20.PH.NET & Beyond: A look at the future of Internet Services



Twenty years ago, on March 29, 1994, the Philippines was first directly connected to the Internet.

Yes, it was 20 years ago that a Philippine educational network called PhilNet connected to the Internet, paving the way for the establishment commercial ISPs and the widespread use of the Internet in the Philippines today, including an entire digital industry.

To commemorate this occasion, a series of events have been organized to give focus to the historical event. The anniversary is called “20.PH.NET” which refers to the “20th Anniversary of Philippine Internet.”

Various groups and communities around the Philippines are encouraged to organize their own events commemorating the anniversary in order to spread awareness of the milestone and encourage reflection on the state of the Internet in the Philippines today and where it should be going.

SMART DevNet is contributing by organizing an event to be held on the afternoon of March 29 to be targeted at the developer and startup community. The event is called “20.PH.NET & Beyond” and will focus on the Internet trends of TODAY that point towards the FUTURE.

This will be held at the JUMP Experience Center at the 4th level of SM Megamall from 1-4 PM on March 29, 2014.

Somewhat modeled after TED Talks, the event will include talks on the future of technology by various internet companies. We have invited some our technology partners to give their view on the future of various industries that have benefited from the internet. These range from online real estate, cloud computing, data security, transportation systems, to operating systems.

The target audience is our developer community and tech enthusiasts in general.

The event will be free of charge but attendance will require registration via Eventbrite. (http://20PHNET.eventbrite.com)

See you there! #20PHNET

Program Details: 20PHNET & BEYOND

12:30 – 1:15

Jim Ayson (Smart DevNet)
Introduction: 1:10-1:30

John Dang (ZipMatch)
The Future of Online Realty Services: 1:30-1:50

Milo Pacamarra (Trend Micro)
The Future of Internet Security: 1:50-2:10

Markku Lepisto (Amazon Web Services)
The Future of Cloud: 2:10-2:30

Douglas Ma (Uber)
Technology and its Impact on Transportation: 2:30-2:50

Edison Tan (Microsoft)
The Future of Operating Systems: 2:50-3:10

Wrap-up, Refreshments, Networking: 3:10-4:00




Hackathon Report: The first BitCoin Hackathon in Asia

We asked Ron Hose, co-founder of Coins.ph (the first BitCoin exchange in the Philippine) on his thoughts and motivations for the first BitCoin hackathon in Asia held at the heart of Ortigas CBD last March 1 and he said:

“We’re super excited about the applications of bitcoin in developing countries. We wanted to bring together developers, designers, and other creatives to generate ideas, and bring these ideas to life.
there were two main objectives –
1. get dev’s acquainted with bitcoin, and developing applications with bitcoin.
2. come up with ideas that utilize bitcoin to make a positive impact on the daily lives of filipinos.
We’re very happy with the results – the winning team created an app that not only has great positive impact – it enables anyone to easily donate bitcoin to any charity via their twitter account.”

2nd place went to the BitScholar team (http://bitscholar.azurewebsites.net/) composed of Carl Alberto and Diony Fabilliar Guillen. BitScholar is a crowdfunding site for scholars using BitCoin to fund their academic dreams.

1st place went to Coins4Cause (http://coins4cause.herokuapp.com/) composed of Jay Ricky Villarante and Pio Lumongsod. Coins4Cause is a BitCoin donation aggregator for non-profits like Red Cross, Wikipedia Foundation and World Wildlife Fund.

The 1.0 BTC was split 75% and 25% respectively between the 1st place winner and the 2nd place winner. Not a shabby way to end a whole day hackathon for these pioneering BitCoin hackathoners. If you want to know more about BitCoin and how Coins.PH enables Filipinos to avail of it, check out this article on Rappler.

SMART DevNet + SMART Music presents SYNC: Music + Tech Conference

Banner for http://syncmanila.eventbrite.com


We’re hoping this would be the first among many music-related (and startup-related) events that SMARTDevNet will be able put up in the next coming months. If you want to check it – the event’s sold out but there’s still a wait list so just register at http://syncmanila.eventbrite.com . We’ll be having Tommy Tanchangco, Caliph8, Mark Laccay, Motorman Writhes and Abdel Aziz as speakers and we’ll be hearing the music startup pitches from Amplify, TwitMusic, NDFY and Odicion. Our friends from Radio Republic – Zach Lucero and Katz Tuason will be hosting. If you’ve registered already – help us tweet about the event using the #SYNCMANILA hashtag – see you all there at Black Market later. And yeah, it’s for FREE so you don’t really have an excuse not to go – we’ve even got people “seriously considering attending this at the risk of missing” their flights.

