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)

BarCamp Hong Kong: An excellent opportunity to meet and learn

The first time ever BarCamp is going to launch December 15, 2007. If you “hao qi bao bao” (好奇寶寶,curious girl) like me, I strongly recommend you to join in. You wouldn’t regret about it.

What is BarCamp?

BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference 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 attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

Who should join BarCamp?

In keeping with the spirit of BarCamp, the event is open to everyone. But, in order to get the word out, we’ve identified the following initial list of invitees.

Feel free to add to it:

Designers, programmers, project managers, students. entrepreneurs, bloggers, marketeers, artists, musicians (sound engineers), film makers, anyone in mobile, photographers, advertisers, media agencies, brand managers, iptv, web content, tv, gamers, game developers & designers, media owners, free culture people…

Is BarCamp for foreigner only? If I couldn’t speak English, what should I do?

In keeping with the original nature of Barcamp, we will not have a set structure for the talks.

However, in order to open the participation up to non-English speakers, there will be the option to present in Cantonese, Mandarin or English. Up to you which one you join and how you contribute. No interpreters will be formally provided.

What are the rules?

Rules of BarCamp

* 1st Rule: You do talk about Bar Camp.
* 2nd Rule: You do blog about Bar Camp.
* 3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
* 4th Rule: Only three word intros.
* 5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
* 6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
* 7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
* 8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don’t really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

by Tantek Çelik as parodied from The Rules of Fight Club

Venue of the BarCamp?

Yahoo! Hong Kong will be hosting BarCamp Hong Kong on December 15, 2007. There will be 4 conference rooms and believe a lounge area as well.

27/F Sunning Plaza
10 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay

How’s the event being structured?

Main event will be held on a Saturday with two ice-breaker events, a social mixer on the Friday night (December 14,2007) in a local bar and a Yum Cha – Dim Sum breakfast on the Saturday morning from 8 am to 9:30 a.m.

The idea is to have 30 minutes per session. Sessions start at 10 a.m., break for lunch from noon to 1pm, continue from 1pm to 5pm. That gives a total of 48 sessions.

How can I join the event?

Please complete your information in the BarCamp Hong Kong wiki:
as well as RSVP in Facebook event

Can I register my topic now?

Yes you can, please add your topic to this OpenGrid.

If I want to know more about BarCamp, where can I get more information or example?

The BarCamp Hong Kong 2007 Facebook Group

Cool video of a workshop Chris Heilmann gave in Paris on Dailymotion:
Fun, entertaining and BarCamp-style!

If anyone is wondering what they can talk about at BarCamp – check out the schedule for this weekend’s BarCamp London:

And also, please add event tag “barcamphongkong2007” if you would like to blog or add photo to Flickr.

Chinese Version of this article
BarCamp Hong Kong:學習的最佳良機