The very first Philippine BPO Virtual Assistant Conference was held last July 20 at the Informatics College located in Eastwood, Libis Quezon City. It was graced by several specialists in the BPO and Virtual Assistance industry as main speakers of the event. It is very rare that an elite group of speakers were assembled in one big event before.
The Philippine BPO and Virtual Assistant industry is rapidly growing in such a very fast pace that the demand for more skillful and highly trained online assistance practitioners has grown equally high, thus the conference was very relevant for many of the attendees who wants to become extra competitive.
The list of speakers included Leo Riingen – President of Informatics College, Alfredo Hernandez – Director of BPAP.org, Paul Rivera – CEO of Kalibrr.com, Bryce Maddock – CEO of TaskUs.com, Benj Arriola – SEO Director of Internet Marketing, SEO Services Inc., Jonas Diego – Creative Director and founder of JonasDiego.com, Grace Dimaranan – Board Director of the Animation Council of the Philippines, Jojy Azurin – Country Manager of Freelancer.com, Ken Sproule – CEO of Ko-Kard.com, and Jay Pasana – Founder of the Philippine Virtual Assistant Network. Leading the event and acting as host of the day was Arriane Symmes, President of GlobalTechSource.net.
Next to share his expertise was the very vibrant Alfredo Hernandez from the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), or now known as the Information Technology and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), has shared with us some of the more popular trends in the Philippine IT-BPO industry. IBPAP is the enabling association for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry in the Philippines. IBPAP serves as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the industry. IBPAP assists investors in setting up operations easily and quickly in the Philippines thus their inputs during the conference were very valuable to the attendees.
The dashing Paul Rivera of Kalibrr presented on how to use BPO as a platform for a long term professional career. Kalibrr offers online training to would help you get a call center job fast and easy. The world is coming to the Philippines and Kalibrr wants to make sure we are prepared to seize those opportunities. Kalibrr is transforming the talent economy and hopes to contribute greatly to sustainable economic growth in the country, and eventually, beyond. Is everyone going to be studying online now and is Kalibrr going to put schools out of business?
Who can forget the Vin Diesel look-alike Ken Sproule of Ko-Kard who delivered a presentation that grabbed the attention of all….and oh, did I mention he wore a “Barong” in the presentation? He looked more Filipino among the other speakers present at that time. Seriously, since most of us wants to get paid conveniently, Ko-Kard was a well embraced topic of the day. The company is a refreshing alternative to Paypal. Ko-Kard has revolutionized the use of a reloadable MasterCard ATM Card as an easy and safe method to receive money sent from anyone anywhere in the world. Ko-kard is not a credit card but a re-loadable, Prepaid Access ATM debit card which can have funds repeatedly loaded onto the Kard through the ko-kard website.
Incidentally, Benj has already created an article about the event. The link below also contains the video presented during the conference.
Lastly but definitely not the least, Jay Pasana from the Philippine Virtual Assistant Network shared how to setup a virtual assistant business from home. There was also some testimonials from a few Virtual Assistants that are members of the group. It was interesting to hear from these individuals as they elaborated on their experience, both failures and triumphs, and how their career leveled up since they started their online career as a Virtual Assistant.
hank you very much to Arianne Symmes, President of GlobalTechSource.net and proud organizer of the 1st Philippine BPO Virtual assistant Conference for a very energetic hosting and for also sharing with us her inputs that will surely help us in our online work. GlobalTechSource.net creates digital media productions for educational, marketing and corporate entities. Arianne is an avid digital media publisher and works with various companies involved with startups, elearning on line publishing, digital media video and audio productions.
Below are the Virtual Assistants, rather “Virtual Partners” who shared their testimonials with the attendees:
Overall, the 1st Philippine BPO Virtual Assistant Conference was definitely a huge success as it was able to deliver as promised very helpful information to help our current and incoming virtual partners to excel in their chosen field. In fact, there were quite a number of attendees that came from out of town, and even some from out of the country just to be able to attend the conference.
As what a speaker has said during the conference, the world is coming to the Philippines and we need to equip ourselves with the right tools to become competitive, if not “numero uno”, and the preferred choice of all potential online employers.
From one of the individuals that made some testimonials, here is what she has to say:
“Today I got to share the story of my Freelancing to Entrepreneurship journey to a group of Virtual Assistant Rockstars. Dear Philippine Virtual Assistant Network, THE BEST KAYO! Thank you! Maniwala kayo, pwede umasenso ng ganda lang ang puhunan!” – Kei San Pablo
I simply can’t wait to apply what I have learned at the conference, and I’m sure the otehrs feel the same. So until the 2nd Philippine BPO and Virtual Assistant Conference, here’s wishing us more projects and opportunities and see you all online!