The Filipino Channel University (TFCU)
UCLA ℅ 2004
TFCU (The Filipino Channel University) is a student outreach program from The Filipino Channel (TFC) that seeks to reach out to college students by providing them access to role models within the Filipino American community who could provide inspiration, guidance and mentorship. The “U” stands for “University” because it is when second generation Filipino Americans go to university that they actively want to know more about their being Filipino. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, “U” also stands for Unity, which TFCU hopes to achieve. TFCU seeks to supplement the campus experience for the community by connecting the young people to experts in various fields who could inspire and empower by sharing life lessons. FASTER is proud to work with TFCU as a media partner on mentorship.
The Honerable Raquel R. Solano
San Francisco Philippine Deputy Consul General
Erin Jerri Malonzo Pangilinan
Cal ℅ ‘08/09 L&S, USF Deep Learning Fellow ‘17-18
FASTER Founder, Board of Directors, President
O’Reilly Media, Co-Editor and Contributor, Creating Augmented + Virtual Realities
Oculus (A Facebook Company) Launch Pad ‘18 Fellow
As we celebrate Filipino American HXStory month, we share FASTER’s story which includes: an overview of FASTER, our upcoming projects from expansion outside of the Bay Area, the need for a robust online community database, and book writing project in progress documenting FilipinX American contributions to the tech industry in the United States. All book proceeds will benefit the - Filipino American National Historical Society (FAHNS) x FASTER.
FASTER Board of Directors
Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter PAAC President
Founder TechInColor High School Outreach Program
Learn more about getting involved in FASTER and the vision for Tech-In-Color, service to high school students of color in the Bay Area.
Tallwood Ventures, PhilDev Foundation, Tech Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist
Fireside Chat Moderator: Rajiv Ayyangar
Banatao Scholar (Princeton) CEO
“My story could be your story.” Hear Silicon Valley pioneer, Dado Banatao share his story and life experiences in the tech industry. Ask your your burning questions and answers at bit.ly/askdado or tweet at @fastersv #FASTERCON18 #AskDado.
Moderator: Nathan Murthy
Cal alumnus ℅ 2010
Stanford PASU alumnus
Facebook Applied Machine Learning
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC)
Operations Technology Group Lead
Sift Science (formerly Google)
Join us for a panel discussion with engineers from across industries talk about their journeys into the tech industry and the hardships they overcame to get there.
Option A: Software Engineering: Techinical Interview Preparation
Christine Songco Lau
Google, Engineering Manager, Filipino Googler Network Co-Founder
Google, Leadership Recruiter
Nervous about technical interviews? Not sure about what to include/exclude from your resume? Join Google Engineering Manager Christine Songco Lau and Google Leadership Recruiter Estela-Marie Go for a workshop on how to best prepare for a technical interview.
Option B: Business Operations/ Consulting
Program Manager/ Metrics & Business Insights Lead | Global Business Operations, StubHub
Ever wonder how data analysis plays into the underlying operations of a company? Join Raymond Delacruz from Stubhub to learn about all the analytical skills necessary for providing insight from a business perspective.
Option C: Briding Across Generations of Tech - Mentorship Breakout
BSI Cal ‘94
Cal ‘68, ‘70, School of Engineering
Nervous about approaching someone you’d like to mentor you? How can you be active in sustaining a mentor/mentee relationship? Join Pilipino American Alumni Chapter’s President, Charity Nicolas, in breaking down the skills you need to create a successful mentorship, while learning about FASTER’s mentorship program.
Option A: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Espiridion Elio III
Coinbase, Director of Operations and Product Support
Blockchain is one of the hottest buzzwords in today’s tech-scene. But what is blockchain and how can you get into the industry? Join Rajiv Ayyangar, Founder and CEO of Cryptagon.io as he walks you through his journey towards the field of cryptocurrency and the skills essential for this industry and ask Q&A to Espiridion Ellio, staff at Coinbase.
