I attended Winston Damarillo's lecture on global opportunities in software development today. The audience included faculty from UP, Ateneo, and DLSU, three of the top universities in the country.
I'll write more about it soon, but Winston's key points was that IT is something in which we can be globally competitive, and we should export products and services instead of people. He shared his experiences starting several companies, and a repeatable model for microenterprises that takes advantage of an architecture of participation, instant distribution capability, and promotion through the Web.
Winston is optimistic about this field because of the disruptiveness of technology: as incumbent solutions become overbuilt, space opens up for a small competitor that can focus on satisfying a target market with a simpler solution. That company can easily be based in the Philippines, creating wealth for Filipinos.
There's a lot of work to be done before our graduates can make the most of these opportunities. Here are some of the things we need to do:
- Inspire prospective and current students through seminars and talks by role models and success stories in person and through mass media
- Train teachers and students through code camps
- Take advantage of courseware and resources offered by the industry
- Incorporate open source technologies and principles in computer science courses
- Supplement teacher salaries so that there's a stronger incentive to stay and teach
- Help teachers gain industry experience
- Address real-world needs in computer science projects
- Grow a codebase for the university through sponsored, coordinated projects
- Incorporate business into computer science courses so that students are prepared to identify and fulfill needs
- Incubate startups through university incubators
Interesting things coming up. Stay tuned.
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