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"We are living in one of the most pivotal points of human history and every choice we make will IMPACT the world for generations to come."

JOVY HERNANDEZ

President & CEO, ePLDT SVP & HEAD, PLDT AND SMART ENTERPRISE

The theme IMPACT

Carrying the theme, “IMPACT”, this year’s convention inspired delegates to embrace the call of making a positive impact on society through the adoption of innovations and technologies set to define the new future of work. “IMPACT” - in this sense - was all about ushering in a meaningful transformation that will reverberate across industries. It was all about looking at the world’s concerns and finding solutions that are simple yet revolutionary in their execution.

About #PHDigicon2020

"Given the limitations imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for more effective leadership and technology has become all the more urgent. In response, we at PLDT—the Philippines’ leading ICT and digital services provider—have created several platforms of discourse for customers, global decision makers, and technology experts to convene and discuss novel ways of doing business. Among such venues was the annual Philippine Digital Convention (PH Digicon 2020), the country’s biggest and most prestigious digital thought leadership event. On its sixth year, the latest iteration of the convention proved to be the grandest and most impactful one even in digital format."

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A VIRTUAL CONVENTION LIKE NO OTHER​

After successfully logging in to the platform, delegates were directed to the virtual lobby--a venue where they can go to different virtual spaces such as the Plenary Hall, Breakout Session Rooms, Concert Grounds, Exhibit Hall, Networking Lounge, Photobooth using the 360-degree functionality and by clicking on the name of the virtual space shown in the navigation bar.

Just by clicking the Convention Program in the navigation bar, delegates had a general overview of the schedule per day.​

The Plenary Hall served as a venue where delegates learned invaluable insights from global business executives  and world-renowned leaders on how to pivot their enterprises towards success—ultimately enabling them  to make a positive IMPACT on society today

The Breakout Sessions Room was a virtual space where series of deep-dive workshops were led by technology and industry experts that tackled innovations set to make an IMPACT on business, effectively redefining the future of work across sectors

Virtual Fellowship Night programs were held inside the Concert Grounds to cap of the day with entertainment.

Inside the Exhbit Hal, the virtual booths of sponsors as well as PLDT Enterprise's were located. Delegates were able to engage and interact with representatives via chat, video chat and leave-a-message features when inside the virtual booths. They could also view videos and download e-brochures.

Virtual meetings set by PLDT Enterprise and sponsors for the duration of the convention were also attended by the delegates. They were redirected to the conferencing application where the host set the meeting.

Through the Networking Lounge delegates were able to chat and/or send an email to their co-delegates unless otherwise set in their Profile Settings. They were able see the complete list of event registrants as well as those who were inside the platform.

PHOTOBOOTH

Delegates could take a photo or a GIF of themselves via the Photobooth. They were free to choose their preferred photo/GIF frames as well as filters to apply.

SHOUTOUT

Delegates shared their overall PH Digicon 2020 experience by leaving their comments, suggestion, praises, and feedback via the Shoutout. 

MY POINTS

Delegates had the chance of winning exciting prizes and unlock the contents of the Swag Bag once they reach certain number of points by completing various activities that enabled them to fully utilize the functionalities of the PH Digicon platform.

PLENARY SESSION


"In the convention’s latest iteration, PLDT Enterprise made history as it brought together local and global digital thought leaders and industry pioneers in a fully virtual setting to engage with delegates as they share insights on the latest technologies that can help drive technological enablement among enterprises throughout the region. The event's Plenary Session was graced by some of the most influential industry leaders including Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems Chuck Robbins, Cisco Systems President for Asia Pacific and Japan Sanjay Kaul, Nokia President and CEO Pekka Lundmark, Salesforce Industries CEO David Schmaier, and NTT Research President and CEO Mr. Kazuhiro Gomi. PH Digicon 2020 also invited Academy Award-winning actress and founder & CEO of goop Gwyneth Paltrow as this year's celebrity headline speaker. The Plenary Session also featured PLDT's very own leaders including PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart President and CEO Al Panlilio, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez, VP & Head of ICT Business for PLDT Enterprise Nico Alcoseba, FVP & Head of PLDT Enterprise Core Business Jojo Gendrano, and Vice President and Head of PLDT Enterprise Digital Solutions John Gonzales."

"It has been a year that is exceptionally difficult. To the point that the crisis has distilled our choices into two: adapt or exit, pivot or perish."


