ICP Meetup PH: Aims to Bridge Entities from Web2 to Web3

Read our event recap of the “ICP Meetup: Bridging Web2 and Web3 for Philippine Innovation” held during the Philippine Blockchain Week.

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  • The “ICP Meetup: Bridging Web2 and Web3 for Philippine Innovation” event was successfully held on September 19, 2023, as part of the Philippine Blockchain Week at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. 
  • It aimed to bridge the gap between Web2 and Web3 and catered to a diverse audience, including developers, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and those interested in the future of Web3. 
  • Representatives from local Web3 entities showcased their platforms and discussed how their Web3 applications can benefit Web2 users. 
  • Two panel discussions further explored the Web3 industry’s future and investment opportunities.

The Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) successfully hosted its “ICP Meetup: Bridging Web2 and Web3 for Philippine Innovation” on September 19, 2023 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City as an official side event for the Philippine Blockchain Week.

The event featured local web3 entities as well as panel discussions and networking opportunities for attendees.

ICP Meetup

According to the ICP, the meetup was designed for a broad audience, including developers, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and those interested in the future of Web3. The event highlighted real-world applications powered by ICP and included a panel of industry experts who were leading the Web3 revolution. It also provided networking opportunities for expanding professional connections and exploring Web3 prospects.

“Our vision is very clear, to bridge the gap between web2 and web3 and to make the Philippine innovation encouraged into the digital age; today’s interactions and discussions will help us move closer to that goal,” Modern Mulan, a web3-focused content creator, stated as she officially opened the program. 

Nelson Lumbres, ICP Philippines Co-founder, is the first to take the stage and introduce ICP. In addition to discussing his firm and its functions, he provided a quick overview of the history of Web3 to help attendees who were not familiar with the industry understand how it works.

The Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) is a blockchain-based network that aims to improve the efficiency, speed, and decentralization of computation and data storage. 

Web3 Entities Present

Accordingly, representatives of local web3 entities took turns addressing the audience, each introducing their platforms and how their web3 applications can help web2 natives thrive further. There were a total of 8 presentations from companies including web3 wallets, crypto exchanges, games, organizations, developers and a public relations firm.

Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), represented by Vice President for Business Vincent Tio, and Coins.ph (also an e-wallet), represented by Risk Reporting and Analytics Lead Vish Sadhwani, are both present at the event to introduce their respective platforms.

Tio highlighted their two services in PDAX; Crypto-as-a-service, a function being utilized by their partnership with e-wallet Gcash to offer an in-app crypto trading platform and Mintoo, the exchange’s non-fungible token (NFT) platform. Sadhwani, on the other hand, emphasized Coins.ph services, such as remittances, that would further push crypto adoption within the country.  

Eli Becislao, managing director of the blockchain education-focused platform The BLOKC, urged the attendees to participate in activities that would broaden their web3 knowledge. He also mentioned that The BLOKC is prepared to conduct talks and in-depth workshops for students and anyone who wants to learn about blockchain.

Coach Miranda Miner, a known trading and web3 content creator, also presented a short talk called “Current Trends and Opportunities in Crypto.”

Kristian Quirapas, the founder and CEO of Vulcanic Labs, encouraged the country to take action and utilize web3 as the country is already “ahead of the curve” in technology adoption. 

“What part will the Philippines play in the future of web3 in the world?” he asked, emphasizing that the country is at the forefront of web3 adoption. 

Other entities present were  IT solutions company DvCode (Eliezer Rabadon), NFT game ChibiClash (Anne Carino), and Uniquecorn Strategies web3 communications firm Blockceler8 (Junelyn Olivar); each of them highlighted how their platforms can help onboard web2 natives and make web3 better.  

Panel Discussion

The event also featured two panel discussions that focused on two distinct topics, which would further allow web2 attendees to understand how the web3 industry works.

The first panel discussion, titled “The future of Blockchain and Web3 in Emerging Markets”, featured speakers Melissa Mesias (SparkLearn), June Olivar (Blockceler8), Paolo Narciso (Mintoo), Jiro Reyes (Bitskwela), Ismael Jerusalem (Ownly), and Janjan Quilantang (Cryptopinas). The talk was moderated by Raine La Luna, co-founder of Filipinas NFT.

The discussion underscored that the Philippines, with its notable local adoption even during the bear market, is poised to emerge as a prominent player in the realm of Web3 technologies. Furthermore, the speakers pointed out the diverse range of blockchain and Web3 use cases currently being embraced within the country.

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The second panel, titled “Investing in Web3: Opportunities and Risks,” was moderated by ICP Manila representative Modern Mulan. The guest speakers were Sean Sebastian, Natalia Narboneta of 102 Creative, Angeline Viray of Chiibitsu Labs, Gilbert Lazaro of Tito Vlogs, Carl Munsayac of AltSwitch, and Paulo Abello of Global Miranda Miner.

The panel emphasized that anyone venturing into web3 should always conduct their own research (DYOR) and due diligence, as opportunities always come with risk and bad actors.

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