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Davao software developers eyed in camp

by RG Alama

Davao City (17 October) -- Software developers and those in the IT industry are being eyed for the coming SaaS (Software as a Service) Entrepreneur Camp which will be held this December 3 and 4 here in Davao City.

Bert Barriga, of ICT Davao-an umbrella group of IT stakeholders in the city said that the event will help develop and promote the non-voice BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) sector particularly the software development industry in the city.

The Saas Entrepreneur camp is a business idea competition where the winning technopreneurial team will get the chance to be funded and mentored by an angel investor from Silicon Valley.

Software as a Service (SaaS, typically pronounced'sass') is a model of software delivery where the vendor licenses the software for use as an on-demand service. SaaS vendors typically host their application on their own web servers, usually granting access to customers on a monthly basis.

The IT camp is expected to entice software developers into joining the event and Barriga hopes the event will help them to gauge the actual number of software developers in the city, considering that many of them are freelancers and home-based. He gave rough estimate of 5,000 IT workers in the city but said that it is hard to determine their expertise and specialization.

Meanwhile, Barriga also bared that with the recent calamities in Manila and Luzon, some BPO firms are seriously considering to expand and locate in Davao, which has been spared from the devastation of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng owing to its location being far away from the country's typhoon belt. (PIA XI) [top]

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