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 aims to impart the following technology skills using low-cost Raspberry Pi computers  and Scratch, a visual programming language designed for kids by the MIT Media Lab.

  1. Comfort with and curiosity about technology
  2. Use of logical and procedural thinking to solve problems and achieve goals
  3. Multimedia communications—using sound, graphics, and videos to share ideas
  4. Familiarity with software and hardware concepts
  5. Familiarity with physical computing (interfacing software and hardware with the physical world)

The team

Erik Lacson

is a technology professional with over 15 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.

Therese Ng

is a communications consultant with expertise in digital media and development communications. She has taken part in projects for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Cebu Pacific, and Summit Media. She is also a trustee of the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation based in Negros Occidental. Coincidentally, she was the English high school teacher of…

Mariel Tripon-Manguiat

an experienced IT professional with over 15 years of experience in web software development and product management. She has most recently been involved in data collection and analysis of international development procurement projects, and also has a keen interest in learning and working on data science and data philanthropy, and using technology for social good.

Jay Fajardo

Jay is a football playing, software coding, hardware hacking, digital rights advocating, tech entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of Ruby development shop Proudcloud, co-founder and CTO of HealthTech startup Medifi, and the founder/CEO of Launchgarage, an innovation hub based in Manila. In 2002, he founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which was acquired by PLDT in 2008. Holding roles as director, advisor, and mentor in various tech startups in Manila, Jay is considered to be one of the pioneers and thought leaders of the Philippines’ tech startup scene. Jay regularly speaks at local and international forums on the South East Asian startup ecosystem.