On February 3-4, The 3rd PSITS Region-IX ICT held a successful convetion at Western Mindanao State University and Ateneo de Zamboanga respectively with the Theme: PSITS-IX: IT Youth for Quality, Relevance and Excellence.
The Mayor himself (Hon. Mayor Celso Lobregat) and his staff, the delegates of the convention and of course the organizers and officers of PSITS Region gave the warm welcome and appreciation to Team 8liens and KahelOS, the Western Mindanao Way. At the first day of the convention proper, Mayor Lobregat during his keynote speech made a special mention of 8layer’s presence and to the team was a heartwarming gesture from the Father of Zamboanga City.
Student participants numbered to almost 1200 (overshooting the pegged 450 delegates) from schools, colleges and universities Pagadian, Sibugay, Jolo, Isabela, Basilan, Zamboanga and more.
Among the speakers on February 3, were Meric, Rey and Deng who were invited to give the students and attendees alike a groundbreaker and fresh view of Open Source, the technology and its impact.
Information Technology: The Filipino Way, interpreted and presented by Deng of 8layerTech, was an eye-opener to ask the question in the students themselves, why did they take up IT (Information Technology) as their course of choice?
Though the topic was a bit serious and rather information heavy, through the course of the presentation became a light and entertaining interaction between Deng (the speaker) and the student participants because of the Q&A portion that seemed like a pageant.
Each of the schools through a representative (about 20 of them) received a FREE KahelOS CD Installer 020212 Edition to be installed and used at their respective ICT Laboratories.
After the lunch break, the students were back for more….
INNOVATION. Being the primary message of Meric’s (CEO/CTO of 8layerTech) presentation encouraged students to wake the sleeping/ hiding innovative self in them and stir their passion and believe in what they can do. His presentation also delved into the history, features and benefits of KahelOS as he officially launched the new installer version KahelOS CD Installer 020212. The enhanced installer specifically boasts of the easy graphical installer with the freedom on manual installation and system partition.
A brief demo of the KahelOS functionality, apps and features wowed the crowd that likewise instigated curiosity, questions and the students’ creative juices.
Speaking of creativiity, 8layer’s Kuya Rey, The Head for R&D- Application Development, talked about Harnessing Creativity, as the final topic for the 1st day of the convention.
Rey Portugal, impressed and emphasized to the student participants that skills and knowledge may be important but creativity and the brewing of new ideas are inevitable components/ qualities to be a better IT practitioner.
Over-all, 8layer had more than just fun and entertainment. The team left with wishes and hopes that one of these students could be a moving force for IT in Western Mindanao and for our Country as well.
Muchas Gracias, Zamboanga!