Brace yourself for SW Davao 3 happening on August 1-3, 2014! Stay tuned for more details.

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Philippine College of Technology, Garden Park Village, Davao Medical School Drive, Bajada, Davao City

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The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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Zachary Cohn

Bootcamp Director and Hacker Relations at Startup Weekend   |   LinkedIn

Zachary Cohn is part of the core team of Startup Weekend. He works with Google to create a series of pre-Startup Weekend "bootcamps" to teach Startup Weekend attendees about different technologies, platforms, and APIs that can help them with their startups.

He loves parkour, rock climbing, gymnastics, juggling, etc.

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Nov 9
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Minette Navarrete

President at Kickstart Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Minette Navarrete joined Globe Telecom Inc. in July 2006 to start up Business Development in what was then a pure-play operator: Globe’s New Business Group (NBG), was created to lead the company expansion outside of the core telecommunications business.

The NBG develops new businesses and capabilities for Globe via strategic partnerships, greenfield builds, equity investments and M&A.

Aileen Apolo - de Jesus

Head of Outreach at Google Southeast Asia   |   Google+

Aileen Apolo – de Jesus is the Head of Outreach for Southeast Asia, Google. A long-time marketing practitioner, Aileen has been involved in marketing and business development of technology products for more than 11 years. She is an experienced marketing and sales manager skilled in developing and implementing marketing, communication and strategic business plans and campaigns that produce results and increase sales and profits. Skilled in product and brand development, training, sales management, business development, market research and profiling.

Raf Vlummens

Founder at BizzBoost, School of Entrepreneurship

Raf has been 'full-time' in the Davao since 3 years after an international career as credit risk manager for banks in Belgium,France and the DR Congo, specialized in startups and SME's.

He founded BizzBoost, School of Entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship, hand-on and 'ready-to-use' , to entrepreneurs wanted to create their own businesses.

Raf holds a master degree in finance and is a certified credit risk analyst.

Harm Rietjens

Co-Founder of Caresharing

f you do what you did, you get what you got. - Albert Einstein

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.

Jean-Patrick Bisson

Co-Founder of 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.

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Bert Barriga

Executive Vice President at ICT Davao, Inc.

A staunch leader in Davao’s ICT industry as former President and currently Executive Vice-President of ICT Davao Inc and Chairman of the Regional IT and E-Commerce Committee of the Regional Development Council in Region XI (Davao Region).

Has been an IT professional with extensive multi-platform experience for almost 30 years including 13 years of overseas work in the Middle East as senior analyst, systems integrator and project manager of Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia.

As a mentor, he has supported and advised participants in the ON3 Pitching Competition, IdeaSpace, Google Dev Camp and now the Startup Weekend. The most recent success story he is partly credited for is the victory in the 1st ON3 Competition which generated two winners from Davao City, namely, PicLyf and the Pyroclave which are both undergoing immersion and business advancement in Silicon Valley, CA.

Christian Besler

VP and Community Engagement Head at Kickstart Ventures   |  

Christian is VP and Head of Community Engagement of Kickstart Ventures, a Globe-funded incubator for disruptive technologies and business models. Over the past years, he has worked in diverse industries from Telecommunications, Software, Business Consulting and Finance. He is an evangelist of disruptive innovations and believes that only an open mobile ecosystem will be able to constantly reinvent itself, and only innovative companies will have a sustainable competitive advantage.

To this end, he is also the co-founder of the local Mobile Monday Manila chapter, an open community platform of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influential individuals who gather (yes, on Mondays) to share ideas, discuss trends, and network for the betterment of the mobile sector. He holds a dual-degree from Columbia University.

Tina Amper

Founder at

Tina (Tins) Amper founded, a non-profit, grassroots community of tech, startup and business enthusiasts -- to give back.

Many members share their talent and time to help the community. As such, members are the volunteer lead organizers behind Startup Weekend Cebu, Cebu ON3 Pitching Competition and Startup Weekend Davao.

Tins has a background in Product Marketing, Business Development, Recruitment and Research for tech companies in the international market. She is passionate about supporting startups and sharing best practices with the tech community.

After working abroad for many years, she recently returned to her hometown of Cebu and is currently working full-time to help bring tech communities together and establish in other cities. TT groups are currently found in Cebu, Davao, Tagbilaran City and soon in Iloilo City and other cities where it's invited. "Building a startup company is usually fun but not always easy. But if we don't even try, we will never know if we could have ever succeeded."

Wesley Chiongbian

CEO and Founder of   |   LinkedIn

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.

Franky Branckaute

Founder at   |   Google+

Serial traveler. Digital nomad, give me an internet connection and I might relocate there.

Manager at Rogue Network Solutions. Splashpress Media Emeritus.

