In Anticipation – – ‘Geeks on a Beach’ Cebu Conference Coming this August

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All roads lead to the historic island of Mactan, Cebu this coming August 21 to 22 as local & international tech personalities converge for the ‘Geeks on a Beach’ (GOAB), a unique technology start-up conference that started in 2013.

Co-presented by Smart Bro, Smart DevNet and IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. (IdeaSpace), this year’s GOAB will see close to 300 international start-up founders, technopreneurs, venture capitalists, developers and industry experts. Local organizer aims to surpass the success of last year’s inaugural event, held in Boracay, and hopes for more investments on and stronger support for the local start-up technology community.

As local start-ups are on the rise, GOAB offers a venue for the development of the community by linking promising local start ups with investors and vice versa. One of these start-up success stories is real-estate portal, who met some of their investors during the conference, the eventually resulted in a seed funding round led by global investors IMJ Fenox and 500 Startups, and by local investors from Hatchd Digital and IdeaSpace.

This year’s GOAB boasts of a powerhouse lineup of tech and start-up luminaries from Silicon Valley, and prominent SEA start-up stars from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea which include:

• 500 Startup venture partner Khailee Ng
• Dolphin Browser VP of International Business & Development Edith Yeung
• e27 co-founder & CEO Mohan Belani
• Christina Laskowski of Science &Technology Advisory Council – Silicon Valley
• DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim
• Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
• Gwendolyn Regina Tan of TechinAsia
• World Startup Report and World Startup Wiki founder Bowei Gai
• IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia
• Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarette
• Jim Ayson of SMART DevNet
• Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito
• Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand
• Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea

For more information on registration, accommodations and early-bird rates for the Geeks on a Beach Cebu conference, visit or contact See you there!

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