Meralco Launches Technology and Innovation Summit #MTECH2015


The first Meralco Technology and Innovation Summit was launched last June 26, 2015 at the Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall and I was lucky to be invited to attend. MTECH 2015 is a 3-day event that pushes to create innovative solutions in the power industry for customer service advancement.

Mr. Alfredo S. Panlilio, SVP & Head of Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications of Meralco

MTECH culminated in a forum on Disruptive Technologies, featuring innovations that change the power industry. MTECH 2015 is called "Visioneering", focusing on the creation of a future that opens new opportunities for innovative solutions to increase consumer interaction, build consumer empowerment, improve energy efficiency, integrate renewable and distributed resources, expand opportunities for electric transformation while ensuring affordable, sustainable and reliable energy.

Mr. Oscar S. Reyes, Chief Executive Officer
President and Director of Meralco

"Meralco moving to a more digital organization by 2021"

Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan

Meralco leaders spearheaded the inaugural MTECH Forum, with Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Meralco President and CEO Oscar S. Reyes, Meralco SVP and Head of Customer Retail Services & Corporate Communications Alfredo S. Panlilio and Meralco Chief Technology Adviser Gavin D. Barfield at the helm.

Mr. Gavin D. Barfield, Meralco Chief Technology Adviser

In his talk, Barfield said, "Vision necessitates transformation. And technology will play an integral part in enabling this transformation. In the past years, Meralco has put new technologies into its system, but we know there is still more to be done. In the coming years, Meralco will definitely employ disruptive technologies to achieve the vision that we have dared to imagine now."

Marthyn Cuan, Meralco VP and Chief Information Officer and key enabler of MTECH said, "Technology is a powerful instrument to differentiate Meralco Business from the rest as we engage and empower customers. A strong Business and Technology partnership will shape a brighter future for Meralco and its customers."

Mr. Kerrie L. Holley, IBM's Scalable Solutions Architect
Master Inventor and Fellow

Executives from globally-renowned tech firms also flew in to the country to talk about revolutionary technologies challenging traditional business models, including IBM's Scalable Solutions Architect and Master Inventor and Fellow Kerrie L. Holley. His talk entitled "Rethink Disruption" focuses on the use of Disruptive Technologies to spark progress in the country and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

IBM Analytics Chief Data Scientist Dr. Olav Laudy and Dell's South Asia Head of Big Data and Cloud Practice Raju Chellam talked about the future of utility companies via utilization of big data, analytics and cloud. Siemens ASEAN Chief Technology Officer and Engineering Head Anand Gopal Menon and Opower APAC Managing Director Sajin Rehan talked about smart technologies and customer applications.

The event, which started June 24 features the New Technologies and Innovations Exhibit at the Meralco Lopez Building Lobby where leading technology partner brands such as Cisco, Citrix, Cloudera, Dell, Indra, Landis + Gyr, Microsoft, GMS, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Pay Maya, Safezone, Salesforce, Samsung Business, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Toshiba, Eisenpatt Solutions, SAP and OPower showcase their latest products and services.