Geeks On a Beach

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Don't miss the fun! Check out all the GOAB2014 event highlights here

Geeks on a Beach is Back!

The inaugural event last year brought together key people from around the world - investors met founders, newly-formed friendships blossomed into new startups and  the feedback we got - where attendees rated the event a whopping 9.5/10 - clearly sent a message that Geeks On A Beach was a resounding success!

We want to build on that first event and we’re making it bigger and better this year. We’re setting up camp on a Five Star Resort, Movenpick Hotel. Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and the great minds of the tech, design and startup world are once again coming together for two days on August 21 to 22, 2014 to share insights and to build new and wonderful things. Come and join the gathering. You're invited!

Why Come To GOAB?

This year’s conference will be even better

Meet the Right People!

Get Inspired,
See the Bigger Picture

A Perfect Mix of
Opportunity and Play

Guess Who's Speaking

Only the coolest geeks from around the world

  • Dave McClure 500 Startups  
  • Khailee Ng 500 Startups  
  • Edith Yeung Dolphin Browser RightVentures
  • Mohan Belani e27  
  • Gwendolyn Regina Tan Tech in Asia  
  • Mon Ibrahim DOST-ICTO  
  • Maria Ressa Rappler  
  • Bowei Gai World Startup Report
    World Startup Wiki
  • Earl Valencia IdeaSpace  
  • Minette Navarrete Kickstart Ventures  
  • Paul Pajo Smart Devnet  
  • Koichi Saito IMJ Investment Partners
  • Amarit Charoenphan HUBBA  
  • Paul Rivera Kalibrr  
  • Stephen Jagger  
  • Jay Fajardo Proudcloud Launchgarage
  • Jason Torres Proudcloud  
  • Patrick Cabral Creative Director  
  • Camy Francisco-Cabral Designer & Artist  
  • Jack Madrid Openovate Labs
  • John Dang ZipMatch  
  • Chow Paredes ZipMatch  
  • Oliver Segovia AVA  
  • Rico Sta Cruz Open Source Developer  
  • Janette Toral  
  • Richard Min Fashion Technology
  • Ron Hose Innovation Endeavors
  • Tomas Forgac  
  • Sam Kaddoura  
  • Jojo Flores Plug and Play Tech Center
  • Christina Laskowski STAC - Silicon Valley  
  • Jay Aldeguer The Islands Group  
  • Martin Pascual Pascual Pharma Corp. Nest Capital
  • Manny Ayala Hatchd Inc  
  • Kuo-Yi Lim Monk's Hill Ventures  
  • Ravi Agarwal engageSPARK 500 Startups| Cuso Int'l
  • Eric Su Twidl Inc. Lifebit
  • Badri Pillapakkam Omidyar Network  
  • Richard Eldridge COO of Lenddo  
  • Nick Sullivan Founder at ChangeCoin  
  • Kaloy Uypuanco Production Designer  
  • Hugh Mason JFDI.Asia Pte Ltd  
  • Tim Joseph Dumol Kalibrr  
  • Ibba Bernardo Sari Software Solutions  
  • Aurora Soriano Pinoy Travel  
  • Calen Legaspi Orange & Bronze Software Labs
  • Thomas Gorissen JSConf.Asia  
  • Mike Prasad ventureLab  
  • Tonyo Cruz @TweetUpMNL  
  • Sharan Balani Quickfire Games  
  • Pieter Kemps Amazon Web Services  

And more awesome geeks to come!

Let's Get It Started

Some of the things on the agenda

Pre-Event 20 August 2014 | Wednesday

2:00 PM
Registration Desk Opens
Movenpick Hotel, Lobby area, outside Forum 3
4:00 PM
Investor’s Roundtable by IdeaSpace
Exclusive Session, Separate ticket required (Investor+Conference ticket).
We're Sold Out!
GOAB Organizers, Yours Truly
Earl Valencia, President, IdeaSpace Foundation
Martin Pascual, Managing Director, Nest Capital
Khailee Ng, 500 Startups
Koichi Saito, Director, IMJ Investment Partners
6:00 PM
Welcome Cocktail Reception:
“Raid the Fridge” by Kickstart invites 70 GOAB registrants for welcome drinks.
We're Sold Out!
Dave Overton, Founder & CEO,
Christian Besler, Vice-President,

