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 Saturday: Google Hangout with AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman!


AngelHack is the world’s biggest hackathon. This Spring’s event covers 6,000 hackers in 30 cities. And the event is finally coming to Manila June 8-9.

AngelHack Manila coincides with AngelHack events happening on the same day in Jakarta, Bogota, Seoul, Guadalajara, Washington DC, and Kuala Lumpur. AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman will be in Manila for the local AngelHack event, taking place at the offices of Voyager Innovations in Ortigas Center, Pasig,

To drum up interest in the event we’ve invited Greg Gopman to a special Q&A via Google Hangout to talk about AngelHack, the global hackathons, the Manila event, what lies ahead for the winners in Silicon Valley, and the ideas and philosophies behind it.

The Google Hangout will be live-streamed as a Hangouts on Air broadcast via YouTube on the SMART DevNet Channel.

The Hangout is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at 10 AM Philippine Time.

To see the livestream, please visit

Here’s a shorter link:

To ask your questions to Greg, just leave a comment in the in the comments section under the stream.

See you guys online!

Smart DevNet Talks with Paul Gadi on Manila Game Jam 2013


We sat down with Paul Gadi, chair of the IGDA-Manila, the Manila chapter of the International Game Developers Association, to talk about the recently concluded Manila Game Jam 2013. This was recorded at the Manila Game Jam Play Party at Co.Lab Xchange on Feb 20, 2013. Smart DevNet was a major sponsor of the game jam.

Paul gives us a background of the Game Jam, IGDA-Manila, and how the event is raising awareness of game development in the Philippines. 

SMART DevNet’s Greatest Video Hits

devnet-vidsOne thing we set out to do when we started SMART DevNet in 2012 was make sure we incorporated video in in our online communications mix. We believe that online video (along with social media in general) is part of today’s generation’s Zeitgeist.

As we’ve seen this year, it’s certainly been a prime conversation starter – from “Gangnam Style” to “Amalayer.”  So in spreading the word about the developer ecosystem, it seemed like a really good idea to be very conscientious about the use of video.

Video production used to mean a humungous budget, but today every Mac has iMovie built in, smartphones and pocket cameras shoot 1080p HD video, and YouTube is the world’s most popular TV channel and preferred means of distribution. We started with a couple of agency-developed videos, but mostly we do DIY (Do-It-Yourself) productions. We do the interview, shoot, edit, and upload ourselves – very minimal crew involved here!

Most of these are interviews and featurettes under the “Smart Devnet Presents” banner. We’ve interviewed developers, hack participants, visiting experts, people in the dev scene. It’s our way of documenting the local developer culture – if future generations find this informative, then we’ll have done our part! The models we used here are Robert Scoble‘s videos as a evangelist/tech gadfly for Rackspace.

We’re also doing more Google Hangouts (which we’ll continue to cultivate for “DevNet Live“). The disappointing thing about getting guests to join hangouts though is many of them don’t really use Google+! So there are too many tutorials needed to get them to log inHopefully this will change in the next year and Google+ gets more mainstream.

Our videos all find their way to the SMART DevNet YouTube Channel which serves as our video archives.

Here are my picks of the top 10 of 2012, in no particular order:

 1. The Gian-Scottie Javelona interview – This is by far the most popular video racking up over a thousand views. I guess people find the thought of a 19-year old acting as developer and CEO of Orange  apps both thrilling and inspiring!

 2. A Talk With the Events KIT team – When a bunch of guys hunkered down in the other cubicles on the floor form a team, join a Google Apps Developer Challenge, and win a $20,000 prize for one of the three best SouthEast Asian apps, you do have to stand up and take notice. But as they say, it was all about the challenge and not about the money.

3. A Talk with Den Delima of Google on the use of HTML5 in YouTube Mobile – Dan Delima is a Filipino software engineer who works on Google’s YouTube Mobile team in Japan – who also happens to spend a lot of time in Davao (where his wife hails from). We got him to speak at our HTML5 DevDay Davao – he’s a great and generous guy who shared his extensive knowledge about HTML5 development with the Davao developer community.

4. A Talk with Danny Castonguay of MIT-AITI – Our talk with  Danny Gatonguay of MIT-AITI during the Google Developer Group (GDG) Devfest, Aug 4, 2012 in Makati. Danny is a cool guy from Montreal who had a lot of inspiring words to say about Filipino developers.He spent a few months at UP Diliman teaching a course on technopreneurship under the MIT-AITI program.

5. From the Archives: A talk with Danny and Oshani of MIT-AITI  – Related to the last video, we talked with Danny Castonguay and Oshani Seneviratne of MIT-AITI, and their UP Students about their impressions of developer events in the Philippines.  Recorded August 4, 2012 at the GDG Devfest at the AIM Conference Center in Makati.

6. Bob Reyes of Mozilla PH on Boot To Gecko (Firefox mobile OS) – While local tech blogs were content to just write about Bot to Gecko, we got an actual demo of Firefox’s upcoming mobile OS on video from Bob Reyes. Bob Reyes of Mozilla Philippines talked to us about Boot to Gecko (aka the Firefox Mobile OS) during SMART Devnet’s HTML5 DevDay Davao. Recorded July 21, 2012 at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City.

