AGENDA for #ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You

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On Friday, August 23, 2013, join a unique day of ideas in the first summit organized by Rappler and Google


“Big data” is the hottest trend in technology today – our growing ability to collect vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and find insightful and actionable patterns of human behavior.

On Friday, August 23, 2013, join a unique day of ideas in the first summit organized by Rappler and Google. It’s a by invitation gathering of about 300 government officials, top corporate officers, advertising and media agencies, technology specialists and non-government organizations coming together to define and understand the uses and potential of big data.

This examination comes at a crucial juncture: after the Department of Science & Technology’s Sec. Mario Montejo promises 99% Internet penetration rate by 2015.

The one-day summit brings together international and local experts who will challenge the way you see the world today, help you imagine potential applications in business and society, and look at how politics and democracy will change.

The day will be divided into 4 sections:

  1. Future Trends: Re-imagining Technology
  2. Disruptive Applications of Social Networks and Big Data
  3. Big Data Case Study: Philippine Elections
  4. The Road to 2016

By bringing thought leaders together, we hope to spark vigorous debate about the future ahead.




#ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You

in partnership with:

  Manny Ayala, CEO, Hatchd
  Chay Hofileña, Investigative Desk Editor, Rappler
8:00 – 8:45 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 National Anthem, Opening Announcement
Glenda Gloria, Managing Editor, Rappler
9:15 – 10:00 Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Dividing & Diminishing Us
Andrew Keen, Author of Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo
10:00 – 10:15 Question & Answer
Moderator: Chay Hofileña
10:15 – 11:00 Tackling Wicked Problems from the Bottom Up
Nancy Roberts, Co-Founder, Core Lab; Co-Author of Transforming Public Policy
11:00 – 11:15 Question & Answer
Moderator: Manny Ayala
11:30 – 11:50 Social Media: The Opportunities & Constraints in Southeast Asian Emerging Markets
Bienvenido A. Marquez III, Partner, Quisumbing Torres
11:50 – 12:10 Social Media Sentiment Analysis
Robin Leonard, Partner, All-Famous
12:10 – 12:30 Mapping Communities & Influencing Behavior
Russell Shepherd, Data Scientist, Rappler Intelligence
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:00 Panel Question & Answer
Bienvenido A. Marquez III, Partner, Quisumbing Torres
Robin Leonard, CEO, All-Famous
Russell Shepherd, Data Scientist, Rappler Intelligence
Moderator: Chay Hofileña
2:00 – 2:45 The Power of Many: Social Media, Crowdsourcing & Big Data
Maria A. Ressa, CEO & Executive Editor, Rappler
2:45 – 3:00 Question & Answer
Moderator: Manny Ayala
3:00 – 3:15 COFFEE BREAK
3:20 – 3:40 Winning the 2013 Elections
Hon. Grace Poe
Senator, Republic of the Philippines
3:40 – 4:10 Google Search & Philippine Democracy
Narciso Reyes, Google Country Head in the Philippines
4:10 – 4:30 Big Data & the May 2013 Elections
Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Rappler Technology
4:30 – 4:40 Hon. Miro Quimbo
Representative, 2nd District of Marikina
Strategist & Spokesman, Liberal Party
4:40 – 4:50 Hon. Toby Tiangco
Representative, Lone District of Navotas City
Strategist & Secretary-General, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)
4:50 – 5:00 Hon. Sixto Brillantes Jr.
Chairman, Commission on Elections
  THE ROAD TO 2016
5:00 – 5:30 Question & Answer
Sen. Grace Poe
Narciso Reyes, Google Philippines Country Head
Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Rappler
Rep. Miro Quimbo, LP Spokesman & Strategist
Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA Spokesman & Strategist
Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr., Commission on Elections
Moderator: Chay Hofileña
5:30 – 5:40 Closing Remarks
Glenda Gloria


Manny Ayala is one of the founders of Hatchd Inc., a technology incubator focused on building great Internet and mobile brands. He was previously managing director at IRG Ltd, a HK-based M&A boutique focused on the telecoms, media and tech industries. At IRG, Manny focused on a variety of projects in the Internet, mobile, television and online gaming sectors. Prior to that, Manny was the number two executive at Discovery Networks Asia, where he oversaw Strategic Planning, Programming, On-Air Branding and Program Sales. He was instrumental in turning Discovery Channel and Animal Planet into top-rated TV channels across the region. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Rappler.


