[initial thoughts] WordCamp Philippines – Know Your Story

WordCampPhilippines2012

WordCamp Philippines 2012 (#wcph2012) was fantastic and exceeded my expectations by a mile and then some. Since I restarted this blog I’ve been on a quest to re-educate myself about the web and all its emerging technologies. I’ve been on the look out for seminars I can attend and I’m beyond happy I started this journey with WordCamp Philippines.

The speakers were fantastic and they all opened my eyes about things I thought I knew and reiterated the importance of things I’ve been relearning: ‘Know your story’.

And how one of the most important word nowadays is ‘engagement’.

Engaging people. Getting them involved.

I also learned a lot about advocacies for Special Needs Education via my new friend, Ia Adam Lim from specialeducationphilippines.com. I LOVE how passionate everyone was!

I also got to meet some of the people involved in Mozilla Philippines, it’s a thrill especially since I’ve become such a fan of Mozilla.

I will definitely be going back next year!

WordCamp Philippines 2012

Currently in the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for the fourth WordCamp Philippines. It’s th fourth WordCamp but my first Camp and very excited or it to start.

I’m excited to note that Mozilla is on of the major sponsors for WC Philippines. I’ve become an avid fan of Mozilla and I’m getting an unexpected thrill at getting some nifty Mozilla giveaways.

Globally speaking this has been a busy week for Tech. Apple released the new iPad 4 and the controversial iPad mini, Microsoft also officially released its Windows 8 into the wild together with its Surface tablets. I’m not a big fan of Windows but I have to admit it is winning me over because of how innovatively different Win 8 is, there will be bugs o course and I might even get Win 8 but only after I’m sure a large amount o bugs or UI experience are fixed.

There are some advantages choosing to be a late adopter. 

Word has it Google will release their new Nexus products on October 30, something I think the Search giant needs after the financial setback (something a lot of people attributes to Motorola bringing down company profits). 

Yahoo also seemed poised to jumpstart its move to the mobile with, in my opinion, the first o many acquisitions. I may do a post about Marissa Meyer one of these days because I’ve also grown fascinated with the new Yahoo CEO and curious at her plans to salvage Yahoo and make it more current to the web landscape and not just be known as a portal.
 
I’ve strayed wildly off point!

Anyway, I will report back re: WordCamp Philippines. 

I went on an unplanned hiatus, mostly because I’ve been busy with work and advocating against the Cyber Crime Law passed by the Philippine Government.

Spot.Ph reports the 10 Scary Things about Digital Martial Law.

It’s a law I find doubly backwards since the Philippines is making an effort to be more of an economic player in the region, especially when one of the goals is to make the Philippines more welcome to IT companies.

Fortunately, after a lot of protests the Supreme Court file a TRO for 120 days and various senators realized how badly the law could go. Even President Benigno Aquino III blinks on the law and says he is in favor of decriminalizing libel for all media.

The battle is far from won but it’s a good step to take. It’s a reminder that we need to be more vigilant in protecting freedom and independence. It’s not the first time the Philippines tangled with ‘Martial Law’.

Manifestos and Quotes

The Mozilla project is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet. We have worked together since 1998 to ensure that the Internet is developed in a way that benefits everyone.

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

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I can’t tell you enough how much both mission statements/manifestos resonate with me. Especially after my ‘lightning strike’ moment. I’ve always loved the internet and learning more about organizations I’ve admired since forever is making the path I want clearer.

The ‘how’ of it though is still a mystery to me and hopefully the steps I’m taking now will bring me closer to my goal.

One of things I’m doing is applying to become a Mozilla Affiliate  and I was happy to see that we also have a local Mozilla Community but it seems it’s still too early for me to join the Mozilla Reps.

I have to get out there and be more active, like the quote said, ‘99% of Life is showing up’ and that’s what I have to do more. Get out there, take a chance and show up.