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IT Workshops

For Educators & Professionals

UPSITF invites interested educators and professionals to participate in its 3-day series of training workshops set to take place during the 13th Y4iT at Meeting Room 13 of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. These workshops will provide a professional development opportunity designed to broaden the knowledge and enhance the IT skills of professionals to make them more effective and competitive in their field. Register now at


Silvia Giordano

ACM Distinguished Speaker

Dr. Silvia Giordano joint SUPSI in 2003, at the Department of Technology and Innovation (DTI), a member of the Directory Board of the Institute of Systems for Informatics and Networking, and the head of the Networking Lab in the University of Applied Science - SUPSI. She is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society, IFIP WG 6.8 and a board member of ACM N2Women.


Y4iT the 13th: Are You Ready
September 9, 10 and 11, 2015
Function Rooms 1-5
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines



You are invited to this year's biggest IT congress! You can download your invitation here: Y4iT Invitation for Schools.

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Y4iT Congress Badge Rates

Catch the Early bird discount rates or avail of the Congress Badge + shirt bundle!

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Y4iT 2015

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CHED Endorsement

The 13th Youth Congress on Information Technology, happening on Sept. 9-11, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, is officially endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education.

Tentative Program

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Welcome Address
Dr. Randy Gamboa
Tech Talk
Oracle Academy
Secret to Designing Games: Understanding Processes and Reverse Engineering
Mr. Alvin Chan
Outcomes Based Education
Mr. David Tapang
Tech Talk
Tech Talk
The Campaign for Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom and the Fight for Digital Rights across Advocacy Platforms
Mr. Francis Acero
Using Travel as a Tool for Development through Technology
Ms. April Cuenca
A Comparative Review of iWork for iCloud, Google Apps, and Office 365
Ms. Trish Castro
Net Neutrality and Internet Rights
Mr. Al Alegre
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Welcome Address
Mr. Paulo Paje
Is the future mobile networking?
Dr. Silvia Giordano
JISSA and Cybersecurity Awareness, Development and Training (CADET) Program: What you don't know about information security will hurt you
Mr. John Ruero
Y4iT Forum: Web vs Mobile
Mr. Johan Janssens, Ms. Christine Balatbat, Mr. Alvin Chan, Mr. Ramon Pastor, and Mr. Paul Pajo
Data Privacy Law
Prof. Harry Roque
OpenStack: Why and How
Mr. Jerome Gotangco
HollerMall: Journey of a Startup
Ms. Janna Deja, Ms. Maelyn Hung, Ms. Danica Jambalos
iOS Development Using Swift
Mr. Francisco S. Reyes, Jr.
Tech Talks
PH Internet Connectivity is Bad, and It's Not Your Fault
Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos
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Welcome Address
Mr. Jonathan De Luzuriaga
Sen. Bam Aquino
Internet Of Your Things 101
Mr. Patrick Shim
A Secure and Stable Internet for the Future
Ms. Sheryl Hermoso
Are you ready for the next BIG thing in Domain name space?
Mr. Kelvin Wong
Be a future maker, your time is NOW.
Mr. Johan Janssens
GrabTaxi, Transforming the way the Philippines moves
Mr. Poch Ceballos
Tech Talk on Usability
Mr. Kee Lacanilao
The Project NOAH Initiative through the Use of Free and Open Source Technology
Mr. Ivan Lester Saddi
Trust on the Net
JUAN KONEK: Free Wi-Fi in Public Places Project, DOST - ICT Office
Mr. Roy Espiritu

Confirmed Speakers

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Francis Acero

Co-Founder/Director, Democracy.Net.PH
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Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
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Bam Aquino

Senator, Republic of the Philippines
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Christine Balatbat

User Experience Team Lead, UXMNL
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Trish Castro

Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Foundations Trainer
De La Salle University Integrated School
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Poch Ceballos

City Expansion Lead, GrabTaxi Philippines
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Alvin Chan

Strategist, Mashup Garage LLC
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April Cuenca

CEO and Co-Founder, FlipTrip
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Jonathan Defensor De Luzuriaga

President, Philippine Software Industry Association
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Janna Aika Deja

E-Commerce, HollerMall
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Roy Espiritu

Spokesperson, DOST - ICT Office
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Silvia Giordano

Head of Networking Lab, University of Applied Science - SUPSI
ACM Distinguished Speaker
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Jerome Gotangco

Cloud Consultant, HP Helion APJ Team
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Sheryl Hermoso

Training Officer, Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
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Maelyn Hung

Business Development, HollerMall
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Danica Jambalos

Marketing, HollerMall
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Johan Janssens

Chief Innovator, Timble
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Kee Lacanilao

UX Designer
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Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos

Research Fellow, LIRNEasia
Vice President for Policy, Internet Society - Philippine Chapter
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Ramon Pastor

President & CEO, Rogomi
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Francisco S. Reyes, Jr.

Director, Octal Technologies
ICT Executive Managing Director, Asian Institute of Management
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Harry Roque

Chairman, Center for International Law Philippines
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John Ruero

President, Philippine Society of IT Educators
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Ivan Lester Saddi

Supervising Science Research Specialist, DOST Project NOAH
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Patrick Shim

Asia Pacific Partner Business and Technology Gaming Lead Evangelist, Microsoft
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David Tapang

Education Lead, Microsoft Philippines
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Kelvin Wong

Head of Outreach & Public Responsibility for APAC, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
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About Y4iT

Established in 2003, the Youth Congress on Information Technology (formerly known as the Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology)—commonly known as Y4iT—is an annual information technology event in the Philippines, organized by the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF).

Aimed primarily at college students, professionals, educators, IT experts and enthusiasts,Y4iT is an enabling event for today’s youth and aspires to recognize young Filipinos as key drivers in the dynamic IT industry. Since its launching, Y4iT has gone on to be at the forefront of information technology gathering events in the Philippines. Various relevant and exciting IT topics are presented and discussed. The event is co-organized by the Y4iT Volunteer Corps (YVC).


The UP System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF) Inc. is a non-government organization focused on the application of Information and Communication Technology for development. It partners with UP Information Technology Development Center in providing various services such as, but not limited to, Education Development, IT Human Capital Development, Research & Development, Software Engineering, ICT Policy Development and Planning, and IT Project Management.

The Foundation’s flagship project Youth on Information Technology or popularly known as Y4iT is an annual event organized by UPSITF, in cooperation with UP Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC) and Y4iT Volunteer Corps (VolCorp), that attracts at least 25,000 attendees every year.

Apart from staging the biggest IT event in the country, UPSITF also offers in information technology courses on current IT trends and various programming languages and software development projects. Course participants include fresh college graduates, government employees, teachers, and professionals.

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