function() & .class Web Design Conference

I’m pleased to share the launch of the Philippine Web Designers Organization‘s big event for 2009: the <form> function & .class Web Design Conference.

The event will on July 10, 2009 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, Philippines. The conference aims to get every web designer in the Philippines, experienced and beginning, together and spend a day of learning and networking. The event’s program is as follows:

  • 8:00am-8:45am – Registration
  • 8:45am-9:00am – Opening Remarks and Introduction to PWDO by Sophia Lucero
  • 9:00am-9:45am – Design 101 by Rico Sta. Cruz
  • 10:00am-10:45am – Interaction Design by Nap Lara
  • 11:00am-11:45am – Web Standards, Accessibility and Usability by Regnard Raquedan
  • 12:00nn-12:45pm – Lunch
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm – Disabled Friendly Awards by Jojo Esposa
  • 1:15pm-2:00pm – Sponsor Talks
  • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Workflow by Marco Palinar
  • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Industry Tips by Gail dela Cruz-Villanueva
  • 4:00pm-4:45pm – State of the Web by Luis Buenaventura II
  • 4:45pm-5:15pm – Panel Q&A

We’re now busy marketing the event and looking for sponsors, and we need all the help we can get. If you know of a company that will benefit from reaching 400 young & tech-savvy folks in one single venue, please direct them to the event website. I guarantee that it will go a long way in helping the Philippine Web Design community. šŸ™‚

It Started at Plurk…

Funny how things start.

The Philippine Web Designers’ Organization (PWDO) is now an officially registered entity in the eyes of the Philippine Securities & Exchange Commission. Here’s a scanned copy of the certificate:

But little do people know that the PWDO was sparked from a discussion thread in Plurk last September, after WordCamp 2008. Seven months after that– after sever meetings in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Gateway Mall in Quezon City, after several planning sessions, and after bumps along the road, the PWDO is now a bonafide organization.

Thanks to the efforts of Ia Lucero, Mae PaulinoJojo EsposaJP Dela Torre, Alfredo Palconit, and Aja Lapus for making this registration possible.

Where do we go from here? Making the BIG Web Design Conference in July 10, 2009 happen. šŸ™‚

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following bloggers:

They shared their valuable time and insights at the 1st Winning Internet Marketing Strategies & Tactics course at AIM this afternoon.

3rd function() & .class Mini Web Design Conference

The third function() & .class Mini Web Design Conference is going to happen this January 22, 2009 at Cosmopoint Philippines 5th flr. CTTM Square Bldg, Timog Avenue corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City. (Here’s a map to the event venue)

This is the first time the mini web conference will be held in a different venue and the roster of speakers are pretty good:

We’d like to thank the following for making the event possible and sponsoring nice raffle items:  Cosmopoint, Philippine Web Accessibility Group, MunchPunch and Edsa Hosting.

2nd Mini Web Design Conference

Thanks to the success of the first Mini Web Design Conference, we’re coming up with a follow up! šŸ˜€

The second Form, Function & Class will be held tomorrow at the G2VC Tech Bar in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The roster of speakers are:

It’s a longer list of speakers so I’m sure it will be a very enriching evening. šŸ™‚
Check out Ia’s post for more info.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend because I’ll be having my thesis defense on the 27th and the 28th. šŸ™
But I’m sure the 2nd Mini Web Design Conference will also be a smashing success.

Jerry Yang Resigns as Yahoo CEO; Acquisition Now Likely

Jerry Yang, Co-founder of struggling internet giant Yahoo, has agreed to step down as the Chief Executive Officer of the company and his resignation will be effective as soon as a replacement for him has been found.

This move has been received well by the markets as Yahoo’s stock increased 4 percent a few hours after the announcement. Yahoo’s stock was trading over twice its current stock price a quarter ago and thrice when Yang took over in June 2007. During his tenure as CEO, Yang saw the stock price drop by 66%, resisted a takeover by Microsoft, and blew an advertising deal with Google. Experts and shareholders alike welcomed Yang’s move.

How did Jerry Yang announce his relinquishing of the Yahoo seat? Through a memo with his distinct style: no capital letters. He will be sliding over to the position of Chief Yahoo.

This move also makes the acquisition of Yahoo a strong possibility… sooner than I initially thought.

Sun Microsystems & Microsoft Pair-up for Survival

In the news, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft recently agreed on a distribution deal to include Microsoft’s Live Search Box in the download of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

How desperate times can make bed fellows out of former foes…

In 2004, Sun and Microsoft were embroiled in a legal battle where Microsoft ended up settling with Sun for a cool $2 billion. Fast forward to 2008, Microsoft is a weak third force in the search engine wars against Google and Yahoo! and Sun just bled another $1.7 billion in the previous quarter.

So in essence, the deal makes sense because Microsoft wants the traffic and Sun needs the cash. However, I find this deal a bit annoying because I can’t imagine a Microsoft prompt in a Java installer. Why? It’s a bit irrational, but I worked with a Sun project before and I saw how the battle with MS was very tight. And now they’re friends all of a sudden? Sheesh.

Anyways, the deal also is a copy-cat move from Mictosoft to catch Google. If you remember, Google and Sun partnered in a similar deal a while back, but the deal is now defunct.

Let’s see if this odd couple can score a win.

RIP Yahoo!: 1994-2009?

Some people are hearing the death knells toll for Yahoo!, recently beleaguered as Google walked away from an advertising partnership between the two search giants. Google walked away because the US Department of Justice vowed to file an antitrust lawsuit to block the deal.

Some analysts were saying that Yahoo! was counting on the deal to maintain a viable financial position to operate independently. But with this latest setback, the roof could now be caving on what was once considered the “IT” company of the Internet age. What Yahoo is looking at now are getting itself bought by spurned buyer Microsoft, or being gobbled up by TimeWarner’s AOL unit. If Yahoo goes for Microsoft, expect their selling price to be significantly lower than Microsoft’s initial offer of $44.6 billion.

Either way, Yahoo! is now in a precarious position. Unless a miracle deal happens, Yahoo! as we know it won’t be here in two years.