May 25, 2016

MinorMynas - AIA Edge

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Prepare for the youngest and punchiest guest speaker that Web Wednesday has ever had!

Winner of the AIA Emerging Entrepreneur Challenge, Hilary Yip (11 years old!), will be joining us on Wednesday 1st June at Orange Peel to talk about her journey so far and tell us how her new venture, MinorMynas, will make learning a new language fun for children.

After appearing on the same stage as Elon Musk at the InvestHK Venture Capital Forum, and wooing the hearts and minds of the attendees, Hilary has taken Hong Kong by storm!

She's funded her idea and made convincing pitches at the Singularity University Master Class and UXHK. She has even appeared alongside a slightly older entrepreneur, Dr. Allan Zeman, as a founding member of Metta.

For those of you who are attending the RISE Conference, you will find Hilary's energy and gentleness a refreshing break and inspiring story.

The evening will start with introductory comments from Steve Monaghan, the Head of Innovation at AIA Edge.

We're hosting the event at Orange Peel, 2/F, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong. Doors open at 6:30pm with the talk kicking off at 7:15pm. There will be an entrance fee of HK$100 which includes a complimentary drink.

See who else is coming and sign up on Facebook or MeetUp.

We will be donating 10% of the entrance fee to Hong Kong Dog Rescue, Hilary's favourite charity.

March 23, 2016

Rethinking Prestige Branding – Secrets of the Ueber-Brands

Calling all marketers who "go beyond",

For our 101st Web Wednesday, we will be joined by renowned global prestige brand marketer, JP Kuehlwein, who's bestselling book “Rethinking Prestige Branding – Secrets of the Ueber-Brands”, analyses the success drivers behind some one hundred premium brands. JP advocates putting "the myth back into marketing" and "seducing rather than selling" (my personal favourite).

I'll be asking JP what makes an "Ueber Brand" and aim to dig into his founding principles:
• How mission gives meaning and generates a strong buy-in
• Why myths are the superior story and create magics
• The power of balancing the longing and belonging
• How to leverage digital and social media to bring the above to life?
• The need for ‘truth’ in execution.

Based in New York City, JP is on the advisory board and a guest lecturer at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, an advisory board member of the CMO Council and a trustee of the Marketing Science Institute.

Note that we're back at Orange Peel in Lan Kwai Fong for this gathering of marketing and entrepreneurial minds.

Doors open at 6:30pm, with the interview around 7:15pm. The entrance fee of HK$100 will cover the first drink. Sign up on Facebook or MeetUp. You can also buy your tickets in advance from TicketFlap.

Here's an interview that JP did with the Luxury Marketing Council:

[We are sad to announce one of our strongest supporters and host at Orange Peel, Victor Isaac Cheung, has recently passed away. In remembrance of a dear friend and one of HK's first technology bloggers (aka "Hong Kong Phooey"), we will be holding a one-minute silence before the interview.]

Stuff yourselves with chocolate over Easter!

January 20, 2016

Data Talks at Web Wednesday Hong Kong (V100)

Dear Fellow Digital Discoverers,

100 Web Wednesdays over 10 years! Now that's something worth celebrating!

A featured event in the StartMeUpHK 2016 Festival, run by the super energetic team at InvestHK.

You're invited to join our 'bumper pack' edition of Hong Kong's premier networking event for internet entrepreneurs and digital media executives, hosted at KPMG's pristine new offices in the Prince's Building, Central, Hong Kong.

We are going to turn the tables for this event and kick off with the founder and host of Web Wednesday, Napoleon Biggs, being interviewed about the past 10 years of digital innovation in Hong Kong by Anson Bailey, the witty networking king of KPMG China and co-founder of  the sports charity, the Potbellied Pigs Rugby Football Club.

Once we've regaled you with stories of good times past, Napoleon will then interview our four expert speakers on the subject of big data and how it is being put to good (and sometimes, nefarious) use in the fields of business, education, research, marketing and government.

