FASTERCON17 – Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech

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Start Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Location: University of California, Berkeley, 2495 Bancroft Way MLKJ Student Union, Pauley Ballroom Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

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FASTERCON is the annual conference hosted at UC Berkeley by FASTER (Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech) which aims to create, connect, and cultivate a valuable movement of Filipino Americans in the technology industry, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley.

Every year, our conference highlights and celebrates the work of leading Filipino American technology professionals making an impact on the tech industry and seeks to strengthen our collective and tech professional network.

One of FASTER’s main components, education, focuses on cultivating our mentorship program (currently serving UC Berkeley and Stanford students) encouraging more Filipinx Americans to enter tech careers.

This event is co-organized by FASTER, UC Berkeley PASAE (Pilipino Association of Scientists, Architects and Engineers)UC Berkeley PASS (PilipinX Academic Student Services)UCB PAAC (Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter)Stanford Pilipino American Student Union (PASU), and Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network (SPAN) and sponsored by: Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev)STAC-SV (Science & Technology Advisory Council), and VicariousVR.

The agenda will include several workshops on branding and professional development, panels about entrepreneurship and engineering, and an evening community networking mixer featuring Virtual + Augmented + Mixed Reality (AR VR MR XR) artists + developers.

This event is open to all – students (open to other college level students outside of UC Berkeley and Stanford), technology professionals, entrepreneurs and allies and supporters of the Filipino American community in the Bay Area.

Please register below and learn more information about joining our mentorship program. All proceeds will go toward mentorship programs.

Apply to be a mentor and mentee in our flagship mentorship program with Stanford and UC Berkeley!

Apply to be a mentor here.

Apply to be a mentee here.

10:30AM-11:00AM – Registration and Brunch Snack

11:00AM-11:20AM – Welcome Remarks

Erin Jerri Malonzo Pangilinan (UC Berkeley L&S ℅ 2008), Carlos Miguel Lasa (UC Berkeley MIMS, ℅ 2016) I FASTER Co-Founders

Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Comissioner Celynne Layug (on behalf of Philippine Consul General Henry Bensurto)

Emcee I Romeo Marquez Jr., International Speaker, Coach

11:20AM-12:20AM – Panel #1 – Entrepreneurship

Introduction – Philippine Development Foundation

Panel Moderators: Kendrick Kho I Head of Data, Hone Capital(Stanford alum)


Reshma Khilnani I Founder + CTO, MedXT acquired by Box (YC W13)

Rey Faustino I Founder + CEO, OneDegree (YC W14)

12:30PM-1:30PM – Panel #2 – Engineering

Introduction: Jesse Ante I Cal ℅ 1970, School of Engineering

Moderator: Carlos Miguel Lasa I Twitter, TPM, Founder of Filipinos at Twitter, part of TwitterAsians

Nathan Murthy I Software Engineer, Tesla, SolarCity (UC Berkeley ℅ 2010)

Noelle Sio Saldana I Principal Data Scientist, Pivotal

Katrina Montinola I VP Engineering, Archimedes (formerly Director of Engineering, Oracle)

1:30PM-1:40PM – BREAK

1:40PM-2:40PM – Branding and Lunch Session #1

Breakout #1 – Resume critique / whiteboarding / portfolio – mentor/mentee session

GROUP A – 3rd Floor
GROUP B – 5th Floor (Lunch)

2:50-3:50PM – Branding Workshop and Lunch Session #2

GROUP A – 5th Floor (Lunch)
GROUP B – 3rd Floor

Breakout #1 – Pitch yourself – pitch a company/present your work session


Irwin Gonzales I Founder + CEO, JamOut, Chariot (exited)

Christina Laskowski I President, Science Technology Advisory Council (STAC-SV)

3:50PM-4:00PM Break

4:00PM-5:00PM – Breakout #2 – Mentorship + Professional Development (ERG and Community Groups)

Option A: Tech – speed mentorship

Facilitated by: Michelle Florendo (President/Chair, Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network)



Design (Graphic, Product/UX/UI Design)

Business Development/Marketing/Sales

IP Law

Other Tech Fields

Option B: Filipino American Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – how to seek mentorship you need to advance your career

This breakout is focused on growing Filipino American tech professionals affiliated or unaffiliated with an affinity Employee Resource Group (ERG), including but not limited to self-identified Filipino American/Asian American/LGBTIQQA/Women ERGs.

5:00PM-5:15PM – Transition

5:15PM-5:20PM – Closing

5:20PM-5:30PM – Photos

5:30PM-6:00PM – Transition

6:00PM-8:00PM – COMMUNITY NETWORKING MIXER + Virtual + Augmented + Mixed Reality (VR AR MR XR) Demos – VENUE TBA

Curated by: Erin Pangilinan I Co-Founder, ARVR Academy

Primer on AR VR MR XR:

Neilda Pacquing, AR VR MR Evangelist, SparkWorks Creative, former UX Designer, Sephora, Bank of America

Jewel Lim, Oculus LaunchPad Fellow

Demos by:

Troy Norcross, Co-Founder, GameHearts LLC I San Francisco Virtual Reality (SFVR)

Jomar Sevilla, Lead Engineer, STRIVR


About the Organizers :

Organizer of FASTERCON17 - Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech FASTER Logo Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech (FASTER) FASTER creates, connects, and cultivates a valuable movement of Filipino Americans in the Silicon Valley tech community, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through strategic initiatives ranging from education and professional development within the industry, we seek to attract, advance, and excel the network of Filipino Americans talent in Silicon Valley tech companies in a range of professions including, but not limited to, entrepreneurs/founders, engineers, designers, data scientists etc.

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