It’s that time of the year again where we geeks wish we were relaxing at the beach, instead of staying huddled in front of our laptops and gadgets. With our thoughts running a mile a minute and jumping from one project to another to keep up with the workload, we can only scream the words “I need a break!” in our minds. Sometimes, on the most tiring and task-filled days, we can only wish we could mix work and leisure together.
Sometimes, on the most tiring and task-filled days, we can only wish we could mix work and leisure together.
Now, friends, this is where Geeks on a Beach (or GOAB, to all you acronym-loving geeksters out there) comes in. Words cannot express our delight for this event, where the brightest minds in technology, startup, entrepreneurship and design convene together in summer wear and bare feet against the fine sands of Boracay.
But alas, let us count the reasons why GOAB is the place and event to be, especially this August 2015:
1. Learn from the leaders of the technology, startups and design world
The best and the brightest minds in technology, startups and design will be present at this dress-down, straight to the point and no-holds-barred conference to share their ideas and best practices to invigorate the Philippine startup ecosystem! We’re just getting started, but it’s already awesome!
2. Get up close and personal with the panel — find the answers you’ve been looking for
Don’t worry if our speakers’ presentations don’t cover questions that are left unanswered in your mind. At GOAB, we encourage everyone to throw these questions at our speakers so they can give us a lil’ piece of their brain. Yum!
3. Choose sessions on topics that matter to you the most
We’re here to learn, yes, but we’re not in university anymore, where we’re required to attend classes for every subject that’s on your syllabus. Nope. Not here. Your best interests are prioritized. Feel free to join all the breakout sessions if that’s what floats your banca, but know that you can always choose to attend only those that matter to you.
4. Serious talks about anything under the sun in your most comfortable clothes
Whether it be about the latest updates on what’s new with the social media scene or the syntax and semantics of programming languages, rest assured you’ll be having comfortable conversations. Who would pass up on the opportunity to chitchat about geeky topics on the beach while sipping a refreshing drink?
5. Meet angels in disguise — your company’s heaven-sent angels
GOAB is not only a venue for us to meet our fellow geeks, it’s also where we start believing heaven on earth is real. Angel investors and seed funding groups abound at GOAB, where they are constantly on the look out for fresh startups with brilliant visions! Here, geeks are given the chance to pitch their brightest and most innovative ideas to prospective investors to get their ideas off the ground.
6.Know what’s actually happening in the Philippine and Southeast Asian tech and startups scene
This event is spearheaded by Techtalks.ph, a known industry leader in Philippine technology and startups. This non-profit community group has helped organize over 10 Startup Weekend workshops so it has connections with most startup leaders in Southeast Asia as well. It’s no wonder that most attendees invited to the conference will be updated with what’s going on in the PH tech scene as well as neighboring countries. This makes for a good conversation starter between like-minded geeks too!
7. More opportunities to grow your social butterfly wings
We meet more and more people at GOAB every year — some very familiar faces that have been around since the inaugural launch of the event, and some fresh, new faces that were led by the curious cat to the venue. Nevertheless, GOAB proves to be a key networking opportunity for its attendees, because it brings together key players — investors, startup founders, developers and designers — from all over the world.
8. Sponsorship opportunities are endless for your brand
Just as angel investors are constantly on the lookout for fresh ideas, sponsors likewise are given opportunities to improve their brand presence through the event. Our sponsors get premium exposure for their brands throughout the marketing campaign for GOAB, the premiere startup conference in the Philippines.
Furthermore, sponsors seeking more specific goals such as looking to hire talent or looking to invest in specific startups, can work with the GOAB organizers to customize their sponsorship to meet these goals. Take this opportunity to use GOAB to further your company goals and meet personal objectives.
9. Sun + Beach = FUN!
Geeks on a Beach will never be Geeks on a Beach without the sun, beach and awesome geeks! In between sessions and after a long day at the conference, we geeks come together to unwind and relax by the sea — a perfect ending to a productive yet fun-filled day at GOAB.
Whether you’re a first-time attendee testing the GOAB waters, or a loyal, dedicated fan that’s returning to Geeks on a Beach for the third (!) time, one thing resounds clearly for all of you: GOAB is the convention made by geeks, for geeks. It’s our belated summer escapade, where we work hard, and play harder.Head on over to
Head on over to geeksonabeach.com and sign up for #GOAB this August! 🙂