Aug 23
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend, coaches start to arrive
  • Optional session: Market Research
  • Optional session: UX/ Design
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills/ Coaches help teams
  • Snacks
  • Optional session: Business Model
  • Optional session: Lean Methodology
  • Optional session: Pitching
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Snacks. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 25
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so just ask!)
  • Lunch
  • Prepare for presentations!
  • Snacks
  • Judging and Awarding
  • Wrap up!
  • See you at the after event party! Details to be posted soon.

Maria A. Ressa

CEO of Rappler   |   LinkedIn

Maria A. Ressa is a Filipino journalist and CEO and co-founder of Rappler, a social news network that combines traditional journalism with crowdsourcing technology and social media. She served as the head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Department from 2004-2010. Before joining ABS-CBN, Ms. Ressa worked for Cable News Network (CNN) for nearly two decades, serving as Manila Bureau Chief from 1988–1995 and as Jakarta Bureau Chief from 1995-2005. She traveled extensively and reported from her base in Southeast Asia as well as India, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States. As CNN’s lead investigative reporter in Asia, she specialized in investigating terrorist networks. She is also the author of Seeds of Terror, a book published by Free Press that contains blow-by-blow account of the hideouts of Al-Qaeda in Asia.

Winston Damarillo

CEO of Morphlabs   |  

Winston Damarillo is the CEO and co-founder of Morphlabs, the world's leading provider of converged dynamic infrastructure for cloud computing. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering from the De La Salle University.

Ron Hose

Investor and Entrepreneur

Ron Hose was Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to IE, Ron was the Co-Founder and CTO of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company serving millions of video minutes daily to customers connecting from around the globe. TokBox is backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of Silicon Valleys best known angel investors. Ron Holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class. While at Cornell, Ron was one of the founding members of the autonomous flight team, which received funding from Microsoft and Cornell. Ron is an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley start-ups.

John Bibal II

Enterprise Technical Sales Manager for BlackBerry Singapore and Philippines   |   LinkedIn

John is an Enterprise Technical Sales Manager for BlackBerry both for Singapore and Philippines. Prior to that, he has been developing BlackBerry Applications for the past 7 years focusing mainly on enterprise applications involving Back-end integration with Oracle, SAP, SugarCRM and other ERPs. He co-founded the Philippine BlackBerry Developer Group or PINOYBBDEV (first recognized BlackBerry Developer Group in Asia) last 2010 which aims to increase the local presence of BlackBerry Development here in the Philippines. He’s also part of the BlackBerry Elite Group Hall of Fame and one of the six BlackBerry Authorize Trainer here in Asia.


Shaun Wang

Founder & CEO of Invitre   |   LinkedIn

Shaun is a Singaporean entrepreneur who founded a social app that finds you people whom you are in the mood for by translating your online interactions into meaningful physical meet ups.

Shaun seeks to disrupt the social media industry because he feels that social media’s original intent in connecting people seems to be venturing down the wrong way, for he believes true relationship building happens when people are in physical context with one another, where much more intimate connections are forged.

Prior to Invitre, Shaun had his professional experiences in Business Development, Sales and Human Resource Management, where he has a proven track record acquiring major partnerships and surpassing sales expectations.Fueled by his passion for entrepreneurship and in bringing people together, Shaun organized Revite 2013, the start of another major annual dance music festival in Singapore.

Kevin Dewalt

Founder of SoHelpful   |   LinkedIn

Kevin Dewalt (​founder SoHelpful) is an American entrepreneur currently based in Beijing who has been part of the startup ecosystem as a founder (4 startups), Investor​(20 startups),​ and mentor/advisor (a lot) for 15 years.

