Y4iT 2021 (19th Youth Congress on Information Technology; a three-day webinar)

Enabling the youth to grasp the latest trends and innovation in information technology is vital in these arduous times. Discussing and teaching how such innovation can help is essential not only in providing the needed know-how in the digital universe, but also help in finding disruptive solutions in recovering from the pandemic.

Established in 2003, Y4iT primarily targets college students, professionals, educators, IT experts and enthusiasts interested in discussions/networking opportunities, latest IT innovations, exploring how to be competitive in the digital market, and more. Y4iT has inspired thousands of students and educators alike from across the country, encouraging awareness and networking with like-minded IT professionals.

Join us on October 12, 13, & 14, 2021, as we HARNESS EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR A BETTER FUTURE.

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SPEAKERS

Gain engagement and inspiration from this year's remarkable line up of speakers:

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raymund liboro

Having been appointed as the country’s first Privacy Commissioner in 2016, Mr. Liboro fast tracked data protection policy development in the country with the issuance of the Data Privacy Act’s Implementing Rules and significant policy circulars within the first year of NPC’s establishment – effectively working for the country’s data privacy and protection rules to be part with global data protection regulations. In 2018, he put the country on the world stage by earning the Philippines a voting seat on the exclusive 5-member executive committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner or the ICDPPC. The ICDPPC later renamed the Global Privacy Assembly is the worldwide body on data privacy composed of 134 member-jurisdictions. The Philippines’ earned the distinction of becoming the first Asian country to be elected to the prestigious body. In 2019, he chaired the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum and became the host-chair of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum or the APPA. In April 2020, this year, Commissioner Liboro was chosen to lead, and Chair the Global Privacy Assembly’s COVID-19 Taskforce intended to create a venue for collaboration among jurisdictions and organizations and address the emerging privacy issues posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus worldwide.

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monchito ibrahim

Mr. Ibrahim recently retired as Undersecretary for Regional Operations and ICT Industry Development of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office and Commissioner of the then Commission on Information and Communications Technology. He is a Trustee and President of the University of the Philippines System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF). Before joining the government, he had a long successful career with multinational companies like Fujitsu, WeServ, Siemens-Nixdorf, Comparex Germany and Unisys Australia in various executive positions. He is now a Trustee of the Analytics Association of the Philippines and a member of the Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) since 2006. He completed a Public Sector Executive Program on Innovative Government at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.

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jaime caro

Professor Caro is Professor 12 of Computer Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman and heads its Service Science and Software Engineering Laboratory. He holds the UP Alumni Engineers Centennial Professorial Chair. Dr. Caro is also a Founder of Techfactors Inc. and Series Editor of the Techfactors courseware that include more than 40 titles under the TekKids, TekHigh, DigiTitans, and ICTopia Brands. He was Assistant Vice President for Development of the University of the Philippines for 14 years. He lead the creation of the UP Information Technology Development Center, headed the eUP Project, initiated and managed a major university project on migration from its legacy systems into Oracle Peoplesoft Campus Solutions, ERP systems for Finance and Human Resources, and Business Intelligence for Student, HR, and Finance Analytics. Dr Caro’s past positions include President of the of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), President of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE), Vice President of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), President of the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF), Vice President of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines and Chairman of the CHED Technical Panel on Information Technology Education.

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CRYSTAL CAMARAO

Crystal Camarao is a no-code engineer for Founder + Lightning. Listed as an official Adalo Expert, she also makes (mostly) no-code websites and apps at her studio alias Estel, serving various happy clients worldwide. Crystal earned her computer science degree from UP Diliman with a focus on web science. However, she discovered her love for no-code development through her side project, Three Things Daily, a no-code app that helps people become more grateful. Crystal believes in no-code's power to disrupt the world because of how it enables all kinds of people to make software easier and faster. She advocates for no-code in the Philippines through No-code PH, a community of no-coders in the Philippines. Aside from no-code development, Crystal is also skilled at UX design, digital marketing, and writing. Catch her on Twitter at @crystalcamarao.

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jonathan de luzuriaga

JDL has been the president of the PSIA for the past six years, and has contributed immensely to the country’s growth and development in the Technology and Innovation Sector. He leads the nation’s promotions and marketing efforts with successful inbound and outbound missions to Asia and other
parts of the world. He has been an industry representative for more than a decade and has ably supported various engagements covering talent development and countryside development. He has established very strong links with government partners such as DTI, DOST, CHED, and DICT. He is a former Executive Director of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and has managed several software development companies. He is a staunch supporter of the startup movement in the country and has successfully launched several startups of his own.

