BarCamp Hong Kong 2008, A Great Event Experience!

BarCamp Hong Kong 2008 Sep 6 was a great event for sure but it was a bad timing for me.  I reported 2days sick leave this week and still not fully recovered from flu.  Yesterday night (Sep 5) my nose was still running non-stop and I thought I couldn’t make it.  Therefore I am so glad that my nose loves BarCamp but I regret that I couldn’t make more friends cause I don’t want to pass on any virus.

Belle and Ben
The Opening

Hyperlocal Networking by Mickey Fong
Hyperlocal Networking by Mickey Fong

Comparing to last year BarCamp, my keyword for this year is “UPGRADED”.  We got a NICER VENUE with 5 conference rooms (Turner International), MORE DRINK OPTIONS (Latte, Expresso, Chinese Tea with nice coffee mug and “lovely ah sim – sorry forgot her name” to serve us, really thanks her for all the extra works during Saturday.  And of course the well-known Hong Kong bloggers’ friend Drinkazine Tea.), MORE GADGETS (T-Shirt & badge by Dookaz, Lanyard by Flying Tiger Web Design, Mobile Charm by Yahoo!) and MANY MORE! Thanks to all the sponsors, the “hardware” are gorgeous and talking about the “software”, the 6 sessions that I attended in Room 1 (I stayed in Room 1 cause I had to record the talks for MobileRadio) were also excellent.  You can have a glimpse of the talk “Creative Commons Hong Kong by Ben Cheng” in Facebook while more audio and video clips will be available in later on.

This year more people use Cantonese to conduct their presentation.  I am so glad to see it happens cause last year was English only, like people didn’t dare to speak their mother tongue but Hey! this is BarCamp Hong Kong and speaking Cantonese is normal.  This change would certainly help next year’s BarCamp promotion.  Another good thing is the organizers did remind everyone to help cleaning up the trash, I am sure that lovely ah sim will be very happy when she goes back to the office on Monday.

I’ve uploaded my photos to Flickr but I recommend everyone should take a look at the photos from Ryanne, her photos are ALWAYS SUPER NICE.  And once again I want to thanks all the sponors and organizers for making BarCamp Hong Kong happened, I’M LOVIN IT!

Flick Group – barcamphongkong2008
Twitter #barcamphk
Web Wednesday – Twitter – Visualising Conversations at BacampHK
BenLauPedia – 今年在Barcamp講的題目
網絡暴民 Jacky’s Blog – Barcamp HK 2008
案內人隨筆 – Barcamp之後…
Cracker, best before expired – BarCampCamp
d. otted rhythm – ’tis barcamp again!!!
GPS development on iPhone – iGPSD Team in BarCamp 2008
Sammy dot HK – What’s new in BarCamp Hong Kong 2008
reality – BarCamp Hong Kong 2008
南朗山下 Beneath Nam Long Shan – BarCamp: 香港唯一的網路工作者博覽會
yelotofu – Another Barcamp bites the dust
影.腦.者 – 自由講學園地 BarcampHK
栗子現場直播 – Barcamp
Martin Kou’s Blog – BarCampHK 2008
Ross and Sarah in Hong Kong – This one time, at BarCamp…
An Expat Educator in Asia – Barcamp HK 2008: Well worth the time.
My Journey to Japan – BarCamp Hong Kong 2008 – Reflections on BarCamp Hong Kong 2008 – Review from BarCamp Hong Kong 2008
Way’s Blog – Barcamp Hong Kong 2008
鳩扑 – arcamp hong kong 2008 完成!


An UnOfficial BarCamp FAQ

barcamp 香港 2008

An UnOfficial BarCamp FAQ

What is BarCamp?

Bar? A place for drinks; Camp? A place for people to mix together, meet each other and learn something new.  In fact the BarCamp tradition is to fix the presentation topic the night before BarCamp in a “Bar”, then people go into the “Camp” on the next day to meet new people and learn new stuff.  Putting the 2 places together = BarCamp (This is a “Daisy explanation”, you can ignore it.)

What can I do in BarCamp?

  • Watch, and be watched
  • Meet people and kill more trees (with your business cards)
  • Presentation or Observation (It is not a mandatory requirement for you to “speak and present” in the BarCamp)

I need to attend BarCamp from 9 to 5?

No, you can join after your Saturday half day work.

If I am not Tech Geek, can I join?

Daisy is a “low tech girl” but is still joining, cause I want to learn more.

Oh my English is just “so so”, the BarCamp is “Pearl Channel” right? I am afraid……

Hey I am Cantonese, come on!  And BarCamp encourage everyone to use their mother tongue to present (will find a translator for you) so no worry.

Honestly, I don’t know how to communicate with people and I am not prepared to, how can I join this event?

You can take photos and upload to Flickr Group “barcamphongkong2008“, use Twitter and add #barcamphk in your message to report anything about the event.  You can also upload new stuff to the BarCamp Facebook.

Oh the BarCamp seems gorgeous but I am just a student, is there any discount for the entry fee?

Hey the BarCamp is FREE FOR EVERYONE! So don’t think, register in Facebook or Wiki and JOIN NOW!

Is there a better FAQ?

Here you are from last year 😛 (still by me, hoho)

Google Maps Blogger Meeting

The backdrop

Where are you?