Panel Guests:
In the spirit of celebration, famous radio DJ, Jed Thian, will be flipping discs and KPMG will be generously sponsoring the drinks for the night - thank you!

Venue: KPMG, 8/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. (Locate on Google Maps).

6 - 7pm: registration and networking
7 - 7:30pm: 10 years of digital innovation (Anson interviews Napoleon)
7:30 – 8:30pm: Data Talks panel discussion
8:30 - 9:30pm: Q&A and networking

Sign up and see who else is coming via Facebook or MeetUp.

Reserve your spot at this special event now - order online via Ticketflap.

Entrance fee of HK$100, with $50 donated to charity (exact one to be confirmed soon). Students, with proof, pay HK$50.

下个礼拜三见!See you on Wednesday 27th Jan!

Napoleon Biggs
Founder, Web Wednesday Ventures
Co-founder, Purecomm Retail Innovations

January 5, 2016

LafaLafa at Web Wednesday (V99)

Happy 2016!

We're cracking open a new year of digital adventures with Yosha Gupta, Founder & CEO of LafaLafa, India's No. 1 cash back, coupons & bank offers portal. In the first nine months, they've had over 600,000 app downloads! You too can download here (Android only).  Follow LafaLafa on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.


Although she started her business in Hong Kong, Yosha is on a trip back from the 500 Startups accelerator programme in Mountain View, California.

LafaLafa has also recently been selected as one of the promising Indian mobile startups for Facebook's global FbStart programme.

FbStart, by Facebook from Facebook on Vimeo.

To top it off, Yosha has just closed an investment round with Hong Kong's Vectr Ventures.

We'll be talking about the booming ecommerce market in India, the role of mobile in facilitating payments and online orders. LafaLafa is soon to launch in Hong Kong so get ready for a flood of local online shopping bargains!

Sign up on Facebook or MeetUp. See who else is coming too.

See you this Wednesday at Orange Peel, 2/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, LKF, Central, Hong Kong. Find your way with Google Maps.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the talk around 7pm. HK$100 entrance fee gets you one complimentary drink and the chance to rub shoulders with fellow digital entrepreneurs.

December 9, 2015

Clockenflap - Ticketflap at Web Wednesday (V98)

Calling all lovers of digitally-enhanced culture!

Off the back of a highly successful weekend of live art and music, with over 60,000 attendees, we've invited Martin Haigh,the Chief Sales Director of Clockenflap and CEO of Ticketflap, to talk about how digital technology is helping to build a cultural movement in Hong Kong.

We'll be covering a wide range of topics, from multimedia content marketing to mobile and socially integrated payments and the challenges facing the creative industry in Hong Kong.

See who else is coming and sign up via our communities on MeetUp (725 members) and Facebook (4,648 members).

Given all their compelling content, these guys are all over social media!

Follow Clockenflap on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramYouTube, Weibo, and WeChat (scan below to connect).
Clockenflap on Weibo:
Follow Ticketflap on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They are building a solid platform of events all over Asia.

In line with the seasonal spirit, the night will kick off with live music The Anello, one of the local opening acts at Clockenflap this year. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramYouTube and SoundCloud. The trumpeter, Michal Garcia, was a regular attendee of Web Wednesday's social mixers when he first came to Hong Kong. Now, he's busy being a celebrity!

Alternatively, listen them on SoundCloud:

And to top it all, we're back at the newly renovated Volar nightclub in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong!

Doors open at 6:30pmWednesday 16th December. The band will play at 7:00pm with the interview at 7:30pm.

HK$100 entry fee includes one complimentary drink and, if you book via Ticketflap, they'll generously offer you a second one for free. Just show your mobile receipt for scanning at the door.

And here is the teaser video for this year's Clockenflap festival in Kowloon Cultural Park, Hong Kong.