AngelHack Manila 2013 Event News


AngelHack Manila goes live today, June 8!

Watch this space for documents, presentations, and miscellaneous stuff about what’s going on at AngelHack Manila 2013 going on this weekend at the Anson’s Center of Ortigas Center! 

Keep Calm and #HackMore!

1.  Slideshare: AngelHack Manila Event Flow (Revised)

2. Slideshare: Anson’s Center Rules and Regulations

3. Slideshare: AngelHack Manila Pre-Event Slides

10 Questions & Answers about AngelHack Manila

angelhackAngelHack Manila is coming real soon now – June 8-9! As with any info campaign about an event, a number of questions have cropped up about AngelHack Manila. We’ve compiled 10 of the most common ones (starting with the most basic – “What the heck is AngelHack?”) and listed them here with the answers.

1. What is AngelHack?

AngelHack is a series of global hackathons (roughly translated to “programming marathons” – but for a more detailed explanation, click here. ) developed by Greg Gopman and the crew at AngelHack that combines a developer competition with a chance to go through an accelerator program in Silicon Valley and meet with VCs and in incubators.

The About Page on AngelHack.com probably says it best:

AngelHack organizes hackathon competitions for web developers and entrepreneurs, called AngelHacks, where they can learn developer tools, meet new friends, and receive funding and mentorship for their startup ideas. In 2013, AngelHack will organize 100 hackathons, bringing together 15,000+ developers in 50+ cities. Winners from every city are put through the AngelHack Accelerator Program, where we mentor them for 12 weeks before bringing them out to Silicon Valley to raise investment and introduce them to incubators.

Previous winners have gone on to attend Y-Combinator, AngelPad, TechStars, 500 Startups, and incubators around the world.

2. What is AngelHack Manila?

AngelHack Manila is the Manila leg of the global AngelHack series. It is sponsored by the SMART Developer Network and the IdeaSpace Foundation. Greg Gopman, CEO of AngelHack, will be in Manila for the event,

For more information, check out the Facebook Page:  http://facebook.com/angelhackmanila.

3. How many cities and developers will be involved?

For AngelHack Spring 2013, there will be 30 cities and an estimated 6,000 developers involved from May to June 2013.

Here’s the scene at the recently concluded AngelHack Paris: 

4. Where will AngelHack Manila be held?

AngelHack Manila will be held at the offices of Voyager Innovations at the 12th floor of the Anson’s Building, 23 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig. This is the building just across The Podium. Here’s a map: http://goo.gl/maps/eDEZf

5. When is it?

As mentioned elsewhere here, AngelHack Manila goes live on June 8 and continues through the day and overnight till June 9.

There will be other AngelHacks going on in other cities at the same time as Manila. These will be events in Seoul, Bogota, Washington DC, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur. But Greg Gopman will be at the Manila event.

6. What can we expect at the hack?

Greg Gopman said in a recent Google Hangout that AngelHack is a little different than your usual hackathon. In the USA at times takes on the appearance of a party, with toys handed out,s plenty of food and drink , sumo wrestling in corners and free massages. AngelHack Manila will try to ue to the American stay true to the American spirit, but will add some local favor.

More on what to expect, straight from Greg’s mouth here:

And here’s what it was like at an AngelHack in Silicon Valley:

7. Will there be beer?

Yes there will be beer, we have a beer sponsor. And there will be Red Bull too. We hope.

8. How do I form a team for AngelHack?

As per AngelHack rules, a team can have a maximum of five members.

See http://angelhack.com/rules

How you form the team is up to you. You can look for team members on the event itself, but we would advise you to form a team before the event to save on time and to ensure you have a team spirit and composition.

9. What happens to the AngelHack winning team?

The Winning Team at AngelHack will have the privilege of representing the Philippines in the AngelHack Accelerator program, and spend 10 days in San Francisco as part of a 10-week mentoring program. In September, the winning global teams converge in Silicon Valley and get a chance to present at Global Demo Day, with a chance to win a booth at TechCrunch Disrupt.

