Mission

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.

OUR GOALS

Inspire

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

Organize

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.

Give

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

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).


Co-Organizers

Sponsors

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

Adviser
Balay School

Kendrick Geluz Kho

Adviser
Investor, Hone Capital
Head of Data, STAC-SV

John Salazar

Adviser
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

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