O&B supports local developer communities by organizing meet-ups, participating as resource speakers for conferences, and sponsoring tech events. We have partnered and worked with various developer groups, including the Philippine Java Users Group, Google Technology Users Group, Spring Users Group, DevCon, Ubuntu Users Group and Philippine Groovy/Grails Users Group.
O&B continually works to bridge the industry-academe gap by partnering with industry and government associations. Through our partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE), we provide free training and enablement workshops to empower IT educators. The goal of these training courses is to develop a core community of educators who can better prepare their students for the requirements of the industry.
With the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), our CEO Calen Legaspi has been tasked by the PSIA to qualify the standards of IT and Computer Science education in the country. His most recent project was a sojourn to different universities and colleges in Mindanao, part of an initial series of school visits that will cover the whole country.
O&B has consistently supported Philippine universities in educating students about industry best practices in an effort to uplift the standards of Computer Science education. Our experts are among the most active industry resources for career seminars and technology talks.
With a 3% acceptance rate, the O&B Internship Program has a rigorous selection process and has become one of the most sought after on-the-job training programs in the country. Participants come from different parts of the Philippines and go through an intense 8-weeks of lectures, tests, and hands-on exercises. Graduates of the program leave equip with knowledge of industry best practices and skills that they can apply in a real work environment.
The Faculty Immersion Program exposes professors from partner schools to the working environment in the O&B Headquarters. In this 8-week program, educators learn about the inner workings of a software company, including exposure to various developer teams, hands-on development work, and understanding the corporate culture. This assimilation of experiences is meant to impact the effectivity of educating and preparing their students on what they can expect after graduation.
The O&B Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to deserving Computer Science students. Beyond tuition and allowance, each scholar is assigned a mentor - a volunteer software engineer from O&B. The role of the mentor is to provide academic support, career guidance, and expose the student to a more holistic benefit beyond financial assistance.