Friday, December 15, 2017

8Layer ends 2017 with a BANG!

Before 2017 ends and as we are preparing to welcome 2018, 8Layer is proud to announce that we are taking a leap as we welcome our new CEO, Mr. Rodolfo Ramirez Jr..

Fondly called Rudy by friends and colleagues, with more than 3 decades of extensive years of experience in telecommunications, and IT industries, our new CEO is set to lead 8Layer to become a bigger, better and more powerful institution head on. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Communications Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Management, Rudy plans to expand 8Layer to have more diversification and to grow its market share and clientele.
Expect more surprises from team 8Layer in 2018.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 27, 2017

10 things that we should know about a Robotics competition

1. Practice makes perfect The approach makes sense if you practice more and produce outcome. This is the ultimate technique to achieving a WIN!

2. It’s a competition Don't ever forget that in the competition, you are representing your school. Do your best by all means and dedicate it to your beloved Alma Mater. Out of many schools, there are only few who will get the reward. Remember that. 😀😀😀

3. Every second counts No time to fix during the competition. If you put your robots in a bad condition and you do not understand the competition routine, you’re dead! Note that every second counts. No room for mistakes.

4. It's a Precision Game The key in winning the game is being "exact" and "accurate". Execute metrics that you will measure your performance and techniques with.
5. Team Work If a team wins, everybody wins and if you lose, appreciate everybody’s effort. Do work that matters. Expectations from each other must be clarified at the onset.

6. No Blame Game From the beginning till the end of the game, exercise and cultivate a blame-free zone.

7. Robots, People and Process Relationship Robots, People and Process are all IMPORTANT parts of the game. Understanding and making a good balance of these three will bring you beyond winning, championing your team value!

8. Take Picture and Videos
Pictures and Videos are good materials so that you can review what happened during the event. This will make you better in the next competition. Also, having a keepsake of the event or competition is always nice.

9. Always do the post mortem - After the games, team should always do the post mortem, a group discussion that tackles what went wrong and the good things done that must be continued. Learning from experience is priceless. 

 10. Enjoy and Have Fun

All work and no play makes “Jack a dull boy”! 😀😀😀  So don't bore yourselves. Have time to meet new friends and interact with other players. There's always a good karma in collaborating and smiling during the competition.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Software Freedom Day Batangas

It was nice presenting to the audience about BIG DATA and how Open Source fits into Data Analytics. The highlight is focused on why DATA IS THE NEW BLACK GOLD. This also give emphasis on making data better for you to make smarter decisions, better products, deeper insights, greater knowledge and optimal solutions.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Expansion and moving forward

If we want to grow fast, we need to have a strong technical or "code blooded" team. This is vital in every technical institution like us who wants to create impact for this country.

-mbm 04/10/2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

8layer welcomes new CEO

On 8layer's 12th year anniversary, the management welcomed and officially announced their new CEO, Mr. Nestee Macadaeg. He is an avowed “Out of the Box” Business Strategist with broad experience in all aspects of management operations, R&D/business development, HR, and Sales, Nestee has a solid exposure and experience in manufacturing, service and trading companies.

With 20 years of management experience holding various top positions in multinational companies, Nestee is very well versed in Industrial Analytics, Business Partnership Contracts and Government Projects with exceptional and cogent communication skills.   He is a a graduate of Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology and has an MBA degree in Philippine School of Business Administration.

Mr. Meric Mara, founder and former CEO, will be 8layer's Chairman of the Board. He will be focusing on company business direction and expansion and will also handle special projects.

8layer's other officers are as follows:

Mr. Bycon Bulatao-Chief Visionary Officer
Mr. Miguel Cabral- Chief Technology Officer
Ms. Rosa Tsang - Chief Financial Officer/Quality Assurance
Ms. Kates Olmedilla-Chief Operations Officer
Atty. Regio Tongol- Legal Counsel
Mr. Rodolfo Ramirez- Consultant

Expect more exciting things from the team!

Be more, Be Useful and Be of Service.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Project Quarta

Project Quarta- Next generation Cryptocurrency Application and Ecosystem

How does it work?

