Body felt like crap and the rain was pouring hard so I decided to ditch the first few talks.
I arrived in UP around 11am and proceeded to the Film Institute for the ASP .NET 3.5 talk. Unfortunately they’re not letting people in anymore because the place was jampacked already.
Went to UP Theater instead. The place was also packed, but at least they allowed me go go in.
The 7 Habits of an Effective Developer
Mr. Chuk Munn Lee
It’s the Chinese dude again.
Again, the problem with the talk is that the kids still haven’t gotten used to his strong Chinese accent. Another problem is that the slides have too much text.
Lunch was fish balls, fish nuggets, and buko juice (now 13 pesos, a 30% price increase after 7 years).
At this point, I’ve ditched my original plan and decided to just choose an AM and PM venue per day to allow me to get a decent seat.
PM is UP Theater again.
Careers in IT
Ms. Gina Duminy
The itprosasia.com lady did a great job in convincing the audience that IT careers aren’t just about programming. I really liked how she emphasized the need for passion, as well as how she reaffirmed the 34 year old IT student that IT is all about skills and not about age, gender, race, etc.
I have same problem for this talk as in the previous one i.e. the presentation slides still contain too much information. Also, while Security Auditors were mentioned in the talk, the QA field as a whole was apparently missing in the talk.
The Next 5 in 5: Predicting Innovations
Mr. Lope Doromal, Jr.
IBM dude with a strong Filipino accent. Talk was mostly tech (not IT) related: there’s advancements in solar power,
Gattaca affordable genetic mapping, web access through voice, Orwellian stores where everything is tracked via RFID to allow a bunch of stuff, and memory improvements through IBM’s behavioral sciences division (sadly, he could not confirm if IBM is working on memory implants. boo!)
This talk probably had the worst slides in terms of readability. On the other hand, this talk had the most number of people asking questions.
Slept through the tacked-on cosplay.
Liezel Garcia was ok.
Web Usability and User Experience Design
Mr. Regnard Kreisler Raquedan
Ever wonder why I’m complaining about powerpoint slides above? It’s because of this dude.
He’s a professional web designer who’s talking about Web Usability; you could probably guess the quality of his slides.
The only problem I could think of with his talk is that the audience is too green to realize its significance. Maybe if he used a certain website, his ideas might have made a bigger impact.
Careers in Game Development
Mr. Gabby Dizon
Nothing much to say about this one. It’s basically just a game development version of the itprosasia.com lady’s talk.
I’m kinda annoyed, though, that speakers keep on mentioning Objective-C and iPhone development without considering that most of the audience don’t have 60k to spare for a “Mac Mini + keyboard/mouse/monitor + iPod Touch + Developer License” combo. Parang mas okay pa mag-gamble sa illegal recruiter kesa mag-gamble sa iPhone development.
Dya 3 tomorrow. Will probably go to Film Institute in the morning for the education 3.0 thing. Will go to UP Theater in the afternoon for the certification shiz.