Sixto Brillantes Jr is one of the country’s top lawyers. He specialized in election law for over 2 decades before he getting appointed Chair of the Commission on Elections in January 2011. Under his leadership, the Comelec undertook a number of bold reforms. It slashed the ARMM voters list from 1.7 million to 1.3 million, purged the partylist contenders down from over 200 in previous elections to 123 in 2013, created a unit to monitor campaign finances closely and tightened the rules on political ads. The Commission also opened up access to real-time election data to more media entities and election watchdog groups.


Glenda Gloria served as chief operating officer of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel from 2008 to January 2011. Under her management, ANC acted as the harbinger of new initiatives for the ABS-CBN news group. She played a key role in harnessing social media for the network’s 2010 election coverage. She’s written numerous books. With Marites Danguilan-Vitug she authored Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao, a groundbreaking book on the conflict in Mindanao that won the National Book Award. In 2011, she wrote The Enemy Within: An Inside Story on Military Corruption with Aries Rufo and Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza. Glenda now manages the Rappler newsroom, merging traditional journalism with innovative crowd-sourcing social media techniques.


Chay Hofileña spearheaded Move.PH, Rappler’s Citizen Journalism & Community Engagement arm. Before joining Rappler, she was a contributing writer of Newsbreak Magazine and was one of its founding editors. She has written extensively on media issues and authored the book, News for Sale: The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media (2004).” She co-wrote with Miriam Grace Go the top-selling book on the 2010 Philippine presidential elections, Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election (2011). She has been the recipient of awards from the Jaime V Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. She is currently Editor of Rappler’s Investigative Reporting Desk.


Andrew Keen is a dynamic challenger to conventional views about the Internet. Those who are scared or worried about its impact on society will find their views in his books, Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing Our Culture and Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Social Revolution is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us. He is an Internet entrepreneur who founded in 1995 and built it into a popular Internet company.  He also hosts a popular chat show on Techcrunch called “Keen On.” This will be the first time he visits the Philippines and is sure to spark dynamic debate in the country ComScore calls the Social Media Capital of the World.


Bienvenido Marquez III is partner at Quisumbing Torres, the member firm of Baker & McKenzie in the Philippines. He heads the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Practice Group in Manila. He has extensive experience in IP enforcement litigation, from coordinating enforcement actions such as search and seizure operations to criminal, civil and administrative litigation involving trademarks, copyrights and patents. He handles issues relating to copyright, information technology, telecommunications, e-commerce, electronic transactions and information security. He is the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce’s IPR Committee and is vice president for Public Affairs and director of the Licensing Executives Society of the Philippines.


Gemma Mendoza facilitated the transition of Newsbreak magazine from print to the World Wide Web. As Editor-in-chief of, she played a key role in developing the online & social media components of the highly interactive Harapan series of ANC and ABS-CBN towards the 2010 elections. With Glenda M. Gloria and Aries Rufo, she co-authored The Enemy Within: An Inside Story on Military Corruption. Her stories have won recognition in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism, the UNICEF-Philippine Press Institute Awards for Child-friendly Journalists, and the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Developing Asia Journalism Awards. At Rappler, she serves as the bridge between the editorial and the technical. She lead the team that produced Rappler’s real-time tally of the May 2013 election results.


Grace Poe-Llamanzares topped the May 2013 Senatorial elections winning over 20 million votes and a lead of almost 2 million over the second placer. The daughter of the “King of Filipino Movies” Fernando Poe, Jr. and veteran actress Susan Roces, she led a quiet life away from the limelight until her father ran and lost in the 2004 presidential elections. Convinced that her father was cheated, she joined the poll watchdog Kontra Daya as a staunch advocate of electoral reform. On October 2010, she was appointed Chairperson of the Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) where she established a new “age-appropriate” ratings system & advocated the policy of “intelligent media viewership” instead of “censorship.” In the Senate, she is currently the chairperson of the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, and the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.


