Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some quick answers to your questions
What is this Conference about?
The SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference, held every two years, serves as a platform for focused conversations on key issues on education and development. On its 15th offering, the conference will use the power of stories to explore inclusive quality education from the perspective of learners who are traditionally unseen, unheard, and underserved.
Concentrating on the critical question, “How do we create a thriving learning community for all?” the SEAMEO INNOTECH 15th IC aims to provide an opportunity for the conference participants to rethink and reflect on the current and good practices in inclusive quality education and how lessons learned from the conference can be applied in their individual contexts and realities.
What will happen in the Conference?
Not your ordinary conference with multiple speakers, panels and presentations, the 15th IC will mainly consist of learning conversations facilitated using a modified Open Space Technology (OST). This will engage participants to discuss education-related issues as well as exchange and share new ideas and best practices in the implementation of inclusive teaching and learning strategies in the region. A selection of compelling stories addressing the conference themes (Inclusive Leadership, Inclusive Learning Culture, and Inclusive Policies and Practices) will help frame the conference deliberations supported by synthesis sessions from "Conversation Weavers". Visit the Highlights page and Schedule page of the website for a glimpse of what will happen!
What is Open Space Technology (OST)?
Open Space Technology is one way to enable all kinds of people in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events (OpenSpaceWorld.org). This allows the participants to operate with a high degree of engagement, creativity, and passion by creating their own agenda and self-managing the program.
In what language would the conference be conducted?
The 15th SEAMEO INNOTECH International Conference will be conducted in English.
Who can join this Conference?
Interested policy makers, education ministry officials, educators, teacher educators, development workers, researchers, and education experts involved in inclusive education at all levels are invited to join the conference.
We also hope that representatives from private companies and corporations, other education service providers, leaders of community-based organizations, parents, and learners can be present in the conference.
When is the Conference?
The conference will be held from 6 to 8 March 2018. For a detailed schedule of the conference, please refer to the Schedule page.
Where will it be held?
It will be held at the SEAMEO INNOTECH Center in Quezon City, Philippines. Please refer to this link for the location map.
How much is the registration fee?
The conference fee is USD 250 (PHP 12,500). But if you register on or before February 28, 2018, you can avail of our “Early Bird Rate” which is USD 200 (PHP 10,000). We are also offering a special rate of PHP 8,000 for those who are working in the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
How can I register to this conference?
You may register through this website! Just go to the Registration page, fill in the required fields in the form, and pay the conference fee.
You may also register by filling out the printed registration form. Just send us a copy of the accomplished form through fax, email, or snail mail along with a copy of your proof of payment. You may send it through the following:
Fax: +63 2 926 1554
Mail: c/o 15th International Conference Secretariat, SEAMEO INNOTECH,
UP-Ayala TechnoHub Complex, Commonwealth Avenue,
Diliman, Quezon City 1101, PH
Remember to bring the original proof of payment during the conference for verification.
How can I pay for the registration fee?
You may opt to pay online via PayPal upon completing the registration form on the conference website. You may also pay through Wire Transfer and Bank Deposit; details are as follows:
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine
Islands (West Triangle Branch)
Bank Address: 1587 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Account Name: SEAMEO INNOTECH
Peso Account No. 3051-0612-67
US Dollar Account No. 3054-0049-73
SWIFT Code: BOPIPHMM
Please don’t forget to send us a copy of your bank transaction confirmation, including the name of participant(s) and registration invoice number.
I am not from the Philippines; do I need to apply for a visa to enter the Philippines?
Nationals from ASEAN-member states and 148 other countries can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 30 days*, “provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six months beyond contemplated period of stay.” (dfa.gov.ph)
Participants with passports from countries on this list are advised to apply for a temporary visitor’s visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in their respective country of origin or legal residence.
I will be coming from outside the Philippines; which airport is nearest to the conference venue?
The main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines, Metro Manila in particular, is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City. The most convenient way to reach the conference venue from NAIA is by taxi which would take around an hour and a half of travel time and costs between PHP 500 to PHP 800.
A viable alternative entry point to Metro Manila is Clark International Airport in Pampanga - a province north of the capital. It is about 2 hours away from SEAMEO INNOTECH. For transportation services from Clark to Metro Manila, participants may visit: crk.clarkairport.com.
Where can I stay for the duration of the conference?
While there are over a hundred hotels around the Metro, we have identified six accommodation options based on their affordability, quality of service, and distance from the conference venue. When booking for a room in these hotels, participants are advised to mention that they will be attending the International Conference to avail of the special rate given to participants.
What clothes should I wear for the conference?
We recommend that you wear smart casual with breathable fabric for the duration of the conference. The Philippines is a tropical country with just two seasons, and it could be hot and humid during the month of March. It would also be wise to carry an umbrella in case it rains.
What is the currency used in the country? Where can I change my money to the local currency?
Our local currency is Philippine Peso. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels, authorized money changing shops, and large department stores.
Who should I contact if I have further inquiries?
You may refer to our Participant’s Information Note for more details. If you have further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the 15th IC Secretariat through +632.924.7681 to 84 loc. 203 or 124. You may also email Kim (email@example.com) or Lauren (firstname.lastname@example.org).