What to expect for #ThinkPH 2016

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What to expect for #ThinkPH 2016
The 3rd #ThinkPH Tech Summit will take place on July 21 in Metro Manila. Book your tickets here


MANILA, Philippines — On July 21, Rappler will be hosting its 3rd #ThinkPH summit.

This year, we’re going back to the basics of disruptive thinking.

Flipping business models, doing the undoable, taking so-called crazy ideas and making them work – this is how we understand the concept of disruption. It’s the reason behind the success of companies like Facebook and Google.

Like Salim Ismail says in his book Exponential Organizations: “Today, if you’re not disrupting yourself, someone else will; your faith is either to be the disrupter or the disrupted. There is no middle ground.”

For those who are still resisting the change, this is a wake-up call.


Disruptive Thinking, v.2016

In 2013, big data was the latest tech buzzword. Organizations wanted to learn how to harvest and analyze huge amounts of information and use it to make better decisions. Big data gave companies an edge by providing closer and more detailed insights into society and human behaviour.

Big data proved useful not just for private companies. During Rappler’s inaugural #ThinkPH summit, Grace Poe gave a talk on how big data in social media helped win her senatorial bid in 2013.

PLATFORM THINKING. ThinkPH 2015 with Sangeet Paul Choudary on 4 things entrepreneurs should know about Platform Thinking. Photo by LeAnne Jazul / Rappler

In 2015, we tackled platform thinking. In his keynote speech, renowned industry analyst Sangeet Paul Choudary explained how a business no longer had to create products to generate profit. Instead, a disruptive company can become a platform for consumers and creators to share amongst themselves what they wanted and needed.

Companies such as Uber and AirBnB have used platform thinking to disrupt their respective industries. Today, many tech startups are trying to replicate their formula. We’ve all heard about the latest “Uber of X” or “The AirBnB for Y.” 



Break the new norm

Every other company is racing to create the next innovation that will change the world.

In the sea of innovations and new technology, how can your business stay afloat and disrupt the existing cycle?

At this year’s #ThinkPH summit, we will go back to basics and question the exisiting rules of disruptive thinking. Together with our roster of local and international industry experts, we will discuss how any organization, from industry leaders to tech startups, can harness creativity, technology, and innovation towards progress and nation building.   

Eventbrite - #ThinkPH 2016: Back to Disruptive Basics

The Speakers (in alphabetical order)


Inanc Balci is the current CEO of Lazada in the Philippines. He co-founded Lazada in Singapore and was instrumental in its journey to become one of the biggest online retail platforms in Southeast Asia. He has a double graduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Purdue University in the U.S., as well as experience as an investment banker in London.


Eric is an internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning creative director. He was the executive creative director of Leo Burnett in Kuala Lumpur, and currently holds the same title for AKQA, Shanghai. Known as a ‘hybrid creative,’ he fuses his expertise in design, film, music, art, and technology and offers a fresh, out-of-this-world take on storytelling. His clients include Nike, NBA, and Johnnie Walker.


Yuri Van Geest is an expert in emerging, exponential, and disruptive technological innovation. He is the founder of Singularity University in the Netherlands, and is best known as the co-author of Exponential Organizations. The best selling book, publishing together with Salim Ismail, Peter Diamandis, and Mike Malone discusses the ways in which technology has led to exponential growth.


Rishi Jaitly has been with Twitter for 6 years, first as the Market Director of India and Southeast Asia, and currently as the Vice President in Asia Pacific & the Middle East.


Simon is an expert marketing strategist with more than a decade’s worth of experience. Over the years, he has developed brand and marketing strategies for worldwide industry leaders including Unilever, Coca-Cola, and Google. Through Kepios, his marketing strategy consultancy, he examines and diagnoses brands, and prescribes solutions.


Ken Lingan is the Country Manager of Google Philippines. He looks over the growth of Google’s online advertising business in various sectors like telecommunications, travel, finance and e-commerce, service, tech and FMCG. His 18 years experience in marketing and brand development includes stints as Marketing Director in the Gulf Region and Regional Brand Director in Asia for Unilever.


Mitch Locsin started off his career rising through the ranks in the BPO industry. He held notable positions such as Executive Director for the umbrella organization of the IT/BPO industry, Global Business Development Executive for a European IT/BPO company, and even served IT/BPO consultant to Senator Mar Roxas at the time. Now, he is the Vice President & Head of PLDT Smart SME Nation.


Prior to his return to Manila in March 2015, Paolo served as the SVP Head of Marketing & Consumer Communication for Nestlé Greater China Region. His responsibilities included advertising, digital marketing, and consumer engagement among a great number of other things. During his tenure in China, one of the most challenging and dynamic consumer markets in the world, Paolo helped establish Nestlé as one of China’s leading companies in digital and social media marketing. Now, Paolo is the SVP for Nestlé Philippines.


Nix is a Filipino tech billionaire who came from humble beginnings. Xurpas was birthed in a tiny apartment owned by his father; now, it is the record setting technology firm that is the first IPO to open at its ceiling price on listing day. How it came to be the empire that it is today is a story of innovation, disruption, and classic elbow grease. 


Peng T. Ong is an entrepreneur (co-founded, Interwoven, Encentuate) turned investor. Currently, he is the Managing Director at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund made up of seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies in Silicon Valley and Asia. Monk’s Hill Ventures focuses on investing in high growth, post-seed stage tech startups in Southeast Asia. 


Maria has been a journalist for over 30 years, with a stint as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta. Now, she is at the helm of Rappler, the country’s first social news network. With her extensive media experience, Maria has been participant and witness to the growth of industries all around the world.


Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Kalibrr, one of the top and fastest growing tech startups in the country. It’s most notable achievement so far is it’s being the first local startup to be accepted in Y Combinator, an American seed accelerator also known as the most prestigious tech incubator in the world.


Angelo is a technical and business strategist and the founder of Simple Wearables, a healthcare tech startup in Hong Kong that offers simple, innovative, and wearable solutions to everyday problems. The company was in CNN’s top 10 hottest startups in Asia in 2014. Their tagline: Wearable devices for peace of mind.


Alice leads Product Partnerships in Southeast Asia for Facebook, based in Singapore. In her role, she works closely with developers in the region to help them build, grow, and monetize their products leveraging the Facebook Platform and

More speakers to come! Stay tuned for more details. You may already get your tickets here— 

*Tickets fees are not inclusive of food and drinks

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