Geeks on a Beach: Tech Summit with a Beautiful Philippine Beach Scenery

Say hello to sandy beaches, cooling sea breeze, crashing waves and lots of tech this August at the annual Geeks on a Beach (GOAB)!

An international conference that brings together individuals passionate about startups, tech and design, GOAB will feature a series of discussions, a startup pitching competition, networking and even consultations.

All to happen on the beautiful beaches of Palawan, Philippines, expert speakers from a myriad of fields and nationalities will lead panel discussions on the latest trends and topics in investments, tech, startup and design industries. Some of these speakers include Ben Kim, Co-Founder and Principal of Apical Design (UX and Product Design Studio) in the USA, Carlo Calimon, the co-founder of Startup Village, an incubator service in the Philippines, and Norlin Robles Sunga, founder of NRS Business Solutions in Malaysia.

Additionally, Yobie Benjamin from the USA has also been invited down to be a speaker for this event. Aside from being the founder of and the Technology Pioneer of the 2015 World Economic Forum, he is also a former political prisoner during the Marcos dictatorship days that raised $40 million for Avegant, a company that makes virtual reality video headset and Skully, an intelligent motorcycle helmet that helps you see what is happening at the back, receive and make calls, and communicate with nearby vehicles.

Aside from keynote conferences and panels, breakout sessions are also available to allow you to glean a better understanding of latest technologies and trends in the industry, especially when workshops and talks will be led by experienced domain experts.

“Palawan boasts of global environmental wonders like the underground river, the Tubbataha reef and world class beaches. As such, GOAB will tackle the theme of “Environment and Technology”, and it will also have tracks on “Startups in the Region”, “Creatives for the Future”, and “Tech for Challenging the World,” expressed David Overton, CEO of and Chief GOAB Geek.

As David mentioned, with this year’s GOAB looking to explore what Asian creative players are developing to address challenges such as the environment, education, health and human welfare, you can expect speakers to touch on topics such as community infrastructure, viral advocacy videos and branding for startups.

In addition, startups can also look forward to sessions discussing growth strategies, funding, and the region’s ecosystem to get to know the ins and outs of our modern world of entrepreneurship.

And in an event where geeks congregate on a beach, of course the topic of tech would not be left out. In fact, GOAB has an entire lineup prepared with talks on all the nifty and impactful developments in social media, mobile, virtual reality and drones, along with trends in UI/UX, software development and more!

Every part of this 2-day event is jam-packed with startup and tech goodness, where even the lunch hours are not spared. Aptly dubbed ‘Lunch with a Speaker’, volunteer speakers will sit down during lunch for a more personal networking session with facilitated interactions.

Additionally, for outsourcing companies, there would also be a business matching for you to meet potential mentors, startups, employees, clients… the list goes on! Exhibition booths will also be set up to showcase the products and services of startups and organisations.

But one of the main highlights of GOAB is the International Startup Pitching Competition that is open to all early stage tech startups that have revenue and traction. In this competition, startups would pitch their product to a wide scope of potential investors, founders and industry leaders. For more information and application to this competition, please visit: – section-featacts.

Remember how we mentioned that this event is jam-packed? Even as the sun sinks below the shores, and our stomach rumbles for dinner, investors can look forward to an exclusive Investor Roundtable Dinner where you can learn about investing in tech startups in SEA.

As for non-investors, put your party hats on at the Geek Party. With music and drinks, have laidback geek conversations that could spark new ideas and action plans, as well as create meaningful connections for your future endeavors.

GOAB, happening on 24th – 25th August, has always delivered tech summits that are both engaging, yet laidback at the same time. If sunshine and tech seems like a perfect blend that is right up your alley, make sure to book your tickets now!

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