World’s largest search engine Google and “Big Blue” IBM comes to Cebu to develop the local talent with world-class potential.

Cebu learns Innovation, the Google Way

Officials from Google will be in Cebu on Friday to talk about innovation in a forum called,  “Inspiring Innovation: the Google Way,” at the University of the Philippines- Visayas Cebu College.

Google developer relations technical program manager Christine Songco and Google Japan software engineer Dan de Lima will be guest speakers in the innovation forum that is organized by the Ayala Technology Business Incubator (AyalaTBI) in cooperation with Google, UP Cebu Department of Science and Technology Business Incubator, GTUG – Cebu, Developers Connect (DevCon), Philippine Emerging Start-Ups Open and the Brain Gain Network.

The “Inspiring Innovation: the Google Way” innovation forum is one of many tech forums that AyalaTBI hosts in regional centers in the country with partners since 2007.

IBM inks IT scholarship deal with University of Cebu

The University of Cebu (UC) recently inks an agreement with IBM Philippines to pilot an “Earn as You Learn” (EAYL) program, patterned after the successful collaboration of IBM and the University of Ballarat, Australia.

“Innovation is crucial in the economic advancement of Cebu and our country. Information Technology has been identified as a vital sector that can support innovation and can open up a lot of opportunities for progress.

With the EAYL program, we not only support the local government of Cebu’s drive to be the premier IT hub in the Philippines, we also have the opportunity to enhance the employability of the university’s graduates,”

— Candice Gotianuy, University of Cebu Chancellor.

The EAYL program integrates class training with income-generating work experience for students, enabling them to graduate with a higher appreciation of career and culture of an IT professional.

The program is to be incorporated in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology course, including subjects recommended and provided with subject experts by IBM.


  1. Limpag, Max. “Google execs in Cebu forum.” 9 March 2010. Sun Star Cebu. Accessed 10 March 2010. Link Here
  2. “MOA inked for ‘Earn As You Learn’ for IT students.” 5 March 2010. Cebu Daily News. Accessed 10 March 2010. Link Here
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