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Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, 8016 Davao City

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Aug 1
  • Registration
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Pitches Start
  • Voting for Top Ideas
  • Team Formation
  • Braindump & MVP Discussion
  • Wrap Up


Aug 2
  • Arrival / Breakfast
  • Begin Work
  • Lunch
  • Team check-in with facilitator
  • Coach Meetings
  • Dinner
  • Team check-in and status reports
  • Wrap Up


Aug 3
  • Arrival / Breakfast
  • Mock Pitching
  • Lunch
  • Tech Check
  • Dinner
  • Final Presentations
  • Awarding
  • Wrap Up
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Joey Gurango

President at Philippine Software Industry Association and Founder, CEO & CTO at Gurango Software

Joey Gurango is proud to be a legitimate nerd and a technology geek. In November 2006, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship acknowledged him as one of the country’s Ten Most Inspiring Technopreneurs. In January 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals, in recognition of his mastery of, and contributions to, software technologies and businesses.

He is currently the CEO and CTO of Gurango Software, an award-winning global provider of Human Capital Management solutions, serving over 500 customers in 15 different countries. In addition to leading Gurango Software as the most successful Microsoft Dynamics partner in the Philippines, Joey has also co-founded several other software start-ups such as, and he is currently the President of the Philippine Software Industry Association.

Joey’s IT industry advocacy is to grow the Philippine software products sector to become a major contributor to nation-building.

Ravi Agarwal

Founder & CEO at engageSPARK and Angel Investor

Ravi started his first Internet related company in 1997. Over his entrepreneurial career, he has founded three companies, two of which today employ more than 2,500 people worldwide, US$400 M/yr in revenue, and have over 3 million SME customers. One is public (NASDAQ:EIGI) with US $1.5 Billion market valuation and another was later acquired by BestBuy (NYSE:BBY).

Since exiting from his last company, Ravi has been an angel investor focused on social impact and technology startups. In 2011, he moved to Africa to volunteer with Grameen Foundation on projects to help alleviate poverty.

Since moving to Cebu in late 2013, he has been focused on building a team to create engageSPARK, a not-for-profit business to help improve the lives of the poor worldwide.

He is passionate about poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving.

Lizabel Garcia Holganza

President & CEO at Nanoscript Inc and ZipIT Solutions

Lizabel Garcia-Holganza, known to many as “WIT”, sits as President/CEO of two (2) Information Technology driven companies operating out of Davao City in the Southern Philippines. These companies are Nanoscript Inc - a health information management education and training facility doing business as MTC Academy in Davao City, Philippines and ZipIT Solutions Inc – a business process outsourcing provider for customer service, healthcare documentation, legal, media and business transcriptions serving clients in the North American territory.

As an information and communications technology (ICT) stakeholder and a private sector leader, Wit is actively involved in developing her home province’s (Davao City, now ranked #4 in the 2008 Top 10 Philippine Cities) competitiveness as an outsource destination.

Wit currently sits as Board of Trustee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Phil-Australia Alumni Association. She has over 20 years of progressive leadership in the areas such as customer service, retail operations and human resource development. She earned her BS degree from University of the Philippines and completed post graduate studies at the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.

Rhett Jones

CEO at Synacy

Rhett Jones is the CEO of Synacy a software development company catered to building products and supporting business services to client companies. Its business core is to provide technology and services to multinational companies within its own management group. The management has been working on successful businesses from Australia and other countries for almost ten years.

Jean-Patrick Bisson

Co-Founder at ClickingLabs

My name is Jean-Patrick Bisson. I'm the President and co-founder of Clickinglabs. Our team of 62 is focused on developing tools and services to help entrepreneurs convert their visitors into loyal customers. I'm passionate about simple non-obvious ideas that can start small and grow into unforeseen directions. Right now I'm absorbed with crowdsourcing, game mechanics and lean iterative marketing.

Harm Rietjens

Co-Founder at Caresharing

Change, innovation and making real products from ideas. Loves adventure, new opportunities and walking the unwalked path. “Harm does exactly what he likes,” and I can’t deny this.

My career started with the breeding and selling of rabbits (when I was 6-7 years old), probably inspired by my grandfather who was a farmer. In my dads clinic stood one of the first cd burners. That gave a lot of opportunity for business when I was young… Low costs, profit ensured. Next phase was making music with my two brothers en selling the cd’s via internet. The webshop for my band was one of my first software projects I did.