Yes, I am writing about Google again and again as I am a Google Advocate.  On tonight (July 22) we bloggers gathered together in Lumiere IFC to join the “Google Maps Blogger Meeting“.  Google just launched their Google Maps Hong Kong version where people can search for their favourite restaurants, movie schedules, Wi-Fi hotspots, tourist attractions  and much much more in English or in Chinese (The search is bi-lingual, very strong indeed).  Google joined partnership with,, Hong Kong Education City, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Tourist Association and PCCW to create all these location coordinate and contents within the Google Maps environment.  As an individual  user you may share your favourite restaurant or car park location with your blog audience by creating your own map via the “My Maps” function and share it with the HTML code embedded or e-mail.  If you are a corporate user you can go to the “Local Business Center” to register your lcoation and let the business come to you.  Google said that the business location submission to Google Maps Hong Kong version will be available to the public within 15minutes if all the information provided by the online registration form is correct.  For developers, Google offers Maps API for them to play around with.  In case you have the time and effort you may create your own version of Google Maps website.

I find all these very interesting and can’t wait to test them on my new iPhone (I eventually can get it after the complaint) as Google Maps provides mobile interface I also met a lot of old and new friends from the events but there were too many people.  If I missed saying Hello to you let’s do it next time, or maybe one day, you can find my company/me in the Google Maps as well.

The photos were all done by my Genie III.  Isn’t it cool to have another look and feel of the event?

My Flickr Photo Set
BenLauPedia – Google Maps 正式登陸香港、Blogger聚會
d. otted rhythm – Google maps launch party!
天佑的自由天地 – Google Maps Blogger Meeting
Sammy dot HK – Google Map Blogger Meeting
Jan’s Tech Blog – A Photo and Video Story of Google Maps Party
在下【阮瑪莉】 – Google Maps香港發佈會
my notebook – 直擊Google Maps香港版發佈會
田三填四 – 吃喝玩樂,盡在港版 Google Map
奕日回憶錄 – Google Maps Blogger Meeting
鷹頭獅巢_Podsafe音樂特區 – Google Maps 香港版登場,Blogger聚會
網絡暴民 Jacky’s Blog – Google 地圖發佈會點滴
熱血生活小品 – Google map HK launch event
案內人隨筆 – 第一次Google活動
DrinkaZine Blog – Google Map 香港「登陸」了

Wikimedia Hong Kong First Anniversary Conference

From Wikimedia Hong Kong First Anniversary Conference

Almost one year ago, on 14 July 2007, Wikimedia Hong Kong was established as the local chapter of Wikimedia. In this year we have almost finished the relevant registration procedure. In March 2008, Wikimedia Hong Kong was officially recognized as a Wikimedia Chapter by The Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation.

The Provisional Directory will launch several activities during the first anniversary of WMHK’s establishment, to promote and advocate Wikimedia and her web 2.0 endeavors. This year we would to focus on topics about Web 2.0 and education.

Charles presentation was nice but I missed part of it cause I were late.  Anyhow I managed to take some photos.  See the kawaii Wikipe-tan cosplayer, she wore blue contact lens to imitate the character 100%.  SUPER CUTE!

Charles and Wikipe-tan

Panel: How to promote Wikimedia and her web 2.0 endeavors in education sector?

My Flickr Set: Wikimedia Hong Kong First Anniversary Conference 20080712
Facebook Event

Firefox 3 Kick-off Party – Hong Kong

Firefox Cake!

June 28 was the Firefox 3 Kick-off Party, I helped out as an receptionist. The party was fun and you can find out more details in blog posts from others cause I was working and was not able to report the full details of it. However I still managed to take some pictures, you can view them from my Flickr photo set. FON was so generous to offer food, one day free WIFI pass, octopus card pouch for each participants and lucky draw items as well. Everybody was having a great time! If you want to learn more about Firefox in Hong Kong, please join the “Firefox Hong Kong” Google Group and hope to see you all in the Firefox 4 Kick-off Party.

My Flickr Photo Set
My road to Firefox (My Chinese blog post) 我的Firefox之路
Blog and Photo Coverage of the Firefox 3 Kick-off Party
Firefox 3 Kick-off Party Wiki

Creative Commons X Bloggers

Sorry that I were late on that day ( June 6, 2008 ) and raining was super heavy therefore I really can’t write any “informative stuff” about this event, however I took couple of photos and met some great people! For example Henry who is working for EditGrid now, I am surprised by his wealth of knowledge. And thank you CC for buying us the pizza so that we could have a great night of chatting and eating.

Charles MokOi Wan

Ben Cheng聽野�

CC & TechMatrix: Protect yourself on the Internet

Friday night 7:00pm March 23, should be drinking and dating but I attended a seminar regarding IT security, “Applying Knowledge in System Audit & Governance to Information System Value & Security”. Being invited by Dr Samson Tam on the behalf of his newly established “TechMatrix Research Center”, the seminar was not boring at all. From a layman blogger’s point of view this seminar clearly outlined the importance of data security and introduced various industry standards for organizations as well as an individual to achieve system audit and security, I myself found it very informative and interesting. TechMatrix is going to host the “IT & Hong Kong Discussion Series” in June & July and talks about various IT related subjects so please play attention to their Facebook group if you really want to know what is happening within the Hong Kong IT industry.

Another great event is coming up on June 6. If you are a layman blogger like me with concerns regarding internet copyright and licensing, you should also attend the “Bloggers + Creative Commons” event by InMedia. This is a perfect chance to ask those Creative Commons preparation committee “What the hell is going on with Hong Kong CC?” with Cantonese before they officially go into their long lasting and never ending law enforcement procedure. Show your concern to the subject before it’s getting to late e.g. Your blog article appears in AppleDaily without getting your permission. In fact, every blogger in Hong Kong should pay attention to CC, SERIOUSLY!

Hope to see you on June 6 and I’ll buy you drinks if you leave message here 🙂