AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier, held a digital convention that gathered digital nomads and entrepreneurs last March 17 at the The Axon at Green Sun. Digital Nomads are people (freelancers, usually) who are location independent and uses technology and the internet t perform their jobs.The rise of internet speed and the ability of the companies to adapt to technology paved way to digital nomads. “Connecting Digital Nomads Across Asia and Beyond” is part of Air Asia’s The Red Hub Convention that plans to gather experts for a short to share what they know.
I’ve attended a couple of conventions already and I can say that The Red Hub by Air Asia tops the list for a couple of reasons;
- It’s not crowded. Conventions usually has thousands of participants and you can barely pay attention because of the noise and all other distractions.
- Guests are given ample time to present, it does not feel rushed.
- Attendees are digital nomads themselves and the audience can really relate to every topic.
The Red Hub Convention was hosted by RJ Ledesma, one of the best hosts I’ve encountered. He connects with the audience, he show interest in the topic and he throws in very good questions.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador welcomed everyone by how AirAsia supports the growing needs of these digital nomads in the workplace.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said “AirAsia aims to continuously provide better connection to our guests, not only through our massive network in Asia and beyond but also through innovative, digital, and mobile solutions so they can grow and expand their experiences and network on a regional scale. There is a lot of talent in the region which, to date, has lacked the access and opportunities that are readily available to budding entrepreneurs in the West. Through AirAsia Red Hub Convention, we aim to provide the platform and the environment to encourage, validate, and ultimately implement new exciting ideas.”
Following him were prominent speakers such as:
- Pete Chareonwongsak – Regional Chief Operations Officer, AirAsia,
- Norhizam Kadir – VP, Growth Ecosystems Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC),
- Steve Munroe – CEO & Co-founder, Hubud,
- Johannes Jaeger – Co-founder, Hack Horizon,
- Shahab Shabibi – CEO & Co-founder, Machine Ventures,
- Mikko Barranda – CEO & Co-founder, Acceler8, Aarom Sarma – CEO, Touristly
- Trisha Velarmino – P.S. I’m On My Way, Travel Blogger.
The Red Hub Convention Speakers focused on 3 topics, namely
- The Future of Work, which talked about the growth and expansion of the startup industry;
- Venture Adventures, which focused on how the way we work is changing with the emergence of new, innovative economic models and how mobility has evolved to bring new opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow; and
- Borderless Business, which highlights the opportunities and ease of doing business across borders, particularly for entrepreneurs in key startup economies such as Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Hong Kong, China.
I was able to catch the first set of speakers for the “The Future of Work” topic. First was Pete Chareonwongsak who discussed about how fast and collaborative the future of work will be.
Next was Norhizam Kadir who discussed how win at start up and the need to transition and adapt to a fast growing digital economy. He has some pretty good pointstart ups will thrive and change the way an organization works. “In order for start ups to scale, we need to future proof our talents. 65% of the children in schools today will end up working in completely new job types that don’t exist yet.“
The last speaker for “The Future of Work” topic was Steve Munroe, the CEO and Founder Hubud, an award winning bamboo coworking space in Bali that had so many success stories. These success stories proved that the concept of work has changed a lot. Study says that by 2020, 40% of the work will be done remotely.
During the Q and A session I was able to find out that some guests were actually digital nomads themselves. They came from different countries, and some are from the Philippines but working remotely for a company based outside the country.
The Red Hub Convention came at a perfect time for Filipinos, especially with more people venturing into their own businesses. Manila is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s growing startup hubs. I wish there’s more of it this year as the Philippine has a lot of potential for innovation and The Red Hub has encouraged us to step up and step out of our comfort zones.
The Red Hub Convention was perfect for whether you’re a digital nomad, industry expert or social entrepreneur.
Through AirAsia, Filipinos now have the opportunity to explore business beyond borders while continuing to thrive in entrepreneurial pursuits. With Air Asia’s low-cost and efficient flying options, digital nomads can now easily travel across different cities in Asia and look for business opportunities.