4 game-changing tech featured in DevCon Summit 2017

DevCon Summit 2017

With the theme “Changing the Game,” DevCon Summit 2017 saw more than 1,300 attendees during its run last November 18 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig.

This year’s summit kicked off with an opening keynote by DevCon Philippines Founder Winston Damarillo. But what the participants really watched for are the discussions of the latest technologies that are changing the game in the industry at present—and will probably continue to do so in the future.

DevCon Philippines Founder Winston Damarillo

Here are the four game-changing technologies that took the center stage in the recent DevCon Summit:


The spotlight on blockchain technology shined brighter with the presence of Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger, as the keynote speaker for the session.

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger

In addition, renowned speakers facilitated six other breakout sessions to enlighten the participants about the emerging role of blockchain in the tech industry.

The session topics include “Self Sovereign Identity on the Blockchain,” Intro to Hyperledger Fabric and Composer,” “Blockchain on Remittance Use Case,” “Ethereum,” “Business Side of Blockchain,” and “Ethereum—Creating Your Own Cryptocurrency from Testnet to Public Network.”

From upper left, clockwise: Francisco Reyes, Dexter Genterone, Michael Brucal, James Florentino, John Bailon, and Dominick Danao

The speakers for the topics are Amihan Global Strategies Solutions Architects Francisco Reyes and Dexter Genterone, Satoshi Citadel Industries CEO and Co-Founder John Bailon, Magpie.IM Chief Product Officer Dominick Danao, Mergecommit CEO James Florentino, and ZendCreative Inc. CEO Michael Brucal.


Participants who are keen on learning about Development and Operations (DevOps) got to hear from CNCF Ambassador Hunter Nield.

CNCF Ambassador Hunter Nield

Topics under DevOps include “Business Benefits of DevOps” by BDo Deputy CIO Nikki Gomez, “Microservice Arhcitecture” by Samsung Research & Development Phil. Lead Engineer Adrian Conopio, and “Cloud Native DevOps” Shoresuite CEO Alistair Israel.

The panel for DevOps include from left) Joshua Arvin Lat (moderator), Nikki Gomez, Alistair Israel, Jim Pelletier, Adrian Canopio, and Paul De Paula

PageUp Technical Advisor Jim Pelletier shared his insights on the field through his talk “Why You Don’t Need a DevOps Engineer on Your Team.” Meanwhile, Pantheon Customer Success Engineer Paul De Paula talked about deploying PHP applications on Kubernetes and Complete Business Online CTO Joshua Arvin Lat discussed how to effectively deal with real DevOps challenges.

Analytics & AI

The DevCon Summit 2017 also emphasized the importance of analytics and artificial intelligence, starting with a keynote delivered by Accenture Technology Managing Director Arvin Yason.

Accenture Technology Managing Director Arvin Yason

Thinking Machines Founder Stephanie Sy’s topic is “So You Want to be a Scientist,” while ChatbotPH Software Developers Cielito Cosme and Shin Mar Quipit session is entitled “Understanding Chatbots: Creating Better Conversation.”

Other session topics include “AI” by AWS Developer Specialist Solutions Architect Seon Yong Park, “Trends in Data Science and Image Processing” by Accenture Digital Data Engineer Bert Gavino, “Mobile AI: Making Smartphones Smarter” Samsung Research & Development Phil. Director Richard Guinto, and “Chatbots using SImple AI and NLP Techniques” by Indigo Research CTO Jolo Balbin.


Edison Dungo, Vice-President for Cyber Resilience of Amihan Global Strategies, delivered the keynote for CyberSecurity.

Edison Dungo, Vice-President for Cyber Resilience of Amihan Global Strategies

Participants picked up new learnings from the breakout sessions. The topics covered include “Cybersecurity Careers,” “DevSecOps—Streamlining DevOps Process with Security Using IBM Cloud/Bluemix Production,” and “The Impact of Secure URL on a Website’s Search Engine Visibility.” Other cybersecurity-related discussions were “Data Privacy for Business,” “Samsung Knox: Device Security to the Next Level,” and “Cybersecurity—A Data Privacy Officer’s Perspective.”

Panel discussion on Cybersecurity include from left) Anton Orphilla (moderator), Dax Labrador, Ed Salinas, Glen Dimaandal, Alvin Gendrano, and Berlyn Decena.

These sessions were facilitated by ROOTCON Founder Dax Labrador, IBM CyberSecurity/Infosec Specialist Anton Raphael Orpilla, GDI Online Marketing CEO Glen Dimaandal, Fajardo Law Offices Partner Atty. John Fajardo, Samsung Research & Development Phil Mobile B2B Solution Architect Berlyn Decena, and Smart Communications Data Privacy Officer Alvin Gendrano.

Steering the program to its end, Damarillo delivered a closing keynote where he expressed his gratitude to the volunteers who have dedicated their time and skills to make DevCon Summit 2017 possible.

Several games and raffle segments were held. Participants got a chance to win minor and major prizes, including one Nintendo Switch by Accenture, one iPad Mini 4 128GB by Cloudstaff, one Samsung Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition #5 and #7 by Samsung Research & Development Phil, one Ethereum (ETH), and many more.

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