Saturday, November 17, 2012

Laced Up by Adidas and HeavyBoogie

"LACED UP" on Thursday, November 22nd at Time, 7840 Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines.

Three (3) legendary Hip Hop DJs will be here to perform and entertain the local audience.

- Tony Touch aka Tony Toca (Anthony Hernandez) is hip hop icon. A certified Brooklyn NYC mixtape king, producer (1 million records sold worldwide), radio host, artists and a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, he is recognized as one of the most dynamic club rockers on the planet.

Learn to Launch WarmUp Event on November 23

Accenture Manila Delivery Center is holding a warmup event in support of the DevCon Code Challenge Cup (C-Cup) [] on Nov 30.  Titled "LEARN to LAUNCH", the event aims to allow the participants to deploy a social media app in 4 hours using the Eden PHP Library  ( developed by Openovate Labs.

Easy to learn and Speedy to deploy will be the motto of the attendees after getting their hands dirty with Eden.  Rapid prototyping will never be the same again.

November 23, 2012; 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Accenture Ideas Exchange
7th Floor Robinsons Cybergate Center Tower 1
Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City
Registration and dinner: 6:00 PM.
Program begins at 7:00 PM.

* FREE EVENT for professionals only

About the Speaker: Christian Blanquera is the Co-Founder and Technology Head of Openovate Labs., and are some of the site created using Eden. Christian also created another site ( using Eden which recently qualified for the Launch Garage ( accelerator program of
Globe's and Proudcloud.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Winners of the Bigas (Big Ass) Hackathon

Congratulations to the PhilRobotics A Team with their App named Envilog for winning the Most Innovative App award. The team is composed of Franklin Binos II, Richard Myrick Arelaga, Johnaray Dimaunahan, and Wayne Dell Manuel.

Envilog is a stand-alone temperature and humidity sensor with real-time GSM-based data sending and offline data collection and web-based visualization.

IRRI will host this team for another week so they can create the actual app!

From the YouTube video uploads of the event:

"During a 2-day event (10-11 November 2012), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; and wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart; called on all mobile developers to create and pitch Web and/or mobile applications that could be the next big tech push for rice farming.

In celebration of National Rice Awareness Month, IRRI and Smart through its developer community program Smart Developer Network (Smart DevNet; staged the "BIGAS Hackathon", which was a developer event that aimed to churn out apps that can further enhance the impact of rice production technologies."

Best Research Data Collection App was won by team Love Team with their the IsWater app. It features automatic data gathering of a soil's water level using sensors and then notifies farmers/researchers a via mobile app. This team was developed by Arvin Orubia, Michelle Aldave, Drexie de Leon, and Cherryl Opon.

The Best Game App was won by team composed of Bryan Bibat and Alvin Edward Chan. They call it Araro (plow or plowing the rice fields) This text-based simulation game based and streamlined on RiceGrow can be found at

The Best Farmer Info Technology App goes to Team Libra composed of Joan Antonette Bautista, Jason-Bourne Escolano Manzala, John Louis Perez, and Raymond Balingit. Binhi is a Rice Variety Picker app that aims to aid farmers in choosing the most suitable variety on factors like season, irrigation, type, etc.

The hackathon event was actually held at the IRRI library where they had to "rearrange" the area previously occupied as a library containing books and other literature.However, the organizers introduction, team presentations, and awarding ceremonies were held at the IRRI Museum and Learning Center auditorium.

App development or "hacking" started at 2 pm of November 10, 2012 until 2 pm the next day, November 11, 2012. However, the participants were requested to transfer to a hotel venue (Boy Scouts of the Philippines new 3-month old hotel located at the Jamboree road) from 1 am to 7 pm, and continued at the IRRI library from 7 am until 10 am.

Awarding at the IRRI Museum and Learning Center auditorium ended sometime at around 3 pm.Participants, guests, judges and organizers were then shuttled back in Makati.

Breaking My Diet with Around The World In Small Plates


Lifestyle Network launched a charity dinner event titled “Around the World in Small Plates” to benefit the “I Can Serve Foundation”. It was the first of its kind in the Philippines as a friend of mine, who also attended the event, experienced a similar but bigger event in Hawaii with the same concept "tasting delicacies from several different countries" (21 to be specific), but in Hawaii, they had 200 dishes!

Wow! and we thought we had more than what we can chew and swallow for the entire night. 21 dishes was already too much for us, we never got to finish all the dishes, eventhough if it was served in "small plates"

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