Skype is nice, but you’re screwed if don’t have access to a wifi network and don’t want to pay hefty roaming charges. That’s a predicament many business travelers face when they’re out and about — say, heading to a site visit in India or a networking event in Vietnam.
Sure, the world is getting increasingly wired and a wifi Internet connection is becoming as common and taken-for-granted as water, but such luxuries aren’t always readily available in most countries. Read more
I set off to Subang Jaya for Barcamp Kuala Lumpur (KL) on Friday morning. I reached a day earlier to meet up with some internet specialists and organizers of Barcamp KL. The last Barcamp KL was held in the KLCC area (where the Petronas Towers are). This event was held over the weekend (4 and 5 April 2009) in Inti College, Subang Jaya. The trip turned out to be a good one because it grew to become Barcamp Southeast Asia, with other organizers from Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo & Cambodia. This time round, we have wi-fi available, and the other thing I liked about the location is that the Inti College is located besides the Asia Cafe and also a Starbucks Cafe where I can grab a cup of grande vanilla latte. Read more
Our friends across the causeway will be holding Barcamp KL on 4th & 5th of April 2009 in Level 4, Inti College Subang Jaya. You can check out more information about the sessions and venue via their wiki page. If you are keen on web development, social networks and new ideas from Travel 2.0 to Fashion, this is definitely the event to go. BarCamp is basically a very open, participant-driven workshop event where people share knowledge and ideas and expand their social and business network. There is usually no particular theme. Those people who want to share ideas and knowledge – of any subject, in any field – could register for time and room to host their session. Then, the rest of the people could come to event for free and join any session that they are interested in. If they find that the session uninteresting, they could just leave and go to the next one. Note that Barcamp Singapore III is just over and we are looking forward to the KL and Bangkok one in the coming months.
Our very own Bernard was one of the first presenters of the full-day event while his two counterparts, Gwen and Isaac Timothy T were in the audience skipping around from room to room. Here, we hear from both Gwen and Isaac Timothy T on their thoughts on various presentations. Read more
It is often good to know what is happening in the regional markets. After all, the younger entrepreneurs in Singapore and Malaysia have been in constant contact and collaborated on various events from Barcamps to Hackathons. So, we grab Daniel CerVentus, from Malaysia Entrepreneurs to chat with us. He will share with us on the Malaysian scene and some thoughts on the SG scene here. Read more
Since the last barcamp gathering in Kuala Lumpur, July 2008, both the Singapore and Malaysia teams have decided to bring together people across both causeways together. The result is Barcamp Johor 2008, where it 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 attendees. The event will be held on 6-7 Dec 2008 over a weekend. The event will be held in Menara MSC Cyberport, Level 29, Menara MSC Cyberport, No. 5, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, 80300 Johor Bahr. This is a good time between the developers, investors and entrepreneurs to share their ideas in such challenging times of the financial crisis. For those who are interested to turn up or sign up as a speaker to this event, please register here and also check out the sessions. If you are interested to follow this event, check out their blog and also their twitter feed for the latest news.
From our friends in Malaysia Entrepreneurs together with the coming Global Entrepreneurship Week, it might be a good time to pull an ad for an interesting event happening in Kuala Lumpur. Startup Camp KL 08 is going to be the largest unconference for entrepreneurs and startups in Malaysia. Over 300 entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors are expected to congregate in two full days of ideas exchange and making connections. Startup Camp is held in conjunction with the Global Entrepreneurship Week and it will be on the only National Level GEW event. It will be on 22nd and 23rd November. For those Singaporeans who might be turning up in Malaysia, you can check out the event from here. We wish them all the best in their event. :)
Before the gathering in Barcamp Malaysia, an interesting meeting happened between Daniel Cerventus, the main organizer of Barcamp Malaysia and BL, our editor in SGE here in Singapore (who also happens to be one of the organizers for Barcamp Singapore II). After an interesting discussion, both editors felt that it is necessary and win-win for people in both countries to collaborate a lot more on grassroots level in the realm of entrepreneurship, venture capital and technology innovation. At the same time, Daniel is preparing for the launch of the Malaysia Entrepreneurs blog while organizing the barcamp. A successful Barcamp Malaysia event brought the technologists, entrepreneurs and investors from both countries together. It is of no coincidence that something is borne from that meeting. SGE is pleased and honoured to announce that the Malaysian Entrepreneurs blog is finally up and running. To enhance cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore in the grassroots level, both blogs will start off with an initial joint collaboration with syndicating the news between both blogs and at the same time collaborate more on cross country level in related entrepreneurial initiatives in technology entrepreneurship. Our team in SGE wishes our friends from Malaysia Entrepreneurs good luck on their new initiative and we look forward to interesting times of collaboration with our counterparts.