Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tech conference scheduled in Boracay

THE most promising startups and tech innovators will converge in Boracay for the first “Geeks on a Beach” event on Sept. 26 to 27.

The two-day conference, organized by who brought Startup Weekend to Cebu and Davao, will be a techfest, featuring the world’s most-promising tech leaders who will talk about instructive and useful topics on gaming, mobile apps and graphic design.

It will also be a great opportunity for startup founders to pitch innovative ideas and create a network of partners en route to building new products and launching businesses that would attract investors to the Philippines.

The gathering will be held in the beautiful backdrop that Boracay offers -- picturesque sunrise and sunset, soft white sand, and clear blue ocean, among many other natural wonders distinguishing Boracay as “the world’s best island” by

The “Geeks on a Beach” conference is timely for startup enthusiasts as the Philippines has just been given another credit ratings upgrade, following its first investment grade from Fitch Ratings and favorable growth projection from various institutions.

An investment grade serves as a signal to investors that a country is suitable for business and that its government and private enterprises have the good ability to pay their obligations.

International credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said in a statement on May 2 that it had raised the country’s credit rating to the minimum investment grade of BBB- from BB and assigned a “stable” outlook on the country’s new rating.

The Philippines’ improved credit rating is an affirmation that the local economy is sound and at par with higher-rated countries.

Speakers for “Geeks on the Beach” include Bowei Gai, founder and chief ambassador of World Startup Report; Jojo Flores, co-founder and vice president of Plug & Play; Ron Hose, founding partner of Innovation Endeavors and co-founder of Tokbox; Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of Rappler; and other successful startup leaders. (PR)