🐧 What's up? I'm Justin, and I'm currently:
- Based in Seattle, Washington and Manila, Philippines.
- Ideating ways to create opportunities for student leaders, competitors and creators.
- Balancing the life of a VC-backed start-up founder and college senior.
- Playing Lost Ark and Valorant.
- Listening to EDM and show tunes.
📕 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 earn.
🤝 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 10,000+ attendees.
🖥️ I'm a big fan of joining hackathons because of how they're hotbeds for people to try out new ideas. My favorite "hack" to work on was a tool that detected and automatically resold soon-to-expire food produce mid-shipment.
🏫 I'm a junior studying Informatics (Product Management) and History at the University of Washington - Seattle. It's a pretty weird combo, but I like how it allows 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.