Executive recruitment company Monroe Consulting Group Philippines’ Technology Division attended the inaugural Internet of Things Summit (IoT) Philippines 2016 Trade Fair and Plenary session in Ortigas, Pasig City, on March 4. The event was organized by Econnext Ideas and Media and Red Wizard Events Management in partnership with the Philippines government’s Department of Science and Technology.
Themed “Philippines toward a connected society,“ the trade fair showcased wearables, connected devices, smart appliances, connected homes, smart phones, wireless cameras, 3D-printing, machine to machine (M2M) and all things smart, with additional support provided by Smart Communications, Smart Devnet, PLDT Innolab with American Technologies and MTTagorda Management and Consultancy.
Such was the scale of the event it was divided into four parts. First was the IoT Bootcamp on February 20, 21 and 27, followed by IoT Hackathon on February 28, the Summit on March 4 and the Exhibition on March 4 and 5 where participants from the Hackathon presented their products gearing toward IoT.
Jerry Amores, a recruitment consultant with Monroe Philippines’ Technology Division, said the established companies and start-ups involved in the event aimed to educate participants about the power of the revolutionary technology. “It creates an avenue for the audience to be aware of and to appreciate the latest trends and technology in the country and helping IoT in the Philippines realise its full potential,” he said.
Gio Abaquin, product manager for machine-to-machine and IOT solutions with Smart Communications, told delegates about the importance of incorporating IoT into businesses. His views were shared by Leo Lirio III, the founder and CEO of IoT Technology Philippines. He said the success of IoT in the country depended on the collaboration and synergy of all the systems working together. Asked about his confidence in the future of the technology, he said: “The future is here so we need to embrace it.”
Mr Amores said Monroe, which also specialises in recruitment in the health sector, was also enthusiastic to listen to ways in which IoT was being harnessed in the medical field.
Yue Xi Savage, VP of APAC at Impinj, shared how their company used RFID to connect billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications that involved inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, and delivering real-time information to businesses about items they created, managed, transported and sold.
“Monroe Consulting Group Philippine’s Technology Division was elated to be part of this summit,” Mr Amores said. “As recruitment specialists in the technology industry, this event provided additional exposure to emerging technologies and trends. What we have learned will allow us to do our job better, which is to supply leading companies with the very best human resources to allow their companies to grow and flourish in a highly competitive sector.”