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On October 16, 2012, AyalaLand, Ayala Foundation and Ayala Property Management Corporation welcomed 32 businessmen representing 24 IT companies from Malaysia to a site visit at UP AyalaLand Technohub, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. The group’s visit was part of a two (2) day Specialized Marketing Mission co-sponsored by The Embassy of Malaysia Trade Office Manila (MATRADE) and the Philippines’ Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO).
The site visit started with a short welcome program and briefing on the key infrastructure programs of Ayala Land as well as the technology business incubation program being managed by Ayala Foundation. A local official from the Office of the Quezon City Mayor, City Administrator Manny Sabalza and, ICTO Deputy Director, Monchito Ibrahim encouraged the trade mission to look around for possible ICT businesss ventures/opportunities in the Philippines.
The visit also opened up opportunity for start-up companies under AyalaTBI-Ayala Foundation like Haystack, MICOM and Teknologika to introduce their products and discuss areas of interest with the trade mission members for possible business collaboration.The visit paved the way for Malaysian businessmen to meet and engage with big locators at Technohub such as Pointwest, Sea Change and LiveIT Companies in an information sharing session. The foreign guests and their local counterparts discussed updates and developments in the ICT industry affecting both countries. It also included an observation tour of office buildings and physical facilities at Technohub.
A Kape + Teknolohiya session was held at the conference room of UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in Diliman, Quezon City last October 10, 2012 featuring Mr. Arnel Guiang.
Mr. Guiang, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur was more than willing to share his takes on how his companies have evolved over time and how he himself started with a degree in computer engineering to a full-blown businessman. He also shared his strategy from previously focusing on release of new products to what is now custom-development to tailor-fit the needs of his clients.
The event, which was targeted towards a select group, paved way for sharing between representatives of Juan Great Leap, Babypips, MemoKitchen, Systema Corp., Technominds Eascom, De La Salle University, PCIEERD-DOST, and DOST-UP Enterprise Center. Discussions on how to nurture kids’ entrepreneurial spirit to Java development and boot strapping for prototype releases were amongst the topics. The group was also able to voice their concerns towards software woes, market shifts, and angel investing. Indeed, a few hours with this group was worth all the knowledge gained.
For more on Arnel Guiang’s company, please feel free to check his site at http://www.guiang.com/ with each of his portfolios found at
Ever heard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT? We sure think so. But have you heard of MIT’s Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (AITI) group? Maybe not. Just to give you a backgrounder, MIT AITI is an initiative that helps to promote development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. And what does that got to do with us?
This year, the MIT AITI program has partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman’s College of Computer Science to get into its 7 weeks course that included detailed technical curriculum with focus on mobile and internet technologies. Four instructors from MIT, with the likes of Ms. Oshani Seneviratne, Mr. Danny Castonguay, Mr. Francis Plaza, and Ms. Kavita Chandra, met with 24 students twice a week during the entire duration of the program. As part of their culminating activity, a final showcase of presentation and demonstrations was held last August 2, 2012 at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in partnership with Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator.
The students were grouped into six teams and each team presented their programs starting off with the Destination PH which is a tourism-related application that interfaces with Google Maps to help tourists in navigating and visiting the various tourist spots in the country. The team said they are also looking into additional features such as an itinerary builder, a route finder, and a social networking integration. Another team’s project was the eAgriMarket which focuses on the agricultural industry which would then let users buy, sell, haggle, and bid goods in bulks online. Next off was Jeeps which is an app aimed at addressing the problem of mapping out routes of public transportation for commuters, with its pilot location in Makati City. The fourth team made the Mobile Notebook which basically serves as a note-taking mobile application which can be integrated to google documents. Fifth team had the Student Planner which looks at providing a better way for students to cope with school and personal obligations. Last but not the least, is the Check UP which is an application made to let students be mindful of their academic standing based on their respective curriculum.
After all the presentations, the teams got to demonstrate their projects to like-minded individuals who are in the academe, start-up business frontier, and capitalist sector.
Last July 11, 2012 Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator (AFI TBI) hosted the first stop of the 7th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors (ACTGD) Tour at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub. The ACTGD is a joint project of all Philippine Foreign Posts in the United States and Canada in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry.
The program started off with Mr. Elmer San Pascual, Head of Promotions and Public Relations Office, PEZA briefing the delegation on the government’s efforts in promoting investments, creating employment, and generating exports. The Philippines has increased its competitive edge against other Asian countries as India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia because of its Filipino workers who are now being referred to as Global Knowledge Workers specially in the IT sector. AFI TBI showcased the talent and the potential of the country’s human capital by featuring the Kaspersky Lab 2012 Student Conference Global Cup Winners Joshua Arvin Lat, Kevin Charles Atienza and Rod Xavier Bondoc, fresh graduates of Computer Science, UP Diliman under Susan Pancho-Festin, PhD. This team was one of the two Philippine teams that won the Asia Pacific and EMEA part of the competition and was able to surpass the competitors from the regional grounds in North America, Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States, Middle East and Africa during the global cup at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands. Lat and Bondoc impressed the audience with their winning entry: “SOUL System: Secure Online USB Login System”. This basically involves a two-factor authentication scheme using a password and a converted ordinary hardware token (e.g. USB flash drive, computer, cell phone) into a security token.
Start-up companies with the likes of BabyPips, TrafficDito, Symphony Consulting, and Systema Computer Solutions Corp also talked of their current undertakings in the incubation facility. IBM’s Research and Development Executive, Mr. Jay Sabido, capped off the event by sharing the multinational company’s view on the Philippines as a key growth market area. IBM’s presence in the country counts 75 years and its belief in the Filipinos’ capabilities and potential is one reason for this. IBM’s goal, according to Jay is help spur the tech industry in the country through new innovations that matter.