Proposed Mechanics/Method/Model for Offline(Cold) Wallet Transactions using One-time Password (OTP), MerlinCrypt (ASBE), and BlockChain
  1. Wallet owners shall open an account with the clearing house (Bank) and make a deposit. The account owner shall prescribe the amount to be credited to his/her offline wallet. Credited amount to offline wallet shall be frozen and cannot be used other than the transactions made on his/her offline wallet. Online transactions can only use unfrozen portion unless a limit is prescribed and transactions beyond the prescribed limit requires personal verification/authorization (via phone call).
  2. Wallet is created with the essential credentials of the owners identity and unique keys for OTP, blockchain, and merlincrypt.
  3. Creation of encryption keys should be time synced using google authenticator OTP algorithm such that each transactions shall be unique with random keys and can be verified/authenticated mathematically at the central clearing house based on the time of transaction.
  4. Encryption keys shall be dynamically produced every 30 seconds for each account which is more than enough time for payor and payee to consummate a single transaction.* (Encryption keys shall be dynamically generated. Encryption keys are only valid for 30 seconds for each account which is more than enough time for payor and payee to consummate a single transaction. *)
    1. * It is not necessary for the keys to be actually generated every 30 secs, but the algorithm for the mathematical verification/authentication of each transaction can be completed within a 30 seconds window.
  5. Procedural Mechanics
    1. Payor and Payee opens their wallet app,
    2. Payor shall select transaction mode “send” and enters the amount to be sent, thereafter a QR code containing his essential credentials and cryptographic parameters (OTP) shall appear on the lower half portion of the screen with upper half portion showing the camera’s view.
    3. Payee shall select transaction mode “receive”, a QR code containing his essential credentials and cryptographic parameters shall appear on the lower half portion of the screen with upper half portion showing the camera’s view.
    4. Each will scan the opposite party’s QR code, after which the camera view will change showing the identity of the opposite party, the amount of the transaction and the buttons “proceed” and “cancel”, while maintaining the QR code at the lower portion.
    5. By pressing proceed the upper half shall revert back to the camera view and both shall scan the opposite party’s QR code again and the transaction is consummated.
    6. QR code of previous transactions can be viewed anytime.
    7. Transaction keys should implement OTP for dynamic random generation.
    8. At this point the transaction cannot be reversed unless a new transaction is made.
    9. A new encrypted file using ASBE for the parties’ wallet shall be created reflecting all previous transactions and the latest transaction made.
    10. Sending an amount cannot be made if the wallet is insufficient.
    11. Transactions cannot be consummated if OTP between parties are off by 30 seconds.
    12. Other administrative measures can be implemented such as limits and personal verification/authorization (via phone call).
  6. Other administrative policies or rules such as syncing their wallet within a prescribed period of time shall be required in order to guarantee the transaction otherwise the bank cannot be held accountable for discrepancies.
  7. In case of lost wallet, frozen credits cannot be unfrozen for a prescribed period of time plus a day to give ample time for the opposite parties to sync their wallet.
  8. Syncing the wallets enables the insertion of the transactions into the blockchain and a mechanism shall be provided for insertion within a prescribed period of time, since transactions are not synced at the same time. Side chains must be implemented for this scenario.
  9. Syncing shall initialize the wallet with new keys/parameters. Old files are automatically archived at the clearing house data center.


  • Payment Freedom – Send and receive coins anytime, anywhere. No bank holidays, no borders and no limits.
  • Very low fees – Payments are currently processed with either no fees or extremely small fees. Users may include fees with transactions to receive priority in verification. Fees are lower than any bank or payment gateway in existence.
  • Fewer Risks for Merchants –transactions are secure, irreversible, and don’t contain customer’s sensitive or personal information. This protects the merchants from losses caused by fraud or fraudulent chargebacks.
  • Security & Control – Users are in full control of their transactions. It is impossible for merchants to force unwanted or unnoticed charges as what happens with other payment methods. Users can also protect their money with backup and encryption.
  • Transparent & Neutral - All information concerning the money supply itself is readily available on the block chain for anybody to verify and use in real-time. 

Outcomes-based Engineering Education.

Yesterday, I had the chance of being an advisory board member for the College of Computer Engineering at National University, Manila.
I told them that it is high time that we produce "Engineers that are at par to the demand of the industry.  This is the real definition of "outcomes-based" Engineering Education.

1. Statistics subject must be geared toward data analysis or big data.
2. They should come up with "Lab In A Box” where students should have a laboratory in their pockets. Makers boards can be a good component for this.
3. Algorithms much be apart of the "Advanced Engineering" Mathematics.
4. Electives can be utlized to teach "what's new in Technology, AI, Security and BIG DATA.
5. Technopreneurs should have components like Business Plan.
6. In Data Communication, Satellite standards and protocols should also be considered.
7. Students must be exposed to the community to enhance their technical skills and collobarate with other students or makers.
8. University/(ies) must reengineer their Computer Engineering Majors (Software, Boards or Embedded, Network, Management etc).

I hope that I was able to contribute to them. I'm excited to see the next batch of engineers who are equipped and competent to serve our country.

Value Media

I think I was able to design a platform that will challenge Facebook or other Social Media platforms. I will call it "Value Media" for now. This is disruptive! Here is the design. I also shared this to Nestee and Sir Rudy. We are all excited about this.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Project Completion Report

Management meeting focused on completion report. In project life cycle, without this, the project is not yet done.

Go Team 8layer!

Monday, February 27, 2017

When pressing the ball is not crucial anymore

When I was a kid, i really liked basketball. One of the things that  was taught to us by our coach was the is term "Press the Ball". Pressing the ball is a good tactic especially if your team is leading the game and you want to maintain the score until the end of game and then--you win! You make the game slower by maximizing your 24-second time clock.

In this modern day, when we talk about project management and project delivery, pressing the ball should teach us a good lesson. If you are in the "pressure" stage and time is running out, you don't press the ball. You simply focus on delivering the project on time with quality and making sure that it is still producing revenue to fuel the operation. This is when we need to work SMARTLY!

Team members not knowing or understanding what their responsibilities are, not owning their part of the project leads to project failure. This will teach us that pressing the ball is not crucial anymore when resources are fully compromised. "Being late is not an excuse". The team should focus on meeting the work deadlines and be productive .