He has been an active advocate of the Lean Startup movement and worked with best minds in the business including Eric Ries, Steve Blank, Ash Maurya, and Alex Osterwalder to found and organize meetup groups (DC, Beijing), conduct workshops (Stanford, MIT, Carnegie-Mellon), and ​launched the first StartupWeekend NEXT ​program in China. As an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the National Science Foundation (NSF) he mentored dozens of startups in industries as diverse as biotech, manufacturing, and enterprise/consumer software and helped NSF rollout the iCorps program with Steve Blank at Stanford - a model now being copied by Universities worldwide.​

He is currently a mentor at Asia accelerators JFDI, Chinacellerator, and was selected to speak at Eric Ries's 2013 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, CA. ​A philanthropist and ​advocate for regenerative medicine, he also serves on Aubrey de Grey’s SENS Foundation’s board with members of the Peter Theil Foundation and philanthropist/entrepreneur Bill Liao.
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Michael Padua

Digital Content Head of Voyager   |   LinkedIn

Mitch currently heads Digital Content at Voyager Innovations, a newly formed Smart subsidiary focused on services outside of the core voice, data & SMS products. In his first 6 months working at Smart, he co-invented the Safe Browse patent as well as led the team that won the innovation award in 2012 & won best consumer service in 2013 at the last Asia Communications Awards held in Singapore for SmartNet.

Prior to joining Smart, Mitch was in Singapore handling Media & Community Products for Yahoo! managing key online properties covering Answers, News, Sports, Finance, Games, & Entertainment for Southeast Asia. Active in the start-up scene he co-founded a number of ecommerce start-ups, an interactive digital agency and had a few retail outlets from a Singaporean footwear brand that he brought into Manila.

Mitch earned his post graduate degree in business administration from UC Berkeley and his B.A. in social sciences degree from Ateneo.

Eduardo David

Chair of Gravitas Prime   |   LinkedIn

Eduardo David is President of Bonafide Energeia Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd., a leading developer of renewable energy. Mr. David is also Chair of Gravitas Prime, Inc., a boutique financial advisory firm specializing in M&A in the Philippines.

Until May, 2010, Mr. David was a General Partner of Hupomone Capital Partners (Singapore) Pte Ltd. which manages a US$ 100 million private equity fund for investment in China and China-linked investments.

He was, until September 2004, Chairman and President of H&Q Philippines, Inc. and a Managing Director of H&Q Asia Pacific, a US private equity firm with over US$ 2.0 billion in managed funds where he served as Administrative Managing Director in Palo Alto, California, Regional Managing Director for ASEAN

Jay Yao

UX Expert   |   LinkedIn

Jay Yao (Jose Campos III) is a third generation entrepreneur in the Philippines with deep roots in the local business community. Jay has always pursued his own path, a career in design and photography. Raised in Vancouver and living for many years in New York, Jay has a keen sense of trends and aesthetics in design, interfaces and media. He got his Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and continued his education with a degree in Graphics Design from Parsons in New York. Jay’s photography has been shown worldwide and in Philippines. Jay has worked extensively in both print and digital media and is now co founding a startup in the Philippines.

Eric Garayblas

Founder of Kuyi Mobile   |   LinkedIn

Game designer and founder of Kuyi Mobile, a game development company based in Manila. Entrepreneur by heart, loves watching movies, travelling, reading and considers babysitting as his best skill to date.

Christian Blanquera

Cofounder of Openovate Labs   |   LinkedIn

A programmer from San Francisco and turned entrepreneur, Christian developed for projects including, Ebay, Autodesk, Stanford U, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Adobe, Nokia and recently with YouTube and Delivering Happiness. Currently he is running Openovate Labs, a Philippines interactive company. Using Openovate as a platform for business, Christian has multiple experience raising seed rounds for startups.

Beryl Li

Co-founder of Seed Asia   |   LinkedIn

Beryl is the Director for Southeast Asia at SeedAsia. The company seeks to raise seed stage capital for tech startups through an interactive online platform connecting qualified investors and startup companies. She is responsible for operations and partnerships in the South East Asia region as well as strengthening the company’s presence in China. As a member of the leadership team, she has helped develop the SeedAsia model and provides strategic guidance to the team.

Beryl graduated from the University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Economics. She is an entrepreneur and mentor to a number of businesses. She co-authored the Philippine Startup Report and is a contributor to Moats: Competitive Advantages of Munger and Buffet Businesses.

