Last May 31 to June 2, the people behind the wildly successful Web Summit held Rise Conference 2016 in sweltering Hong Kong. One of the hottest tech conferences this year, Rise drew crowds of investors, entrepreneurs, and developers to sold out tickets. The event was a veritable hotbed of innovation as both industry tech giants and upcoming startups exchanged ideas, networked and shared know-how.
A number of Philippine startups graced the event with their own exhibit stands — a welcome development for a country struggling to achieve greatness. It’s a good sign and I had the privilege of talking to some of these intrepid teams to learn how they are solving important problems in fresh and exciting ways. I’ve showcased a few of them here.
CloudSwyft created virtual machines hosted on the cloud to solve two problems: the tedium and cost of setting up computers for training software developers. An interesting benefit of the virtualized training computers is that companies can also use them to validate developer skills as part of their recruitment process.
Quickback provides a platform for businesses that want to setup their own rewards points system without the expense and effort associated with such initiatives. Customers of the retail business can use mobile apps to manage their reward points.
Slingshot makes all-in-one business management mobile apps that cover customer information, inventory, purchase orders, franchise management, and a whole slew of other business functions for business owners.
YBits is a modular ERP solution tailored for small businesses. While bigger companies can afford popular systems like SAP, smaller businesses have neither the budget to afford this bigger systems nor do they need all the features on offer. Their solution to the problem? Let their customers buy only the parts that they need and then buy the other parts as their needs grow.
Acudeen developed a system where people can buy invoices from business owners who have pending payments from their clients, but need the money to continue operating their businesses. With invoices taking 30 or 60 days to pay, their system addresses a pain that many business owners experience.
It’s important for brands (and politicians) to understand how people feel about them. But sifting through millions of messages on social media will take forever. Ralph Regalado (pictured right), founder of Senti shared how their software uses the technique called sentiment analysis to determine whether a statement had a positive or negative emotion associated with it. And while there are existing sentiment analysis solutions on the market, their software is able to understand local cultural phenomena like jejemon and colloquial Taglish. It’s a phenomenal piece of technology that understands the local context.
You might have seen some of their colorful vans around the metro and wondered what they did. Mober is like Uber for large things or bulky items. Buy a sofa, book a van, and get that sofa home immediately without having to wait for the store to deliver it to your home in 2-3 days, or even longer. According to the founder, Dennis Ng, some businesses even book Mober vans to move their supplies.
Norlin Suñga of Gruppo Innovare, tech arm of NRS Business Solutions, explained how their mobile application and bus tracking chip will help commuters by making bus travel more effective. Using the system and tracking chip, bus operators will be able to deploy their bus fleets according to demand and create greater efficiencies throughout their entire operation.
ProjectSource makes sourcing easier for individuals who want to create products by putting all the suppliers they need in one place and categorizing them according to the stage of the process, from design and the right materials, to tooling, molding, production, and packaging. By connecting the maker to the right providers, they reduce the barriers of creating and innovation.
Mike Yu of Cleanhome described how OFWs over a certain age could no longer continue working abroad and had to go back home. Having done that, the lacked opportunities to earn income. They solved this problem by providing the necessary training to equip them as professional cleaners for people who need cleaning services but have no space for a full-time maid in their homes. Bookings can be made through their online form.