Well... it's that time of the month again. Tokyo 2.0 was packed to the brim this month ... maybe the slowdown means people leave the office at a sensible hour now (see below :)
I had a couple of things on, so I didn't catch the whole of the second day. I missed the opening session on the mobile internet, and Joi's closing about "The Next Big Thing" ... if anyone heard what the "Next Big Thing" is please drop me a note!
Wednesday last week (2008-11-13) saw the 5th anniversary of Tokyo Blog Dinner.
Joi Ito and Digital Garage held their 4th "New Context Conference" at Garden Hall in Ebisu Garden Place last week. The event is free of charge, and the fact that DG can pull together such a wide variety of speakers - primarily from companies in which they have an interest - is testament to the breadth of their portfolio.
The theme for this year's two day conference was the "Open Business Network" that the Internet allows.
Citing the difficult economic climate, O'Reilly and TechWeb have pulled the plug on the Web 2.0 Expo Tokyo 2008. Apparently "the current business climate was not conducive to guaranteeing the success of the event"
I went along last year, and while there wasn't a lot of excitement in terms of services and startups, I made a load of good contacts. It's a shame they couldn't work out some way to reduce the cost of the event.
Here is the story: http://tokyo.web2expo.com/
Friday saw Japan's annual PostgreSQL conference held at the Izumi Garden Conference Centre in Roppongi Itchome. Billed as "Learn everything there is to know about PostgreSQL in one day" - the conference is the main event in the local PostgreSQL community.
With major organisational backing and sponsorship from SRA OSS Inc., Sun Microsystems, EnterpriseDB, NEC Software and others, the event had a distinctly corporate flavour to it. Along with the plush Roppongi location, I suppose this matches the image of PostgreSQL as the Oracle of Open Source Databases.
I have recently started as CTO of a company that uses an OSS stack, and PostgreSQL as the DB platform. With my DB background being MSSQL, Oracle and Sybase, I have some catch up to do, so this was a great opportunity to get some concentrated exposure.
Morning saw the keynotes, the afternoon was sessions ....
I am at Tokyo BigSight right now for Business Blog and SNS World 2008. The midday session that Andrew and I led went very well. Despite the terrible weather and a smaller than expected turnout for the event, we had about 120 to 150 people come along to the session.
After the MC's introduction, first up I introduced the session survey. I put together a simple mobile based survey system for the event, and projected a QRCode onto the screen. This went pretty well, and about 30 people responded in the first few minutes. Then I talked about the network event we are running this evening, and launched into the panel discussion.
Andrew was moderator, and the panelists did most of the talking. 45 minutes was soon up, and I presented the real-time survey results. Although there was Q&A time at the end, no-one had questions.
Last month, eSynapse was approached to put together a session for Business Blog and SNS World 08 at BigSight from May 28th to 30th.
With only a few days to settle on the session content, we quickly decided to do a panel discussion on Open Data and Mashups, and how they relate to the event main topic. The session is on the 29th (Thu) from 12:00 to 12:45.
I pulled together a collection of industry colleagues to participate, and Andrew Shuttleworth from Tokyo2Point0 volunteered to moderate the session.
I went along to the "Facebook Developer Garage" at an event space in Harajuku. There was a fairly basic introduction to Facebook Applications given solely in English :( , followed by free wine and snacks, and then a series of talks from local developers of Facebook apps. I hung around to see Junya Ishihara present his "Kanji-Fandom" application, and Yuki from OnGMap informs me that there were three more demos after that, followed by a bit of networking time.
On Tuesday night (2008-04-08), I took a couple of colleagues along to Tokyo2Point0 to present eSynapse to the community. We just got the call at the end of last week, so we did a short introduction and a demonstration of the Blogging Platform.
Andrew Shuttleworth broadcast the event on UStream, and recorded the session. The videos are below... We start at about 12:00 into the first clip.