FASTERCON 2018 Speakers

Opening Remarks

Romeo Marquez

ROMEO MARQUEZ JR. is a sought-after international speaker, #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author of ""The Success Messages” host of The Soul Greatness Podcast, and as of recent, Head of TFCU (an initiative of ABS-CBN International to inspire college students and young professionals to their full potential).He has delivered more than a 1,000 presentations to over 1 million audience members across the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe helping organizations to entrepreneurs to CEOs achieve extraordinary results.From the TEDx stage in India to sharing the stage with Kevin Harrington (former 'Shark' on ABC's hit show ""Shark Tank"") to working with notable names such as the Black Eyed Peas, Dwayne ""The Rock"" Johnson and Jim Carrey, Romeo's mission is to help people maximize their potential so that they live a life with purpose and passion.

The Honorable Raquel R. Solano

San Francisco Philippine Deputy Consul General Development

Erin Jerri Malonzo Pangilinan

ERIN is a Silicon Valley native, born and raised, a computational designer, artist, and software engineer hybrid, author, educator. She works as lead co-editor and contributor of the O’Reilly collective anthology, Creating Augmented and Virtual Realities (March 2019 release), focused on teaching cross-platform software development of immersive and emerging technology. In 2017, Erin was selected as a Diversity Fellow at the USF’s Data Science Institute in the Deep Learning program and is also a participant in the 2018 cohort of Oculus Launch Pad. In 2015, Erin co-founded 2 national professional development and education organizations, FASTER and ARVR Academy, which focus on diversity and inclusion serving women and underrepresented communities in tech. In her prior career, she worked as official electoral campaign staff to elect then-candidate, now Congressman Ro Khanna (California Congressional District 17, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce) and co-founder of Tech For Obama, Steve Spinner on digital strategy, finance, ethnic media, and Filipino American voter outreach. Erin earned her BA f rom UC Berkeley.

Charity Nicolas

CHARITY has over 25 years of experience in the field of Environment, Health and Safety Engineering. She has worked with all levels of management f rom f ront-line to C-Suite to develop and implement safety programs to keep people safe. She has worked in multiple industries f rom agricultural to semiconductor, public to private, and start-ups to global. Her main clients are Fortune 100 companies. Charity is currently a Safety Practice Lead and manages a team of consultants in the US West. Some areas of expertise include Safety Management, Federal and State Regulations, Emergency & Disaster Planning, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Safety Programs and Training. She believes in building community wherever you go, and is a strong advocate for mentorship programs. Aside f rom her roles in PAAC and FASTER, Charity founded a non-profit called Tech-In-Color, focused on connecting underrepresented minority students to professionals of color working in the Bay Area tech industry.


Dado Banatao

Tech Entrepreneur, Investor, Philantropist, Tallwood AdventuresTEC, and Phildev Foundation

Rajiv Paul Ayyangar

As a product manager with a data science background, RAJIV has built and scaled many data-intensive products, including Aviate (acquired by Yahoo), Delectable (acq. by Vinous), and most recently as founder/CEO of Cryptagon, building analytics tools for the digital currency ecosystem. Rajiv did his undergraduate at Princeton in Biochemical Engineering, where he was a Banatao Scholar. In his spare time, he has ongoing projects in rock climbing, wine, and music.

"When in doubt, prioritize learning."

Engineering Panel

Nathan Murthy | Katherine Loh | Liezel Puzon

Elizabeth Bautista

A pioneer in advocating for diversity and gender equality,ELIZABETH BAUTISTA is Group Lead for Operations at NERSC, a US Department of Energy Office of Science computational facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Elizabeth shakes up traditional thinking in technology by ensuring her team come f rom diverse backgrounds through actively supporting programs that seek to involve women in STEM, championing staff retention policies, inclusion and workforce development practices, and advocating for training the next generation of STEM professionals through hands on experience.Elizabeth’s team ensure 24x7 accessibility, reliability, and security of NERSC high performance systems, data storage and the network that support global scientific research and collaboration.

Skills Workshop

Charity Nicolas | Jesse Ante | Robert Firme

Christine Songco Lau

CHRISTINE joined Google in 2003 and is currently a Senior Program Manager in Engineering, managing the Open Source Outreach team at Google. Through the years at Google, she’s worked as a Consumer Operations Manager, a Technical Program Manager, a Developer Relations Manager, and a Chief of Staff. Prior to Google, she was a Software Engineer at IBM and a Sales Engineer at various telecommunications companies. Areas of expertise include program, project and people management in Engineering. Outside of work, Christine loves being a wife, a mom of two toddlers, and enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, traveling, and cooking/eating.

