Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

The Seoul Accord’s Annual General Meeting (SAGM2016) was held last June 3-5, 2016 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Read more

PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

Due to the recent developments with the PSITE National Board, the board met and reconvened in Manila on 15-March-2016 and held another election. Congratulations to the new set of officers listed below, they will bring PSITE into even greater heights! Soar high, PSITE! Mabuhay!!! Read more

Thailand Educational Benchmarking

Last May 23-28, 2015, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour of the PSITE National Board in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

(ACTIS 2014, Japan) Asian Conference on Technology, Information and Socity

Last November 20-23, 2014, I attended and presented a paper entitled “Best Practices and Challenges of Information Technology Education in the Philippines. Read more

SEOUL ACCORD General Membership Meeting

The Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) invited me to attend the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM2013(Seoul)), Millennium Seoul Hiiton, Seoul, Korea last June 21 to 23, 2013. Read more

Indonesia Educational Benchmarking

Last May 18-25, 2014, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

PICAB MOA Signing

Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board -- MOA signing Read more

2013 NESRC

Pix taken during the 2013 National Engineering and Science Research Conference (2013 NESRC) held at the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City last March 7, 2013 Read more

PSITE NATCON 2013

PSITE NatCon 2013 Opening Remarks; Read more

SMART SWEEP 2013

A team of four students from the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines clinched the Ideaspace Award and a PhP 100,000 cash prize; Read more

Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

I joined the PSITE National Board Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour last January 03-06, 2013; Read more

eGOV Awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Read more

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City; Read more

Top 10 Finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!; Read more

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress. … Read more

Board Meeting

pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.; Read more

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper

The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review; Read more

IBM Web Application Development Training

The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 … Read more

ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

Konnichiwa , On behalf of the participants both from the Philippines and from other countries, I would like to thank the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship or ….Read more

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cyber Summit 2012


(Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the Cyber Summit 2012 held at St. Paul University Learning Resource Center,  Tuguegarao City)

Thank you very much for that kind introduction.

Sr. Remy Angelia Junio, SPC-University President, Dr.  Evelyn Pascua,-Regional Director -Commission on Higher Education, Sr. Cherryve Dagairag, SPC, Dean, School of Information Technology and Engineering, Dr. Jaime D.L. CARO, Director, UPITCC

Other distinguished speakers, our dear Fellow IT educators and IT Students, sponsors, friends, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning.

I am honored to be given this opportunity to address you this morning on the opening session of the Cyber Summit 2012. The theme which is “Enriching Young Minds Through the 21st Century Railways of ITE Innovations” is very appropriate and it reflects the eagerness of the new generation, the young minds to get updated and to advance information technology and engineering innovations to a greater extent.  A lot of questions may be in our mind. How are we going to do this?  Who is our target market?  Will we do it for service? or profit or just satisfy ourselves?  What should we be working on?  How do we move forward?

The late Steve Jobs, Apple’s legendary co-founder and CEO, once said “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity.  Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

When I learned about these words, the first thing that came to my mind was a question? Is Steve Jobs a yogi, or someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment?  I haven’t gone to the point of knowing the answer to that.  Maybe you can do it for me.

But whether he is a yogi or not, there is one thing for sure … he moved mountains.  He touched our lives to some extent without many people knowing it until he passed away.

In our era when people are flooded with information, simplicity is principally important.  Take for example the social media.  While social media gives every opportunity to reach a large audience easily, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should overload their viewers with status updates.  It is better to post interesting and significant content than getting caught up with posting a certain number of times per day or week.  Social media marketing should be kept simple.

In innovation, there can be two different ways to approach it.  It can be that you focus on a specific target market by doing simple market research, know what the consumers want and then manufacture and do innovations.  Or it could be that you do what you want and then see if it gets into the market.

Steve Jobs was asked what market research went into iPAd.  He responded, “None.  It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want … we figure out what we want.  And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it too”.

