About Us

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Um no, we don’t teach Microsoft Office

We believe all kids have the right to geek out. Play, exploration, and learning using digital technologies shouldn’t be just for for kids whose parents can afford it.

In an increasingly digital future, mastery of technology will become a necessity.

So what do we teach?

#BatangTech imparts the following forward-looking skills

  1. Comfort with and curiosity about technology
  2. Use of logical and procedural thinking to solve problems and achieve goals
  3. Multimedia communications—use of sound, graphics, and videos to share ideas
  4. Software and hardware concepts
  5. Physical computing—interfacing software and hardware with the physical world
A volunteer with a degree in Math education showed us a great way for kids with limited knowledge to grasp the concept of angles and degrees.

The tools

We use low-cost Raspberry Pi computers  and Scratch, a visual programming language designed for kids by the MIT Media Lab. We teach advanced learners Python programming, a powerful language used by tech professionals all over the world.

We can assemble a complete computer set for under Php10,000, and this is shared by 2 kids. So it costs less than P5,000 to share high-level technology with 1 student.

Learn more or donate tech tools

Hacking Minecraft by programming in Python

The team

Erik Lacson

is a technology professional with over 20 years of experience in building and leading teams to deliver technology-driven products. He has worked or advised on many technology projects for organizations like the Asian Development Bank, Devex, TESDA, Summit Media, and ABS-CBN. He is personally passionate about technology projects for public service, social development, or environmental protection.

Erik Lacson at DigiCon 2019, the largest gathering of the digital industry in the Philippines. He talked about BatangTech in “Who Will Lead the Future Digital Economy?”

Therese Ng

is a communications consultant with expertise in digital media and development communications. She received her first computer, an Apple II+ clone, in the 1980s, and it changed her life forever. She has worked on projects for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, New York University, Cebu Pacific, and Summit Media. She is also a trustee of the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation based in Negros Occidental. She was a high school English teacher at Assumption College San Lorenzo in Makati City.

Therese Ng conducts a demo class at the Dr. Alfredo R. Sian Elementary School in Bago City, Negros Occidental