September 14, 2015

Ambi Climate Talks Intelligent Aircons at Web Wednesday

Calling all lovers of cooler climates,

As we waive good riddance to Hong Kong's hottest summer on record, I thought that it would only be fitting to invite the inventor of an intelligent climate controller to speak at Web Wednesday and tell us how his product will save our sweat glands whilst reducing our electricity bills!

Julian Lee, CEO & Co-founder of Ambi Labs will be share the story of how he fought all odds to create an Asian hardware start-up that can compete with the likes of Google's "learning thermostat" Nest which the giant acquired for US$ last year and why Artificial Intelligence is replacing fuzzy logic in our air conditioners.

Recently, Julian's team has won accolade from the Hong Kong ICT Awards (Gold Award for Best Smart HK) and beat off other local start-ups at the Rise Conference.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of his story is what happens after you've raised US$114,892 on Kickstarter? How do you build a wider customer base and ensure delivery of a product promised to over 749 backers?

Register via our Facebook Group (4,585 members) or MeetUp (690 members).

Here's their teaser video which attracted all that attention:

CNET gave them a flattering review as did TechCrunch.

Thanks to Peter Dingle and the folks at NEST, we have the delight of hosting you at the Infiniti Accelerator Lab on the 1st Floor of Hopewell Centre, 138 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong (enter from the car showroom on the ground floor). Find on Google Maps.

Keep cool until we see you on the 23rd Sept!

Napoleon Biggs
Founder & Host - Web Wednesday Asia
Co-founder - Purecomm

July 30, 2015

Domain for Digital Marketers - ClickZ Live Hong Kong 2015

Hong Kong is abuzz with the coming of the Rise Conference, a great place to learn about the "who" of the tech world (established and upcoming).

But for the digital marketers of this world, we want to know the "how". So here's your chance to learn from some of the best practitioners in Asia at ClickZ Live Hong Kong on 4th to 6th August, 2015.

In their own words, "The 6th annual ClickZ Live Hong Kong conference will showcase some of the foremost thought leaders and innovators in the digital marketing field from banking, travel & tourism, ecommerce, insurance, retail and more. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn, network and share information with your peers!"

Have we got a deal for you! Register here in order to enjoy a 25% discount off their standard prices. So a Platinum Pass is US$938, discounted from US$1,250.

As I'll be flying back from San Francisco, I won't be speaking at this one but they have lined up an illustrious group of speakers, some of whom have taken the "hot seat" at previous Web Wednesday gatherings:

  • Tim Goudie, Social Media Director, Sustainability, Coca-Cola USA
  • Dominic Allon, Managing Director, Google Hong Kong
  • Koray Sonmezsoy, Head of Development - Mobility and Web, Cathay Pacific     
  • Ming Chow, VP of Marketing, Digital Home, Huawei Technologies
  • Perry Chung, Marketing Director, Ocean Park
  • Alyssa Tam, Head of Innovation Hub, AIA
  • Stephanie Hing, Campaign Planning and Delivery Manager, Lenovo         
  • Ken Lee, Senior Manager, Business Transformation, Digital, AXA
  • Susanne Osterholm, Regional Marketing Manager APAC, Crown Worldwide Group
  • Julien Rio, Marketing Director APAC, lalamove  
  • John Ho, Brand General Manager, Kiehl's
  • Michael Wolczyk, Head of Digital Innovation, QNET         
  • Om Bhatia, Digital, Mobile & Portal Programs Consumer Insurance Asia Pacific, AIG
  • Crispin Sheridan, Vice President, Digital Scale & Operations, SAP  
  • Seraphina Wong, Executive Director, Global Advertising - Brand Management (Asia Pacific Head), UBS         
  • Darren FiField, Regional General Manager, Ebay
  • Kate Scott, Marketing Director, Ovolo Hotels
  • Robert Cheng, Vice President of Marketing, The Peninsula Hotels    

Feel free to pre-network by joining the event on Facebook. Of course, they're all over social media: Twitter (@clickzlive), Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook Page and LinkedIn.