According the AngelHack site:

At the end of the 10 weeks, you’ll be invited to Silicon Valley (Sept 2nd-13th). Here you’ll present your startup at Global Demo Day to a room of over 300 investors, influencers, and media. The goal of this event is to receive interest and follow-up meetings with investors. Very little money is raised at this event… the majority comes to teams in the 7 days that follow. The top ten teams at Global Demo Day will receive booths at TechCrunch Disrupt SF and the rest will receive tickets.

All members of the AngelHack Accelerator program will get a chance to visit TechCrunch Disrupt SF and participate in investor events until September 15. Where the winners get to take their startup idea from there is up to them!

Full program and more info at http://angelhack.com/accelerator

10. Sounds great, where do I sign up?

You can sign up for the event on their Eventbrite page here:  http://bit.ly/angelhackmanila

The event isn’t free, but there is a very minimal fee charged to demonstrate commitment by the participants.


Now Archived: The Google Hangout with AngelHack’s Greg Gopman


Our Google Hangout on Air with Greg Gopman, CEO of AngelHack, last May 18 turned out pretty good! Greg went online from Toronto, Canada to chat with some guys in Manila – mainly Jim Ayson of Smart DevNet, J. Angelo Racoma of e27, Raffy Oca of The Big Time Show, Matt Quiros of the SMART DevNet community – and took questions from all the other people watching live on YouTube.

Greg fielded basic questions about AngelHack and gave viewers a glimpse into what goes on in a typical AngelHack and what;s in store for participants in AngelHack Manila on June 8 and 9, 2013.

We edited the hour long Hangout into a much manageable 13-minute video clip and posted it on our YouTube channel, where it will likely stay posted for all eternity:

This happened today: The AngelHack Manila Launch

AngelHack graphic

(April 10 – Metro Manila, Philippines)  AngelHack, dubbed as the “world’s largest hackathon”, today announced the launch of AngelHack Manila.

The global event will be taking place in over 30 cities around the world this May and June, 2013. Cities cover a wide range from Europe, Israel, Russia, India, Asia, Australia, North and South America. All told, this leg of the hackathon intends to cover over 6,000 hackers in over 30 cities from May/June 2013.

Manila joins the ranks of these cities with the announcement of AngelHack Manila. The exact date will be announced but will fall within the May/June 2013 timeframe.

TechCrunch described AngelHack in a recent feature as follows:

AngelHack has always been a little different from your average hackathon — rather than taking place in one spot over one weekend, it has become a global event that takes place in multiple stages. As a result, the projects are usually pretty polished, though not yet at the level of full-fledged startups. Now it’s taking another step in that direction with the launch ofits very own accelerator.

The program will admit 40 teams into a 14-week program – 12 weeks of local mentoring, then two weeks in San Francisco pitch training, investor meetings, and events. In that sense, it follows the broader AngelHack model, where there are local hackathons which feed into a big competition among the finalists in Silicon Valley. In exchange for the mentorship (and tickets to this fall’s TechCrunch Disrupt), AngelHack takes 2 percent equity.

Founder Greg Gopman said that his goal is “to be the largest funnel of seed-stage technical talent into incubators and investors around the world,” and he noted that previous AngelHack winners have joined Y Combinator, AngelPad, MassChallenge, TechStars and 500 Startups, and also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on AngelList.

AngelHack participants get a chance to win:

  • Trip packages to Silicon Valley (Sept. 2-15, 2013)
  • Acceptance in the AngelHack Accelerator Program
  • Entry into the AngelHack Finals (Sept. 5th)
  • Tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt SF (Sept. 7th-11th)
  • Potential booth at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Today’s AngelHack Manila Launch was held at the JUMP experience center in SM Megamall. AngelHack Manila is organized in partnership with the SMART Developer Network and the Ideaspace Foundation.

Speaking at today’s program was Earl Valencia, president of IdeaSpace, Paul Pajo of SMART DevNet, and AngelHack co-founder Greg Gopman giving the local audience the main overview of the AngelHack movement. Today’s event was titled “Hacking Your Way to Silicon Valley.”

More on this story as it develops.

Nick Frost of AngelHack San Francisco gives us a flavor of AngelHack as he talked about the organization during the 2012 event, in this YouTube clip:

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