QBO launches hub for startup programs

QBO Innovation Hub, an established partnership between the public and private sector including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), IdeaSpace Foundation, and J.P. Morgan, opened its startup enablement programs to help speed up growth and learning for Philippine startups and entrepreneurs.

“We are excited to create success stories that will inspire Filipinos to start their own companies instead of pursuing opportunities overseas,” said QBO and IdeaSpace President Butch Meily. QBO will start offering programs and services to startups including access to QBO’s networking events such as classes, workshops, mentorship, feedback sessions, and use of its co-working space.

Available services also include professional consultations on legal, accounting, marketing and design, corporate and government partner resources referrals, incorporation assistance, business registration, intellectual property filing, and investors and potential partners pitching.

“DTI hopes that with our partners from industry, academe, and other government agencies such as DOST and DICT, our initiatives will help advance the development of our local startup ecosystem and increase the number of high-growth oriented enterprises that will bring the Philippine brand in a global scale,” emphasized DTI Trade and Investments Promotions Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.

Through QBO, startups will also have an opportunity to join J.P. Morgan’s Incubation Program, a stage agnostic module that will be available to select and high-potential startups all year round. It initially plans to enroll 15 startups by the end of 2017.

“As one of the world’s leading financial institutions, J.P. Morgan celebrates new ideas and we are committed to supporting entrepreneurs in the country, especially those with underserved backgrounds. Engaging with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at their early stages is critical and we are excited about the tremendous opportunities they will bring to developing sectors and generating jobs, which are both vital in promoting prosperous and thriving communities,” said Roberto L. Panlilio, Senior Country Officer, J.P. Morgan Philippines.

To avail the said services, startups need to have an initial interview with the QBO team and undergo initial assessment. Through this, a customized plan will be designed to match with the resources needed by the startup. QBO launches hub for startup programs 2| P a g e QBO was launched in 2016 with DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and PLDT Group Chair Manny V. Pangilinan. It aims to link innovators, explorers, investors, academic institutions, start-up mentors, funders and enablers as well as a broad spectrum of partners and stakeholders from both public and private sectors to convene in constructive interaction.

“The Philippine startup ecosystem is growing incredibly quickly, fueled by a young population engaged in the internet and digital, and more importantly, by entrepreneurs that demonstrate incredible determination and commitment.

By continuing to develop ideas into innovative products and technologies, startups can evolve to become great companies that positively impact the future of the Philippines” said DOST

Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara. QBO is the first innovation hub in the country, pioneering the first public-private effort to establish an innovation ecosystem in the Philippines following success stories of Silicon Valley in the United States, BLK 71 in Singapore, and MaGIC in Malaysia.

Auza.Net Starts Summer 2017 OJT Program

By: Jerome Auza

It has become a tradition of Auza.Net to accommodate as many on-the-job trainees as we could fit in our small office. This year, we have selected eight students who are graduating in the next school year to undergo our summer OJT program.  Our projects include data processing and automation of mass data input.  Some of the students will explore the use of Arduino and embedded systems for building security and monitoring applications.  They will also learn about website development and will be involved in commercial projects.

They will also be involved in a small structured cabling project at the Auza.Net office.

The OJT program we conduct exposes the students to real world application of technology.  It also gives them a gentle introduction into the world of business.  Aside from learning technical skills, Auza.Net will also introduce business and leadership training this year.  We believe that these students would benefit from the business knowledge they will gain.  They will also learn to be leaders develop themselves to take on leadership positions when they get employed or start their own businesses.

The eight qualified trainees are BS Computer Engineering and BS Computer Science students selected from a fairly large number of applications.

We will publish their progress on their projects towards the end of the OJT program.  Auza.Net has successfully launched commercial projects where trainees were involved in the development, testing and deployment.  Among the notable projects are the DYRD-AM Worldwide Broadcast, the PPCRV-Bohol Online Election Data Audit System, Bohol News Daily and the PRC Passers websites.