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Jose Jolly Villaviza

Partner Development and Success Manager of Linux Professional institute for the Asia Pacific (except Japan). Experienced Human Resources and IT Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the hotel & restaurant, automotive industry, non-government organization, engineering and academe. Skilled in project management, employee/labor relations, recruitment, organizational development, occupational safety & health, and general management. Also doing HR Consultancy, volunteering for causes, managing a 2-hectare lot conversion into a farm and development center, officer to a socio-civic organization - BUILD Club and just #HappyHelpingOthersHelpOthers.

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michie ang

Michie is a 3x Apple WWDC Scholarship Recipient, co-founder of TecsoftApps and Inbytes.dev, a content platform for Filipino Developers. She believes that accessibility and inclusiveness is important in tech that’s why she started Women Who Code Manila (the Manila Network of Women Who Code - a global non-profit organization that inspires women to excel in their tech careers), SwiftPH (Philippine Apple developer community) and she gives opportunities to underrepresented individuals to get into programming.

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kurt renzo acosta

Kurt is the Director of Mobile Engineering for Plentina, a startup that aims to provide financial services in emerging markets. He specializes in Android Development and has been making Android apps since 2016. He is also a Google Developer Expert for Kotlin and from time to time, he shares his
knowledge, experiences, and learnings on mobile development through workshops, speaking at events, and writing articles.

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son nguyen kim

Math olympic gold medalist converted to software engineer. Used to work on large scale machine learning for Criteo, CTO for Fitle and lead software team at Workwell. Created SimpleLogin to finally control his inbox. Graduated at Ecole Polytechnique, Computer Science.

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andre yap

Andre Yap is the Chairman and CEO of Ignite House of Innovations, which invests and operates in venture capital, technology, media, education, healthcare, energy, hospitality, food, agri, HR and enterprise solutions. Andre also serves as Executive Chairman of Ni2, The Philippines’ National Innovators Initiative to power 100,000 Filipino Innovators by 2023. Ni2 is a public-private partnership with national and local governments, business and non-profit organizations, and the academe. As a serial founder and startup investor, Andre has built Ignite House to be an innovator for innovators - to R&D, build, operate and continuously invest in proprietary systems, platforms, programs and technologies in order to nurture, scale and sustain innovation capabilities, open collaborations and disruptive opportunities uniting key sectors of society (business, education, socio-civic, government, startups, investors), with the vision of establishing the Filipino as a uniquely disruptive force in global innovation.
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ces rondario

Ces Rondario is an impact entrepreneur and a solutions architect with over 8 years of international experience. She's also an expert in creating strategic cross-border partnerships and designing and implementing multi-stakeholder programs. Her passion for ecosystem development, community building, and mentoring impact entrepreneurs led her to found the first Impact Hub in the Philippines in 2015. Today, she serves as the Impact Hub's Regional Lead for Asia and the Pacific and the CEO of Impact Hub Manila. She founded Vote Pilipinas as a passion project in 2020, initially as a way to get her company's employees to register to vote. Vote Pilipinas is now the official voter registration information campaign of the Commission on Elections.

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dave del rosario

Dave is currently the Head of the Community and Ecosystem Department at IdeaSpace-QBO where he leads the startup awareness and advocacy initiatives of the organization. Prior to joining IdeaSpace-QBO, he helped build and develop the local startup community of Iligan and nearby provinces through his Center Manager role at IDEYA, a technology business incubator established by DOST PCIEERD inside MSU-IIT from 2016-2019. Dave possesses 8 years of professional experience with strong and diverse exposure in the areas of project management, incubator development, and community development specializing in startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about work that involves countryside community development, technology business incubation development, and youth empowerment. He is an alumnus of Colegio De San Juan De Letran, Batch 2013, and also was one of the academic fellows of YSEALI (or Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiaitiive) during the spring of 2018 where he studied Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut and University of Peace. On the side, he helps communities to run and facilitate their own local Startup Weekend chapter.

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emmy delfin

Ms. Delfin is currently the Director of the ICT Industry Development Bureau of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). In her 20 years in public service, Ms. Delfin is so passionate about creating positive changes in the lives of Filipinos most especially in the countryside through the ICT industry development programs. These include bringing digital jobs related to the Information technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector to cities outside Metro Manila and capacitating rural talents to get into online freelancing. She also leads the DICT initiatives to move the Philippines towards becoming the global hub for high value IT-BPM services. She was recognized and awarded by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) as a Countryside Development Champion for her dedicated work in implementing initiatives that promote countryside development. Recently, the DICT, through her Bureau, in partnership with the Information Technology - Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), launched the Digital Cities 2025, one of the flagship programs of DICT in the New Normal.