Miro Quimbo started his legal practice with the law firm of Poblador Bautista and Reyes, one of the noted litigation firms in the Philippines. He joined the Pag-IBIG Fund initially as as its Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2001. He eventually got apppointed as head of the same agency in 2002 until the end of 2008. During his term, the Fund was the most profitable government corporation and was consistently listed in the top ten corporations in the Philippines. Elected District Representative of Marikina in 2010, he later served as spokesperson for the House prosecution panel during the Corona impeachment trial. He also served as spokesperson for the Liberal Party in the 2013 elections. He currently chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee at the House of Representatives.


Maria A. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years and is the author of FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism and Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia. She is one of the founders of independent production company, Probe Productions, before reporting for and heading CNN’s Southeast Asia operations for nearly 2 decades (bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta). For 6 years, she was ABS-CBN’s Senior Vice President for News & Current Affairs, handling news operations across multiple platforms. She is Rappler’s CEO and Executive Editor.


Narciso Reyes is the Country Manager for Google Philippines. He oversees sales development and operationsin the country. This is his second tour with Google, having been absorbed into the company in 2008 as a Senior Account Director after Google acquired Double Click. Reyes is an Internet veteran with over 16 years of digital experience in Asian and US markets. He worked with Internet companies like LycosAsia, Wired and Friendster and has extensive knowledge in rich media, display, search engine marketing and technology sales, as well as a deep understanding of online media performance. Before catching the Internet bug, he worked as a trader with All Asia Securities where he handled market orders for foreign brokerages such as Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Deutsche Bank. Reyes has a degree in International Relations from Syracuse University in New York.


Nancy Roberts was co-founder and co-director of the CORE Lab, a start-up within the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School where she introduced and championed the use of analytic methodologies such as relational, geospatial, and temporal analyses as a means to counter terror, insurgency, arms, and drug networks.  The CORE Lab also sponsors the development of new data collection and analytic capabilities to support military organizations and other US government agencies such as the U.S State Department.  She is the co-author of Transforming Public Policy: Dynamics of Public Entrepreneurship and Innovation and editor of 2 books – The Transformative Power of Dialogue and Direct Citizen Participation.  Her work focuses on public entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic management and planning, leadership, stakeholder collaboration, complex networks, dialogue and deliberation.


Russell Shepherd is Rappler Intelligence’s Data Scientist. He combines methods from statistics, economics, social network analysis and natural language processing for a wide variety of applications of big data ranging from international counterterrorism to social media marketing. He is the co-author of The Strength of Tweet Ties: How Twitter Helped Frame the Egyptian Protests and Mining Twitter Data From the Arab Spring. Previous clients include the United States Department of Defense and the Carter Center.


Robin Leonard is the CEO of AllFamous Digital. He is a passionate digital strategist with a background in CRM, Business Intelligence, Management Consulting and IT Strategy. He has worked with brands including Vodafone, Bridgestone, Deutsche Bank, Vimpelcom and IBM across Asia, until 2011 when he co-founded a digital marketing agency in Manila that serves an international market. AllFamous Digital specialize in Social Search Engine Optimization, Social CRM and Analytics & Insights. They are also an Authorized Reseller of Marketing Cloud in Asia.

Toby Tiangco worked as a businessman in Navotas before he ran for Vice-Mayor of the City in 1998. He eventually became Mayor of the city, serving in that capacity until 2010. In May 2010, he got elected Navotas lone district Representative. He was one of the witnesses during the Corona impeachment trial. He served as spokesperson and campaign manager for the United Nationalist Alliance in the 2013 elections.


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This event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please send an email to with #ThinkPH in the subject line. Interested sponsors, please email

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