Saturday, November 21, 2015

8 Cool things about DLSU HackerCup 2015

8 Cool things about DLSU HackerCup 2015
By:Meric B. Mara

November 21, 2015
@Henry Sy Hall,DLSU

Today is the official day for the DLSU HackerCup 2015 where students/developers/hackers gather together to have fun and to make a working software that will be beneficial for the country. This year's theme is “Open Data”. For more information about the event, please visit the ff URLs.

What are the benefits?

1. FREE Mentors
-You can ask questions regarding concepts of your preferred software. You can ask for guidance for your project too. The mentors come from different community and they will be willing to share their knowledge with you.

2. Collaborate with other hackers
*This is a good venue to meet and collaborate with other hackers and to expand your network. This is also a good place to meet new friends in the IT industry.

3. Code, Eat & Play - Just code and showcase your talent in coding! Eat freely and play to relax. Hackathons are cool! There's Virtual Reality and Kinect that you can try and experience.


4. Freebies - Who doesn't love freebies? Get freebies from sponsors like shirts, pens and more!

5. Photobooth--An event will not be complete without a souvenir! Have your coolest and wackiest shots taken as remembrance for being a part of HackerCup event. It's FREE!

6. Ambiance — The venue is very nice! The hackers will surely be comfortable in making applications. It's very spacious and there's even an entertainment room so you all can relax and play!

7. Learn about some products from sponsors
-Network,Connectivity,Software ,Hardware and software applications. Just ask and you'll definitely learn!

8. Apps Demo is something to watch out for. You'll surely learn a lot from the product demos and presentations of the participants. Watch out also for the comments of the judges. They will help you in becoming mature hackers and in building more softwares in the future.

The clock is still ticking and we can't wait to see who will emerge as the winner for this year's Hackathon!

A Geekineer's Blueprint to Success

Christmas is just around the corner and I'm just in front of my Playbook and doing “A Geekineer's Blueprint to Success” which includes the lessons I've learned from PED and a few lessons that I've learned from my experiences, all of which are included in my Personal Action Plan. 

 In this blueprint, there are 4 questions that need to be answered. Then after, you will have a good view of your personal roadmap to success. 

First Question, Hu u? —This is where you describe yourself and your roles that should be guided by your PECS and Typology. i.e. I'm an Open Source Advocate, Social Entrepreneur/Geekineer and a Community Volunteer. 

1. Open Source Advocate I consider myself being an Open Source Advocate as my number 1 priority. My passion for anything Open Source is the reason why I’m here doing what I love. I continue to get motivated by simply being an ambassador to increase awareness and improve the perception of open source software in the Philippines and all over the world. 

2. Social Entrepreneur/Geekineer More than being a business entrepreneur, being called a social entrepreneur gives me more pride. This way, I understand that I'm not only working for myself and for a few people who work with me. Rather, I believe that what I am doing affects far more people that I can even imagine. Achieving social change will always be an important mission of my life. 

3. Community Volunteer “To provide service and make a difference in the community” will continue to be my battle cry. When you volunteer, you not only develop and strengthen your skills, you also help improve human quality of life. What greater reward could there be? 

Second Question, Y u?—Your essence and your vision, short term and long term, that should be SMART driven together with your strategy plan that is SCIENCE. 

“I'm an Open Source advocate and I want to spend most of my time teaching and sharing my Open Source knowledge to students and professionals. As a Social Entrepreneur, I want to architect and build software that will help my community and country to act responsibly and with sense of urgency. I want it to be the de facto or standard in research tool, feedback mechanism and incident reporting. I also want to promote geekineering which is focusing with great attention to detail on the creation, organization and management of a working software that is robust, efficient and useful to everyone.” 

 Third, What are u?—Create a framework that will describe what your passions are. Explain your attributes that will showcase where you're best at and what drives your economic engine that will make you happy and finding unutilized capacity around you. 

And Lastly, When will u?—This is your aspiration and success that is executed with LEAN and SIX SIGMA discipline and methodology. 

Here is the Infographics to summarize all of these. 

Friday, November 13, 2015


I think everyone has experienced being shy at one point in their lives. I, too, am shy at times. However, this is one effective tool that I use to overcome this. 

" I just make sure that I study the products and services that we offer by heart. This is so that I can answer any question confidently and assertively because I have mastered everything there is to know about our products or services." -mbm