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Techtonic 2018: Disrupting Southeast Asia

From its massively successful debut in 2017, Techtonic, the Philippines’ largest tech conference is back this year with an even more improved format and roster of expected attendees. (PS. I say this with obvious partiality that might prevent me from being completely objective, as I'm one of the organizers of the event last year and Techtonic is close to my heart. :P)

Sen. Bam Aquino, ever zealous in supporting the Philippines startup community
One of the panel discussions with PH startup founders at last year's Techtonic event, with hosts Riva Galveztan and Diego Ramos

With the theme, “Techtonic Summit 2018: Disrupting Southeast Asia” this year’s edition of the highly anticipated event is set to happen on June 22-23, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center Manila. I really wish I could go, but you know very well that's my birthday weekend -- and my birthday gift to myself is actually time off work. Haha! But I believe Blogapalooza will have a booth in the event.

Among the highlights of last year’s Techtonic event include a startup pitching competition headlined as “Startup Arena” wherein 20 startups are selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the world to pitch their businesses in front of a distinguished panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes and exclusive mentorship. 2017 winner, ServeHappy from the Philippines, an online job marketplace for the hospitality and service industry, was awarded an equity-free grant of *drum roll* ... USD 10,000 (~PHP 500,000) CASH. YAY!

ServeHappy, grand champion of the Techtonic 2017 "Startup Arena" Startup Pitching Competition (In photo are the team members: Juan Ladios, Marco Ladios, Audrey Tanco Uy, Jim Imbong, Randall Sayat, and JJ Atencio)

Now titled as “Ring of Fire”, the Techtonic 2018 startup pitching competition will yet again feature 20 trailblazing startups across Southeast Asia vying for the top spot. Apart from the USD 10,000 equity-free prize money, the winner will get VIP access to all closed-door events with investors and top priority status in business matching activities.

After a rigorous evaluation process, the Techtonic organizers have released the Top 20 startups competing in the Ring of Fire pitching competition, as follows:

1. AdMov (Philippines)

2. AIDE (Philippines)

3. Antipara Exploration (Philippines)

4. Bliimo (Philippines)

5. Brankas (Philippines, Indonesia)

6. Cognicept (Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam)

7. (Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore)

8. Empleo (Philippines)

9. Exora Technologies (Philippines)

10. Learntalk (Philippines)

11. LexMeet (Philippines)

12. Lifemesh (Philippines)

13. MamaHelpers Technologies (Philippines, China, Hong Kong)

14. OneWatt (Philippines)

15. Payo (Philippines)

16. (Philippines)

17. Rumarocket (Philippines)

18. Senti (Philippines)

19. STORM Learning (Philippines)

20. Taxumo (Philippines)

The Ring of Fire startup pitching competition shall take place on June 23, 2018 in the SMX Convention Center Manila, as part of the official event program.

Techtonic organizers and collaborators PMCM Events Management, Original Pitch Venture Capital, QBO Innovation Hub, XS by XS, and Liquidminds have lined up global startups, venture capital firms, angel investors, corporate incubators and accelerators, government personalities, and renowned institutions to once again stage this two-day historic undertaking.

Techtonic 2018 core team
Techtonic 2018 Core Team: Natasha Bautista (QBO), Mys Sandico (PMCM Events), Kat Chan (QBO), Basti Gerona (Liquidminds), Francis Simisim (Original PItch VC), Christopher Star (XS by XS)

Registration is FREE and open to the public. This is in a couple of days so register na! Interested parties may get in touch with the team via the details below.

For more info:

Mobile: (+63) 917 834 4978

Landline: (+63) 2 501 0029

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