fastlane – an application for users to order their food online and schedule their orders to eliminate the need to queue
  7. Billing Through Cloud Tech. to E-Billution – a web application that speeds up local Water District transactions through an automated system
  8. Teacher Soft – a web app for teachers to monitor the progress of their students
  9. Touriffic App – an app that lets you know where you are and sends you facts and trivia about nearby tourist spots
  10. Secure Deals – a web payment application that ensures the safety of online transactions
  11. Abroad Na to Abroad Pinoy – a website that helps professionals in the IT field find jobs or find employees
  12. Online Grocery combined with Notification Plus and was renamed to Store2Door – a website that allows users to do their groceries online

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At 6PM everyone gathered at the Capitol University Little Theater for the final pitches that were presented in front of a panel of judges.

The judges of SWCdeO were the following:

  • Robert Smith – Director for IT and Marketing, iZone Technologies
  • Calen Legaspi – CEO and Co-founder, Orange and Bronze Software Labs
  • Alvin Gendrano – Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Philippines
  • Todd Grannis – CEO of VISP, Inc., President of Cleversoft, Inc.
  • Daisy Tiu – Co-Founder, Dataworld Computer Center
  • Eileen San Juan – Local Economic Investment Promotions Officer (LEIPO), City Government of Cagaan de Oro

The Champion of the first SWCDO was Ideacamp. Ideacamp is a crowdfunding website sort of similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo with a niche of focusing on Filipino-only campaigns. Through Ideacamp, funders can be more aware of what are the Filipino campaigns out there. They also proposed to offer more payment options so low-budget campaigns can have more opportunities to be funded. The Ideacamp team consists of members Marl Ian Dionaldo, Aaron Lee Yap, and Paul Oliano.

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It was then followed by Zayd claiming the First Runner-Up. With their slogan “Empowering the Muslim Community through IT”, Zayd is a website dedicated to helping Muslim entrepreneurs in CDO by posting their products on their website for Muslim consumers. This also helps CDO Muslim consumers have an easier way of looking for affordable and nearer sources of Muslim products such as clothes like the hijab. Through the help of Zayd, CDO Muslims may no longer have to travel to faraway Muslim-dominated towns like Marawi to look for and purchase Muslim products. Zein Tolentino, Marie Bulosan and Queen Megio are the people behind Team Zayd.

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The Last but definitely not the least was 2nd Runner-Up Abroad Pinoy. Abroad Pinoy is a job search website made solely to help people in the IT field find jobs and IT businesses look for qualified employees. What’s different about Abroad Pinoy compared to other job search websites is that they offer a feature which allows an applicant to take a test for proper skills assessment.  Abroad Pinoy also has a video interview feature that gives applicants a certain length of time to take a video of himself answering a question, which will then be sent to an employer. Members of Team Abroad Pinoy include Junry delos Santos, Doridel Cahanap, L. A. de Dios, Ronel Bongga, Sittie Fahrinah D. Hassan, Johayra B. Macaronsing, and Analiah D. Ismael.

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A few other teams were also able to get an honorable mention from the judges. These teams were Secure Deals, Store2Door, E-Billution, and Fast Lane.

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Participants and organizers were also asked to tweet/post about the event using the hashtag #SWCdeO in order to win prizes in the raffle draw like Mozilla and DevCon T-shirts. Three participants were also able to win the main All I Want raffle draw.

The official Twitter account of Startup Weekend CDO had a total of 221 tweets and 23 followers. For Twitter there tweets with the #SWCdeO from participants, guests, organizers and basically anyone who joined Startup Weekend CDO.

Sample Tweets from attendees:

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SWCdeO Twitter account (https://twitter.com/SWCdeO):

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Total Number of Tweets by Startup Weekend CDO: 221

Total Number of Followers: 23

Total Number of Tweets w/ #SWCdeO: 133

For the Startup Weekend CDO Facebook page, there was a  total of 458 likes, and among its estimated 29 posts, here are the top three that had the most likes, comments and shares.

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Total Number of Facebook Posts: 29

Total Number of Likes: 458

There were a total of 36 volunteers for this event. 8 people from Syntactics, Inc. and 5 from RedLemon Digital Media, who are members of the CDO ICT Business Council. Developers Connect also contributed 23 volunteers for this event.

The Premier Sponsors of  this event: Ideaspace Foundation and Capitol University. Platinum Sponsors were: Microsoft and Arriba Telecontact. Silver Sponsors were: Bohemian Express Travel and Tours, InDinero, Mozilla, Syntactics, Red Lemon Digital Media, Airbnb, All I Want, Barato, Interpace Computer Systems, FBC business Solutions, Centrio Mall, Ayala Malls, Smart Communications, CDO College-Phinma Foundersuite, Dataworld Computer Center and Mr. Ulysses Quider from Universal Robina Corporation.

The Media Sponsors were: Clix, CDO bloggers, Magic 89.3, the CDO Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, iNewMedia, and GMA Northern Mindanao.

