Monstar Lab PH Joins SoftconPH 2018!

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Monstar Lab Philippines has once again sent  delegates to SoftConPH 2018! It was recently held at Shangri La BGC last October 23, 2018. Gathered are tech people from different organizations eager to learn something new.
The event started off with a keynote talk from DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. where he discussed the current challenges of the Philippines’ internet connection. He further discussed his agency’s next steps on improving the Philippines’ internet situation.
Late in the day, a panel discussion about emerging business models in software was conducted. One of the panelists who shared his insights about the topic is our own CEO, Mr. Hiroki Inagawa:

After the panel discussions, one of the event highlights starts – the breakout sessions. Breakouts are series of different but simultaneous talks spread out into different rooms. Each participant can select a topic which they are interested in listening to.

What amazed me was these speakers came from different organizations and yet they unselfishly shared their knowledge in their respective fields – all to help grow the Philippine IT industry. With that, salute!

Now from these breakout sessions, let’s see what are the key takeaways of our Monstar Lab PH delegates:


The presentation on Domain Driven Design by Lorenzo Dee in particular stood out for me as it explored a topic that I was exploring myself. Overall I would consider it a highly enlightening experience.


“I committed to diversify my learnings that’s why I tried to attend as much topics as possible. The ones that piqued my interest most are the [AI topic by Kim Deloria] where he discussed the QA involvement in AI development. Another one is from Derick Mag-isa’s talk where he reviewed the fundamentals of a highly-effective QA that should not be forgotten. Lastly, from the keynote speaker DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr, has given me hope towards a better internet connection for the Philippines that we deserve a long time ago.”


“It’s my first time to attend and I’m glad that I got to attend this year! I love how the topics were distributed by Technical, Non-Technical, Design, Developer, QA Tracks, and Agile Talks, for in this way you can explore and attend different talks on different fields. I chose topics mostly about Technical and Agile ones, and I can say that every single one of them are very helpful and interesting because the speakers are definitely knowledgeable and has different insights that I would have never thought of before. My favorite would be the one about the CI/CA and Testing via Jenkins/SonarQube, the speaker is really cool, and I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned from his talk to our project. This experience was a memorable one for me as a Developer, and I hope I get to attend next year!”


“SoftCon 2018 is the first SoftCon I ever attended. I attended some few conferences before so I expected the same experience, but what I can say is that this conference got more better speakers. As a developer, I attended rooms about developer and DevOps track. There, I have learned how Jenkins and SonarQube, along with different steps of deploying an application, can be bundled together and simplify and automate the process of deployment. Also, I have learned that progressive web apps occupy most of the technology platforms we are using in our daily lives, and how can it help better the experience of the users. Moreover, I got some knowledge on some other new and/or unpopular technologies other developers are using like Docker and Vaadin. Overall, SoftCon is a great event that unifies developers, testers, IT managers, and many more people who wants a taste of what’s new and what’s in.”


“Softcon.PH this year was more interesting than the previous ones I attended. When I learned about the agenda, I got excited to join because the topics included were the ones I used in my work. Even though some of the aspects of the technologies discussed were somehow familiar to me, I still got many new learnings and new techniques to improve what I am currently using. Overall, a lot was retained to me, special mention to Docker/Kubernetes, Scalable Angular Applications, and Vaadin topics.”


Here are the Monstar Lab delegates, all smiles after a day full of learning!

And that’s a wrap! Looking forward to another SoftconPH edition next year!

About Monstar Lab Philippines:

We are a software development company based in Ortigas, Metro Manila — ROHQ of Monstar Lab, Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo. We offer Mobile, Web, and Enterprise application development


Here’s the complete list of the breakout sessions:


10:40 AM – 11:40 AMWhat is the best tool for Automation?James Canaveral
10:40 AM – 11:40 AMMonitoring Mobile Game Performance through Regression ModelsNeil Patrick Del Gallego
10:40 AM – 11:40 AMDoing Retrospectives in a Cross-Cultural TeamKiko Basilio
10:40 AM – 11:40 AMDockerizing Java, Ruby, Go, Elixir and Crystal: A Comparative ExerciseAlistair Israel
10:40 AM – 11:40 AMBuilding the Data Analytics IndustryAllan Sioson



1:15 PM – 2:15 PMData Privacy ComplianceDondi Mapa
1:15 PM – 2:15 PMBuilding a Modular Monolith Application with Domain-Driven Design and Naked ObjectsAllan Mangune
1:15 PM – 2:15 PMBeyond the Turing Test: Evaluating AI SystemsKim Deloria
1:15 PM – 2:15 PMHow to Deploy your PHP Applications in KubernetesPaul de Paula
1:15 PM – 2:15 PMSacrificial Architecture: Designing Software with AgileMarc Vitalis



2:20 PM – 3:20 PMThe QA Skills that We All ForgotDerick Mag-Isa
2:20 PM – 3:20 PMThings You Wanted to Know about DDD But Were Afraid to AskLorenzo Dee
2:20 PM – 3:20 PMPractical Automation Strategies for Data-Intensive ApplicationsJoshua Arvin Lat
2:20 PM – 3:20 PMContinuous Integration, Code Analysis and Testing via Jenkins/SonarQubeMunesh Lalchandani
2:20 PM – 3:20 PMCreating Scalable Angular ApplicationJezreel Maghuyop



3:40 PM – 4:40 PMProgressive Web Apps (PWAs): The Future of ApplicationsDevlin Duldulao
3:40 PM – 4:40 PMC# – Past, Present and FutureJon Limjap
3:40 PM – 4:40 PMWhy Scrum FailsCalen Legaspi
3:40 PM – 4:40 PMThe Threats to the Depths of Information SecurityRyuji Fortuna
3:40 PM – 4:40 PMBuilding your first Alexa SkillPhilamer Sune



4:45 PM – 5:45 PMOpen APIs, Open Platform and Open InnovationAloysius Mendoza
4:45 PM – 5:45 PMVaadin: Fight for SimplicityGodfrey Beray
4:45 PM – 5:45 PMFoundations of an Agile Product Development CultureBit Santos
4:45 PM – 5:45 PMTeaching Machines How to Learn: What it Takes it Enter a Career in Artificial Intelligence and Machine LearningMac Aydinan
4:45 PM – 5:45 PMEnriching Applications with AnalyticsMichelle Alarcon