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oDesk Contractor Appreciation Day - Quezon City, Philippines


November 6, QUEZON CITY — Approximately 300 Filipino oDesk contractors gathered at the UP Bahay ng Alumni to attend the oDesk Contractor Appreciation Day 2012.

This is the second time that oDesk has organized a meet and greet for their selected contractors. As per oDesk, they've invited the highest-earning contractors who were active in the last 180 days, have an overall feedback rating above 4.5, and were not suspended to the Contractor Appreciation Day. As a freelancer and an oDesk contractor, that reason alone made me feel honored to be invited in this special event for oDesk contractors.

Two of the oDesk team members (Matt Cooper, VP for Operations, and Mollie Carter, Director of Customer Marketing) talked about the new updates that oDesk has made to make our lives easier. They answered questions about the issues we are currently experiencing and shared how they are addressing these problems. It was good to hear that they really take time to resolve these issues particularly the problem associated with Local Funds Transfer. They've also announced that the remittance fee for LFT-BDO will be waived soon. They've presented some videos on where the Filipino contractors stand today and shared their vision of the future of online work. I was not surprised to know that Filipinos are now dominating the number of oDesk contractors.

After Matt & Molly's presentation, Mike Shwe, a representative from Google also shared his experience in working with Filipino contractors. A lot of Google's independent contributors are Filipinos and he said that there are more job opportunities Google has to offer.

Another exciting part of the event is the awarding of oDesk top Filipno contractors. After that, we all had a snack break and started networking. I've got the chance to meet my fellow Girltalkers Jane, Jenny, and Angel in person. We also had fun in their photo-booth where we had our profile pictures taken.

GT's Lenie, Angel and Jane

Me and the very friendly Mollie Carter, oDesk Director of Customer Marketing

I've attended the last year's first ever oDesk meet & greet and I can say that this year's event was a also a success. It was very simple. I hope that there was more of crowd interaction rather than just presentations. The event  was not that extravagant but what I've enjoyed most is the time I spent with my co-freelancers. It was indeed a fun afternoon to learn, share, and connect with other contractors and the oDesk team.

6 comments on "oDesk Contractor Appreciation Day - Quezon City, Philippines"
  1. sis nakapagpakuha kau kay Mollie..nice :)

    thanks sis sa picture and nice meeting you.

  2. It was nice meeting you too charmedwitch776 :)

  3. My freebies ba? Should I regret not coming? Wala kasi ako ibang kakilala na pupunta. Studied at UPD before. Kaya lang kakapunta ko lang ng UP last August kaya wala ng nostalgia effect kung pupunta ulit ako.

  4. Hi Marco, Okay lang naman kahit wala kang kakilala kasi pare parehas lang din. One purpose din nagpunta ang marami ay para ma-meet ang kapwa natin oDesk contractors. The event was very simple, walang masyadong freebies pero masaya padin naman. :)

  5. Walang masyado? Meron ba? Ano nauwi mo? Gusto ko sana meron T-shirt, pin, mugs etc. Parang proof mo lang na you're one of the lucky few at statement na rin.

  6. Proof? Bragging Statement? Why would you need that? Yun lang ba ang purpose mo para pumunta? Meron silang binigay na oDesk sticker and printed personal profile photo from the oDesk photobooth. Nagbigay din sila ng oDesk T-shirt sa mga nagbigay ng video testimonials. Yung experience ng pagpunta ang best na naiuwe ko dun, more than anything. Yun lang pero masaya kami :)


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