Estela-Marie Go

ESTELA is currently a Leadership Recruiter for Google Cloud Programs, and in her tenure at Google has hired into 30+ product areas for 130+ hiring managers across engineering. She specializes in full cycle (source to close) niche hiring while serving as a trusted talent advisor for business leaders across industries. In addition, she project manages global initiatives to scale and optimize the hiring process and facilitates courses at Google. In her spare time, she is an avid editor and greatly enjoys mentoring. Estela graduated with her B.A. and M.A. in Communication, with a focus on Virtual Reality, from Stanford University.

"Believe in your hustle, and never forget to live the day like each day is your whole life."

Raymond Delacruz

RAYMOND is a Business Operations & Analytics Manager at StubHub. Prior to StubHub, he worked at Deloitte Consulting. Outside of work he sits on the Board of Directors of SF's largest provider of Early Head Start, Wu Yee. He graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Business Administration. He is committed to providing resources and mentorship to the community.

Careers in Tech #1

Bianca Tamayo | Rajiv Ayyangar

Kristian Kabuay

KRISTIAN KABUAY was born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent his college years in the Philippines where he honed his knowledge about the native ancient writing system, Baybayin. Kristian is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems.

"Keep Experimenting."

Espiridion Elio III

I studied pre-med in undergrad and made a career transition into tech while getting my MBA at UCI. I’ve worked in multiple business development and operational roles at companies including Ingram Micro, Infosys and Twitter. Currently, I’m the Director of Product Support Operations at Coinbase, helping the organization scale quickly in order to build a open financial system for the world. I’m a fan of travel, terrible NY sports teams and eating (sinigang, anyone?).

"When you're in school, it's completely normal to not know exactly what you want to do in your future career. Don't be afraid to ask questions, learn new things, and build a trusted network."

Careers in Tech #2

Eric J. Daza

DR. DAZA is a senior statistician at Clarify Health, a health tech company for improving patient care through software solutions for patients, clinicians, providers, and payers. He also leads the Causes and Associations in Single-Individual Analysis (CASIA) Project for individualized discovery of health-related causes and effects using machine learning and data f rom wearable devices, sensors, and apps.Prior to Clarify Health, Eric J. was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He had previously earned his DrPH in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Earlier, he had completed his MPS in Applied Statistics and BA in Neurobiology at Cornell University. He has worked in both industry and academia; specifically, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, clinical trials, survey sampling, global nutrition, maternal/child health, and health promotion / disease prevention. His interests include causal inference, longitudinal analysis, n-of-1/single-subject studies, public health, minority health, the microbiome, and gun violence.

Mario Basa Lugay

As Justice Funders’ Innovation Director, MARIO pilots and scales both innovation and coordinated action that advances social movements. Mario comes to the organization via Stanford’s, where he served as a 2017 Civic Innovation Fellow, and currently holds the position of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Guidestar, and is founder of the technology platform, Giving Side.Mario co-founded New American Leaders, a national organization training first- and second- generation immigrants to run for elected office. He has held leadership positions at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, as well as the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. He built significant community organizing experience as the National Coordinator of Racial Justice 911 and at CAAAV in the Northwest Bronx.Mario is a long-time philanthropic and nonprofit consultant, speaker and trainer. He is an advisor to the High Net Worth POC Donor Collaborative, Digital Impact and New Media Mentors. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Mikaela Reyes

MIKA is a Kleiner Perkins product fellow who was most recently an early product manager at Ripcord & Kumu. Her biggest dream is to impact the growth tech and innovation economies in Southeast Asia starting with her home in the Philippines.

Identity Caucus

Mark Gabriel Montalban

Learning f rom and working with some of the top startup minds globally, MARK wears multiple hats within the global pre-seed accelerator called The Founder Institute. Currently, he is leading East Bay Founder Institute as a Director. In his spare time he works on an ideation program called

Meriam "Yami" Bautista

MERIAM “YAMI” BAUTISTA, Chair of Filipinas in Computing, a subgroup of Asian Women in Computing and AnitaB.Org Systers Community . She was a Grace Hopper Scholarship Recipient in 2015. She was the founding Vice-President of the Filipino Student Council in New South Wales. Also an active IEEE volunteer in NSW section, as secretary for IEEE Women in Engineering NSW Affinity Group, Past chair of IEEE-UTS Student Branch and Chair for IEEE WiE Education under Education Society. Meriam is originally f rom Bukidnon, Philippines and now lives in Sydney, Australia. She holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering degree from MSU–Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines and M.S. in Microelectronics f rom National Taipei University in Taiwan. Currently, is she pursuing her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, doing research in the area of passive integrated circuit design for millimetre wave applications.

