Despite the turmoil that the global recession brought to last year’s economy, astonishing developments from local IT, particularly in the Philippines, was a sight to behold. The boom in the local tech scene, most of it registering from startups, was a result from so much energy and optimism emanating from these newcomer activities, and last year, Melvin G. Calimag tells us a few reasons of why and how things really took off.
Startup initiatives from top mobile networks Smart Communications and Globe Telecom led the way, including some private and non-profit groups, who also added their own programs as well.
It was also last year that saw some solutions such as Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) by the country’s own Department of Science and Technology (DOST) break ground. This Web-based product acted as a valuable tool in reducing the loss of lives, not only last year but particularly this year in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
With the Philippines recording strong growth and ascending to historic highs in this sector, getting in to IT right now is a risk worth taking for Pinoys.