Day 1 21 August 2014 | Thursday

7:30 AM
Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM
National Anthem
8:35 AM
Welcome Message
Tina Amper, Founder & President,
8:40 AM
Geeks On A Beach Overview
Dave Overton, Founder & CEO,
8:50 AM
Opening Keynote Addresses
Beyond ASEAN 2015: Opportunities and Challenges for Startup Communities
Benjie S. Fernandez, COO of Voyager Innovations and Managing Director of Smart eMoney, Inc.
Mon Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director, DOST-ICTO
9:20 AM
State of Startups – from 2013 to 2014 & Beyond, What has changed? Where are we going?
Earl Valencia, IdeaSpace
9:35 AM
Building our Startup Ecosystem
Minette Navarrete, Kickstart Ventures
9:50 AM
Networking Break
10:05 AM
Global vs. Asian Startups
Introductory Speaker:
Bowei Gai, World Startup Report
Panel Chair:
Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Tech in Asia
Edith Yeung, Right Ventures, Dolphin Browser
Mohan Belani, e27
Richard Min, Fashion Technology Accelerator
Earl Valencia, IdeaSpace Foundation
Amarit Charoenphan, Hubba
10:45 AM
Investor’s Panel - Driving Economic Growth with Startup Investments
Introductory Speaker:
Earl Valencia, Ideaspace
Panel Chair:
Khailee Ng, 500 Startups
Manny Ayala, Hatchd Digital
Kuo-Yi Lim, Monk’s Hill Ventures
Pang Heng Soon, Infocomm Investments
Jojo Flores, Plug and Play
Martin Pascual, Nest Capital
11:50 AM
Networking Lunch – “Lunch with a Speaker”
12:50 AM
Amazon Web Services
7,107 & Beyond - Best Practices for Startups
Pieter Kemps, AWS Business Development and Venture Capital
1:00 PM
Case Study: How We Raised Funds
Dustin Masancay, IdeaSpace
John Dang,
Chow Paredes,
Koichi Saito, IMJ Investment Partners
Paul Rivera, Kalibrr
1:40 PM
Failcon: Failure as a Driver to Success
Fireside Chat:
Stephen Jagger, Payroll Hero
Paul Rivera, Kalibrr
2:20 PM
Philippine Startups and the Road Ahead – UNCUT!
Introductory Speaker:
Oliver Segovia,
Panel Chair:
Jack Madrid, DCOM
Stephen Jagger, Payroll Hero
Wesley Chiongbian,
Carlo Calimon, Mobkard
Aurora Soriano, Pinoy Travel
2:50 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM
Technology Stack for Startups
Dave Overton,
Jason Torres, Proudcloud
Joey Gurango, Gurango Software
Raphael Quisumbing,
Tim Joseph Dumol, Kalibrr
Mark Buenconsejo,
3:50 PM
Unleashing Filipino Capital to Gas Up Future Global Champions
Roundtable Discussion:
Manny Ayala, Hatchd Inc
Jojo Flores, Plug and Play
Wilson Ng, Ng Khai Enterprises
AMA : Ask McClure Anything
Dave McClure, 500 Startups
Bowei Gai, World Startup Report
Andrius Neviera, World Startup Wiki
4:20 PM
Policy Environment that Grows Our Startup Ecosystem
Fireside Chat:
Jay Fajardo, ProudCloud / Launch Garage
Mon Ibrahim, DOST-ICTO
Dr. Richard Abendan, USAID-STRIDE
4:35 PM
5:10 PM
“Dronie” Group picture by the beach
(Sunset at ~1800)
5:40 PM
Happy Hour at the Beach! - CASH BAR
Snacks, Drinks, Networking at the Beach!
6:00 PM
Dinner at Historic Shrine
New! The City of Lapulapu is sponsoring our dinner at the historic LapuLapu Shrine.
Bus shuttles will be provided to/from shrine.
8:00 PM
Socials! Music! Drinks!
Sponsored by #SmartBro
FREE drinks (2) with DJ at Beach Garden, Moevenpick Hotel
Chance to win Smart Bro premium items and LTE pocket Wifi devices

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Masters of Ceremony:
Dave Overton,
Albert Padin,

