Nokia hosted the NordCham ICT Committee meeting on October 26, 2016 to give an overview of the tech giant’s operations in the Philippines. Mr. Teodor Drobcsak, Technology Center Head of Nokia, gave a brief presentation and toured the committee members around the company’s innovation-friendly site. Nokia’s local R&D arm employs more than 800 Filipinos and is one of the twenty Nokia Global Technology Centers.
In order to support its expansion and seek out talents, the company regularly participates in “hackathons” and conducts code retreats for students. Nokia, also, took it upon itself to teach basic programming to underprivileged kids. As part of its CSR activities the company sponsored an activity day for children with disabilities and conducted a fun run for the benefits of children with cancer. To support Filipino innovation in technology, the company has developed the “Nokia Start-up Incubation Project” where start-ups can use Nokia’s facilities to develop working prototypes.
During the ensuing meeting, the committee discussed the ICT HR Study 2016, followed by the discussion on the courtesy visit to the newly-formed Department of Information and Communication Technology and meeting with the new Director General of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority to clarify concerns on work-from-home policy for PEZA-registered firms.