The year 2021 was hoped to be a time of healing and recovery following the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. New COVID-19 variants, on the other hand, continue to jeopardize what was supposed to be a year of recuperation. Yet, Apper found a way to create opportunities and thrive for growth in the midst of uncertainty and healing. As the year comes to a close, let’s take a glance at some of the achievements we’ve earned over the previous 365 days.
Apper aims to assist businesses in leveraging cloud-based technology for innovation. Our team of cloud experts partook on various podcasts, summit conferences, and supported different training programs to share their goals and empower startup founders and business owners on their cloud journey. Here’s the summary of how Apper have grown in 2021:
Events & Partnerships:
Workbean Work & Beans
In celebration of Women’s Month, Workbean launched a new series on YouTube highlighting women’s empowerment on March 31 and April 05, 2021. Moselle Cruz, Apper’s Marketing and Partnerships Leads, spoke about the challenges women face in the tech industry and how they manage to thrive while also encouraging women empowerment within their workplace.
Fintech Webinar with AWS
Apper Digital, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, held an exclusive event for the Fintech and Financial Services Industry last April 28, 2021. We discussed the latest updates on the laws, policies, and regulations mandated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas regarding cloud security and compliance.
PH Tech Week 2021
Apper Digital gladly took an active role as a Silver Sponsor in this year’s Philippine Tech Week to celebrate breakthroughs in the local tech ecosystem. The event featured insightful ideas from the brightest minds in the tech industry in addressing some of the world’s most pressing corporate, social, and environmental issues using technology. Apper hosted two events: Tech Career Paths for Women in Tech on May 18, 2021, and Upskill Initiatives on Innovating with the Cloud three days later.
Tech Queens Podcast
Apper launched its first podcast series on March 31, 2021, showcasing some of the country’s most empowered tech women leaders to celebrate women’s month as well as to recognize their role in innovating the future of the tech industry. This podcast featured different stories of bold, fearless Tech Queens who defied the stereotypes and their power to lead this male-dominated industry towards innovation.
How Cloud Innovation Accelerates Startup Growth in partnership with QBO and AWS
Held last July 01, 2021, Apper hosted a webinar that featured various important personalities from the tech industry. We’ve discussed case studies from the Philippines’ tech startup, including the major hurdles that they face in terms of innovation. More importantly, our speakers provided insights on how startups can scale more quickly in the 2020s to satisfy changing consumer demands.
MozillaPH Office Hours
Apper is honored to be invited by the Mozilla Philippines Community and took part in their series, MozillaPH Office Hours. On July 28, 2021, our beloved founders, Pat Zulueta and Diwa Del Mundo, shared their acumen on how leveraging the cloud maximizes business innovations. They also discussed the features of Amazon Web Services
WOCEE Wired TechTalk (August 26)
The World of Consumer Electronics Expo (WOCEE) WIRED staged a virtual tech discussion that brought together some of the industry’s finest minds to share their expertise on cloud evolution and how startups and businesses can benefit from this innovation. Apper Digital Inc. engaged in this Tech Talk last August 26 in collaboration with Worldbex Services International. WOCEE’s webinar series highlighted topical and engaging talks on industry innovations and trends specifically for business owners and tech professionals across the country.
Start App, Start Right: A Startup Bootcamp with Apper and AWS
Apper organized a three-day workshop starting November 11, 18, & 25, 2021 for early startup founders to help them develop their MVP and business plan. This Bootcamp seeks to help participants learn how to build and scale on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) ecosystem, as well as have the opportunity to progress to a group-based training session on everything you’ll need to launch your startup, from creating a business plan to raising funds. They also received advice on how to put themselves up for success as a startup.
IGNITE Community Series: Innovating on the Cloud: Building with AWS
In hopes to drive the tech industry to innovation, Apper joined the Community Ignite Series of AWS Siklab Pilipinas in partnership with Edukasyon.ph last November 04, 2021. Apper’s very own Tech Queens, Moselle Cruz and Wesly Talan, shared insightful lessons on how AWS Cloud thrives meaningful innovation.
PH Startup Week 2021
The Philippine Startup Week 2021 celebrates the expanding local startup ecosystem as a symbol of hope for post-pandemic recovery and long-term growth to acknowledge the empowered Filipino startups’ tenacity in the midst of the pandemic. Apper, as one of the PHSW Community Partners, hosted The Next Phase: Cloud Innovation in 2021 and Beyond on November 28 to support startup founders in embracing cloud computing for innovation.
DEVCON Summit 2021
With the theme “ReNovate: Recovery through Innovation, Emerging from the Pandemic,” DEVON Philippines hosted a keynote panel for professional software developers, students, and IT enthusiasts highlighting content knowledge professionals to support participants redefine their future and encourage people to take initiative now to look beyond the COVID-19 crisis at its annual summit. Apper.ph is grateful and honored to discuss “Exploring the future of tech through a journey on the cloud.”
Globe AC²E Cycle 2.0Globe’s Accelerated Cloud Cadetship and Enablement (AC²E) Program, powered by Apper.ph, seeks to generate highly qualified cloud professionals who will be the future leaders of the tech industry. This technical training program opens opportunities for the participants to improve their skills and abilities through lectures, discussions with field experts, and immersions. They’ll also get a head start on their IT career.
GCash Fintech Engineering Cadetship ProgramGCash launched a 7-month intensive and comprehensive training program in conjunction with Apper that provides technical training and support to aspiring Fintech experts. Candidates having a background in Computer Science, IT, Engineering, or any STEM-related course are encouraged to apply for the cadetship program.
Alibaba Cloud PH LaunchApper was honored to be one of Alibaba Cloud’s five recognized partners, alongside GCash, DICT, and UnionBank, at the recently ended Philippines Data Center Launch on October 15, 2021.
AWS Advanced Tier Promotion & Public Sector Consulting PartnerThis year of recovery and resiliency opened another breakthrough for us. Apper has been promoted to Advanced Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services. We’d like to express our gratitude to our AWS Partners and valued customers for supporting us in achieving this milestone as one of the country’s most distinguished companies and one of the fastest in Southeast Asia to do so. We are ecstatic to be able to share this journey with you and we look forward to innovating the future with you.
The A-team cultureOur goal wouldn’t be possible without a team that places innovation at the core of its purpose. In 2021, the A-team has grown to 18 full-time professionals who are all striving toward the same goal, that is redefining the future of Filipino startups and businesses through cloud computing solutions.
The People Department
We value our people and recognize that each has a certain role to play in supporting the company and our clients in their pursuit of innovation. This is why Apper is dedicated to upholding the People Department, which ensures that everyone’s physical and mental health is in top shape. The following are the benefits that our team is bound to experience:
- Wellness program – A program designed to support the holistic mental well-being of a member through wellness breaks, reimbursement of doctor’s consultation & medication, one-on-one sessions with the People support group, and weekly mental state checks.
- HMO & Fitness Refreshers – health benefits, fitness refreshers, and Fri-YAY sessions for team building
- Care Packages to help fight the ongoing threat of the pandemic
- FUN Town Hall meetings and team recognition
That’s a wrap for the year 2021! Our aspirations will never perish as we celebrate and greet the new year 2022. Together, let’s shape the future of the Philippines business world leaning towards innovation through the cloud.