Tech Events, more Awards and an Ad-Supported Free WiFi

Tech Events, more Awards and an Ad-Supported Free WiFi

Cute, small and cheap laptops are in so every manufacturer wants to jump into the bandwagon. Here’s a collection of tech news links and Makati’s version of San Francisco’s free wifi city.


  • Eric Salas has a blog project — it’s a literary blog called The Blog Awards Challenge. Check it out at, a blog competition combining literary skills, interactivity and peer polling!
  • Intel Philippines will launch the Neo Explore this Friday. It’s the retail version of Intel’s renowned Classmate PC. Yes, another Asus Eee PC competitor.
  • There’s an upcoming 3-day New Media Conference on April 10 – 12, 2008. Visit or email [email protected] or call 339.0140 for reservations and inquiries. PTB Contributor Arnold Gamboa will talk about podcasting.
  • Jomar and author Bo Sanchez are organizing an Internet Marketing Workshop on March 28 and 29, 2008 (that’s this week-end). You can email beaconlight[email protected] for details.
  • Our readers here from Accenture will be proud to know that they’ve won Philippines ‘BPO Employer of the Year‘ Award at International ICT Awards. Total worldwide head count to date is 15,000. I wonder how many of them are Filipinos.
  • There’s also the Nokia N82 Wireless Adventure 2 launch party this April 8. The Wireless Adventure is akin to the amazing race and is held all around South East Asia by Nokia. Saw the line-up of contest participants last week and I think regular people like us would have a hard time getting into that list (half of them are celebs!).

Of course, do check out the latest about the blog awards and the iBlog Summit on April 26.

Ah, also check out my recent entry at Pinoy Tech Blog about this new ad-supported WiFi service that’s sprouting all over Makati. It’s called WiGO (Wifi on the GO?) and users get unlimited internet connection by downloading and install an ad toolbar. Take that San Francisco (okay, we’re not close to that yet).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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13 Responses

  1. Ordnacin says:

    WiGo soon to be WillGo bankrupt… I just don’t see ad supported free wifi being feasible…

  2. vance says:

    para may spyware kung install ka ng Ads toolbar, isn’t that why people stop using app that comes with those and do you really want to install that your notebook. I’ll just go to Robinson Ortigas and surf for free. hehe

  3. Jeffrey says:

    Hhhhmm, that depends on how the people behind WiGO would handle it.

    The Libre tabloid is still alive and free.

    New Media Conference is a Christian based conference.

  4. yuga says:

    Come to think of it, a business DSL service only costs about Php5,000. I saw ads on Dell and other restaurants in the area.

    To recuperate the Php5,000 monthly operation (plus electricity) might be easy considering the target market are class A & B. Say 5 establishments paying Php1,000 per month sounds a good idea to me.

    Another company, EYP, has been doing this for over a year now though their strategy is a little different, it’s still ad-supported (or maybe patron-supported).

    That does not include the data mining they get for every member registration.

  5. LiNTEK says:

    “That does not include the data mining they get for every member registration” <– Hmmnnn….. I think this is the obvious part…..

  6. BrianB says:

    Abe is getting killed at Brian G.’s blog.

  7. Talksmart says:

    Thanks for the free promotion master Yuga! Thanks a million times….

  8. Talksmart says:

    Thanks for the free promotion master Yuga! Thanks a million times….

    The blogaward challenge will soon start. I hope many would join.

  9. BrianB says:

    Sad, sad news. Just accdentaly erased my desktop items. Stupid MacBook. 20GB worth of files! Damn

  10. vance says:

    @brianB sorry for your loass. As all the experts says back Up! Backk Up! Back Up! hehehe. Peace.

  11. vance says:

    Forgot to add something..

    Burger King is offering free internet access.. so that would be another way to get free connection. Sort of…

  12. jomar says:

    Abe, 15,000 accenture employees –that’s just the Manila Count. 99% pinoys.

  13. jomar says:

    Thanks for the plug abe! For detailed questions if anybody’s interested… visit

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