May 23-25 — Open Collaboration of East Asia New Champions summit to gather Filipino leaders to drive partnerships with the world’s most powerful innovators
March 31, 2014, Cebu, Philippines — The New Champions of the World Economic Forum, a community that includes the Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs, and Global Growth Companies in the Philippines, with support from the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), is launching a conference called Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions (OCEAN) today. OCEAN aims to convene the New Champions thought leaders and Filipino change-makers in Cebu for three days of networking and dialogue on social and economic development.
Those attending will discuss where the Philippine economy is now, and what the future holds. More than 200 leaders from the government, business, academia, and arts and culture will share strategies and solutions for promoting social and economic progress as the Philippines prepares for ASEAN integration in 2015.
The Philippines — an emerging economy — is one of the best performing economies in the region. International Monetary Fund had raised its 2014 economic growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.5%. Standard and Poor’s also raised its growth projection to 6.6% for 2014.
“To further fuel the momentum, OCEAN aims to develop a framework for creating Innovation Zones that promote a new class of businesses,” said Winston Damarillo, OCEAN summit chairman. Damarillo is a Young Global Leader (YGL) and active participant of the World Economic Forum.
“Designed for startups and entrepreneurs working on high risk, high reward ventures, Innovation Zones will build on best practices and encourage innovation,” said Damarillo. “We are very excited to hold the inaugural OCEAN summit right here in Cebu.”
OCEAN summit co-chair ABS-CBN broadcast journalist and YGL Karen Davila says, “The World Economic Forum is one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the world and it’s a rare opportunity for the Philippines to host it. It’s an honor for our foreign counterparts to experience Cebu and see a mix of the best — from beaches to creative minds!”
Cebu, the Queen of the South, offers a unique environment for creating the future of global innovation. “We are honored to host the delegates of OCEAN. We, the private sector, are energized with the enthusiasm and full support that our local government leaders led by our Governor have shown. By supporting OCEAN we are bringing together Filipino leaders in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao who can collaboratively work to sustain this momentum of economic growth,” said first woman CCCI President Ma. Teresa Chan.
OCEAN, which will be held from May 23 to 25 at Movenpick Resort in Mactan, will feature keynotes such as ASEAN Social Enterprise and Igniting the Innovation Initiatives via Private-Public Partnerships, a range of interactive break-out sessions with themes around Sustainable Social Initiatives, Design Thinking and Solutions, and Enabling a Digitally-enabled Economy, fireside chats, Governor’s Gala, and hackathon presentations. OCEAN co-chairs will also present its vision on the Innovation Zones via an unconference and townhall.