Greenwich to host Cebu Foursquare Day 2013


Last year, Cebu City celebrated Foursquare Day with Bo’s Coffee. This year, we celebrate with GREENWICH, a popular pizza chain in the Philippines.

While Foursquare Day is celebrated every April 16, we’re doing this on April 17, so that we can celebrate together with the other side of the world. After all, this is an American GLOBAL thing.

We will be handing out OFFICIAL 4sqDay2013 water bottles, thanks to Foursquare. We will also be giving out Foursquare tip stickers from last year’s Meetup.  And if you’re feeling hungry, there’s also a slice of GREENWICH for the first 50 to check-in to their venue.

4sqDay 2013 water bottle

What do you need to do to get one of these? Not a lot.
1. RSVP at our Meetup page. Immediate freebie reservation.
2. Like our Foursquare Cebu page.
3. Show up at Greenwich, Ayala Center Cebu on April 17 (Wed) 8-9PM.
4. Check-in at Greenwich’s Foursquare venue.

NOTE: While the Meetup is on April 17 (Wed), the one-day-only Foursquare Day 2013 badge can only be unlocked on April 16 (Tue). So, make sure to check-in on April 16!

SPECIAL THANKS to Foursquare for the freebies, Greenwich for hosting the Cebu 4sqDay 2013, and to @karissayu and @jerminix for co-organizing this Meetup!

cebu foursquare day 2013

CoderDojo Cebu Needs Mentors for Dec 1


WHAT: CoderDojo Cebu v2
GOAL: Mentor / Advise on USC students’ projects
WHERE: University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus
WHEN: December 1 (Saturday), 2012. 2-5PM.

Unlike CoderDojo Cebu v1, which unfortunately has not been blogged about, v2 will not involve tech talks. Instead, Mentors (who could be you) will be advising around 12 teams on their projects, which are implemented either in: Android, C#, PHP, or something else.

If you join as Mentor, you will work with other Mentors to advise teams. You will go over their design, and see which areas can be improved. You can talk about their implementations (technology), or their functionalities. But you don’t have to be exhaustive; you don’t have all day.

If you join as Mentee (aka Student), you can ask anything (tips, questions, etc) from the Mentors. Heck, you can even ask for their numbers. Kidding. If you want to focus only on a specific area in your system, that’s also fine. Just come with an open mind. More importantly, don’t be shy to ask the Mentors. [Not to be racist, but this will be a USC-students-only event. So if you’re not on the list for v2, you can’t join. CoderDojo Cebu is working on similar events for other schools. So, watch out for it!]

While this event is meant to be serious, it is not “pressured”. For one, the students will not be graded. It’s just a venue for the “veterans” and the students to meet and talk in a casual environment, while learning from each other.

As amazing as CoderDojo Cebu v2 sounds, the group still needs more Mentors (YOU!). So if you’d like to volunteer, just go to their Google Groups, and post in the threads. If you don’t want to be a Mentor, but still want to help one way or another (or contribute to the discussions), just sign up all the same! Just tell them Geff Chang referred you, so you get approved. Unfortunately, there is no referral fee. DEADLINE to join Mentorship for Dec 1 (Sat) activity is Nov 27 (Tue)  10PM. SORRY for the really, really short notice!

And just in case you ask, CoderDojo Cebu also has a website, and a Twitter account @CoderDojoCebu.

Lastly, YES, there will be SNACKS.

What Happened at the Cebu StackOverflow Meetup


The first-ever Cebu StackOverflow Meetup was a SUCCESS, thanks to the co-Organizers [Daryl Yu, Anna Umacob, Melody Sy and her DevCon cohorts], the Speakers [all six of them!], and the Sponsors [StackOverflow, DevCon Philippines, Anonymous] who made it happen!

cebu stackoverflow meetup

We had 66 RSVPs at the Meetup site, although only 40 showed up, some of them not on the RSVP list. NOT BAD, considering I expected only 40-50 attendees. More stats: 27% of them were WOMEN!

cebu stackoverflow meetup attendees

The venue was spacious enough. In fact, I think it could hold up 10 – 20 more attendees. It was also large enough that a sound system was not necessary, although we brought one anyway. But enough about that. WHAT HAPPENED?, you ask?

Frankly, I’m not going to give a summary of what each speaker said. I’m feeling lazy for notes, and I want you to go through everything instead. We got them on VIDEO for those who couldn’t come, or left the venue early:

(1) Google AppEngine Has Gone StackOverflow, by Albert Padin.

(2) Why Copy-Paste is Bad for Your Code, by Carlos Tapang.

(3) Version Control and Continuous Integration, by Greg Montaño.

(4)  Git is AWESOME. Why are You Using it Like SVN?, by Daryl Yu.

(5) Code Review Using Gerrit, by Mark Buenconsejo.

(6) Design and You, byJeremie Lim.

More pictures from the event can be found at geffchang’s FB Album and DevCon’s FB Album.

stackoverflow freebies

In case you might be asking WHY we pushed to make this happen, despite being one month delayed from the worldwide StackOverflow Meetups, the answer is SIMPLE. We  StackOverflow. We want you to know what it is all about.

It is an OPEN community where you can ASK, and get a SENSIBLE ANSWER that just keeps getting better, because people make the effort to contribute! That is why we got these Speakers together to share their knowledge, and get everybody to interact somehow.

We’re certainly open to hosting another Cebu StackOverflow Meetup next year, but We’re also inviting YOU to initiate the next Meetup. FOR DEVs, BY DEVs.

Smart Launches Philippines’ First Foursquare Badge


Are you a Foursquare fanatic in the Philippines? Then I’ve got Brilliant News for you, if (1) you are in Manila, and (2) adore Lady GagaSMART is bringing the FIRST-Ever Foursquare Badge in the country called the SMART #LiveMore Badge.

This badge can be UNLOCKED by checking in at Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way Ball at the Mall of Asia Arena on May 21 (Mon) and May 22 (Tue) 6PM – 2AM.

While this may NOT be a Country- or a City-specific badge tourist-wise, I hope this SMART #LiveMore Badge will pave the way for those opportunities in the future. With more businesses like Bo’s Coffee and SMART making use of Foursquare, it just might be possible for Philippines to earn its City badges!

This news was brought to you through @4sqPhilippines. FOLLOW them on Facebook and Twitter. For MORE INFO about Lady Gaga’s concert, read this. For SMART’s Foursquare badge and RAFFLE, read this.

While we’re on the topic of Foursquare, I have just recently been PROMOTED to Super User Level 2. If you are an SU in Cebu, please reach out me, so we can organize events! You can also follow @SUPhilippines to get in touch with other SUs in the country.