Mark Buenconsejo

Co-Founder at Caresharing   |  

Mark Buenconsejo is the CEO and a co-founder of Caresharing. Their mission is to make a positive impact in people's well-being. They build software solutions that help them and their customers achieve that.

Mark started his programming career a little early than usual, at 17 years old. He started as a systems administrator and a freelance programmer, and became an entrepreneur which led him to a few startup ventures, like LearningToGo and SimpleTeq. Other projects he's involved in are TweeTiTow, CodrSchool, CoderDojo Cebu, Startup Weekend Cebu and

He is passionate about using technology and software in helping solve the world's biggest problems in healthcare, social and education.

He loves mountain biking, trail running and similar endurance sports.

John Naranjo

CEO & Founder at Ingenuity

John is the CEO and founder of Ingenuity, a software development and business process outsourcing company based in Davao City. Proudly bootstrapped and grass-rooted, Ingenuity specializes in web solutions development using Python/Django, Linux, MySQL, MongoDB, and other open-source technologies.

A former avid software developer himself, John is fanatical about software development frameworks and best practices using Agile methodology. Even amidst running a bustling company, he longs for the time to be able to code again like the ninjas on his team.

A passionate purpose-driven entrepreneur, he believes in the Filipino's 'ingenuity' and hopes to someday be able to contribute and make an impact to the lives of his countrymen by empowering teams of talented software developers realize the power they have in their hands.

Currently brewing ingenious product ideas, he and the whole of Ingenuity hope to someday be able to create products that will solve many of the country's problems. It is the team's collective dream to see Davao become the next hotbed of technology + entrepreneurship, like the Silicon Valley.

George Tujan

CEO and Co-founder at Neuraltech Innovations   |   LinkedIn

Co-Founder and President of Neuraltech Innovations, a technology startup that designs and implements specialized hardware for telemetry and GPS tracking systems. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of DabaweGNU, a non-profit organization that advocates the use of “Free/Open Source Software” (FOSS) technologies to rest of the community. An active member and advocate of the Open Street Map project (OSM Phil) contributing data to the largest, most comprehensive.

Marc Gil Medina

CEO and Founder at Lightweight Solutions   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Marc Medina, CEO and founder of Lightweight Solutions (, a digital agency. He also founded a couple of startups, Bolooka (, a social e-commerce platform and PhotoLive (, a social digital photobooth.

Ray Rubio

CEO of CubePixels

An accomplished graphic and web designer for 14 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.

Christopher John Cubos

Founder and CEO of Philippine Global Outsourcing

A multi-awarded graphic designer, a web designer and developer, gamer and game developer, 3D artist, mobile designer and developer, UI/UX architect, animator, programmer, and digital visionary.

Co-founded SiliconGulf initiative to help push Davao City as the Silicon Valley in the Philippines.

Founded the largest IT group in Davao City (DavaoIT) that is passionate on helping people reach their potential in mobile development, web development, graphic design, animation, and ultimately building their startup dreams.

Franco Liu Eisma

Regional Sales at Amazon Web Services,   |   LinkedIn

I am part of the ASEAN sales team responsible for driving incremental and net new revenue across given territories. This covers a spectrum of companies from startup to XXL and MNCs in the region.

I have also been driving initiatives that covers marketing (broad based and targeted) and channel development.

My goal is to help customers, partners and ecosystem players succeed in cloud adoption by educating them on cloud and AWS, providing advice and practical steps in the transition (technical and commercial aspects).

Thus helping organizations build better IT based services while reducing cost, time to market and exploring the business possibilities with Amazon Web Services.

Joseph Ziegler

Technology Evangelist at Amazon Web Services   |  

Joe started his life in Texas but began his career in Silicon Valley. Previously, Joe worked at Accenture in San Francisco with Netscape amongst his clients. He developed some of the first e-commerce applications during the early days of the Internet and ran several start-up companies, including his first classic IPO on the NASDAQ. His most recent thriving venture is Iris Data Services, which landed on the “Forbes 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the US” list.

Joe started using cloud services in 2006 to create the infrastructure for Iris Data Services as the Director of Technical Services. Additionally, he worked with several enterprises developed on the cloud, including building his own company, IndexMedia, on Amazon Web Services. Now he has enthusiastically become an evangelist for Amazon, speaking about the services and features available to customers.

Joe has lived on five continents and enjoys meeting people in different parts of the globe. He likes long-distance running and spending time with his family, including his retired greyhound Flash, at his home in Melbourne, Australia. He has studied Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Jonathan Lansangan

COO of Dynamic Objx

Jonathan is the certified non-geek, disturber of the peace, and COO of Dynamic Objx, a Java-Scala-RoR-Android development company based in Manila.

He started up a social enterprise in 1990 called Student Venture Philippines, and has been a people, organization, and business developer for over two decades.

Though a leadership and management consultant to over 500 companies, he's really a dreamer and poet.

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