We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. -Carl Sagan
Welcome to the PhilDev Blog, where we hope to make science and technology (S&T) less strange, less intimidating, and more engaging, exciting, and relevant to all of us here in the Philippines, and for Filipinos and other individuals elsewhere. Here, we will share more information on PhilDev’s projects and activities – the rationale and inspiration behind them, explore and explain S&T concepts that drive many of our programs, and feature the various personalities who are committed to the mission and vision of PhilDev.
But before we delve into anything else, what exactly is PhilDev anyway? What does it do? What is it for?
PhilDev, as stated in our mission, works to create an ecosystem of science and technology in the Philippines for long-term economic development. More plainly put, we are trying to build the infrastructures, systems, networks, and even help shape the culture needed for science and technology to thrive in our country, for Filipinos to truly appreciate S&T and realize how it could make our lives better, consequently making our country more competitive in the global market. Just as much as the aim of this blog is to make S&T topics more approachable and more interesting, PhilDev also aims to make the field of S&T more dynamic and more competitive by involving everyone who can contribute to the field’s growth and advancement. PhilDev aims to be a catalyst in this field, and spur different agencies – including government, industry, academe, and other institutions – into action, and more so, into collaborative efforts. We are focusing on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship as our strategy in realizing our vision.
Most recently, PhilDev, together with Developers Connect or DevCon, hosted Silicon Valley Comes to the Philippines, or SVC2PH, which brought hack2HATCH (h2H) to Cebu and the PhilDev Economic Forum to Manila. Both events were very successful, thanks to the support and participation of the budding startup community in the Philippines, the observers and attendees, the media, the government and the academe, and the mentors and speakers – both Filipino and foreign, from Silicon Valley and elsewhere. The energy throughout this 4-day series of events was amazingly dynamic and “palpable,” as Luis Buenaventura, Co-Founder of infinite.ly and h2H organizer, tweeted; you could really feel the energy bouncing around the room. Stay tuned for the full video coverage of both events; we will post the links here in the next two weeks.
In the weeks, months, and years to come, we hope to bring you more stories and updates on PhilDev’s other initiatives in agriculture, cloud computing, S&T education and research, and other areas of impact. Let us know what you want to hear about in the comments section, or feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com. You can also follow us on Twitter, on Tumblr, and like us on Facebook.