HNU gets free Smart wifi

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 7 (PIA)–The day after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Philippine national Broadband Plan to effect a faster and more reliable communications in the country, Holy Name University in Bohol also partners with Smart Telecommunications for a wireless fidelity (wifi) internet access for its students.
And for that, Smart Communications incorporated allocated 100 megabyte per second (mbps) internet bandwidth to the catholic university, giving students some 30 minutes free internet service daily.
Holy Name University President Fr. Francisco Estepa SVD, pointed out that the provision of SmartWifi in the campus is the third among HNU and Smart partnerships.
He told the modest crowd gathered at the covered shed beside the campus Bates Building that HNU also got Smart suite.
Smart Learning Suite is a facility that combines lesson delivery, assessment, student collaboration and game-based learning software via the Smart Notebook, Smart Lab, Smart Response and Smart Amps.
He also said HNU partnered with Smart on Smart Sports.
This time, Smart Communications incorporated again partnered with HNU on the SmartWifi in the campus.
“Our partnership with Smart has been very beneficial to the school, we do hope that we had mutual benefits with Smart,” Fr. Estepa said.
The partnership allows the HNU community to get 30 minutes free wifi access daily, also gets them free infrastructure in cables, access points, 100 MBPS of internet bandwidth, free facility operation and maintenance, while earning a co-branded set service identification (ssid) and leading page, courtesy of Smart.
For partnering with Smart, HNU also commits to shoulder costs of power used by the facility, provide adequate space for the infrastructure, allows the tapping of the facility to HNU emergency power supply, provides security to the facility and its components, as well as allowing the telecommunications company to advertise its services to students.
For students who want more access time, all they need to do is buy access cards from the school canteen to continue using the service after the free provisions, Smart said.
Signing the agreements were Wifi Team Smart Communications head Regina Pineda, and HNU President Fr. Estepa.
Also witnessing the ceremonies were Smart Area Development Manager Lailane Husain, Fr. Vicente Uy SVD and school professors, students and employees.
Other than HNU, Smart has also put up a fast and reliable wifi connection at the Tagbilaran City Airport, and had been asked to provide the same huge bandwidth at the Tagbilaran City Port, Tagbilaran City Hall, the nw Provincial Capitol and some identified public places. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol Hosts 5th VICTOR Conference, Creative Congress, Education Summit

Everything starts with a dream and a strong commitment, Gov. Edgar Chatto addressed Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry experts and Boholano government, business, academe stakeholders at the three-part forum that was the 5th Visayas ICT Organization (VICTOr) conference, 1st Bohol Education Summit, and 3rd Visayas Creative Congress this week.

The governor along with Usec. Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed commitment to support Bohol’s bid to become IT-BPM investment haven.

He affixed his signature along with Bohol ICT industry stakeholders in pursuing the IT-BPM industry specific 2017 Education Action Plan.

The gathering of industry experts and stakeholders focused on effective talent development and was aimed at linking education and industry needs in order for Bohol to become a major player in the industry, alongside initiatives to meet requirements on infrastructure and business environment.

The education and industry linkage replicates bridging models for already established economic pillars of tourism and agriculture in the province.

The IT BPM industry specific Education Action Plan for 2017 is comprised of priority programs such as faculty development/industry immersion, curriculum development, equipment and facility improvement and center of excellence/development certification.

Its activities include trainings, industry partnerships, establishment of a business incubator, and accomplishing requirements for center of excellence/development certification as part of achieving academic roadmap to support IT BPM industry needs.

The 2-day conference featured industry best practices through sharing from Visayas ICT councils particularly about strategies on opening up the ICT industry in the province. It also highlighted the Philippine IT BPM roadmap 2022, talent development strategies, cybersecurity and governance with particular spotlight on Bohol.

Industry experts included Stephanie Rosalinde Caragos-president of the National ICT Councils of the Philippines, Dan Reyes-president of the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines, Jonathan de Luzuriaga-president of the Philippine Software Industry Association, Penny Bongato-Talent Development Executive Director of IBPAP, Breyvan Tan-managing director of EC Council Singapore.

