🐧 What's up? I'm Justin, and I'm currently:
- Splitting time between Seattle and Manila.
- Working on creating opportunities for student gamers.
- Playing League of Legends, Bravely Default 2 and Valorant.
- Planning to attend the next EDC and PAX West!
- Listening to EDM and show tunes — Everything Goes On is on loop!
📕 My Story
👨🏫 I'm the Chief Operating Officer at AcadArena, building gaming communities in schools across South East Asia. We’re building the place where students play, connect and learn.
🤝 I love bringing people together through events. When pandemics aren't a thing, you can find me with a megaphone and clipboard at ones like CONQuest Festival, my annual pop culture expo in the Philippines with 30,000+ attendees.
🖥️ I'm a big fan of joining hackathons because of how they're hotbeds for people to try out new ideas. My favorite project to work on was a tool that detected and automatically resold soon-to-expire food produce mid-shipment.
🏫 Graduated B.S Informatics (and a dropped major in History 😔) at the University of Washington - Seattle. It was a pretty weird combo, but I liked how it allowed me to explore tech and humanities equally. In the past, I was a Philippine Science High School scholar.
💼 Work History
You could say that I'm a generalist. I got my start in the industry as a journalist, but have since gone on to do things ranging from software development and project management to broadcasting and event production.
At the end of the day though, the two things tying all my adventures together are a want to create opportunities for dreamers and a passion for crafting meaningful moments. I also work on a lot of side projects.