The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office), will be launching the very first ever software engineering conference in the Philippines. SOFTECH.PH is the event that will bring together software engineers and educators and discuss the latest software engineering strategies and cutting-edge tactics. With the theme “Building the Internet of Things,” the event will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City.

SOFTECH.PH 2014 presents itself as the venue that will expose Filipino software engineers to the latest engineering strategies and cutting-edge tactics for Building the Internet of Things across three different learning tracks — Agile, Tools, and Architecture. It will also feature exhibits by local and global software solution providers that celebrate the future of Filipino software engineers. The industry recognizes that it is high time for it to have a conference focused solely on software engineering in the desire to cement the rapidly advancing position of the Philippine software industry as a key player in the international arena.

The objective of SOFTECH.PH 2014 is to bring together software providers, professionals, experts, vendors, and other stakeholders to discuss the hottest industry issues and trends, share best practices and innovations, debate on the industry’s pressing challenges and changing business models, and network as evidence of a strong and dynamic Philippine software industry.

“The time is right for SOFTECH 2014 in the Philippines, a high-level software engineering and technology conference like no other. As a leading provider of software development services to the global market, this will certainly add to the wealth of Filipino software engineering talent”, says Joey Gurango, SOFTECH.PH chairman and president of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA).

Meantime, on the part of the ICT Office, this pioneering activity is significant as the Philippines aims to step up the value chain in the information technology outsourcing and software development industry. Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre expresses the Agency’s support to the country’s software engineers as he states, “The Philippines boasts of its robust software engineering talent pool. Our software engineers are known for being technically adept, proficient communicators, and remarkably collaborative. These unique skills are what set them apart. We believe that more of them are out there, which is why we see this conference as a venue to highlight our strengths and potentials in this area, as well as to create a heightened awareness towards their industry.”

SOFTECH.PH zeroes in on three different learning tracks – Agile, Tools and Architecture. Each track has three 75-min breakout sessions which features live demos, question and answer segments and panel discussions led by accomplished software engineers and industry experts. It offers a stimulating conference that crosses various development platforms and industry vendor ecosystems while incorporating SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies.

“SOFTECH 2014 will be a real geek-fest. No sales talk, no marketing jargon. Software engineering session, by software engineers, for software engineers,” Gurango closes.

SOFTECH.PH, which is scheduled during the DOST-ICT Office led National ICT Month, is a sister conference of SOFTCON.PH: The Philippine Software Business Conference also organized by the PSIA in partnership with the DOST-ICT Office. Held for the first time in October 2013, SOFTCON.PH successfully drew in over 300 delegates composed of business owners, C-level executives, and other senior managerial directors that discussed the ins and outs of a software business, Filipino software talent and startups.

About DOST-ICTO – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

About PSIA – The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the Philippine software industry. As an industry association, it nurtures a collaborative ecosystem of mature small and medium companies that are experts in niche technology areas; provides highly-English proficient, adaptive, and customer-oriented workforce; offers a robust and secure ICT infrastructure and cost advantage for high-value end-to-end solutions.

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