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We’d also like to extend our special thanks to:

Capitol University for providing the CU Mini Theater and AVRs as the venue for SWCdeO

Smart Communications for providing internet connection at the CU Little Theater

Bohemian Express Travel and Tours for providing a van/coaster that we used as transportation for our VIPs

inDinero for their notebooks, bags, and ballpens that were given away as goodies

Mozilla for their stickers, tattoos and shirts that were given away as goodies/prizes

Syntactics, Inc. for their bags that were given away as goodies

Barato who provided prizes for the All I Want raffle draw
Centrio/Ayala Malls who provided meals for all our guests and VIPs via TGIF

Universal Robina Corporation for providing chips as snacks for the participants and guests.

This event was also supported by the Cagayan de Oro Local Government unit and the Department of Trade and Industry.

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Startup Weekend Cagayan de Oro ended as a success thanks to the sponsors, media partners judges, mentors, participants and of course the organizations. This success was celebrated during the after party at Lifestyle District.

Focus on Technology Trade Associations Contributes to Job Growth

 

Article by: Cindy Bryson , Australian Business Volunteers

www.abv.org.au

Regional trade associations supporting call centres and business outsourcing services in the Philippines are among ABV’s in-country partners and have benefitted greatly from the probono support of IBM employees.

Since 2008, four IBM Corporate Service Corps teams, supported by ABV, have worked with three key trade associations in the cities and provinces of Cebu, Davao and Laguna.

The Philippines has become the number one call centre service provider in the world and by 2016 it is expected that almost one million people will be employed within business process outsourcing services. Furthermore, every job creates an estimated 2.5 additional jobs, generating substantial opportunities for people from middle to low income communities, along with youth, women and those differently abled.

Two CSC teams working with the trade association, ICT Davao, have helped to make the volunteer-run association a benchmark for others in the Philippines.

“In 2008, the idea of being picked as a partner of ABV was really an exciting one for us,” remembers Lizabel Holganza, President of ICT Davao. “When we heard that we were one of three groups that were going to be engaged in the IBM CSC program, it was something we really looked forward to because at the time our organisation really had huge challenges.”

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Lizabel said there was the energy and drive among stakeholders to build the city’s reputation as a location for technology-enabled business outsourcing, yet the organisation, run by a volunteer committee, lacked the capacity to effectively plan. In 2008, IBM’s first CSC team worked with committee members to set the strategic direction of the association, as well as craft communications and advocacy plans.

“The outcomes from this engagement meant we were able to build very strong relationships with stakeholders and media partners. We eventually became the benchmark for other industry associations, a template for other regional cities to emulate.”

“It was a feeling of gratification and appreciation that we were able to receive expert advice from global volunteers, and we were eager to make sure that the plans we jointly created during the one month would be implemented. So when the next CSC team were assigned in 2010 we were excited to tell them what the outcomes were. And we wanted to make sure the objective that we set for the second team was something that would build on the gains of the first CSC team.”

The second team assisted the association with their branding, as well as provided strategic consulting advice on how technology could be better utilised within agribusiness and tourism in the city and on the greater island of Mindanao.

“Davao has sustained its ranking in the top 10 next wave cities, those nominated as the choice locations to bring IT work or outsourcing work. We were also in the top 30 outsourcing destinations globally as recommended by KPMG,” said Lizabel, who has since become the President of the nation-wide alliance, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines.

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In the growing city of Cebu on an island north of Mindanao, high-rise buildings tower over the humble offices of the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT (CEDFIT). The Foundation was the very first industry association set up in the country to support the call centre and business outsourcing providers, and to date, it is still the only association with paid staff.

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ABV first collaborated with CEDFIT in 2011, introducing the Foundation to IBM, and as a result, two members of the 10th CSC team to the Philippines worked with staff for a four-week period. “We were asked by ABV what kinds of challenges we were facing… from that input, they were able to assign CSC participants with the right kind of expertise who could help us address the challenges we were facing at the time,” said Executive Director, Wilfredo T. Sa-a Jr.

The fast growth of Cebu’s business process industry is in part due to the cooperation between universities and companies to address talent gaps, an area where CEDFIT has played a key role. “In others areas where the IBM employees helped us, that is, in membership and training, we can say that these two areas increased revenues by 20 to 30 percent. And we would like to credit the work of the CSC participants and the assistance they gave us with our new accounting and marketing systems,” said Wilfredo. “These were lasting benefits. Until now, we are still using these systems. We feel very fortunate to be involved in the CSC program.”

Most recently, a team of three IBM employees provided strategic advice to the trade association located in the Province of Laguna, south-east of Manila. The association is known as the Laguna Industry Network for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology or LINK IT. The team provided advice and expertise on plans for a new technology business incubator targeting start-ups and existing small to medium enterprises in the growing city.

In her role as President of the ICT Confederation of the Philippines, Lizabel expressed the appreciation felt by her fellow members. “It is an honour to be chosen as a sector to receive this kind of support.”

To learn more about the business process outsourcing industry in the Philippines, as well as ABV partners go to:

ICT Davao:  http://www.ictdavao.org

CEDFIT:  http://cedfit.org/

National ICT Confederation of the Philippines:  http://www.nicp.org.ph/

 

Founding NICP Members (Iligan 10)