Hosted from August 25-26 at Panglao, Bohol in the Philippines, the 2 day conference once again created an informal and relaxed environment for delegates to share their stories as they enjoyed the sea breeze.
Organisers of Geeks On A Beach(GOAB) set out to showcase the talents, strengths and available opportunities in the Philippines’ market while also providing a space for a few of the world’s best tech entrepreneurs and creators to share valuable advice.
Another goal the organisers had was to create a chance to foster international exposure and networking between the Philippines’ startup community and its silicon valley counterparts. Essentially, GOAB organisers hoped to create a “serious conversation in a laid-back atmosphere”.
This year, GOAB’s 4th edition marked several milestones for the event. Firstly, it has been supported and partnered by some of the biggest players in the industry including Techstars and Internet.org by Facebook.
GOAB also marked a milestone for startups in the Philippines with StartupPH.org, a roundtable discussion group who are in the midst of transitioning to become the startup council of the Philippines, regrouped during the two days. Senator Bam Aquino, the champion of the startup bill in the Philippines was also in attendance.
The two day conference saw close to 600 delegates attend the event. These delegates were treated to inspirational presentations from the likes of David Brown the co-founder and managing partner of Techstars, as well as Alice Wei, the Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook who spoke about how to connect the next billion people.
Focusing on delivering a unique atmosphere for delegates to network, the event featured several novel platforms where such networking could take place.
One such platform was the investors roundtable dinner where investors could meet fellow investors from around the region. At the dinner, they could discuss topics like the benefits and steps to take to invest in startups in Southeast Asia.
Another platform available was the “Lunch with the Speakers” programme where speakers at the conference would voluntarily sit down with delegates during lunch hour so as to connect on a more personal level. It was this sort of networking opportunities that truly defined GOAB.
Speaking about the event in a highlight video, Jojo Flores, co-founder of Plug and Play Tech Centre said “the (relaxed) atmosphere really brings out the true personalities of the entrepreneurs, of the founders, as well as the potential investors.”
And, after all the hard work was done through the two day conference, participants could head to the geek party where they were encourage to put on their party hats and enjoy the scenic shores of Bohol. Of course, what party is complete without drinks and music, which were all available at the party.
All in all, GOAB 4 was indeed a great experience for all who attended. If you’re interested in taking part in GOAB 5 next year, block out August 24-25 2017, because very soon, the geeks will be back on the beach!
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