June 4, 2020

We've live on WhatsApp!

One of my reasons for launching the Web Wednesday community back in 2006 was to have an untethered testing ground for emerging digital technologies. A space where we could try out the latest "shiny objects" at a live event with real people in unpredictable environments.

We started with audio podcasts on Odeo which the founders then closed and went on to launch Twitter!

We pointed our first generation smart phones at Geoffrey the Giraffe (guy in a rubber suit) hoping to download the latest Java game over Bluetooth. ToysRUs went out of business and, sadly, put Geoff down!

We've blogged on Blogger, tweeted on Twitter, signalled on Sina and grinned on 'Gram.

We've shaken our phones in unison to speed-connect over WeChat. We've scanned each other's profiles on LinkedIn.

Our interviews were now originally posted on Vimeo and YouTube and are now also on LinkedIn and IGTV. We've even live-streamed onto Facebook (with Mevo).

And today, we go live with our very own chatbot on WhatsApp! Come try us out.

You can either click on this link or scan the QR code below to connect with our official WhatsApp Business account. Once hooked up, our chatbot will guide you how to redeem and post offers on the 852 Reboot Hong Kong website. You can also watch all our latest interviews of local entrepreneurs (recorded on my smart phone, at different spots around town).

April 17, 2020

Hong Kong vs San Francisco: How is the Tech World Adapting to Life under the Corona Virus (Covid-19)?

Henry Oh arrived in Hong Kong in 2005 to write a book about the Hong Kong underworld, he soon found a job via the Web Wednesday networking community and started his career in mobile gaming as Head of Business Development for Hello Kitty!

Fifteen years on, Henry is back in San Francisco, as VP of Operations & Partnerships for Tenjin.io, where he now helps mobile game developers answer the question, "Is my ad campaign ROI positive?" with data insights on downloads and in-game activities.

We managed to cover many topics:

  • Comparing the speed of reaction to Covid-19 by tech companies in China and the US, looking at the different outcomes between centralised and decentralised models
  • How San Francisco successfully implemented "Shelter in Place" and why the culture of science and data helped the Silicon Valley and the SF Bay Area to accept the new status quo
  • The ongoing erosion of civil liberties, with the impact of tracking and surveillance tech on privacy
  • How the business models of US tech giants, like Facebook and Google, are pushing them to be more proactive about content moderation
  • The pressure on entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to reduce their burn, conserve cash and lay people off
  • How the big players in the mobile gaming world are using their stash of cash for a "land grab" and to increase brand awareness
  • How hyper-casual games rule the charts, to the ongoing surprise of the game design community (download Tenjin's "2020 Hyper-casual Benchmark Report")
  • How the economic blow from the virus is further enhancing the digital divide and pushing people to adopt or die
  • Why the US responds slower but more creatively and, perhaps, with a more significant outcome in the long term
  • The role of “3D Printer Maker Communities” using Reddit to coordinate the production of emergency supplies

You can also find Henry on Twitter (@sfmoca) and learn more about Tenjin's "native or 3rd party campaign attribution. Ad revenue & IAP ROI and cost aggregation" at www.tenjin.io

Interviewed by Napoleon Biggs, Digital Entrepreneur at Web Wednesday Ventures

March 27, 2020

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November 20, 2019

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November 19, 2019

Agorize at Web Wednesday (V121)

Innovation is all the rage in the corporate world and we're going to dig deep into how it really works!

For our 121st Web Wednesday Social Mixer, we are excited to interview Mathieu Toulemonde about his journey from young French hacker to Asia CEO of Agorize, a world leader in online open innovation challenges.

Their offering is extremely timely as they tap into the huge demand for crowd-sourcing new business ideas, as well as some good CSR /PR, for companies who want to engage the wider community of innovators (students, developers and startups).

The numbers speak for themselves: in the last three months, his team of 35 people has enticed 10,000 participants who have proposed 3,000 innovative projects to 15 corporate clients!

In Asia, their clients include: BNP Paribas, HK Science Park, Electrolux, Linkedin HK, Microsoft HK and Amazon.

Mathieu practices what he preaches and is very proud of having successfully developed an internal culture of innovation for which he has recently been awarded the "Best Employer Brand 2019".

We will be hosting the event at Levels Club in Central Hong Kong, 2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. [Google Maps]

Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and the fireside chat begins at 7:20pm or so. We close up at 9pm. We charge an entrance fee of HK$100, which you can either pay at the door or in advance (preferred method), via PayMe.

Sign up for the event across out social media communities:

Watch this teaser interview, part of our new show "852reboothk":

November 7, 2019

Video interview - Tech Titans of China

For those of your who couldn't make it to last night's Web Wednesday interview with veteran tech journalist, media entrepreneur and China watcher, Rebecca Fannin, talking about her new book, "Tech Titans of China".

Hosted at LinkedIn's welcoming and flashy offices in Hong Kong on 6th November, 2019.

November 6, 2019

We accept PayMe!

Thanks to the digital team at HSBC, we can now accept payment via PayMe. Simply scan the QR code below with your PayMe mobile app, enter the amount and confirm payment. The entrance fee for our events is HK$100, which includes one complimentary drink, an insightful (often entertaining) interview and top-notch networking. Thank you for your support!