Geeks On A Beach (GOAB) surfs its way back to Boracay Island this August for its third year of gathering tech startups, technopreneurs,businessmen, and designers from all over the world.
“Also known as the International Summit for Tech, Startups and Design, GOAB 3 eyes to create productive discussions on building products that make a difference and enhancing the lives of everyday people with less hype but more action,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks.ph founder.
With the past two years’ massive success, GOAB returns with a triple splash this coming August 20-21 which means triple number of innovative minds, triple funding opportunities, and triple dose of fun.
Amper confirmed the attendance of 17 tech champs so far to speak before an expected 600 to 1,000 participants from across the globe.
Some of the speakers include IdeaSpace President, Earl Valencia; Monk’s Hill Ventures Managing Director, Kuo-Yi Lim; Kickstart Ventures President, Minette Navarrete; Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa; SMART Communications Developer Evangelist, Paul Pajo; Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) Deputy Executive Director, Mon Ibrahim; 500 Startups Managing Partner, Khailee Ng; Benjamin Joffe, General Partner of Haxlr8r; Mikko Perez, Founder & CEO of Ayannah.com; Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Director of Strategy and Business Development Asia Pacific of Mashable; Chow Paredes, Co-Founder of Zipmatch; Jojo Flores, Co-Founder and Vice President of Plug and Play Tech Center; Christina Laskowski, Founder and Managing Director of Alquemie Partners; Arup Maity, President and CEO of Blastasia Inc.; Farouk Meralli, CEO of mClinica; Jay Fajardo, Founder and CEO of Proudcloud; and See Mei Chow, head designer of Piktochart.
“GOAB will be maintained as an ‘honest-to-goodness, no holds-barred conference’ where people exchange their share of truths about startups, technology, and design—minus the long sleeves, coat and tie,” said David Overton, founder and CEO of Sym.ph, and Chief Geek for GOAB.
Two days are set aside exclusively for the main event but in a span of one week; all geeks are welcome to join the week-long run of workshops, training sessions, networking opportunities, pitching events, and product demonstrations with or without their flip-flops on.
Boracay Island, being one of the best islands in the world, sets a relaxing background of what is usually thought as an intense and stressful conference.
OrganizersTechTalks.ph and the DOST-ICTO have partnered once again with Sym.ph, Happy Garaje, and PRWorks Vis-Min, with major sponsorships by SMART DevNet, IdeaSpace, Microsoft, and Monk’s Hill Ventures.
DOST-ICTO continues to team-up with TechTalks.ph to encourage Filipino startups to get mentoring and funding in the country instead of going abroad.
GOAB is open to anyone who is interested in the tech and startup industries in the Philippines - including those looking for tech and entrepreneurship learning events, business and investment opportunities, outsourcing partnerships, and connection with leaders in startups or "innovation driven enterprises" (IDE) in the Philippines as well as Southeast Asia.
Interested participants are invited to view event details or register at www.GeeksOnABeach.com. Early bird discount is up to 45% off and is valid until May 15 only. Potential sponsors are invited to contact GOAB at [email protected]
TechTalks.ph, organizer of numerous startup gathering in the country including GOAB and Startup Weekend, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, supporting, and empowering Filipinos tech entrepreneurs and promoting the Philippine tech sector to the world.