?Geeks on a Beach? goes to Cebu, seeks socially relevant apps

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Dave Overton of Sym.ph along with Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph are organizing this year?s Geeks on a Beach in Mactan, Cebu on August 21 to 22. Also in photo are IdeaSpace president and co-founder Earl Martin Valencia (2nd from right) and Smart Developer Network?s Jim Ayson (rightmost) Dave Overton of Sym.ph along with Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph are organizing this year?s Geeks on a Beach in Mactan, Cebu on August 21 to 22. Also in photo are IdeaSpace president and co-founder Earl Martin Valencia (2nd from right) and Smart Developer Network?s Jim Ayson (rightmost)[/caption] The tech event, which is slated on August 21 to 22 at the historic island of Mactan, is expected to close to 300 international start-up founders, technopreneurs, venture capitalists, developers, and industry experts. Organizer TechTalks.ph said it hopes to surpass the successes of last year?s inaugural event held at Boracay in Aklan ? through not exactly in the number of attendees but in terms of output. ?It?s been a great year for start-ups so far, and we look forward to a better and more exciting year for the local community with this year?s ?Geeks on a Beach? conference in Cebu,? said Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph and co-organizer of this year?s GOAB, which is co-presented by Smart Bro, Smart DevNet and IdeaSpace Foundation. ?There were a lot of success stories from last year?s conference, and we hope to replicate those successes this year by linking promising local start-ups with the right investors, and vice versa,? Amper added. One of these start-up success stories is real-estate portal ZipMatch.com, co-founded by John Dang and Chow Paredes, who met some of their investors while networking during the first GOAB conference last year. This resulted in a seed funding round led by global investors IMJ Fenox and 500 start-ups and included local funds such as Hatchd Digital and IdeaSpace. ?Local start-ups are on the rise as a key sector pushing fast economic growth in the Philippines, and we are fully committed to supporting events that offer a venue for the development of this community,? added Earl Martin Valencia, president and co-founder of IdeaSpace. Personalities gracing GOAB this year include tech and start-up luminaries from Silicon Valley, and prominent SEA start-up stars from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and other areas. They include 500 start-up venture partner Khailee Ng, Dolphin Browser VP of intenational business and development Edith Yeung, e27 co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, and Gwendolyn Regina Tan of TechinAsia. Also speaking are Valencia, World Start-up Report and World Start-up Wiki founder Bowei Gai, Kickstart Ventures president Minette Navarette, Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito, Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand, Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea, and Jim Ayson of Smart DevNet. GOAB will also feature Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero.com, Jay Fajardo of Roofcamp Launchgarage, Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Creative Director Patrick Cabral, Designer Camy Francisco-Cabral, Jack Madrid of Openovate Labs, John Dang and Chow Paredes of ZipMatch.com, Oliver Segovia of AVA, Rico Sta Cruz, Open Source Developer, Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com, Richard Min of Seoul Space, Ron Hose of Coins.ph, Tomas Forgac of CoinOfSale.com, Sam Kaddoura of BuyBitcoin.ph, Christina Laskowski of Science and Technology Advisory Council-Silicon Valley (STAC-SV), Jojo Flores of Plug and Play, and Jay Aldeguer, CEO of Islands Group. GOAB is powered by Sym.ph, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks. ]]>

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