Geeks headed to Boracay Island for tech event

LATER this month, Boracay Island will be invaded by a different set of people. They are not the typical tourist flaunting their beach body but programmers, investors, designers and all those interested in startups, technology and design. Geeks are headed to the island of Boracay for a technology event.

Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) is a two-day conference organized by following the success of Startup Weekend workshops, specifically the 3rd Startup Weekend in Cebu held last June.

With distinguished personalities from across the globe coming as guests and speakers, this is an event you should not miss, organizers said in a press statement.

Participants can hear and learn from successful people in the world of startups, giving inspiration and mentoring. It also offers an opportunity to strengthen the local startup community and create our own startup scene that also reflects our own culture.

The technology and startup industry is a competitive world for Filipinos.

“Good thing about tech is that it doesn’t care where you are. You can code and interact with clients with just a click. This is a good thing for Filipinos because we are very good in English and communicate well, just add coding skill and you have a good future,” says Keith Levi Lumanog, one of the founders of MiCab, a mobile application that connects commuters and taxi units with smartphones.

Keith, along with other tech and start-up enthusiasts, is looking forward to GOAB.

“It’s a rare chance to work on our startup and chill on the beach at the same time,” he said.

Coaching, networking as well as pitching ideas are just one of the highlights of the conference. With Boracay as the venue, thinking of new and innovative tech or start-up ideas has never been more relaxing. Participants can look forward to activities that they can do in Boracay from watersports to simply enjoying the stunning sunset in the island.

This get together of geeks will empower Filipinos to launch and succeed their own startup to boost local economy, organizers said. “Who knows, you could be the one to launch a billion-dollar startup like Instagram?”

For more information, visit Geeks On A Beach is organized by, co-organized by the Department of Science & Technology – Information & Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), co-presented by Smart Communications, SmartBro, SmartDevNet and and sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Airbnb, Microsoft, and Organizational Partners include Philippine Software Industry Association, Silicon Valley Technology Advisory Council, University of the Philippines,,, GDAP and others. (PR)
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