It also presented creative industries sharing from Alvin Juban-Game Development Association of the Philippines president, JD Abenaza-CEO of Zeenoh Games, John Dave Duenas-Manager of the Technology Business Incubator Center in Bacolod City, Xteve Abanto-Concept artist and Creative Director of 13Headz Studios, and Genesis Rana-founder of UV New School.

According to Dan Reyes, the IT industry brings in $22billion in revenue with over 1.1 million employed and another 1.5 million unique online workers in the country.

The Philippines has over 650+ IT BPM companies, making it the biggest employer next to government and also holds the distinction of being the contact center destination of the world, he reported.

Bohol ICT Council Lai Biliran stated the conference builds on the gains of Bohol being in the limelight of the digital landscape with the launch of Digital Bohol last year and the holding of major IT conferences such as Geeks on the Beach, (Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions (OCEAN16). (Leah&Jasmine/EDCOM)

VICTOR, CreaCon & Education Conference slated for March 2 & 3

This year the major Information and Communications Technology conference for the Visayas will be hosted in Bohol on March 2. This is brought to us by the Provincial Government of Bohol through the Bohol Investment Promotion Center (BIPC), City of Tagbilaran, DICT, NICP, and VICTOR.

The VICTOR (Visayas ICT Cluster Organisation) Conference brings together the leaders of industry, government the regional tech councils. This is something that should not be missed especially by the leaders and faculty of the educational institutions of Bohol, and local industry leaders.

Under normal circumstances attendees would be primarily from the Visayas, yet this year there are many coming from across the country, perhaps attracted by the natural beauty of our province.

The objective is for decision makers to share best practices and better prepare for the opportunities in the new tech-enabled economy. Attendees will get the latest about the exciting tech developments happening across the country.

A major aim is to bring benefits to Bohol, hence the conference will showcase the opportunities for industry to bring high value jobs here. Visiting experts will mentor to fill gaps such as talent availablity and development.

The following day, the CreaCon will be held, a conference for creatives. The exciting yet demanding digital creative fields of writing, art, animation, graphic design, entertainment and games will be presented and discussed by national experts. Whereas the prior VICTOR day will cater for the established leaders, this day will assist the up and coming players.

Leaders in Education: please register for March 2 VICTOR
Creative Professionals: please register for March 3 CreaCon
Contact Bohol Investment Promotion Center for tickets on 501-8063.

Auza.Net Offers Digital Archiving Services

Auza.Net starts to offer its Digital Archiving Service in January 2017 to organizations with large volume of documents that need to be referenced quickly.  After scanning paper documents and storing the scanned images in a digital archive, the company will then transcribe metadata of the documents and create an index.  The digital archive is then searched using a web browser and the relevant documents may be viewed on the browser or downloaded.

The company already has been providing the service in previous years but only formally offered the service this month.  Currently the company is creating a digital archive for a local government agency.  The documents date as far back as the 90’s and most of these documents exist without known copies.  The agency intends to use the archive as a backup as well as an online reference.

Currently the agency staff physically go through the documents in storage if they are looking for a reference.  When the digital archive is brought online, they can perform the search on the transcribed metadata and will be able to quickly find the documents they need.  In addition to their own use, the digital archive will also be accessible to the public.  This will help lessen the queue of requests to search for the documents at their office.

In addition to creating the digital archive, Auza.Net also offers hosting of the digital archive for customers who do not want to invest on their own servers.   A hosted digital archive is ideal for organizations that allow access to users that are spread out geographically or if public access is allowed.

It will be possible to create multiple copies of the documents at a much lower cost than photocopied hard copies.  A copy of the digital archive on a USB drive or a CD can help preserve the documents as the paper copies will age over time.  Also, damage can occur during a fire, typhoon or flood.  Multiple copies of the archive on different geographical locations can help preserve the content of the documents.

For inquiries, please send email to [email protected] or contact +63 38 5107846.