A DAVAO CITY-based social enterprise, Virtualahan, is one of the three winners of the 2017 Google Business Stories Award. Ryan Gersava, owner and founder, is currently here in Silicon Valley to attend the 2018 Google’s Annual I/O Developer Conference this week, to receive tailored mentorship from mentors, talk about their work in Virtualahan, receive and present their awards, and represent The Philippines to the global tech community, with all expenses paid and sponsored by Google.
Virtualahan trains persons with disabilities (PWDs) to become digital professionals using Google platforms such as Google Classroom, GSuite, and Chrome in order to break employment barriers that are usually the problems faced by PWDs.
Ryan Gersava, who is only 25 yrs old and affected by an incurable medical condition, is a Global Shaper, a fellow at the Global Good Fund, an Asia-Pacific Future Maker. He is also the recipient of the Lenovo Outstanding Tech Visionary Award last year, awarded 25 computers for the company’s IT use and of course, the Google Business Stories Award which is happening from May 8-11 of this week. Ryan is driven by a mission to contribute to building the future of work where no one is left behind.
Virtualahan is also taking it to the next level by branching out. Starting up the same business model here in the US, by putting up Virtualahan USA. Teaming up with another young Fil-Am entrepreneur Vohn Dumdumaya, 26 years old, born and raised in NorCal who is currently based in Sacramento CA. Vohn is also affected by severe case of a rare medical condition and life threatening disorder. These two are scaling to impact and empower People with Disability in America and the Philippines.