FASTER's mission is to create and cultivate a valuable movement of Filipino Americans in the Silicon Valley technology community across a wide range of professions (engineers, designers, managers, scientists, entrepreneurs, etc). In doing so, we strengthen professional ties and networks across the Bay Area and provide a foundation for Filipino American youth to build their careers in the technology industry.

Professional Development

We strive to create an open space for communication and collaboration among like-minded groups of technology professionals, which include Filipino and Asian American employee resource groups, community meetup groups, and nonprofit organizations operating in the industry.

Education and Youth Outreach

Through our mentorship programs with local universities, we strive to help Filipino American youth achieve their career goals while strengthening the pipeline of new talent for technology companies and startups in the process. Apply to be a mentor here.

Community Building

Whether in the form of online social media channels or offline events and conferences, we aim to provide venues for community members to participate in enriching our growing community of technology professionals and students.



We seek to increase visibility and celebrate the contributions of Filipino Americans in tech, those who inspire leadership across professions in the industry.


We seek to centralize our community by gathering, organizing, and making information on Filipino Americans in tech more accessible with an open-source community database of self-identified Filipino Americans in various professions in tech.


Silicon Valley's rich history of Asian American contributions is significant, FASTER helps bring together our community of stories of Filipino American contributions to the tech industry.


FASTERCON is our annual conference focused on highlighting and strengthening the network of Filipino American technology professionals in the Bay Area.

FASTERCON 2016 was held on October 9, 2016 at Anna Head Alumnae Hall in UC Berkeley. The conference agenda included several keynote speeches on the future of Filipino Americans in tech, workshops on entrepreneurship and design, and panel discussions on engineering and professional development for underrepresented communities in the industry. (See detailed agenda below)



FASTERCON is open to all - students, technology professionals, entrepreneurs and allies and supporters of the Filipino American community in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. If you are interested in partnering with us for FASTERCON 2017, reach out to us through any of the communication channels below.


  • Registration & Networking

  • Opening Remarks

    Erin Jerri Malonzo Pangilinan
    FASTER Co-Founder (Cal '08), Entrepreneur

    Carlos Miguel Lasa
    FASTER Co-Founder (Cal '16, MIMS)
    Technical Program Manager, Twitter

  • Emcee Remarks

    Michelle Florendo
    Career Coach (Stanford '04, Haas MBA '10)

  • Sponsor Remarks

    Jonesy Castro
    Executive Director, Philippine Development Foundation (Cal '00)

  • Sponsor Remarks

    Christina Rodriguez Laskowski
    President, Science Technology Advisory Council-Silicon Valley (STAC-SV)

  • Keynote Speaker

    Yobie Benjamin
    Serial Entrepreneur, Former CTO at Citigroup, Co-Founder of Avegant Glyph, 2015 Davos Technology Pioneer (World Economic Forum)

  • Entrepreneurship Panel

    Moderator: Angelo Ocampo
    The Private Placement Group, Associate

    JR Calanoc
    CEO and Co-Founder, Panalo Solutions
    Lieza Danan-Leon
    Senior Scientist & Head of Spectometry, AbbVie (Stemcentrx)
    Irwin Gonzales
    Co-Founder, Chariot, Founder, JamOut
    Anatalio Ubalde
    CEO and Co-Founder, GIS Planning and ZoomProspector.com

  • Engineering Session

    Opening Remarks: Jesse Ante
    Cal '70, School of Engineering

    Anne Aaron
    Director, Video Algorithms, Netflix
    Nick Kridler
    Data Scientist, StitchFix
    Katherine Loh
    Solutions Engineer, Sift Science (Cal '08, Cognitive Science & Computer Science)
    Kevin Gabayan
    Software Engineer, Google (Android, Bump), FYLPro Fellow

  • Design, Animation, and Virtual Reality Workshop

    Christine Javier
    UX Designer & Mentor (Cal '11)
    Patrici Flores
    Product Designer (Cal '08)
    Monika Jo
    VR and Marketing Consultant, Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (Cal '91)
    Ed Zapanta
    Mechanical Design Engineer, HCL Technologies
    Angelo Hizon
    3D Artist, SF Virtual Reality (SFVR)

  • Professional Breakout Session

    This session is focused on the topics of career development and communities of support for underrepresented groups in the technology industry.
    Filipino Googler Network
    Employee Resource Group, Google
    Cheryl Palarca
    HR Operations, Twitter Inc.
    Roland Abad
    Recruiter, Tesla Motors (Cal '92)

  • Community Presentation Session

    This session will focus on the relationship of the technology industry with the larger Bay Area community in various contexts.
    Evelyn Obamos
    International Project Manager, Pinterest
    Desi Daganan
    Managing Director, Plinth Agency
    (Desi will present SOMA Pilipinas)

  • Closing Remarks

    Charity Nicolas
    President, Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter

The Team

Meet the people bringing FASTER to life.


Erin Pangilinan

FASTER Co-Founder, Entrepreneur


Carlos Miguel Lasa

FASTER Co-Founder
Technical Program Manager, Twitter


Charity Nicolas

Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter (PAAC) President


Michelle Florendo

Career Coach, UC Berkeley Haas MBA

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