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 the annual conference hosted at UC Berkeley by FASTER. Every year, our conference highlights and celebrates the work of leading Filipino American technology professionals making an impact on the tech industry and seeks to strengthen our collective and tech professional network.

This year's keynote speaker is serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and tech pioneer, Dado Banatao.

We are excited to reach out to other prominent leaders in STEAM fields to participate in this year’s conference, which also includes professional breakouts for professional members of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and independent tech professionals, a new focus for technical women via Filipinas In Computing (under the Anita Borg Institute), and pursuing careers in tech startup entrepreneurship. Our attendees also include mentees were participate in our annual year-long mentorship program with students interested in pursuing tech careers.

This event is co-organized by FASTER and UCB PAAC (Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter).

This year, FASTERCON is sponsored by the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and the Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC-SV).



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.

The Team

Meet the people bringing FASTER to life.

National Board of Directors

Charity Nicolas

President, Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter (PAAC)

Evelyn Obamos

Board Member, FASTER PROs
Founder, Pilipinos @ Pinterest
International Program Manager, Pinterest

Executive Committee + Advisers

Kristian Kabuay

Balay School

Kendrick Geluz Kho

Investor, Hone Capital
Head of Data, STAC-SV

John Salazar

Deal Solutions and Support Specialist, Salesforce

Aldrin Montana

Tech Committee
Ph.D. Student @ UC Santa Cruz

Monali Chuatico

Tech Committee
Software Engineer Intern, Restvo
Computer Science Student @ SFSU

Shanan Almario

Tech Committee
University of Alaska Anchorage 2017

Code of Conduct

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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