Numlock’s Ramon Pastor (3rd from left) at a MOA signing with Informatics
Here at Numlock, we don’t just make meaningful mobile applications, we also try to be “industry Obi-Wan-Kenobis” to young mobile dev padawans by encouraging I.T. students to consider mobile application development as a career option and acting as mentors for those who are interested in becoming mobile developers.
We kicked off this initiative in September 2010 by giving a talk on mobile development on behalf of the Philippine Mobile Developers Group (PhMoDev) at the 8th Philippine Youth Congress in I.T. We also attended a few speaking engagements at student-organized events in AMA Computer University, University of Sto. Tomas, and early this year, at Informatics Computer Institute.
We have challenged ourselves with a role: that of helping establish the Philippines as a world-class I.T. hub for the world’s mobile development needs. It’s a seemingly insurmountable goal but consider these:
1. We have excellent English communications skills;
2. We have quite a number of skilled mobile developers (Anino Games has developed mobile games for the likes of Playdom & Walt Disney, among other big-name clients; indie game developer KuyiMobile has successfully published mobile games that have been featured in the U.S. iTunes App Store);
3. We do not lack in creativity skills. Filipinos have been recognized in the international community for various artistic pursuits (Tony-award winning Lea Salonga, world-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue and highly regarded fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, to name a few).
The Philippines as a world-class mobile development hub may not be that far-fetched after all, right?
If you would like to help us in this initiative (whether it’s by asking us to give a talk on mobile development in your school or by involving us in mobile development industry-centric projects), just send an email to Ramon Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.