De La Salle Araneta got another dose of campus DevCon that was recently organized last August 8, 2017. It was held at the 3rd floor, Rizal Hall of DLSAU. This event aims to broaden the student's knowledge about the new tools and techniques that are out in the market to which they can use to ease their development woes.

The campus DevCon was organized by the Junior Philippine Computer Society (DLSAU Chapter), Developers Connect Philippines and La Salle Araneta Computer Engineering Society (LACES).

The organizers along with the speakers for the event.


Joshua John Mañaol, the event lead of the Campus Devcon at DLSAU, started off the event by introducing DevCon to the participants. He also invited the participants to attend the upcoming DevCon Summit 2017 which would take place on October 27-28 at the Philippine Trade Training Center.

Joshua John Mañaol, the lead for the event.


The first speaker, Ms. Anne Bernadette Rivera who has been an iOS developer for four years, talked about the trending risks of mobile security in 2017. The risks mentioned and discussed are the following:

  • Unsecured data storage
  • Improper use of platform features
  • Unsecure communications
  • Unsecure authentication
  • Insufficient cryptography
  • Client code quality
  • Code Tampering
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Extraneous functionality

Ms. Rivera further explained on how these things can actually affect every single element on your mobile application and that these threats exist in all of the mobile platforms available in the market today. Furthermore, she shared a guide to the participants on how to navigate through the risks and mitigate it effectively with little to no risks on the code base.

The first speaker, Ms. Anne Bernadette Rivera.


The second speaker, Mr. Jhonatan Howard Falcutela who works as a JavaScript Engineer, talked about "Ethical Hacking" and how to protect your systems with it. In his talk, he pointed out the right skills, mindset, and tools needed to get the job done. After all, you wouldn’t want to be crawling in the dark, right? He expressed the need to hack your own system in order to get to know how vulnerable your system really is before you deploy it in a production server. “To catch a thief, think like a thief” – this phrase will guide the ethical hackers to secure their system even more. It is essential to know the targets, priorities and, the possible holes in the system. A hacker can do whatever he likes once he gets in on your system but as the developer, you have a very clear advantage being that you know your system like the back of your hand. Mr. Falcutela capped off his talk by enumerating the ethical hacking process:

  • Formulate your plan
  • Selecting tools
  • Executing the plan
  • Evaluating results
  • Move on

The second speaker, Mr. Jhonatan Howard Falcutela.


The last but not the least, Mr Fernando Nicolei Lozano Esperida a senior high school student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila, introduced Buildbox, a drag-and-drop game building software focused on game creation without programming, coding or scripting. The core audience for the software is entrepreneurs, designers and other gaming enthusiast without prior game development or coding knowledge. He also did a live demo on how he created his “Bulalord” mobile game which has over 400 thousand downloads on the Google Play store.

The third Speaker, Mr Fernando Nicolei Lozano Esperida.


Mr Fernando Nicolei  Lozano Esperida giving a demo about building games using Buildbox.


To wrap up the event, the organizers looked for volunteers who were willing to participate in a mini-debate called “Birds of Feather” with the topic Web Development vs. Mobile Development. Both parties were enthusiastic on the debate and giving their all out. In the end, the web development won the competition which wrapped up the event.

The participants of the birds of feathers event.


The organizers along with the participants from De La Salle Araneta University.