DATOS, Wave Computing host Data Brew 3

4 Sep 2019 4:45 PM

BGC, Taguig City – Exactly a year after the first Data Brew, the Remote Sensing and Data Science: DATOS Help Desk (DATOS Project) organized the third installation of the Data Science Kapihan, this time in collaboration with Wave Computing Manila 

The Data Brew 3 was held at the Ignition Venture Studios, Marajo Towers, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig last 28 August 2019. It was attended by participants from various sectors like retail, finance, government, academe, among others The event was also broadcasted live, and viewing parties were held at different PhilDev TechHubs including Batangas State University, Saint Louis University (Baguio City), and UP Diliman. 

Mr. Rufino Olay III, Vice President and General Manager of AI Center for Excellence opened the program by welcoming guests and speakers. He talked about their technologies at Wave Computing like their visual analytics for security, AI applications, and chip/system designs. He also shared Wave's management approaches which include a cohort-based training, a three-month program where he shares his vision with his team while building teamwork and trust along the way.   

Mr. Rufino Olay III, reminded the audience of certain skills they need to become successful—this includes complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, DOST-ASTI's Acting Director delivered his message by introducing DOST-Advanced and Science and Technology Institute to the participants. He delved deeper into explaining the existing science infrastructures of the Institution that aid in motivating science research within the academe, government, and scientific communities.  

This iteration’s round of panel was divided into three (3) categories: 

  • Earth Observation Data Application / Smart Cities
  • Finance
  • Retail 

TechTalk 1: Earth Observation Data Application / Smart Cities

Speaker1 : Roel M. De La Cruz was the moderator of this panel.  He talked about the DATOS Project’s initiatives and services, including the cloud-free satellite images of the whole Philippines. 

Speaker 2: Dr. Nestor Michael C. Tiglao is the Project Leader of the DOST-funded project titled Design and Development of the UP Bike Share System. He shared his vision of bike-sharing cities. 

Speaker 3: Engr. Kenneth Quisado is part of Project DIME, an initiative under DBM in partnership with DOST. He presented how DBM-DIME and DOST-ASTI work together to monitor various government-funded projects using remote sensing technologies.

Speaker 4: Mr. Christian Edmund Chua iscurrently the Senior Director in the Financial Services Organization (FSO) of SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co., (SGV&Co.)  He actively discussed their research and innovation efforts that make use of blockchain application, Finance Technology, and of how satellite imageries and its technologies can be used in planning for Smart Cities. 


TechTalk 2: Finance

The panel speakers talked about their approach on personalized services and data privacy concerns. They also encouraged the audience and users to be trusting in data science and AI on finance. 

Speaker 1: Mr. Joaquin Abola from the Business Transformation Office discussed about the Bank of the Philippine Islands’ (BPI) Data Analytics.

Speaker 2: Mr. Johnny Escaler, CEO of Trusting Social talked about Data Science in credit scoring. He shared that Trusting Social’s scoring is based on telco data.

Speaker 3: Mr. Nichel Gaba, CEO & Founder of the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX) presented how his company applies blockchain technology to financial markets. 

Speaker 4: Mr. Troy James Palanca, Head of Data at First Circle is shared his insights on data availability and applicability of AI/ML Techniques, and impacting decisions at First Circle. Mr. Palanca leads a team that works full-stack across data engineering, data analytics and strategy, and data science. 

TechTalk 3: Retail 

The speakers discussed topics that range from opportunities of Data Science and analytics in Retail, and also on providing better customer support/ experience. 

Speaker 1: Ms. Olivia Limpe-Aw, President of the Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. opened the afternoon session for the TechTalk 3. She shared the Data Science and AI applications of their distillery. She said that the impact of data analytics would be exponential and big!

Speaker 2: Mr. Andrew Fajardo, CEO of Bili Online Grocery. He discussed the Data Analytics in Retail Supply Chain Management. 

Speaker 3: Anna Melissa Nava, Founder of 1Export Trade and Services, Inc. is talked about the initiatives of her agency that include 11 Data Sets in their Seven-Step Export Process. 

The last part of the event was the anticipated lightning talks/ open mic where participants presented their activities, projects, and studies in front of the audience for 2-3 minutes. Five (5) participants took the initiatve and presented their respective efforts.

Lightning talk/ open mic speakers

Sun Arthur Ojeda, UP Manila. He presented his study entitled “Multivariate Time Series Imaging for Short-Term Precipitation Forecasting using Convolutional Neural Networks”

Nick Brown, Country Manager of HOTOSM Team Philippines presented their plans and efforts in the country.

Owen Lagunday, Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc.

Michael Lance Domagas, NASA SPace Apps Challenge

Jeremie Diaz, ProximaX

Recognizing that technology and data science will continue to evolve, the DATOS Project will also continue to provide avenue and bring together individuals, researchers, stakeholders, and established leaders in the data science community to share their knowledge and expertise, as well as their aspirations and visions to help shape the future of data science in the Philippines. 

Until the next Data Brew! 

About the Data Brew Series 

Data Brew: DOST-ASTI Data Science Kapihan is a discussion forum that brings together stakeholders in the data science community. The idea is to foster knowledge- and expertise-sharing on how data science affects our various industries and visions of its future in the Philippines—all over a cup of coffee (or more). 

About the DATOS Project 

DATOS Project is an R&D project under the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute. We conduct R&D on advanced methodologies for different applications of earth observation data. We complement the current efforts of existing government agencies and initiatives in the country through our continued research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other advanced image processing techniques. 

About Wave Computing 

Wave is the Silicon Valley company that’s revolutionizing AI from the data center to the edge. Leveraging over 400 patents, the company enables enterprises to accelerate their AI applications by easily and cost-effectively bringing deep learning to their data, wherever it is.  The Wave BGC Manila Site was launched in February 2018 at the Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.