News – SOFTCON 2022 The Philippine Software Industry Conference Mon, 07 Dec 2020 00:28:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Important reminders for SOFTCON delegates Mon, 07 Dec 2020 00:27:54 +0000

SOFTCON 2020 is happening today! To make sure you have a smooth experience, here are some reminders:

  • Make sure you are able to log in. Don’t panic! If you still haven’t logged into our virtual event platform, do so today. You should have received an email with your login details with the subject line: SOFTCON 2020 Virtual Conference Access. Search your inbox and spam folder. If you still can’t find it, email us at and we’ll resend your login details.
  • Change your login password. Secure your account. Once you’ve logged in, just go to the Account tab to do this.
  • Update your profile. Put a face to your name. SOFTCON is also a networking event, so having your photo, short bio, and social media links will help you get to know speakers and fellow delegates.
  • Share on social media. Use the hashtag #SOFTCON, #SOFTCON2020 or #CODETAGION. Posts on Facebook and Twitter with these hashtags will appear on the event’s virtual lobby.
  • Post questions in advance. You can go to each session page and post in the public chat to make sure speakers address whatever you want to know.

Again, if you encounter any technical issues, email See you!

Learn About “Securing Kubernetes Cluster Using Enterprise-Grade Secrets Management Known as Vault” on Day 5 of SOFTCON 2020 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:33:00 +0000

Check out the session of Pantheon Onboarding Manager for Automation and Tooling Paul de Paula on “Securing Kubernetes Cluster Using Enterprise-Grade Secrets Management Known as Vault”.

There are a lot of ways on securing secrets/credentials. Distributing it though is a bit tricky and a pain to many engineers. One way to delivering it securely to multiple applications in your cluster with an enterprise-grade is by using Vault by HashiCorp. Paul will do a demo of an application that uses normal Kubernetes secrets and Vault secrets. Then, one can see the comparison.

Find Out About Fintech Trends With Finastra’s Ian Pacaña Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:27:00 +0000

Recently Fintech emerged as a dominant force that awakened the financial industry that used to be slow in innovating. Fintech changed a lot of things in how we do things in recent years.

In this session “Fintech Trends: Open Innovation and Open Platforms” with Finastra’s Ian Pacaña, you will learn the key trends in fintech and how open innovation and platforms helped in making fintech impactful in the world today. Lastly, see how open innovation and platforms models can be used for other industries and businesses to stay competitive.

Ian’s passions are technology, trading markets, building leaders, and joining hackathons. His career spans R&D technical and leadership roles in building enterprise software for Banking, Insurance, Payments, the Public Sector, Retail, Supply Chain, Cloud Engineering, and Application Security.
Ian is a Senior Director at Finastra, a global FinTech leader known for open innovation platform, a pioneering Open Development Platform for Financial Services allowing players in the ecosystem (such as startups, fintechs, banks, universities, and the like) to collaborate in building, deploying and monetizing innovative solutions in the cloud.
He heads the Core Banking and Digital Engineering group in Manila which includes Product R&D, Architecture & Quality Engineering for Retail & Commercial Banking, and Payments Management solutions.
Ian completed his MBA majoring in Finance with a gold medal, and his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from De La Salle University.  He holds certifications in Project Management, Scrum, Scaled Agile Framework, and Java.

Watch “Leveraging the Cloud for Digital Banking Transformations” Witj Elmer Andes Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:23:00 +0000

What key capabilities should be present in a digital banking architecture? How can the cloud be leveraged to enable banks to rapidly provide and scale digital banking experiences? A walkthrough on a reference solution architecture will be presented in this talk “Leveraging the Cloud for Digital Banking Transformations”.

Elmer Andes, Jr. is a 22-year IT industry veteran having worked in Software and Solutions Architect roles in the banking and financial services, telco and software consulting domains.

He is currently a Development Director in Finastra, covering Architecture and Integration for retail banking solutions.

3 Days to Go Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:38:00 +0000

3 days to go before SOFTCON 2020, the country’s biggest virtual conference for software and IT professionals! Learn from 30 experts over 5 days, discover the latest solutions, and network with hundreds of like-minded peers. #SOFTCON #CODETAGION

Attend the workshop “Refactoring for the Lost and Confused” With Junilu Lacar Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:11:00 +0000

Refactoring is an important practice that helps us deal with technical debt. However, it often gets overlooked or delayed until it’s either too late or too painful to put off any longer. If you need to refactor your code but are not sure where to start or if you just want to get some relief from the pain of technical debt without having to spend countless hours reading books and going through a wide variety of demos and tutorials, this session will help you.

Giving up on refactoring and test-driven development? Don’t! Junilu Lacar, Business Agility Enablement Manager at Accenture | SolutionsIQ, will teach you “Refactoring for the Lost and Confused: How to start paying down technical debt” in this mini workshop at SOFTCON 2020.