Over fifty (50) participants attended the workshop hosted by PCB Graphtech Philippines in partnership with the AyalaTBI to deliver the newest trends in PCB Design and EMI simulation held last June June 27, 2012 at the UP AyalaLand TechnoHub.
The Altium and the CST (Computer Simulation Technology) are solutions offered by PCB Graphtech to service EDA and PCB markets. The ALTIUM DESIGNER is an integrated Electronic Design Software (EDA) for industry, which has the capability to design and produce high-quality electronic products. A key feature is that PCB Design collaboration can take place amongst designers and engineers without compromising the integrity of the project.
CST Studio Suites, on the other hand, is a software that offers efficient and accurate computational solutions to electromagnetic designs for microwave & RF, EDA & electronics, EMC/EMI, charged particle dynamics, and statics & and low frequency issues – predicting radiation from electronic systems and signal integrity workflows.
The whole day event, was made possible through Mr. Vince Chua, PCB Graphtek Philippines and the speakers: Jonathan Yeo, Manager of PCB Graphtech Singapore, Doreen Carreon, Application Engineer for South East Asia, Dr. Klaus Khrone, Sales and Customer Manager (CST) and CT Chiang , Customer Technical Support Manager (CST). These tools are critical for the planned Product Development Center to be set-up by EAIPI and ASTI, in close coordination with DOST – PCIEERD. The Center will serve as a venue for the prototype and application of EMC/EMI standard testing for new product designs. By combining Altium’s 3D features and CST’s powerful and accurate EMI simulation, engineers will foresee design constraints and immediately be able to do iteration during the design process thus saving time, money and other valuable technical resources.
Meeting Standards for Electronic Devices: An Update on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Interference
Electronic devices can be found everywhere, from the smallest hearing aid to the biggest trucks and airliners. These products are increasingly electronic in nature and to ensure these products work in harmony when they are in the vicinity of each other and other equipment, the design and operation of these products must meet certain standards.
Some devices transmit signals, some devices receive signals, and other devices like the cellphone, send and receive signals at the same time. The devices may also be sending or receiving signals intentionally or unintentionally, like in interference.
In all these cases, the electronic product must work properly or else they will not be marketable or worse, they can hamper the proper use and even safety of other devices and users.
Last March 2, 2012, a Kape + Teknolohiya session was organized by AyalaTBI-Ayala Foundation with the Electronics Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI) on the latest in electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic interference and susceptibility or EMC, EMI/EMS for short, at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub.
Mr. ChinPoh NG from Singapore and his local counterpart Larry Mirasol both from Rohde & Schwarz, one of the vendors in this test and measurement field gave the talk attended by EIAPI members. EIAPI, Ayala Foundation and UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub are grateful to Rohde and Schwarz for sharing the insights on EMC testing and how a testing laboratory for the industry can be set up.
This event is part of EIAPI’s activities with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to set up a common product development center that will house design and development tools and equipment for electronics hardware and software development and testing. This center will help electronics companies in the Philippines design and manufacture electronic products that can pass local and international standards tests in this field.
William Quiviger, Mozilla’s Global Community Manager and Marketing Team member based in Paris talkedabout MOZILLA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web. Mozilla represents a global community of people who sincerely believe in the power of technology to enrich people’s lives. William expounded on Mozilla’s mission in an Open Web and its dedication to keeping it free, open and accessible to all by creating great software, like the FIREFOX browser, and building movements, like DRUMBEAT that give people tools to take control of their lives on line. Although building a better Internet is an ambitious goal, Mozilla believes that it is possible when people who share their passion get involved. Anyone who cares about the web can help make it even better.
The common thread that runs throughout Mozilla is its belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. With this in mind, Mozilla efforts are ultimately driven by its mission of encouraging choice, innovation and opportunity online. Mozilla uses a highly transparent, extremely collaborative process that brings together thousands of dedicated volunteers around the world with a small staff of employees to coordinate the creation of products like the Firefox web browser with the end view of focusing a single goal: making the Internet better for everyone.
William also shared the Mozilla Reps Program codenamed ReMo designed to provide a framework and tools to empower volunteer Mozillians to become official Mozilla representatives/contributors in their country or region. ReMo’s key objective is to create a community-driven global network of official representatives whose responsibilites are to: serve as the eyes, ears and voice of Mozilla in their country or region and be a key point person for teams across all areas of the Mozilla project; promote Mozilla project and its mission; build on existing community-building efforts and programs; inform and update the Mozilla community about local news and activities and inspire, recruit and mentor new contributors. There were 5 among the participants to the K+T forum who are already certified Mozilla representatives.
Mr. Quiviger ended his presentation by informing the participants that the worldwide goal of the Mozilla ReMo program in 2011 is to recruit 500 Mozilla Representatives who in turn must recruit a total of 5,000 new Mozilla contributors by year-end 2011.
In the open-forum that followed the presentation, the participants inquired on updates from Mozilla internet and web browsing programs and also on what possible opportunities/support that Mozilla may offer to its representatives/contributors? Mr. Quiviger apprised them of Mozilla’s continuing training program for web developers and designers which is handled by the Mozilla Technical Group. In addition, he invited everyone to attend the 1st Asian Summit for Mozilla Representatives which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in November 2011. This will provide opportunity for all Asian Mozilla representatives to get together and update one another on the latest developments affecting the internet technology.
William Quiviger is a French –Filipino and was featured as the main speaker for AyalaTBI’s Kape + Teknolohiya (K+T) forum held last August 26, 2011 at the Tech Portal Conference Room at UP-AyalaLand Technohub.