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earl valencia

Earl is currently the Co-founder of Plentina, an AI and fintech start-up headquartered in Silicon Valley. He was previously a Managing Director for Digital Transformation at Charles Schwab, a broker-leader managing over $3 Trillion in assets headquartered in San Francisco. He also was in the tech and Innovation teams at Bridgewater, the world's largest hedge fund and Silicon Valley tech firms Cisco, VMWare and Dell EMC. Earl spent 4 years in the Philippines and co-founded QBO, the National Innovation Center of the Philippines, IdeaSpace Foundation, the leading incubator and accelerator based in Manila and was the VP of Corporate Development and Innovation at Smart/PLDT as one of the youngest executives in the Philippines during his time. For his contributions to Philippine innovation, he was awarded by the President of the Philippines as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men and Women of the country. Earl is also an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management on topics of innovation and digital transformation. Earl started in UP-Diliman and finished his degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University. He also has a Masters in Systems Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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joey gurango

Joey started his IT career back in the 1980s, when he first worked with Apple and then Microsoft in the USA. He moved back to the Philippines in 1991 to start Match Data Systems, which he sold to Great Plains Software in 1999 and then to Microsoft in 2003. Joey was president of the Philippine Software Industry Association in 2013 and 2014, and is currently Chairman of the Capiz ICT Council. He is now serving as a Director or Coach for SERVIO Technologies, Xurpas, AIDE, OfficeGuru, CODE Scholarship Fund, and the Mijares-Gurango Craniofacial Foundation. Joey has been helping founders and entrepreneurs grow their businesses as a Business Technology Coach, as seen on www.JoeyGurango.com.

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arup maity

I’m a serial entrepreneur working on making technology work for businesses to make life better for everyone it touches. Founded BlastAsia in 2001, a software product engineering company that works with software companies across the world doing research and development of their intellectual property. I co-founded Steer Platform, a no code operations digitization and automation Software-as-a-Service, with the goal of enabling business users build their own digital solutions quick and easy without requiring engineers. I love sharing my 20 plus years of experience on technology entrepreneurship to my students at Asian Institute of Management as an adjunct faculty, and also to the startup community and software industry as a director for Philippines Software Industry Association that I have been serving over last 10 years. Currently looking for opportunities to help grow Steer to as many countries to help businesses with their digital transformation needs. Actively seeking Investment and partnership opportunities for Steer Platform.

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MORE TO COME...

PROGRAM

DAY 1 Session 1 (Tuesday, October 12): ICT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES
9:00AM-12:00NN

• Opening Remarks: Monchito Ibrahim (President, UPSITF)

Featured Speakers
• Crystal Camarao No Code, No Problem -
• Michie Ang Learning Swift & SwiftUI using iPad -

DAY 1 Session 2: DIGITAL STARTUPS
1:00PM-4:30PM

Featured Speakers
• Earl Valencia (Plentina) The Plentina Journey
• Arup Maity (BlastAsia) Startup 101 -
• Dir. Emmy Delfin (DICT)Government Support for Philippine Digital Startups -
• Dave del Rosario (QBO) Building the Philippine Startup Ecosystem -
• Ces Rondario (Impact Hub) Building Entrepreneural Communities with Impact -
• Andre Yap (Founder, Ignite House of Innovation) The National Innovators Initiative -

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DAY 2 Session 1 (Wednesday, October 13): CAREER DEVELOPMENT
9:00AM-12:00NN

• Opening Remarks: Dr. Jaime Caro (UPSITF)

Featured Speakers
• Joey Gurango (Servio Technologies) The Life of a Developer -
• Alvin Juban (President, GDAP) Game Developer as a Career -
• Charmaigne Lu Working at Big Tech -

DAY 2 Session 2: PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY
1:00PM-4:30PM

Featured Speaker
• Keynote Speaker: Raymund Liboro (Commissioner, National Data Privacy Commission)

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DAY 3 Session 1 (Thursday, October 14): RESEARCH AS A CAREER
9:00AM-12:00NN

Featured Speakers
• Dr. Wilson Tan (UPD Computer Science)
• YRS Research Awardee Presenter

DAY 3 Session 2: CAREER DEVELOPMENT II
1:00PM-4:30PM

Featured Speakers
• Monchito Ibrahim (UPSITF President) 21st Century Skills -
• Calen Legaspi (Orange & Bronze) Software Engineering Skills for the Future -
• Johan Janssens Open Source Software Development -
• Jonathan de Luzuriaga (PSIA) Preparing to Land a Job -

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SPONSORS

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