In this session, you’ll learn a few simple rules and guidelines that will help you start addressing technical debt immediately. You’ll learn how to apply things you may already know about refactoring but were never really able to use effectively in the past. You will participate in a number of facilitated hands-on refactoring exercises while also getting to experience mob programming. You will learn how to identify common code smells that are often overlooked or ignored but cause most of the technical debt developers have to deal with. More importantly, you’ll learn how to effectively address those common smells and start paying down your debt.

We will take a deeper look at technical debt, what really causes it, and how you can actually start using it to your advantage. You will also get some tips on how to negotiate with your managers and stakeholders to allow time for refactoring sooner rather than later. By the end of this session, you will have a good idea of how to start a continuous and sustainable journey towards merciless and effective refactoring and debt-free code.

Junilu Lacar is a seasoned developer with over 30 years of experience. He is currently an Agile Coach with Accenture | SolutionsIQ (US). Originally from Iligan City, he and his family now live in Columbus, Ohio where he continues to work from home during the pandemic. He has facilitated the local Global Day of CodeRetreat event since 2016 and also contributes as a moderator at In his spare time, Junilu practices Aikido and dabbles in woodworking and speed cubing.

Watch Stratpoint’s Session on “Serverless as the Next Normal” Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:07:00 +0000

Accelerate your Modernization Journey. Develop skills in designing, building, and managing modern applications.

In this session entitled “Serverless as the Next Normal: Modernizing Applications Using AWS Lambda and Fargate”, you will be looking at the Serverless landscapes in the Next Normal. You will be exploring AWS Lambda and Fargate as technologies to help you steer the wheel towards modernizing applications and discuss where using Lambda over Fargate (and vice versa) will be better through different use-cases.

Apply these learnings to your own development workflow, and really see how Serverless adheres to the idea of “less is more”.

Adriel is a Solutions Architect at Stratpoint, an advanced consulting partner of AWS. He currently leads a team to achieve high quality delivery performance while also advancing agile modern application development. Specializing in Serverless Applications, he leverages on AWS services as an AWS Certified Developer, Solutions Architect, and Associate SysOps Administrator.

How to Be a Badass Engineer Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:58:00 +0000

Catch Paul Harris, Founder of Clinkit Solutions, talk about “Badass Engineer – Beyond Developer” and learn about the value of real CS, how to go from a dev to an engineer and why it matters. on Day 4 of SOFTCON 2020.

Paul has over 20 years of technical and leadership experience in the IT industry, with the last 10 years, focused on helping enterprise clients utilize cloud computing and mobility.

He has earned many patents under his name and built IT consulting organizations in Southeast Asia.

He is the founder and C-level executive on the ground for ClinkIT Solutions, and he runs the offshore business in America, Canada and Australia.

Tapping Hackers for Continuous and Effective Cybersecurity Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:53:00 +0000

Hacking incidents and discovery of security vulnerabilities are inevitable. In this talk “Tapping Hackers for Continuous and Effective Cybersecurity”, Secuna CISO AJ Dumanhug will discuss the importance of having a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy to effectively improve the cybersecurity of your assets.

He will also show the demographics of good hackers who are collaborating with different organizations to make the Internet a safer place. Additionally, AJ will discuss how he was able to validate this kind of solution to protect some of the government websites and companies in our country.

AJ Dumanhug is the Chief Information Security Officer at Secuna, a startup that connects organizations to vetted cybersecurity professionals around the world.

He is currently taking up his Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity at the Holy Angel University. AJ currently holds several infosec certifications, including CEH, ECSA and OSCP.

In his free time, he is solving Capture the Flag challenges with hackstreetboys, a professional infosec group in the Philippines. He is
also actively participating in Bug Bounty Programs and has successfully reported valid security vulnerabilities in some giant companies like Facebook, Apple, Evernote, Twitter and more.

In 2019, AJ and other 100 hackers were invited by Facebook and Google in Singapore to participate in a private live hacking event, where he managed to finish in 7th place. Lastly, AJ with his teammate Ameer and Nathu won the ROOTCON 2019’s Capture the Flag competition.

Devlin Duldulao Teaches How to Get Started with Kafka Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:49:00 +0000

In this presentation entitled “Getting Started with Kafka: Build a Scalable Messaging App”, you’ll learn the basic concepts behind Apache Kafka and a fully-functional application, capable of both producing and consuming messages from Kafka.

Today’s users expect your app to be accessible from their computer, mobile phone, tablet, or any other device! This transition to Software as a Service (SaaS) as the norm requires developers to effectively integrate with robust tools that scale to handle thousands (or even millions) of requests every second. Apache Kafka is one of the most effective tools for handling those high throughput environments.

Devlin Duldulao is a Filipino full-stack cloud engineer based in Norway. He is a Microsoft MVP, an Auth0 Ambassador, a trainer, a conference speaker, and a senior consultant at Inmeta. He loves going to universities and user groups to share his expertise.