PHILIPPINES: PSIA or the Philippine Software Industry Association organized SoftCon.PH 2014 bringing together the country’s top executives and decision-makers in a one day, with the action-packed event that tackles the issues we face in the software and IT industry today. Learn about the timelines and the AEC rules of engagement, and how we can take advantage of the opportunities the ASEAN integration will bring; find out the impact on global and regional sourcing of technology and support services, and how this will impact in the Philippines and wider ASEAN; tackle issues in the kind of talent we employ – a remote and mobile workforce, freelancers/consultants, geographically dispersed project teams; and discover how companies of all sizes can use “Lean Innovation” as a proven framework for developing new products and services.

Held at the Hotel Intercontinental, in Makati City Philippines, situated at the top commercial business districts in the Philippines, the hotel itself gave the ambience of synergy for the conference to be successful.

Starting the morning of the conference is ICTO Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim giving a speech on The Technology of the Roadmap of the Philippines wherein he introduced the platforms for e-government services for the next 5 years. He gave a short history on the security platforms being undertaken by Philippine government which he gave special mention to SecureMetric Technology Inc. who implemented the country’s CA for securing their platforms for e-government services.

Other forums were held including discussion focused on the Philippines in Competing with the ASEAN Community, and how it will impact the Filipinos and Philippine Businesses. Also, this became an avenue in learning how to thrive and take advantage of the coming opportunities for software providers.

Topics discussed during the day were IT Entrepreneurship – Creating Value for the Greater Good. Panellists showcased some of the start-up IT companies and their apps which have generated value for the economy and society. This also benefits the larger IT eco-system and had suggestions from SME’s on how large companies can help in the achievement of the greater good in the IT Industry.

Participants got also involved in the fun game of scanning the QR Code and answer questions and got around to all exhibitors during the event. Before the closing, they were given prizes such as phones and tablets,  for their efforts.

The final announcement was also made that there will be another tour of the SoftCon.Ph event to be held on September 2015.