For Apple, their team of highly skilled designers and innovators is the target market for Apple’s products.  If they create a product that they themselves would use, then there’s a good chance that the rest of the consumers will like it too.  Eventually, their focus on innovating to satisfy what they want creates a new market.  Well, sometimes it is useful to be your own target market.  This means that you put yourself in the shoes of the consumers you are trying to reach and think about how you would use the product or service that you or your company is designing and manufacturing.  Consumers might not be passionate about what you are designing, manufacturing and selling if you yourself are not passionate about it.

What caught my attention about that response of Jobs was when he mentioned about having the right discipline. When he mentioned that, he meant having the right knowledge, the right attitude and the right skills.

As manufacturing and computerized processes become increasingly complex and sophisticated, well-trained professionals are in demand.  Designers and innovators are sought after.  This is an exciting challenge in IT education.  How to produce graduates who will be equipped with the technical knowledge and social communication and critical thinking skills that are essential to succeed in today’s fast-paced workplace.

The 21st century poses big challenges to IT innovators. Among these are having the right discipline to work in all areas of production from research and design, to manufacturing, sales, customer service application, computer networking, programming, and digital media design.  In coping with these challenges come opportunities for growth and eventual success.  But Jobs said that sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving other innovations.  I can also say that it is best to interrelate and intermingle with people of the same field to broaden your perspective and knowledge.

We, at PSITE, provide a venue for networking and sharing of ideas, primarily for IT educators.  PSITE is the nation’s largest professional IT organization.  From time to time, we hold education technology conventions and conferences.  It is an organization with great diversity that supports members and affiliates with information and networking opportunities as they face the challenge of innovation and transforming education.

In the recent years, PSITE’s thrust is geared towards Professionalism, Research, Partnership, Education and Extension.  This year, we focused on organizational development of PSITE.  For 2011, PSITE organized the annual national convention last February 16-19 at the Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center Foundation in Antipolo City, the National Conference of IT Education last October 27-29 at the Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa and co-organized other regional conferences, meetings and forums.

These activities provided a venue for presentation of research papers and active interaction of practitioners, educators, administrators and even contractors, service providers and consultants in the profession.  New ideas and innovations are being conceptualized and presented in these events. 

This year’s national convention will be on February 23-25 at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Center in Lagao, General Santos City.  The theme is “Strengthening Information Technology Education Through Organizational Development”.   You are most welcome to attend and participate in the convention.

Attending conferences like the PSITE conventions and conferences and also this Cyber Summit 2012 provides an opportunity to widen our knowledge on information technology and engineering, and likewise encourages networking and exchange of ideas with the hope of contributing to give the members and participants the right discipline and inspiring innovators.  As Steve Jobs said “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

I wish you all a fruitful summit ahead.  Knowing the organizers, I am confident that this gathering will be a great success.  Be focused.  Keep things simple. Have the right discipline. And you can move mountains. Good morning.

14th PSITE National Convention


Greetings from the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE).

PSITE, being the nation’s largest professional IT organization, hosts from time to time, several educational technology conventions and conferences. It is an organization with great diversity that supports members and affiliates with information and networking opportunities as they face the challenge of innovation and transforming education.

In this premise, PSITE cordially invites participants from your school to attend the 14th PSITE National Convention which will be held on February 23-25, 2012 at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre in General Santos City with the theme “Strengthening IT Education Paradigm Through Organizational Development”.

Below are the convention fees:
                  Live-in Participants P 5,500.00 
                  (includes convention materials and hotel accommodation, lunch & snacks for 2 days)

  Live-out Participants P 4,500.00
  (includes convention materials, lunch & snacks for 2 days)

 Discount: P200.00 for payments made on or before January 25, 2012.

You may deposit early payments to any Allied Bank branch. Accomplish the deposit slip in triplicate credited to PSITE using the following details:

Account Name : PSITE
Account Number : 3131-02238-4
Branch: Allied Bank, Recto Branch, Manila

Please email a scanned copy of the validated deposit slip and/or confirm your attendance and early reservations to Martina Tagacay (natconsecretariat@psite12.org) or Edwin V. MaraƱon (evmaranon@gmail.com). Alternatively, you may present the deposit slip to the convention secretariat on February 23, 2012. Official receipts will be issued during the convention.

We hope to see you and your colleagues during the convention.