On November 22-24, the sixth edition of the Geeks On A Beach (GOAB) international conference will be held on Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines, bringing together movers and shakers in the Philippine startup scene, innovators and investors, and global and national leaders.
Geeks On A Beach 6 this coming November 22-24!
GOAB will be a big exclamation mark to conclude the 2023 Philippine Startup Week festivities, spearheaded by GeeksPH and co-organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Approximately 500 people are expected to attend Geeks On A Beach to discuss trends and forecasts in technology, startups, and design, with talks and exchanges aimed at helping the best to ride the wave of technological developments.
DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy is expected to formally open GOAB.
“We are as excited as our alumni and the startup community in bringing GOAB back. Ten years after the first GOAB and a pandemic-induced hiatus, there are certainly a lot of new and positive developments to celebrate from the advance of digitalization, the rise of AI, and more funding raised by Filipino startups,” said GOAB founding organizer Tina Amper of GeeksPH.
Apart from Amper, the GOAB founding organizing team includes Dave Overton of Symph, Mark Deutsch of Happy Garaje, and Doris Isubal-Mongaya of PRWorks.
Manny Ayala of Hatchd and Endeavor PH, Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Tech Center, Chris Blanquera of Shoppable, Stephanie Caragos of Syntactics, Paul Pajo of Embiggen Group, and Christina Laskowski of Silicon Valley-based Science and Technology Advisory Council serve as GOAB advisers.
GOAB will include headliners acclaimed and sought after by the tech community, with the beautiful Panglao beach as a backdrop:
- DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy
- Chris McCann of Race Capital
- Mohan Belani of e27
- Earl Valencia of Plentina
- Gina Romero of Connected Women Philippines
- Symph’s Albert Padin
- Jason Torres of Mashup Garage and Neon Playground
- Foxmont Capital Partners’ Franco Varona
- Katrina Rausa Chan of IdeaSpace and QBO Innovation Hub
- Jen Bilango of CoinsPH
- Jay Fajardo of Medifi and LaunchGarage
- Ron Baetiong of Podcast Network Asia
- Haifa Carina of DEVCON Philippines
- Ashley Uy of Synacy
- John Naranjo of Ingenuity PH
- Paulo Campos of Kaya Founders
- Republiq’s Bryan Yap
- Vince Loremia of Cleaningly and Tudlo
- Jayvee de Leon
- Earvin Ang of Aqwire PH
- Pia Bernal of Kickstart
Jack Madrid of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, and Leah Rasay of the Communications Design Association of the Philippines.
Potential investment prospects will be covered in the plenary sessions, while breakout sessions will focus on FinTech, EduTech, HealthTech, AgriTech, ClimateTech, and other category-specific issues geared toward women and young people.
Along with exhibits from various stakeholders, GOAB will also provide pitching opportunities, business mentoring, matchmaking, and investors’ roundtables. The celebration of the contribution of new legislation, the Innovative Startup Act, and DICT’s initiatives to the Philippine startup ecosystem will be a highlight of GOAB this year.
On Nov. 22, the day before the conference, Geeks On A Beach will also host exclusive dinners with investors and special Masterclass sessions on “Empowering Rural Communities through AI Outsourcing,” “Maximizing Business Growth with a Cloud Services Framework,” and “Global Expansion for Software Development Agencies.”