Living its theme “Y4iT the 13th: Are You Ready?” the Youth Congress on Information Technology packed its second day with talks that challenged the delegates to be more informed and be a catalyst of change, as thousands flocked the SMX Convention Center on Sept. 10, 2015.
ACM Distinguished Speaker Dr. Silvia Giordano set the tone with a keynote speech on human mobility. Presenting various data on smartphones, Dr. Giordano stressed how they are the future of research – enabling human-centric services, social research, and market-oriented research.
Discussions on information security, Internet freedom, and Internet speed also transpired, which helped shed light on several issues faced by the country. In presenting various forms of cyber attacks, Information Systems Security Association (Philippines) President John Ruero warned the delegates “what you don’t know will hurt you,” while noting how the Filipino culture of being highly relational and trusting make individuals vulnerable to these attacks.
On the other hand, Center for International Law Philippines Chairman Atty. Harry Roque explored the issues on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Cyber Crime Prevention Act, establishing how the IRR is a worse case of privacy invasion. Recognizing the power of the youth, he challenged them in the vernacular, “Will you safeguard democracy by fighting for Internet freedom?”
Ms. Mary Grace Mirandilla- Santos, VP for policy of Internet Society, discussed the problem with Philippine Internet: slow connection and value for money. In her talk, she discussed how the poor Philippine Internet situation is caused by the lack of competition in service providers, barriers to entry of potential providers, lack of interconnection among ISPs, and outdated laws. Mirandilla-Santos then encouraged students to take part in various dialogues about the issue.
Y4iT also launched its first discussion forum. Moderated by Timble Chief Innovator Johan Janssens, experts in the field of UX, web, and mobile tackled the latest technologies, advantages, and disadvantages in using the web or mobile platform in software development. This helped raise key differences between the two, citing factors like offline capability and data use, which is imperative in deciding which platform to prefer when developing an application.
Other talks include building a startup delivered by the young co-founders of the concept store HollerMall, iOS development using Swift, career opportunities, and being competitive in the IT field.
The youth congress ended its second day with raffle prizes from event partners and a band performance from OPM band Sunday Radio.
On Sept. 11, Y4iT is set to culminate the three-day event with a keynote speech by Sen. Bam Aquino and other relevant talks that would touch on topics like Internet of Things, UX Design, and the DOST-ICTO Project on free wif-fi in public spaces, among others. #