1st Global Startup Weekend Bicol

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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1st Global Startup Weekend Bicol

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Jesse Robredo Museum Amphitheater
Naga Civic Center, Taal Avenue
Naga City , Philippines

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Calling all hackers, hipsters, and hustlers for a crazy 54-hour event - Startup Weekend in Bicol, Naga City, Philippines

What: Startup Weekend Bicol
When: November 16 - 18, 2018
Where: Jesse Robredo Museum Amphitheater | Naga Civic Center, Taal Avenue | Naga City

Registration Fee: 1000 pesos
Early Bird Tickets. Register before October 15 and get 30% off.
Includes 7 free meals and incredible opportunities to learn and mingle with mentors and judges.

Calling all hackers, hipsters, and hustlers for a crazy 54-hour event in Bicol, Naga City
-- share ideas, form teams, build your product, launch it!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the highs and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 5,100+ past events in 156 countries around the world since 2009.

No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Bicol designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback! If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Bicol.

Who can attend:
"DEVELOPER" - software engineers/coders/developers - in short, anybody who can and will write code.
"DESIGNER" - anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc.)
"NON-TECHNICAL" - applies to business, marketing, PR, and anyone with a non-technical background.

1. Please register here: http://bit.ly/swbicol_2018

2. Your RSVP will not count as official registration to the event. You must register at the above link.
3. Paypal and credit card payments are accepted at above link.
4. Cash payment via bank deposit is available. Other payment instructions are available when you register at above link.

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Friday November 16th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Startup 101 Talk
Introduction to Startup by Magno Conag of Nueca

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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

Saturday November 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Workshop: Startup Ideation
Hands-on Workshop about Startup Ideation by Bani Balaguer of Cynder

9:45 am
Workshop: Startup Validation
Hands-on Workshop about Startup Validation by Felix Ayque of Paligid Tech

10:15 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:15 pm
Workshop: Rapid Prototyping
Hands-on Workshop about Rapid Prototyping by Rico Zuniga of WYLog

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Workshop: How to Pitch Business Ideas
A Hands-on workshop on How to Effectively Pitch Business Ideas by Katherine Khoo of PhilDev.org

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Startup Talk: Funding
Get your Startup Funded by Karlo Alamares of 247 Virtual Agent

7:15 pm
Startup Talk: Marketing
How to market your startup ideas by Catherine Baleda of ReachOut, Inc

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Rico Zuñiga
Senior Software Engineer-Architect

During the last 15 years, Rico has led technical teams launch various software products including games, mobile apps, websites and enterprise software for the education, manufacturing, entertainment, and gaming industries. As an entrepreneur, he also created his own apps which have collectively reached hundreds of thousands of users. Rico is one of the local game industry's pioneers and early advocates. While still in college in 2003, he created the first Filipino computer game called Tong-its. This simple, open-source game grew into his first startup, Tongits.net in 2008. Tongits reached more than a hundred thousand downloads and 70,000 fans on Facebook before it was acquired by a competitor in 2014. In high school, he wanted a more efficient way of reviewing for exams so he taught himself BASIC and C to be able to program quiz apps. This was in 1996. Coming full circle 20 years later, he launched Hoppy, an app that helps students review for the CPA board exam. Hoppy was one of the first chatbots on Messenger and was accepted into Facebook's FbStart program. Hoppy was acquired by iCPA.ph in 2017 and is still used by thousands of students. As an advocate of education, he co-founded Bicol IT in 2013, a nonprofit that promotes Information Technology in the region. Since then, he has contributed development tutorials, served as a university professor, delivered talks, and conducted dozens of seminars for thousands of students and professionals. Rico is currently a Senior Software Engineer-Architect focused on Blockchain at WYLog. He was awarded by Bicol University as the Most Distinguished Alumnus in Information and Communications Technology in 2017 for his contributions to the local IT industry and developer community.

Felix Ayque

Felix Ayque is the founder of PaligidTech, a Filipino startup company providing environmental and natural disaster information solutions. PaligidTech is now used by BPO companies for BCP and Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines. Felix has handled business development projects in the Asia Pacific region for companies such as Earth Networks, New Zealand MetService, and was previously Managing Director of MeteoGroup in Philippines/Asia. Felix has done a lot of work supporting local sensor networks in the Philippines related to weather, lightning, earthquake, air quality, and location visibility. He is now active in the development of IOT community based disaster visibility networks and aims to create more local datasets available in the future.

Katherine Khoo
Venture Analyst

Kath Khoo currently works as a venture analyst for the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev). She is part of the venture team for the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP), implemented by PhilDev and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-Australia (DFAT-Australia). ISIP is a three-year project to boost support and encourage investments for highly scalable social enterprises in the Philippines. As venture analyst, she spearheads discussions and partnerships with investors, nonprofits, corporations, mentors, and intermediaries to increase and facilitate the flow of human, financial, and intellectual capital to impact-driven enterprises. Kath also oversees PhilDev Labs, PhilDev’s hub for entrepreneurship initiatives catering to aspiring entrepreneurs and startups in the Philippines, with programs tailor-made for each stage in the entrepreneurship journey.

Prior to working at PhilDev, Kath was worked as an impact fellow and associate at Scope Group (now known as Mission & Co.), an international strategic venture philanthropy and impact advisory firm based in Kuala Lumpur. While working in Malaysia, she handled regional impact projects heading partnerships, communications, and program management, particularly for ASEAN Impact Challenge and Human Library Malaysia.

Coaches and Mentors

Karlo Alamares

Karlo started his Business Process Outsourcing at age 27, for 3 years it grew from 10 people to 300 and was considered one of the most successful Filipino-owned BPO companies in the Philippines. After his firm was acquired by a North American internet marketing firm, Karlo ventured into apps and web development. By 2015, he started MyDivisoria.ph initially buying and selling items on it's Facebook Page. MyDivisoria PH opened it's doors to affiliates and started teaching them the how to start their business with no or limited capital. MyDivisoria PH grew from a home-based company to a multi-million peso venture with members and customers worldwide. Now he's the founder of 247virtualagent.com based in Albay.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The 1st Global Startup Weekend Bicol team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bicol is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Harris Rainier
  • Maria Gabrielle
  • Mark
  • Lou-Ren John


Haifa Carina
Tech Community Builder from the Philippines

Haifa Carina is a tech community builder from the Philippines. She leads and promotes various initiatives for the Philippine tech community.

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