Hey guys! I'm sorry to disappoint you but I'm not going to publish some codes today. I was invited to be a guest speaker at our institute's student congress with the alumni - for the second time. It was held yesterday, January 23, 2014 in the Technological Institute of the Philippines, QC.
Here are some of the things I remember telling our students or audience.
I want to introduce myself. My name is John Michael Vincent D. Dalisay. Such a long name right? My parents make it hard for me to write it during my elementary days.
You can call me “Mike”. I’m 23 years old, from Antipolo City. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology batch 2010, April.
Eacomm corporation has be around since 2001. Our company is not that big. But it is stable. We always have cool projects that you can be excited to work on.
Since I joined the company, I personally worked with government agencies (DOLE), educational institutions (UP, Ateneo), and dozens of small and medium scale businesses (Canadian Hospitality Institute, Cafe Sweet, Calleza Grill). Business is good.
Promotion and high pay is not in my mind. The pay is just fine for me (it increases every 3 or 6 months anyway, depending on your performance). I know I have lot to learn in my field and being a Junior Software Developer for more than two years seems so fit.
I’m happy acquiring new knowledge, improving my skills in programming and software development and everything in the real-life learning process.
On December 2012, I signed some new papers. I was promoted as a Software Developer. I’m not a Junior anymore. This was effective January 2013.
It was the year when I almost stopped working with client and company websites (although sometimes they need some support).
It was the year when we signed with a big project - from being an experimental project. Our client is in the sales and marketing industry. He wanted to change the way we think about sales people, making them more technical and cope up with the digital age.
The project is “Software as a Service” or Saas, we are, of course, using the cloud, web and mobile technologies for this project. I can’t tell you more about this project due to some legal issues.
I also worked with Google Singapore. I developed a data collection app to improve Google Maps. The final demo came and a product manager from Google came to the Philippines.
Her name is Ms. Autumn Zhang. She was also a former Software Engineer at Google - worked on Google Maps features like "My Maps".
Below are some pictures taken during our presentation. I was the one in gray shirt, holding the Android device. Ms. Zhang is the one in pink.
Also this year, our company joined an app development contest hosted by DOTC with some sponsors like Smart communications.
Our app is called Trip Barker. Here's a preview of our app, in case you're interested.
We won as the champion. Below are some pictures taken during the event.
The Trip Barker Development Team and EACOMM Management along with DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other organizers and sponsors of the event.
Me holding our 100K check and trophy.
We were also featured in the news, here are some.
- ABC-CBN News: Commuting in Metro Manila? There's an app for that
- Inquirer: Tech vs traffic: Winning app offers help to Metro commuters
- Manila Standard Today: Trip Barker: Mass Transit Commuting Made Easy
- Auto-Industriya: Trip Barker best in Philippine Transit App Challenge
- News Bytes: Transport app winner allows commuters to share traffic info
- Young Up Starts: [The Philippines] Harnessing Apps To Tackle Traffic
- Philippine Government: DOTC concludes successful PHL transit app challenge
We were also nominated to the 2014 Mobile Premier Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this February 2014.
Like what most people say, I want to have my own company, my own business. Maybe after some few more years, I’ll step into this stage of my life. The reality is, I don’t want to be an employee my whole life.
I want to build something awesome, useful to people and make my own money from it. I want to be an entrepreneur. My primary business will be in the IT field and after that, I will venture into food and real estate.
Be humble. If you're humble, you'll be like a sponge, absorbing lessons not only from school but also from life. If you're humble, you can always learn new things and it will make you a better person. You'll be smarter. You'll be happier. If you're humble, you will receive more, and so you can give more - it feels wonderful.
Just do it. Start doing what you have to do. You'll always figure it out. Most of us procrastinate thinking we can't do it. This is also your chance to hone your skills and sharpen you mind for the real life, or in the industry after your college studies.
Aside from my very inspirational and interesting story, I also want to present some awesome words from some well-known names in the tech industry. You can use it for your career.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of you life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work." ~ Steve Jobs, Apple
"Always deliver more than expected." ~ Larry Page, Google
"When you innovate, you've go to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts." ~ Larry Ellison, Oracle
"What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff they're proud of." ~ Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." ~ Bill Gates, Microsoft
"A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well." ~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon
Below is the power-point version of my presentation.
After the talk, I was assisted by a student officer to the dining room and have a dinner with our professors, student officers, and colleagues. The food was good.
Here are some more pictures from the event.
Student officer Jason and Jasmine.
On our dinner table.
Me and Jasmine.
They also gave the alumnus some TIP stuff...
...and a certificate of appreciation.