Day 2 22 August 2014 | Friday

8:00 AM
Registration and coffee
7:30 AM
Women in Tech Breakfast
Women and those who support women are invited. RSVP required.
Location: BE Resorts Mactan (beside Moevenpick Hotel)
Janette Toral, Digital Filipino
Sponsored by: STAC-SV
9:15 AM
Welcome to Day 2
Dave Overton, Founder & CEO,
Albert Padin, Co-Founder,
9:20 AM
The Future of Media Today
Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler
9:50 AM
Founder’s Journeys – Road less traveled
Panel Chair:
Christina Laskowski
Edith Yeung, Right Ventures, Dolphin Browser
Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Tech In Asia
Janette Toral, Digital Filipino
10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:40 AM
Philippines - Future Global Hub for Tech Enabled Social Enterprises?
Panel Chair:
Ravi Agarwal,
Badri Pillapakkam, Omidyar Networks
Richard Eldridge, Lenddo
Paul Rivera, Kalibrr
Ibrahim Bernardo, Sari Software Solutions
11:20 AM
We dare you to use Bitcoins
Panel Chair:
Ron Hose, Co-Founder & CEO,
Sam Kaddoura, CEO & Co-Founder,
Antony Lewis, itBIT
Nick Sullivan, ChangeCoin
12:00 PM
Rise Up From Disasters : Tech to the Rescue
Dave Overton,
Tonyo Cruz, TweetupMNL
12:20 PM
Fire Pitches
1-minute pitch from 20 individuals. Fun and fast way to introduce yourself to the community. Open to any paid participant. Tweet your pitch #GOAB and get selected.
Dave Overton,
12:30 PM
2:00 PM
BreakOut Sessions
Click here for a list of breakout sessions
4:30 PM
Awarding of Prizes / Closing Ceremonies
5:00 PM
“Dronie” Group Selfie at the beach
6:00 PM
Happy Hour at the Beach (Cash Bar)

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Day 2: BreakOut Sessions 22 August 2014 | Friday

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An Opportunity You Shouldn't Pass Up

Support the GOAB Community. Contact us for sponsorship details

Great People
From Around the Globe

Awesome Ideas & Pitches

A Better & Brighter
Tomorrow :)

Are you a Newbie?

Here are some of your questions answered

    What benefits do I get with registration?

    Over US$400 worth of goodies including...

  • US $55 (~2,500 Php) discount coupon from for housing
  • US $149 from AWS Amazon Web Services ($100 web credits and a free one month developer support worth $49)
  • T-shirt and other merchandise from the Islands Group
  • All-you-can-eat buffet lunch on August 21 and 22 from a 5-star hotel plus morning and afternoon snacks!
  • Chance to win FREE boat tickets from 2GO Shipping (Round trip Cebu-Manila, Cebu-Bohol and vice versa)
  • US $5,000 worth of Azure Cloud Credits and FREE Microsoft Bizspark for 30 Philippine Startups.
  • Priceless learning and networking opportunities from many industry speakers from around the world
  • Participate in side-events and meet like-minded people
  • More giveaways and discounts that are sure to come!
  • Note: Housing and Airfare are not included in the registration fee. But, we have discounted rates, email us at

What should I bring?

Come as you are, in whatever shape or form. Business cards and sunscreen are always useful. Bring clothes fit for the beach and for fun nights out in the tropics. Always be prepared to meet new friends. See you at GOAB!

Where can I stay for the night?

Check out our suggested accomodations here.

Got more questions?

Check out the full FAQ page

CEBU: The Philippines’ Oldest City and a Hub to the World

Set your sights on this historic tourism, trade and tech center

Ah, Cebu, Cebu, Cebu. The island of great lore, the same island that the legendary explorer Ferdinand Magellan found in the early 1500s, to which he fell in love with, but tragically met a worthy adversary and ultimately his death. Oh, the demise!

Cebu's relations with foreigners have since improved and they are now welcomed as true friends. This boom town of the Philippines has the bustle of a new-world cosmopolitan city - home to big name companies and flourishing startups - but also keeps cool with some of the best beaches in the world just a stone's throw away. The culture is rich, the food is sumptuous and the opportunities are aplenty.

GOAB Is Coming

And now, the real fun begins.

Be inspired. Get motivated. Learn new things. Plus get $300 (Php12,000) worth of perks and merchandise and the opportunity to meet all the right people in a fun, easy-going environment. Don't miss out . Get your GEEK on!

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