Devcon Mindanao Summit weaves technology for all

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. joins professionals, developers, innovators, and industry leaders in a photo opportunity during the Devcon Mindanao Summit at the SMX Convention Center over the weekend.
Department of Science and Technology Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. joins professionals, developers, innovators, and industry leaders in a photo opportunity during the Devcon Mindanao Summit at the SMX Convention Center over the weekend.DEVCON PHOTO

A vibrant tech community gathered at SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City, as professional developers, innovators, and industry leaders converged for the Devcon Mindanao Summit on June 29-30, 2024. 

The event, themed “Weaving Tech for All,” aimed to transform the region’s tech ecosystem, fostering hope for Mindanao to become the next Philippine tech hub.

Silicon Valley veteran and Devcon founder Winston Damarillo delivers his message during the recently concluded Devcon Mindanao Summit at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang.
Silicon Valley veteran and Devcon founder Winston Damarillo delivers his message during the recently concluded Devcon Mindanao Summit at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang.DEVCON PHOTO

“We’re showcasing the best of the region and bringing the best to the region,” said Devcon Davao Chapter President and  Mindanao Programs Co-Lead Peng Sumargo, highlighting the summit's focus on local talent. “This event is about creating a movement that showcases the innovations and opportunities in Mindanao,” she added.

Local Devcon Mindanao chapters from Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and the newly formed Bukidnon collaborated to bring the summit to life, making technological learning opportunities more accessible in Mindanao. With a mission to establish Mindanao as the Philippines' next tech and innovation powerhouse, the summit aimed to inspire and equip local talent to drive technological advancement and regional economic growth.

Silicon Valley veteran and Devcon founder Winston Damarillo championed Mindanao's potential. “We envision cultivating a robust tech talent pool in Mindanao, placing it at par with other regions in the Philippines,” Damarillo said.

Industry supporters

Devcon Mindanao Summit offered in-depth discussions on cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. It also explored industry innovation within Mindanao, potential career paths, and government partnerships in technology, and even featured a startup pitch competition.

Organizers envision the summit as a catalyst for collaboration between talented individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies. This initiative aims to empower the region to embrace technology and actively participate in its burgeoning tech scene.

Want to learn more about DEVCON’s nationwide programs and how to get involved in the Philippine tech revolution? Visit devcon.ph and facebook.com/devconph. PR

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