Option B: Software Engineering Across Industries
Tesla, Software Engineer
Software Engineering has such a broad scope within the tech industry, spanning across all sectors of the professional world. Do you choose a job based off of sector, company, or position? Join Bianca Tamayo, Software Engineer at Tesla where you’ll go through deciding factors that can steer you in different directions, and the uncertainty that comes with each of them.
Option C: Art and Enterprise: Learn more about art in SaaS and other tech products including experience in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR).
DevOps, Gap. Diversity & Inclusion Council at Gap, Sulat Kamay Team Creative Director. FASTER Board of Directors, FASTER PROS Co-Chair
Option A: Product Management
Kleiner Perkins, Fellow, Ripcord
Product management - the crossroads between strategy, business, and engineering. With the many hats a product manager wears, what are the essentials to have when seeking out this role? Talk with Mikaela Reyes, KPCB Product Fellow, about a day in the life of a product manager and walk through the development cycle of a new product.
Option B: Tech and Social Impact
Innovation Director, Justice Funders (formerly Kapor Capital)
There’s no doubt that the tech industry holds insurmountable power in the modern age. So how can we apply the innovation of tech to social issues? Come chat with Mario Lugay, Innovation Director at Justice Funders, about tech’s current and future impact (both positive and negative) on our society.
Option C: HealthTech
DrPH - Clarify Health, Senior Statistician (formerly Stanford, Postdoctoral Scholar; UNC Chapel Hill, Cornell alumnus)
Wearable technology such as Fitbits and Apple watches are one of the many ways that tech has integrated into our daily lives to monitor our health. Join Eric Daza, straight out of his Post-Doc at Stanford in Biostatistics, to learn more about the research methods that go into studying health data, and the statistical analyses done on them.
Option #1: Pinays In Tech - Filipinas In Computing - Technical Women Workshop
Meriam (Yami) Bautista
Chair, Filipinas in Computing - Systers Affinity Group of AnitaB.Org , PhD Candidate - University of Technology Sydney, Founding VP of Filipino Student Council of NSW (FISC), Chair-IEEE NSW WiEE, Filipina Women STEM
There are known challenges to being a woman of color in the tech industry, but there is also power in representation. Join Yami Bautista, Chair of Filipinas in Computing, in dissecting this intersectionality.
Option #2: FASTER PROS
Founder, Filipinos at Pinterest, International Project Manager, Pinterest, FASTER Board of Directors, FASTER PROS Co-Chair (USF alumnus)
DevOps, Gap. Co-Head of Asian Americans at Gap. FASTER Board of Directors, FASTER PROS Co-Chair
Diversity and Inclusion, Pandora, FASTER Adviser
After several years of being involved in community organizing and surrounded by folks with similar backgrounds and values, the professional world can feel isolating. Join Evelyn Obamos, founder of Filipinos at Pinterest, Kristian Kabuay, Co-Head of Asian Americans at Gap, and Jerome Atendido, Diversity and Inclusion at Pandora, for a discussion on the power of Employee Resource Groups and finding your community at a company.
Option #3: FASTER - FRESH Entrepreneurship
Earl Martin Valencia
Managing Director, Charles Schwab, formerly Bridgewater, Founder, IdeaSpace Philippines, FASTER Adviser, STAC-SV Board (Stanford alumnus)
Head of Data, HoneCap (Stanford alumnus), FASTER Adviser, STAC-SV Board
Founders Institute, Director, East Bay Founder Institute & Founder, iDEAQUEST.co
Are you full of ideas of ways to disrupt technology and improve the world? Or maybe you’ve just started thinking about how awesome it would be to be your own boss. Either way, join our entrepreneurial experts, who have leadership experience from all the different phases of start-ups, in a workshop that will take you from idea creation all the way to pitching to funders.
Beyond 12, Data Engineer, FASTER Board + FASTERCON Young Alumni Organizing Committee Chair (Cal ℅ 2016)
Isabella de Leon
UC Berkeley, Pilipino Association of Scientists Architects and Engineers (PASAE) FASTERCON Liaison, Computer Science
UC Berkeley, PASAE External Vice President, Cognitive Science