MANUEL V. PANGILINAN

Chairman and CEO, PLDT Group

"We don’t know how long this is going to last. So, stopping until it’s over is no longer an option. Our customers will start to move and do the things they can do in light of what’s going on—preparing for this hybrid world we’re going to live in moving forward."


CHUCK ROBBINS

Chairman & CEO, Cisco

"The next generation enterprise will require heterogeneous services and heterogeneous networks. The combination of 4g, 5g, and other existing technology have to work seamlessly. We want to make sure that while we are moving them to digital operation, there is a full proof zero trust and zero touch environment in place."


SANJAY KAUL

President of Asia Pacific & Japan, Service Provider Business, Cisco

"One size fits all connectivity is no longer good enough. The most promising applications such as virtual reality, industrial IoT and so on require more elastic networks in order to give individual users what they want when they want it. That means network slicing, wiser use of the cloud, and connectivity solutions designed with deep cross functional capability."


PEKKA LUNDMARK

President and CEO, Nokia

"The world has really changed. It has moved towards digital and towards connecting with your customers. Therefore, the technology to support you has evolved—from on-premise to the cloud and now to the industry cloud. We think of the industry cloud as cloud 2.0 and it is indeed your fastest path to digital transformation."


DAVID SCHMAIER

CEO, Salesforce Industries

"The world has really changed. It has moved towards digital and towards connecting with your customers. Therefore, the technology to support you has evolved—from on-premise to the cloud and now to the industry cloud. We think of the industry cloud as cloud 2.0 and it is indeed your fastest path to digital transformation."


KAZUHIRO GOMI

President and CEO, NTT Research

As long as I am being very accountable for myself and how I operate and have a very honest relationship with my team, I can only be as good as I am today. So, that’s how I will be going forward as well,

GWYNETH PALTROW

Academy Award–winning actress

Founder and CEO of goop

PROFILE


Paltrow is an Oscar®-winning actress, best-selling cookbook author, singer and entrepreneur. In 2008, she founded goop, a lifestyle brand devoted to helping women make their own choices count. In line with this mantra, goop also makes and curates incredible products across beauty, fashion, wellness, and home.

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During a fireside chat with Cathy Yang, Gwyneth talks about how she became the woman that she is today by sharing the story behind her mindset that women could be anything that they want to be and ready to have autonomy.

Breakout Sessions: Phases of IMPACT


The event showcased tech-focused breakout sessions that aim to enable delegates with the knowledge about emerging technologies such as 5G, IoT, cyber security, cloud, specific industry solutions, etc., that will pave the way for enterprises to pivot towards success in the new future of work.

Dare to Transform:

Powering the Next Workplace Transformation

This tech-focused breakout session equipped delegates with knowledge on the best strategies and available solutions such as BEYOND FIBER, SD-WAN, and Unified Collaboration that will help them as they go about their workplace transformation journey in the face of the new realities

Dare to Innovate:

Industry 5.0

Zeroed in during this tech-focused breakout session are technologies for the Industry 5.0 such as IoT and 5G that will help delegates to better collaborate in an ever-evolving digital world.

Dare to Simplify:

Centers of Resilience

This session enabled delegates to have a better understanding on simplifying and accelerating operations without compromising security in this new digitized business landscape. Featured in this session were ePLDT's Centers of Resilience such as Data Center, Managed Operations Center, and Security Operations Center.

Breakout Sessions:

The IMPACT of Business Transformation


These breakout sessions highlighted the new standards and practices that have emerged across industries that have made the shift towards digital. Key leaders and experts in the industries such as the academe, eCommerce, BFSI, among others, shared their insights and learnings from their fields to help delegates transform their businesses.

Key thought leaders and experts in the industries of eLearning, eCommerce & eRetail, eBPO, eBFSI, eHealth, eGovernment, eTravel & Tourism, and eManufacturing & logistics presented and shared their digital outlook for the sectors in the event’s Breakout Sessions.

Christian Bautista

FELLOWSHIP NIGHT


At the end of the plenary and breakout sessions, online performances were streamed via the virtual arena. Each night was filled with musical sessions from artists who have established their impact and presence in the Philippine music industry. Delegates enjoyed a mix of performances from The Voice’s Leah Patricio with Tawag ng Tanghalan’s Lance Raymundo and was serenaded by Asia's Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista and Katrina Velarde. The Fellowship Night performances were sponsored by Microsoft and Checkpoint.

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