AWS Regional Head for Education Vincet Quah said cloud computing can hopefully help Filipino students to become entrepreneurs themselves
For a social-media savvy nation, it’s surprising that the cloud remains a relatively unknown technology in the Philippines.
Simply put, cloud computing allows any Internet user to access and make use of tech solutions and storage online in real time.
Until now, only big Philippine companies and tech startups use cloud computing to offer services to the public or run internal processes faster and at lesser cost, according to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s leading cloud-computing company. AWS is a unit of the e-commerce giant Amazon.
AWS is working to change that by introducing cloud computing even to graduating college students in the hope they will learn more about the technology for future jobs or to set up their own businesses.
From June 4 to 7, 2018, AWS hosted around 800 graduating college students for a four-day seminar on cloud computing at the SMX Aura Convention Center in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Entitled “Siklab Pilipinas,” the event was the first of its kind ever held by the global firm.
“This [kind of seminar] has never been done in the world. But looking at the needs in the Philippines with its very large young population, it felt it rightly fit to kick start the program here,” AWS Asia Pacific Regional Head for Education Vincent Quah said in a phone interview with Entrepreneur Philippines.
Around 800 graduating college students participated in the first AWS Siklab Pilipinas at the SMX Aura Convention Centre in Bonifacio Global City, from June 4 to June 7
The program featured around 30 hours of instructor-led training and hands-on practice using AWS cloud services, which equipped students with fundamental skills and knowledge on cloud computing.
By the fourth day of the seminar, students were grouped for a hackathon, an inter-school competition that encouraged the participants to develop a digital solution for any problem that they feel can be solved through cloud computing.
Quah said the program also aims to inspire students to pursue entrepreneurship, and use cloud computing to build digital solutions that address some of the country’s most urgent problems.
“We’re hoping that every student that comes and joins this program become entrepreneurs themselves or they get to work in a field that helps them to become an entrepreneur,” Quah said. “This is really an opportunity to give students access to a platform that have been transformative to many large businesses and startups.”
The four-day program culminated with a job fair. AWS’ local clients including ABS-CBN, Coins.ph, eScience, Globe, Jollibee, Max’s Group. Inc, Meralco, QuadX, Robinsons Retail Holdings, Titanium Technologies and Unionbank all tried to recruit among the students for cloud-related jobs.
Elyssa Christine Lopez is a staff writer of Entrepreneur PH. Follow her on Twitter @elyssalopz