A. What happened, basically
Chip did a very nice coverage with her immediate post Twitter SaiGon 1st Gathering. Thanks a lot Chip, it wouldn’t never have been successful without you.
B. What happened in details
The detailed agenda included the normal information exchange and 3 main sections as listed below:
Two students, Mat and Hung, and starting to build their grand program on teaching children on an E-Learning environment which emphasizes Openness and Cost-saving and takes advantages of Web 2.0
Hung’s presentation immediately inspired many interesting debates. Apart from popular arguments on technology, costs and practicability of the tools, what impressed me most was that we brought the Willingness for Alternative Solutions on the table. We didn’t stop at the fad of new tools, we touched the heart of a Mindset issue.
For now, to avoid repeating Hung’s words duplicating Hung’s contents, I invite you to CLICK HERE to see their slide show for the program.
“BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.”
So why would you want to join the BarCamp in Saigon:
- If you’re a geek, you know what you do
- If you’re in the technology field, this is a chance for you to meet with people with similar interests love
- It’s a learning opportunity
- It’s not only for networking. It’s open and honest
- It’s a chance for you to see, hear, touch and talk about new things fresh right out of people’s head
- If you’re an analyst, come over here to this information goldmine
- Even if you’re not in technology, you might want to come here and share the problems you have in your jobs and maybe someone with a technical expertise can help with a solution you’ve never thought of
- Start-ups, meet people here!
- Venture capitalists, all geek faces around the region are here
- Please feel free to add your point here or with a comment below
Please simply put the date in your calendar: 15/11/2008
B. 3. Mentioning some web services
Google, Navigos’ Caravat and Yahoo! Portal clone Timnhanh. Only quickly through though; we didn’t dig deep down on each.
B. 4. An investment opportunity
…on technology, blogging and media… something that’s never been done in Vietnam.
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C. My Key Observations
Obviously, the topics don’t want to go away from my mind so easily. There are some few things I’ve observed from our gathering that I’d like to share:
C. 1. CommunicatioN first, then media
The gathering is an evidence of “CommunicatioN, not CommunicationS“. Technology (Twitter) serves as a platform to build and strengthen the human quality of communicatioN.
C. 2. Synergistic power
Unlike networking functions I had previously attended/organized, the gathering was full of positive, creative and synergistic energy, thanks to the burning passion and rich ideas from each attendant.
In other words, it was networking not for the sake of sheer networking. It happens when the good comes first, rather than the goods come first.
How do you agree with me?
C. 3. The internet is so full & rich has it fully reached the users?
This exclamation came from N., a non-tech-savvy professional: “The internet is so rich. I only have a Facebook and a LinkedIn”. This brought 2 thoughts up on me:
1. It reminds me of “Way of a Scientist” that I was thinking hard on one year ago.
We (solution providers) want to keep users from the complexity of technology.
2. It’s a good excuse for me to bring this statistics on the table: 58% of people don’t know what social networking is.
How about Vietnamese users? What is the percentage do you think? I believe that analyzing my following suggestions would be useful:
- The opportunities of expressing via more traditional channels. This should help justifying the love for blogging in many Vietnamese users
- The willingness to look for alternatives. This should help explaining Yahoo! 360’s huge success in Vietnam
- The amount of time an average Vietnamese spend on online activities as compared to their peers in some other countries such as US or Japan. This should help reasoning the growth of social networks.
- Physical distance between Vietnamese mutual connection. This might help with analyzing micro-blogging.
C. 4. Globalization
Kevin gave us a compliment “This is the first time we mid expats and Vietnamese that works!” Thanks Kevin, I don’t know about others, but if I am to name one thing that pushes me on, it would be my conviction in being a “Global Villager”.
Hold your breath…
…the next event is coming soon…