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.

Every year, FASTERCON is held during Filipino American Heritage Month. FASTERCON 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Martin Luther King Junior Student (MLKJ) Student Union - Pauley Ballroom in UC Berkeley.

The agenda will include several workshops on branding and professional development, panels about entrepreneurship and engineering, and an evening community networking mixer featuring Virtual + Augmented + Mixed Reality (AR VR MR XR) artists + developers. This event is open to all - students (open to other college level students outside of UC Berkeley and Stanford), technology professionals, entrepreneurs and allies and supporters of the Filipino American community in the Bay Area.

This event is co-organized by FASTER, UC Berkeley PASAE (Pilipino Association of Scientists, Architects and Engineers), UC Berkeley PASS (PilipinX Academic Student Services), UCB PAAC (Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter), Stanford Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) and Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network (SPAN).

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



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

  • FASTER Mission and Vision

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

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

  • Welcome Remarks

    Commissioner Celynne Layug
    Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), on behalf of Philippine Consul General Henry Bensurto

    Romeo Marquez Jr.
    Emcee, FASTERCON '17
    International Speaker, Coach

  • Entrepreneurship Panel

    Philippine Development Foundation

    Moderator: Kendrick Kho
    Head of Data, Hone Capital

    Reshma Khilnani
    Founder + CTO, MedXT acquired by Box

    Rey Faustino
    Founder + CEO, OneDegree (YC W14)

  • Breakout #1 - Branding Workshops

    Option A: - Resume Critique / Whiteboarding / Portfolio Review - Mentor+Mentee Session (Students)

    Facilitated by: FASTER

    Option B: Pitch yourself - Pitch a company, your idea! (Students and Professionals)

    Co-Facilitated by:

    Irwin Gonzales
    Founder + CEO, JamOut, Chariot (exited)

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

  • Breakout #2 - Professional Development Workshops

    Option A: Exploring Technology (Students)

    Tech Verticals: Biotech, Software and Hardware Engineering, Design, Business Development/Sales/Marketing, IP Law, Other Fields

    Facilitated by:

    Michelle Florendo
    President/Chair, Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network

    Option B: Career Guidance in Tech - A Discussion on Mentors and Employee Resource Groups (Professionals)

    Facilitated by:

    Jerome Atendido
    Sales Training and Enablement Specialist, Pandora
    ERG Operations Lead, Pandora Mixtape

    Carlos Miguel Lasa
    Technical Program Manager, Twitter
    Professional Development Lead, Twitter Asians

  • Engineering Panel

    Introduction: Jesse Ante
    Cal ℅ 1970, School of Engineering

    Moderator: Carlos Miguel Lasa
    Technical Program Manager, Twitter

    Nathan Murthy
    Software Engineer, Tesla, SolarCity (UC Berkeley ℅ 2010)

    Noelle Sio Saldana
    Principal Data Scientist, Pivotal

    Katrina Montinola
    Former VP Engineering, Archimedes; Former Director of Engineering, Oracle)

  • Closing Remarks

  • Community Networking Mixer

    6PM - 8PM; Food and drinks to be served.

  • Primer on AR, VR, MR, XR

    Curated by: Erin Pangilinan
    Co-Founder, ARVR Academy

    Neilda Pacquing
    AR VR MR Evangelist, SparkWorks Creative; Former UX Designer, Sephora, Bank of America

    Jewel Lim
    Oculus Launchpad Participant

  • Demo Showcase Session: VR AR MR XR Designers, Developers, Artists

    Troy Norcross
    Co-Founder, GameHearts LLC

    Jomar Sevilla
    Lead Engineer, STRIVR

All proceeds of FASTERCON will go toward mentorship programs for Filipino American youth in the Bay Area.

The Team

Meet the people bringing FASTER to life.


Erin Pangilinan

FASTER Co-Founder


Carlos Miguel Lasa

FASTER Co-Founder
Technical Program Manager, Twitter


Charity Nicolas

President, Cal Pilipino American Alumni Chapter (PAAC)


Michelle Florendo

President, Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network (SPAN)

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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