Here’s a good idea. Round up some geeks, throw them on a beach, let them brew in their creative stew. Continue to stir, watching their steam, and remind them they need a revenue stream. Call on investors, to show off our thriving geeky sectors, and regale them with our start-up-healthy ecosystem!

And that is the spirit behind Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), a hip technology conference began in 2013 and is now on its second year. The press conference for this year’s GOAB took place at Romulo Cafe, where four of its rockstar-leads (see below) briefed the media on what the conference has in store for attendees, and investors.


Left to right: Dave Overton of, Tina Amper of, Earl Valencia of IdeaSpace, and Jim Ayson of SMART Developer Network. Oh yeah, that’s Wo Rosete (Smart’s External Relations Manager for Public Affairs) on mic, setting the stage for the speakers. 

Geeks on a Beach 2014 happens on August 21 and 22 on the historic island of Mactan in Cebu. It is co-presented by Smart Bro, Smart DevNet and IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. (IdeaSpace), this year’s GOAB will see close to 300 international startup founders, technopreneurs, venture capitalists, developers, and industry experts and organizer hopes to surpass the successes of last year’s inaugural event held at Boracay Island in Aklan.


“There were a lot of success stories from last year’s conference, and we hope to replicate those successes this year by linking promising local startups with the right investors, and vice versa,” said Tina Amper, founder of and co-organizer of this year’s GOAB.

“GOAB is not just for geeks in tech and start ups but also for geeks in art and music,” said Dave Overton of


One of these startup success stories is real-estate portal, co-founded by John Dang and Chow Paredes, who met some of their investors while networking during the first GOAB conference last year.

“As geeks we’re like a subculture that doesn’t get enough exposure, and may be the local print media would like to get in on that,” said SMART Developer Network’s Jim Ayson.


Dave Overton of along with Tina Amper of are organizing this year’s Geeks on a Beach in Mactan, Cebu on August 21 to 22, which calls for greater support for local tech startups from the international investment community, the government, and the private sector. Also in photo are IdeaSpace President and Co-Founder Earl Martin Valencia (2nd from right) and SMART Developer Network’s Jim Ayson (rightmost), representing two groups who are co-presentors for this year’s conference, along with mobile broadband provider SMART Bro which will provide the connectivity needs of attendees for the event.

“Local startups are on the rise as a key sector pushing fast economic growth in the Philippines, and we are fully committed to supporting events that offer a venue for the development of this community,” added Earl Martin Valencia, President and Co-Founder of IdeaSpace, one of the main co-presentors of this year’s conference.


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Personalities gracing GOAB this year include tech and startup luminaries from Silicon Valley, and prominent SEA startup stars from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and other areas.

They include 500 Startup venture partner Khailee Ng, Dolphin Browser VP of int’l business and dev’t Edith Yeung, e27 co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, and Gwendolyn Regina Tan of TechinAsia.

Also speaking are World Startup Report and World Startup Wiki founder Bowei Gai, IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia, Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarette, Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito, Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand, Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea, and Jim Ayson of SMART DevNet.

GOAB will also feature Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Stephen Jagger of, Jay Fajardo of Roofcamp Launchgarage, Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Creative Director Patrick Cabral, Designer Camy Francisco-Cabral, Jack Madrid of Openovate Labs, John Dang and Chow Paredes of, Oliver Segovia of AVA, Rico Sta Cruz, Open Source Developer​, Janette Toral of, Richard Min of Seoul Space, Ron Hose of, Tomas Forgac of, Sam Kaddoura of, Christina Laskowski of Science and Technology Advisory Council-Silicon Valley (STAC-SV), Jojo Flores of Plug and Play, and Jay Aldeguer, CEO of Islands Group.​


GOAB is organized by, co-presented by the IdeaSpace, SMART, and SMART Bro, co-organized by the DOST-ICTO, powered by, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks. For more info on registration, accommodations, and early-bird rates for the Geeks on a Beach conference in Cebu, visit or contact


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