After finishing a master Information Management at the University of Tilburg I joined a volunteering project (dive project to protect the reefs) in the Philippines and had time to think what else I want to do.

All pieces of the puzzle fell into place and I started developing a webbased software suite together with Tjeu Rietjens and Mark John Buenconsejo for diabetes care in Holland. Later other chronic diseases joined the suite and suddenly there was a term for it “Chronic Disease Management”. My two brothers (both doctors) also joined the business and a lot of very good Filipino software developers.

Right now I’m settled in the Philippines. I live and work in Cebu, second city of the Philippines. My company is called CareSharing and we have an office in Amsterdam and Cebu (40 people). I mostly work on the product development, looking for new opportunities in Healthcare IT and managing the development team. I see a lot of opportunities in solving real problems in Healthcare and we’re right on track.

Frederick D. C. Amores

Program Manager at DOST-ICTO ICT Industry Development Group

Frederick Amores is the Industry Development Group Program Manager of the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology

ICTO's ICT Industry Development Group is tasked to develop and implement a comprehensive program to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and firms.

Previously, he was the Visayas Head of the National Computer Center (NCC) Field Operations Office. Amores was also the President of Third Wave Software Associates and an IT educator at Cebu Doctor’s University, University of San Carlos and University of the Philippines - Cebu.

Silver Sponsors

Simplicio Jison Jr.

President & CEO at Accelerate Desk

Mr. Jison, is the President and CEO of Accelerate Desk, an Independent Software Vendor and a Microsoft Partner. It focuses on developing enterprise apps that elevate operating efficiencies and provide competitive edge to its users.

The company also designs interactive websites and develops customized and vertical apps that can be integrated with existing financial softwares for international and local clienteles.

Yosuke Fukada

Co-Founder and CEO at YOYO Holdings, Pte. Ltd.   |   LinkedIn

Yosuke has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, all from Osaka University.

Straight out of university studies, Yosuke joined DeNA, one of Japan’s largest mobile platform operators. Since then he has been deeply involved in the field of e-commerce at various capacities including sales, marketing and system development. He was a project manager for “DeNA Shopping”, an online shopping site with yearly transaction volumes in the order of few hundred million dollars.

In 2012, He established YOYO in Singapore to develop an airtime reward platform to allow the next generation of smartphone users in emerging markets across the world to gain more access to mobile internet. The service, known as Candy, offers simple tasks which users can perform for which they can earn prepaid airtime (or load) rewards. The service currently has more 300,000 users in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

YOYO was a winner at the Echelon Philippines satellite event in 2014, and was chosen as one of the top 10 startups to pitch at the main Echelon event in Singapore the same year.

Ray Rubio

CEO at CubePixels

An accomplished graphic and web designer for 15 years. Passionate on graphic design work.

Team-player. Work-oriented. My studio has been in the business for over 7 years,serving clients in the Philippine market and abroad. Most of my daytime job involves project management with in-house designers, graphic design creation specifically on branding, graphic design, and website interfaces.

Marvin Consuegra

Designer at Lightning Web Apps

Marvin Consuegra also known as Marx is currently working as a product designer for San Diego base Software Company called Lightning Web Apps. He is also one of the co-founder and idea maker of PageSnapp (AngelHack 2013 Manila Winner). Marx and his team competed in TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon 2013 and represent the Philippine Team for the AngelHack Silicon Valley Global Demo Day 2013 at San Francisco, CA.

Marx is very passionate about user interface designs and how it affects the behaviour of the users. He is fond of simple, minimalist and organic designs.

He also founded the design community in Davao called Davao Graphic Designers Community which aims to uplift and inspire the local design scene and having an avenue which designers can collaborate and help each other’s. He’s been running the community now for 3 years. He organized meetups and design exhibit together with his team in order to promote and empower the local design community.

Pia Bernal

Social Enterprise Investments Manager & Head of Communications at Kickstart Ventures, Inc.

Pia joined Kickstart Ventures in September 2012 as its manager for social enterprise investments.

Before Kickstart, Pia was with Globe Telecom for six years managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in education and social protection services that harnessed telco core competencies (mobile and broadband technologies, m-commerce and VAS solutions) to achieve operational efficiencies and scale. Her work on the use of ICT in public schools and working with local and international non-profit organisations and key government agencies for the delivery of social protection services have resulted to user behaviour insights and managing multi-stakeholder expectations in the use of ICT-based solutions.

Pia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the University of the Philippines in Manila. She has received recognitions and awards from Globe Telecom, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Philippines), Public Relations Society of the Philippines, and the American Chamber CSR Excellence Awards.

