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Internet of Things, tech innovations discussed in 13th IT youth congress

Internet of Things, tech innovations discussed in 13th IT youth congress
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The Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT) kicked off its 13th year earlier today at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, with more than 7,000 participants from all over the country coming together to learn from industry experts.

The three-day congress, organized by the UP System IT Foundation, started with Dr. Randy Gamboa, Chairman of Computer Studies, Institute of Computing at the University of Southeastern Philippines, welcoming the thousands of delegates to the country’s premier IT event.

The series of talks began with relevant discussions from two industry leaders. Teddy Higuit, Oracle Philippines’ Senior Cloud Sales Manager, tackled Internet of Things and other disruptive technologies, while Microsoft Philippines’ Education Lead David Tapang discussed outcome-based education. Tapang also introduced Microsoft HoloLens, which is considered the “new evolution in computing.”

Game design was also one of the topics covered in the congress. Alvin Chan, a strategist at Mashup Garage LLC, imparted what he considers to be the secret to game design. In sharing various game examples, he talked about how understanding processes and reverse engineering is important in building a program.

Meanwhile, Comm. Monchito Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director – Policies, Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), tackled the digital opportunities and innovations in the Philippines, one of which is providing free Wi-Fi in public places. Consistent with the event’s aim to empower the youth, Comm. Ibrahim also discussed initiatives such as seedPH, which sees the potential in the youth to build their own startups.

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Mozilla Reps Council Member Bob Reyes also shared with the delegates the mission of Mozilla to “build the Internet as a global public resource, open, and accessible to all,” while discussing the browser’s history, features, and community.

The morning session ended with Intel Philippines’ talk on bridging the digital divide. Calum Chisholm, Intel Philippines’ Country Manager, talked about the company’s innovative products, as well as Intel Foundation’s efforts like partaking in the Adopt-A-School Program of the Department of Education, where they helped rebuild a school in Tanuan, Leyte.

More talks on internet freedom, internet rights, using travel as a technology-based development tool, and a comparison of the popular productivity suites are expected in the afternoon session of Y4iT.

Photos from Y4iT Facebook page

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