Earl Martin Valencia

EARL is a venture advisor for start-ups and corporate innovation teams where he focuses on growing companies or emerging business units f rom seed to scale. Based in San Francisco, he is currently a Managing Director at Charles Schwab Company. He was part of the Advanced Engineering team for Dell EMC and previously was the Program Manager for Corporate Data at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund. He is passionate about the intersection of innovation and impact and is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders community and awarded by the President of the Philippines as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Men and Women of the country.Earl co-founded QBO, the National Innovation Center of the Philippines and IdeaSpace Foundation, an incubator and accelerator based in Manila with $12M in funding and 50+ impact-focused portfolio companies.

Kendrick Geluz Kho

KENDRICK GELUZ KHO spent his childhood between Manila and the San Francisco Bay Area. From this bicultural upbringing, he entered Stanford University, studying energy technology with the intention of improving living conditions in emerging nations. In the years following, he spent time working in renewable energy, virtual reality, and management consulting. He holds a MS in Management Science and Engineering, a BS in Earth Systems, and a BS in Science, Technology, and Society, all f rom Stanford.Currently an investment associate at Hone Capital, Kendrick aims to help fledgling companies in Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in fintech, blockchain, and ML/AI startups. Outside of his work, Kendrick enjoys playing multiple sports, including football and soccer. He's also an avid traveler and has visited over twenty-five countries. Feel free to reach out to him on LinkedIn!

Evelyn Obamos

Evelyn Obamos identifies as an island-born city girl who thrives at the intersection of lifelong learning, hustlin, and chill af vibes. She plays tennis for fun and sings karaoke for sport. What her resume won’t tell you is that she fits the bill of what some people controversially describe as living the American dream, and her mom still has no clue what her day job at Pinterest entails.

Chrizar Malonzo

STUDENT ORGANIZERSDANI is a 4th year at UC Berkeley studying Chemical Biology. She is interested in the pharmaceutical industry and lab work after college. She is also this year's Internal Vice President for PASAE, where she manages and facilitates the intern program.DANIELLECARINOINTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT, FASTERCON PLANNING,PILIPINO ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTISTS, ARCHITECTS, & ENGINEERSAJ is currently a third-year Computer Science and Cognitive Science major with a minor in Music at UC Berkeley. He is this year's Life Science Representative in PASAE, aiding in planning and facilitating various professional development events for its members and the rest of the Pilipinx community at Berkeley. With regards to FASTER, AJ was on the FASTERCON18 Planning Committee."YOU ARE NEVER ALONE; WE CARRY THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND LEGACY OF OUR ROOTS, FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THOSE WHO COME AFTER US."ADRIAN JULE "AJ" SALESSCIENCE REPRESENTATIVE,PILIPINO ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTISTS, ARCHITECTS, & ENGINEERS#FASTERCON1821CHRIZAR MALONZO a.k.a. DJ QZR, and “Q” has been entertaining the masses for over 20 years. At an early age, Q was formerly trained in classical music, in the instruments of saxophone, keys, and later on full percussion. He attributes many of his skills f rom his f riends Abstract Vibez DJ Nick at Nite (Sifu Nicolo R.I.P.), Abstract Vibez DJ RockyRock an international artist, DJ Christylz of 102.5 KDON, Chris "DJ Flict" Aparri, DJ E-Jay turntablist extraordinaire, and many more. He was influenced by the early Bay Area DJ Turntabalist/Mobile, BBoy/Girl, MCing, and Street Art Scene including some of the greats DJ Q-Bert, D-Styles, Mix Master Mike, The Bangerz, DJ SwiftRock (R.I.P.), MindMotion, Chrismixx, AM, and many more. Q’s clientele includes a long list of of Silicon Valley’s tech companies including Microsoft and Cisco. When not DJing, DJ Qzr loves spending time with his family including his 3 children in Santa Clara. He continues to volunteer his time DJing school fundraisers and coaching Little League Baseball.

Jerome Atendido | Kristian Kabuay