February 23, 2009

Web Wednesday Hong Kong Reaches 1,000 Members

From our humble beginnings back in July 2007 (read our first blog post), I'm proud to say that Web Wednesday Hong Kong has now broken the 1,000 member barrier on our Facebook group. (Yes, I admit there was a little nudge from me over the weekend but...it worked!).

As you can see from the profile photos above, Web Wednesday attracts an eclectic bunch of people, from all walks of the digital world that we now occupy.

Perhaps this is why Time Out Hong Kong recently described us as one of Hong Kong's biggest social and professional networking events!

February 16, 2009

Hong Kong Twestival - Live Video!

Doug White and his team at So-U.TV have done a great job recording Hong Kong's first Twestival on video - click here to view it on So-U.TV's site or simply watch the Youtube embedded video below. Nice one! Again, Web Wednesday was proud to be a sponsor.

Like the energy! Once we get the global figures from the organisers, I'll let you know how many attended and how much was raised for Charity:Water, both in Hong Kong and worldwide. One correction, there have been several Tweet Ups before in Hong Kong, Simon, but none on have been part of a global fund raising activity.

Web Wednesday - Social Mixer V22 (Mar 4)

Calling All Hong Kong Digerati! (Local artists and their fans! Oh yea, some chance!)

'Tis the season of love - why should we limit it to one day only?

For our next social mixer on Wednesday 4th March, we've invited Patrick Lee and Stephen Wang, the co-founders of Rotten Tomatoes (which they sold to IGN for US$10 Million in 2004) to talk about their new enterprise based in Hong Kong, "Alive Not Dead", which they describe as "an online community for artists and their fans, with over 1,100 artists and 390,000 registered users".We'll be speaking about why and how they set out to build a new global rock & roll social network as well as comparing their entrepreneurial experiences in the US, Mainland China and Hong Kong.

With members who are as talented as these, can you see a reason not to join?

The night kicks off at 6:30pm and ends around 9:30pm, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to mix with the movers and shakers of our local internet industry.

There will be an entrance fee of HK$100, unless you're a bona-fide student, in which case it's HK$50. This includes one complimentary drink. All other drinks are at Happy Hour prices. (We will issue a receipt, if you require one). As per our last event, we will donate 10% to charity (more later).

Do invite your groovy friends and artistic colleagues to join the Asian Digerati on Wednesday 4th March at Q97, Basement, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong.

You can sign up for the Facebook event listing here.

Looking forward to seeing old faces and meeting many more new ones,

Napoleon Biggs
Founder & Host - Web Wednesday
Internet Marketing & Digital Media Specialist - Palava Digital Ltd

February 9, 2009

Donate Water Now! HK Twestival - Buy 1, Get 1 free!

As per my earlier commitment, Web Wednesday has donated 10% of the entrance fee takings at the last Web Wednesday (V21 on February 4th) to help bring drinking water to over 1.1. billion people (can you believe it?) in need.

The money (HK$1,000) has already been donated to Charity: Water.

But, I'd like to hit two birds with one stone - namely, double the amount of money donated and increase the attendants at the upcoming HK Twestival - by offering a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" promotion to the first 10 people who donate via Amiando (event linked here) from the moment this posting goes live.

February 5, 2009

Time Out Hong Kong cites Web Wednesday in cover story on job hunting

In it's latest cover story, "Find Your Dream Job", Time Out Hong Kong has cited Web Wednesday as being one of Hong Kong's biggest networking events. Here is a relevant extract from the article:

"If networking were an Olympic sport, Hong Kong would be churning out medal contenders. There are countless organisations devoted to blending social and professional networking, and one of the biggest is Web Wednesdays (www.webwednesday.hk). WW claims over 900 members and routinely draws 100 people to its informal monthly events in Lan Kwai Fong".

Many thanks to their Staff Writer, Bong Miquiabas, for the mention. Bong also writes about two entrepreneurs who met at Web Wednesday and launched a new start-up, Socialutions (our guest speaker in Oct 2008) on the back of this serendipitous meeting.


(Rodney) Lloyd had been thinking about starting his own company “for some time”, but the impetus came from a chance meeting at a Web Wednesday event in late 2007. “The reason I went to that event was because the CEO of Outblaze was guest speaker. Immediately after, I went to talk to the CEO and Henry was there.”

Henry was Henry Oh, an American lawyer who then worked on film projects in town. Recalls Lloyd, “Henry and I got to talking about internet startups and business opportunities. He had an idea to do an entrepreneur-focused website matching projects and investors; my idea was more academics, NGOs, and their projects. We decided our ideas were not too dissimilar.”

February 3, 2009

Chocolates at Web Wednesday Social Mixer V21

As the topic of Web Wednesday V21 is "How to market to women online?", I thought it would be appropriate do have some high quality chocolates available at the event. So we've invited the folks at Makari Life to provide a sampling of luxury Swiss chocolates from Beschle.

I've also negotiated a 20% discount for Web Wednesday members, just in time for Valentine's Day. To enjoy this special offer, send an email to David Ng, Director of Makari International, with the Subject Line: "Web Wednesday Special Offer". (This discount is valid up until 14th February 2009).

Attached is the logo of Beschle chocolates and a few of pictures as well. Pls send to your contacts for promotion (yes we are offering a 20% discount then) up to Valentine's Day. Send an email to

Web Wednesday donates to Charity: Water via Twestival

On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

The Hong Kong Twestival will be held at 12 February 2009, Yumla Bar, just off the top of Pottinger Street, underneath the restaurant called Mrs. Jones. Festivities will kick off at 8pm and will include a live performance from N™ and a DJ. Buy your tickets here (HK$100, including a free drink - all proceeds to charity:water). Alternatively, you can donate directly by visting www.charitywater.org/donate.

The big news is that LiveEarth, host of the largest global entertainment event in history (2007’s Concerts for a Climate in Crisis), has joined the cause by becoming Twestival’s global broadcast and video partner and is asking people to submit their Twestival experiences to Live Earth Video.

I strongly believe in this cause and, on top of promoting it through all the Web Wednesday channels, will donate 10% of the entrance fee takings at tomorrow's Web Wednesday to charity: water.