Rafael Oca

Co-founder of HobbyMash   |   LinkedIn

Rafael is the co-founder of HobbyMash and one of the organizers of Mobile Monday Manila. He is also part of the core team of the PinoyBBdevs as well as one of the BlackBerry Elite. Follow him on twitter @rafaeloca and add him on BBM: 24EF062D

Jojy Azurin

Country Manager of   |   LinkedIn

Jojy Azurin founded and created it into one of the world's top online executive book summary services with over 300,000 reader base.

He eventually sold the company in 2010 to EBSCO Publishing, one of the world's leading provider of business content. Jojy founded a number of start-ups since then. He is a consultant for several eCommerce sites and other startups.

He is also concurrently the Philippines Country Manager for, the world's largest online marketplace for outsourcing. Over $1B in projects have already been posted with over 8M registered users.

Philippe Anthony Bautista

Founder and Composer of MasterScore Music Productions   |   LinkedIn

Philippe is a film music composer and a startup entrepreneur. Wearing two hats, he easily divides his time between his music production company, MasterScore Music Productions ( and Odicion (, the Startup Weekend Manila 4 winning team held last April 2013. Odicion is an online music collaboration platform that allow musicians around the world to discover others and work with them. Since SWM4, Philippe has been actively working with other startups and co-organising startup community events.

Martin Pascual

Director, Pascual Laboratories

Mr. Pascual is on the Board of Directors of Pascual Laboratories, one of the major pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines. He is also Chairman of ADP Pharma and Pascual Pharma Corporation with its speciality therapeutic areas of cancer treatment, cardiology, and pediatrics. Overseeing strategy, he has developed strategic relationships with global pharmaceutical firms and led the expansion of its operations into Southeast Asia. In addition to his expertise in the healthcare industry, Martin has operational experience in knowledge process outsourcing, having worked with San Francisco-based Black Letter Discovery, which was recently acquired by a private-equity firm. Martin is also a partner in Nest and Nest Capital, an accelerator and angel/seed fund investing in startups and early-stage companies in the Philippines.

Terence Pua

Co-founder and CEO, Insync

Insync co-founder and CEO. In a prior life, was the founding Country Manager for Friendster Philippines. Have worked on consumer, mobile and SaaS apps.

Calen Legaspi

CEO and Co-founder of Orange and Bronze Software Labs   |   LinkedIn

Calen co-founded Orange & Bronze Software Labs to provide a venue where the Filipino engineer’s true skills are showcased. He is currently on his 6th term as part of the board for the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), serving as the Technology Director and head of the Technology Council.

A known champion for education reform, he has initiated and participated in programs that support the Philippine academe: by providing free training and enablement seminars to teachers through the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE), authoring technology training modules for TESDA, as well as contributing to other programs aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of IT educators in the Philippines.

Calen is also part of the technical panel of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) where he is instrumental in developing responsive IT education curricula and programs for Philippine universities and institutions. He is part of the CHED team tasked to qualify the standards of IT and Computer Science education in the Philippines.
Prior to O&B, Calen worked as a software engineer in various firms, often in a research and development capacity, as well as doing a stint as a freelance consultant and trainer. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, has taken units for a Masters in Computer Science as well as Business Administration in the same university. He is a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the J2EE platform, Certified Web Component Developer, and a Certified Java Programmer. He also co-founded PinoyJUG or the Association of Philippine Java Developers and served as the organization's president for six years.

Chito Bustamante

Chief Executive Officer of Chikka Philippines

CHITO BUSTAMANTE is currently Group Head of Product Development, Smart Communications Wireless Consumer Division where he oversees and implements product development policies, objectives, and initiatives, leveraging assets of the Philippines’ largest mobile network operator to bring relevant products and services to market.

Immersed in the information technology, web and mobile applications development industry for the last 20 years, Chito actually started working in the early Nineties for International Business Machines based in California in its Western Division as an accountant in the financial tech support area.

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