7. A Talk with Didem Ersoz of Mozilla’s Web FWD accelerator program – we interviewed Didem Ersoz of Mozilla about Web FWD, Mozlla’s accelerator for open source projects.Recorded at Form Function & Class, Nov 10, 2012.

8. A Talk with Brett Bibby of Unity – A short chat with Brett Bibby, Technology evangelist of UNITY (the creators of the Unity 3D game engine). Recorded Oct 13, 2012 during the Unity Game Jam: Benilde event co-organized by SMART DevNet. This was held at the De La Salle Collage of St. Benilde campus in Manila.

9. A Talk with Rails Girls Manila  – SMART DevNet supports the Rails Girls community! Women in tech was one of the big themes of 2012. We talk with some of the participants of the last Rails Girls meetup about the event and their impression of Rails. Recorded November 24, 2012.

10. Shoephoric – The Site and Mobile App for Shoe Fanatics – One of our first-ever videos highlighted the team behind Shoephoric, the companion Android app to, the social network/community for people passionate about shoes. Shoephoric allows site members the chance to post their dream shoes up for other members to see. The app made its debut in Feb 2012 at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Bonus! And finally – Ken Interviews Nikki Vera Cruz – Though not strictly a DevNet video, but this Webgeek Live video did happen at a Smart Devnet event, #4SQHackPH, recorded December 1, 2012. Developer/Evangelist Ken Daganio‘s interview questions for Nikki Vera Cruz of Net25’s Convergence tech show managed to be both bizarre and entertaining!

A Talk with the Gals from Rails Girls Manila


SMART DevNet supports Rails Girls Manila – the local chapter of that global group of female Rails developers who have banded together to share their love of Rails development and technology in general. Originating in Finland, Rails Girls has spread out throughout the worls as a global non-profit volunteer community.  Check out the mother site at 

We were one of the sponsors of the recent Rails Girls Manila event held last November 23 and 24. And while at a meetup, we asked some participants about Rails development and their impressions of it. Featured in this video are Esandra Kwan, Aci Cartagena, Cecil Florentino , Janis Cudilla , Jean Claudette Ambait, Jezrel Jane Himbing, and Genevieve Pablo.

A Talk with Sajid Mehmood of Foursquare at #4SQHackPH


One of the coolest things about our Foursquare Hack Day Philippines event was having an actual guy from Foursquare around, taking developers through the paces of the Foursquare “Connected Apps” Platform. Sure, you could go online to read up on it, but nothing beats an explanation in the flesh.

The “Foursquare Guy” for the occasion was Sajid Mehmood, a software engineer on Foursquare’s platform team. Just the right guy to explain to developers how to use an API to write an app that connects to their platform.

Foursquare is based in Manhattan, so Sajid flew all the way from New York City to hang out with us. We checked out his resume – and yes, he does have a pretty impressive background and developer chops:

Sajid Mehmood is a Software Engineer at Foursquare, focusing on the Foursquare Platform used by over 25,000 developers worldwide.

Prior to joining Foursquare, Sajid was an engineer at Google New York, working on scaling Google’s global datacenter-to-datacenter network. He has previously held positions at Microsoft, Infragistics, and Princeton University, where he conducted research in web security, graph visualization, and location privacy.

Sajid graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering in Computer Science.

But over all, Sajid turned out to be a really cool guy, very open and willing to share tech talk freely with developers. Apart from giving the opening talk about the Foursquare API, he also did additional duties as a mentor during the hack, and was also one of the judges who selected the top three apps presented.


Ken Daganio (a.k.a. @superken) who was at the hack as Webgeek’s evangelist and emcee for the event, spent some time to talk to Sajid about what he thought of the proceedings of the day:

DevNet Live! goes live at the FourSquare pre-hackathon meetup

So we’ve decided here on SMARTDevNet to have fairly regular hangouts via DevNet Live! Here’s our edited first episode and if you have any suggestions on what we should cover and who we should invite to the hangout then just tweet us at @smartdevnet or join the fun at our Facebook Group. For our first episode, we interview ‘s head honcho – John Arce and we also get to eavesdrop at the pre-hackathon preparations for the FourSquare Hack Day happening on December 1 at the Jump Experience Center. Here’s the first ever DevNet Live! Google Hangout on YouTube:

Here’s some pictures from the FourSquare pre-hackathon meetup at Jump Experience Center:

#4SQHack #SMARTDevNet #hackathon #HereThereBeHackathons #meetup

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The FourSquare Pre-Hackathon meetup held last November 21 at the Jump Experience Center organized by in partnership with SMARTDevNet had Bryan Bibat talk about hackathon basics with his talk “Hackathon 101”. Miguel Paraz followed Bryan with his talk on mobile app development using APIS while Radamanthus “Rad” Batnag was on had to give information on the Corona SDK. JuanDroid and GoRated.PH’s Ragde Falcis capped up the pre-hackathon meetup with case studies on how to use the FourSquare API.

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