Ted Padova

Dean at School of Visual Arts at Philippine College of Technology

Ted Padova is the author of 60 computer books. He has taught computer graphics and digital imaging over 20 years both here in the Philippines and in the USA at the University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA. In the Philippines he teaches computer graphics classes at the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging in Manila.

He is internationally known author and speaker having spoken and/or worked on 6 different continents. Speaking engagements recently haver focused on Acrobat PDF forms and eGovernment.

He has started and been President/CEO of three successful companies. His expertise in business is marketing a startup company to success and business management. He has written several business plans all of which have been funded.

Wesley Chiongbian

CEO and Founder at

Wesley Chiongbian is the CEO and founder of, an award-winning job website based in Cebu. Since the company was founded in 2006, Mynimo has become the country’s most popular and highest ranking homegrown job website, yet his passion for entrepreneurship remains tireless. Known for his creative marketing solutions and bootstrapping techniques, Wesley is an avid supporter of the emerging tech entrepreneurship scene and is often invited to speak to students about the entrepreneurship path. In May 2012, he was a participant in the first Startup Weekend Cebu, where his team WaitKnowMore won first place for their SMS-based application. has been recognized multiple times as the “Best Website in the Jobs / Employment Category” at the Web Awards. In 2010, Wesley was awarded “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

Gilmar Padua

CEO at

I'm Gilmar Padua, CEO of I have been working online in the industry for almost 6 years. I started as a freelancer graphic artist, then acquire more skills such us web design and web development. Most of my clients are foreign and as well as locals.

Since my market are growing, I started to build and established Infinity Hub of which the advocacy is to help young people in the field of online industry. Infinityhub is base on Davao City that provides online services like web development, web design, corporate video and online marketing.

Eric Clark Su

Co-Founder & CEO at Twidl Inc.

Having worked in the intersection of fun, technology and people for the past 15 years. Eric is now a co-founder of Twidl Inc. building Lifebit - a game layer on top of life. It helps people get more out of life thru a combination of life logging, game mechanics and social features.

As a former Internet cafe owner, network engineer, IT department head, computer teacher, graphic designer, animator, UI and game designer, Eric has the unique insight on how technology can help people enjoy the world more.

Specialties: Product Design, Game Design, Flash Animator, Logo Design, Drupal Administrator, Web design, Print Design, Writer

Jason Torres

CTO & Hacker at Proudcloud

A code junkie. A veteran Rubyist. Jason is a co-founder and CTO of Proudcloud, a Ruby on Rails and Javascript Software Consultancy shop in Manila. He currently leads technology, development operations and making sure that culture is awesome as always.

Besides software consultancy, he likes partnering and working with startups, and has proven it by building startups and apps like,,, and more.

Jayson Basañes

Co-Founder & CTO at Twidl Inc.

Jayson is a co-founder of Twidl Inc., the company behind Lifebit - a game layer on top of life. He leads the development teams of the company and dives in mostly on API and iOS development. He is passionate about systems architecture, code quality, standards, and improving development workflows.

With over 10 years of experience in software engineering, he has been involved with and lead teams in multiple areas of the field such as business apps, huge social networks, e-commerce, games, mobile apps, and devops. He has professionally used many languages over the years like Obj-C, C#, Java, PHP, AS3, and JS. He is currently infatuated with Go.

When he is not working on Lifebit, he works on his personal projects at Github.

Christian Foster

Technical Director at Bywave

Christian Foster is the Technical Director at Bywave, a boutique development firm based in Sydney and Davao that helps clients get the most out of their technology. We launch startups, help existing businesses streamline processes and work together with our clients on a range of projects.

Originally from Australia, he grew up in England and studied Computer Science at Durham University, following that up several years later with a Bachelors of Design in Architecture from the University of Sydney, Australia. He's worked in IT infrastructure and development for many global businesses, but for the last several years focusing exclusively on planning, architecting and implementing web and mobile applications.

Ferdie Macatangay

Country Channels Manager, SWG at IBM   |   LinkedIn

Ferdie Macatangay is the Software Business Executive Head of the Channels, Ecosystem Development and Marketing Groups of IBM Philippines. His extensive experience in the IT Industry started as a Technical Consultant, specializing on Network Infrastructures. He has then move to various roles on Sales, Product Management, Channels & Alliances and Marketing.

Ferdie holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the De La Salle University. He is also a Certified Securities Specialist of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

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