‘TechUp Pilipinas’ starts meet-up series to discuss tech issues

By Clarist Mae Zablan

Heads and representatives from various companies mostly involved in blockchain technology attended the first of “TechUp Tuesdays” held on June 26 at The Podium in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Photo shows one of the presenters, Colin Christie, Enderun Colleges director of digital transformation, during the inaugural TechUp Tuesday meetup

The event is a series of meet-ups organized by tech exchange platform TechUp Pilipinas. It is open to tech companies and enthusiasts, held every last Tuesday of the month in different venues.

“TechUp Tuesday gives an avenue to share ideas, invite new tech partners or people who just want to join the movement and learn about technology, and it’s a venue really for sharing,” said Bryan Makasiar, TechUp Pilipinas associate director.

The attendees of its first session were from hybrid rice seed producer SL Agritech Corporation, financial service platform Coins.ph, blockchain platforms NEM Philippines and Loyalcoin, fintech companies Acudeen and Satoshi Citadel Industries, blockchain logistics platform OpenPort, and Enderun Colleges.

The program during the first session was composed mostly of introductions from the companies present. For the future TechUp Tuesday meetups, Makasiar said he wanted for the participants to be able to focus on finding and creating solutions to their problems.

“I envision that we reach a point that we’ll really be sharing problems, and focusing on use cases that different players here could use, either themselves or they know… It’s about building that community. And the solutions we have today maybe answers to current problems, or we can come up with solutions to address different problems,” he said.

TechUp Pilipinas was launched during a blockchain forum held on May 28. According to Makasiar, the group was created with the goal of being able to “tech up” the Philippines.

“The goal really is for us to create solutions that drive the greatest inclusion, with technology, for national prosperity,” he said.

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