IT Group recognizes first Filipina VP in a global Open Source community
(Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2008) — The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) plans to energize the “Intellectual Property (IP) Ingenuity of the Filipino” in its April General Membership Meeting. The meeting is sponsored by Exist Global, a Philippine-based software and services provider founded by serial technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Winston Damarillo.
The event will take place on Thursday, April 24, at Fish Out of Water, at Greenbelt 5 in Makati, and will showcase the many achievements of the Filipino in creating IP in the Philippines and how Filipino innovations have been embraced by the global market, said Damarillo, who is also PSIA director for International Marketing and Open Source.
“There is so much to be proud about in the Philippine software industry, most of which never reaches print. The GMM on April 24 will recognize the people who are great examples of Filipinos who have brought prominence to the country through their IP work,” said Damarillo.
The Filipiniana-themed business meeting will have speakers on IP-related topics including Myra Siason, Technology Advocacy Coordinator at venture capital firm G2VC. Siason also spearheads the National Self Reliance in Technology Initiative.
Anne Sy, PSIA Executive Director and Beng Coronel, PSIA President, will welcome new PSIA member companies for the month. The PSIA currently has more than 110 member companies. Morph Labs, also founded by Damarillo, is the latest inductee.
A highlight of the night will be the recognition of Maria Odea Ching, the first Filipina Vice President for Apache Archiva — an Apache project — following her election to the Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Maven, one of the prominent projects of Apache Software Foundation.
“The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is among the most prestigious open source communities in the world. The ASF accepts membership to its communities solely through meritocracy and technical competence. This makes Deng’s appointment as VP of Apache Archiva extra special,” said Winston Damarillo, executive chairman of Exist Global. “Deng has demonstrated that as Filipinos we can hold our own against the best of the best in the software industry.” Damarillo added.
Apache Software Foundation provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects. Apache Maven is an Open Source software project management and comprehension tool while Apache Archiva, is an Open Source build repository manager. The PSIA event, emceed by Ricky Gumaru, will also give recognition to 2008 e-Services Philippines awardees. Registration tables open at 5:30 p.m. with program to start with an invocation led by Winston Cruz.
Special awards will be given to those who arrive early and stay until cocktails at 9:00 p.m.