AngelHack Manila: Global Hackathon Attracts Hundreds of IT Specialists ( Day 1)

12th Floor  Anson’s Building , Asian Development Bank  Avenue , Ortigas Center ,  Pasig City- Metro Manila -Philippines

Anson’s Building

This is the biggest hackathon challenge that every local and even international IT specialists are waiting to participate .  There close to 300 Philippine -based developers attempt to hack their way into Silicon Valley in the United States of America  and win more than 2 million pesos worth of prizes by joining the local leg of the Angel Hack Spring Global Challenge.

I am  very excited to be chosen as one of the few bloggers/ writers to cover this once in a lifetime opportunity . Although i got a chance to cover some local hackaton events in the past  , I think this is the creme dela creme of  the I.T. competition.

volunteers manned the secretariat / registration counter group picture

Day 1: Secretariat

I have met some of the volunteers during the registration period , some of them are still students  while some are already working .  They are the life blood or unsung heroes of the event.  They are also part of the team which we call ” Walang Tulugan ” – ( No Sleep) since they will be manning the registration and the activities for more than 24 hours !



The venue  is hosted by Voyager Innovations and Chikka company located on the 12th floor  and 13th floor of the Anson’s Building .  The area is festooned with a lot of red and white ballons ! It is a fiesta -like  or a valentine dating event .  Everyone is in the festive mood.

Mr. Earl Valencia

He’s the President and Co-founder of IdeaSpace -Philippines (Click here for their website). He’s also the Head of Strategy in Smart Communications. A Stanford graduate.

Mr. Greg Gopman

Mr. Greg Gopman is the co-founder and CEO of Angel Hack  greeted all the participants . He enthusiastically said   “Manila is a hotbed for developer talent, not just in Southeast Asia, but worldwide ” .  His presence during the Manila leg of Angel Hack makes the Philippine event even more important .

Mr. Josh Constine

Mr. Josh Constine is the person behind Tech and a regular contributor in several technology based newspaper and magazines.  He is also an art lover and music lover .


Mr. Franco Liu Eisma

Amazon web services – country manager ( Philippines)

Mr. Greg Gopman together with the Angel Hack- Manila ambassadors and organizers

Mr. Josh Constine together with Mr. Ren Joshua D. Ramirez and Mr. Nikko ( volunteers)

Mr. Rafael Oca

He is the CMO , and Co-founder of HobbyMash which is registered in Singapore.

The recipient of multiple digital startup awards, HobbyMash Pte. Ltd. has clients in Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States. Their client list includes ABS-CBN (Philippines), Summit Planners (Singapore), and Maddington Consulting (USA).


Angel Hack -Manila 2013 organizers and sponsors

A hackathon ( also called to as hack fest , code festival )  is a contest where a developer team conceptualizes ( usually 4 to 5 person per team)  create  programs  to develop their apps and presents a software  application to a panel of judges, within 24- hours  .   In some cases , some global hackaton events can last for several days or even weeks !

lunch buffet

Food is not a problem in Angel Hack – Manila , Food is served buffet style with several viands like mix vegetables, lumpiang shanghai , fish fillet , lechon and Filipino sorbetes ! One of the participant said that it was like a FOOD Festival .

Mr. Paul Pajo with the Asian Institute of  Management students

Mr. Paul Pajo a social media evangelist together with a group of students from Asian Institute of Management who help the hackaton groups in their business model.

Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan

Mr. Mark Anthony Wagan caught in a light moment playing . He is the manager and CEO of  Soft Micro Enterprises.  Aside from software devices . His company conducts regular business seminars in relation to I.T.


 Mr. Ken Daganio and Mr. Diego Jose Ramos ( in Iron Man head mask) playing

 This mascot was brought by a team to brighten their day

a participant preparing a software device

group picture with Mr. Josh Constine

Our group had a short press conference with Mr. Josh Constine before we left the venue place at around 6:00pm

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