Tech event to gather 500 participants

TECHTALKS.PH, a non-profit community of business, technology and startup enthusiasts, is set to stage the fifth “Geeks on the Beach (GOAB),” an international and business technology, next month in partnership with the Department of Information and Communication Technology and telecommunication firm PLDT.

Mary Rose Rontal, chief program officer of, said yesterday in Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that the event would be conducted at Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on August 24-25.

This, she said, is expected to gather about 500 participants including startups, investors, entrepreneurs, designers and other technology enthusiasts.

“GOAB is a platform for startups and help build technology startup ecosystem,” Rontal said. She said it also serves as venue on where startups can pitch and discuss with the investors by way of business matching.

Last year, the event was conducted at Panglao, Bohol that was joined by 541 participants.

In a statement, said, “GOAB is a conference for everyone who is passionate about startups, technology, design and making the world a better place. Featuring presentations from hand-picked experts from all across the world, GOAB is the perfect place to come and share learnungs and stories with new friends in a two-day get-together by the shotes of splendid Palawan.”

“Aside from gathering tech entrepreneurs and professionals as we have done in the previous GOAB, we hope serial entrepreneurs, Filipino-Americans from Silicon Valley, will provide more heft to the event,” Tina Amper, founder of, said in a press release.

One of the speakers, Amper said, is Yobie Benjamin, an investor and awardee of 2015 Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum.

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