May 28, 2006

Checking in From China Access 2008 Conference in Beijing Comments Off

China Access 2008 meet up你好

Ni hao! Just a quick check-in from the China Access 2008 conference here in Beijing. The conference has begun now and I'll be networking and talking about the internet and how companies can use technology and the internet to tell their story and move into new markets.

This is me videoblogging with Qiang Bai of Venture Pacific Group. He's a VC who splits his time between Shanghai, Beijing, and Dallas(!) and has experience investing in the Web 2.0 industry here in China.

It's been a fast and full 3 days of new people, ideas, sights, sounds, smells…. *everything* is different. Here's my photos on Flickr and here are Robert Scales' of Raincity Studios. Lots of podcasts and videoblogs to come!

May 24, 2006

China Access 2008 Business Forum Reflections Comments Off

Hangin' in the Boys RoomI’m here at the China Access 2008 Business Forum with Scales and MC of Raincity Studios and Richard Eriksson of Bryght. We’re getting a whirlwind business tour of China including an overview of the economy, political climate, growth trends, geography and communications challenges. There are about 40 or so people here at the SFU Centre for Dialogue from Vancouver companies who are either already doing business in China or plan to, as well as a bunch of masters students from UBC Business School who are focusing on economic development in Asia and China.

So far it’s been a great session led by Alan and Andrew of China Access 2008 and supported by lots of influential Vancouver business people currently doing business successful in China including Business Objects, CanFor, and Optima Health Solutions (hey Rashid… I’ll trade ya a China strategy for Bryght for a web strategy for Optima!).

This is the perfect way to spend the day before my first ever business trip to Beijing… I’m learning a lot and it’s calming my nervousness about the trip. There sure does seem to be a lot of opportunities to companies looking to grow into new markets, but I’m looking forward to hearing people talk more about the social and environmental impacts of China’s explosive growth and rise to power.

Can the massive amount of wealth being generated by this boom be used to promote positive change in China and around the world? How will China keep the gap between rich and poor from widening? Will the ultimate cost of the environmental degradation that is taking place as part of this growth ultimately be its downfall?

Lots of people seem to have incentives to look to China as a place to make money and grow their business but whose responsibility will it be to make sure that it’s done in a sustainable way that reflects modern progressive values? Bueller? Bueller?

I’m looking forward to forthcoming posts by Richard, as I’m sure he’ll touch on some of these issues.

May 23, 2006

Beijing Trip Mentioned in Vancouver Sun Article About Business Opportunities in China Comments Off

(cross-posted from my blog @ Bryght)

On Thursday I leave for China with Robert Scales to attend the China Access 2008 "What is Your China Strategy?" Forum in Beijing and it's starting to get to crunch time. I worked through much of the weekend catching up on email and Bryght projects and cleaning up my hardrives and disks to make room for all the media we're going to make while on the road. I also bought some fancy new clothes for our meetings, stocked up on expired slide film, packed my backpack (and posted it to Flickr to make sure I didn't forget anything ), and read travel guides for China and Thailand cover to cover.

Vancouver Sun Writes About Our China TripThis morning, the Vancouver Sun ran an article about doing business in China and the China Access Business Forum taking place tomorrow in Vancouver and featured quotes by our partners Andrew Gilkes and Rashid Ahmed as well as a lil blurb by me…

"Vancouver-based new media partners Bryght and Raincity Studios, which are working with China Access 2008, also see opportunities at the Beijing Olympics for BC's technology companies.

"We think there's a huge market opportunity for us to do work with Chinese Internet service providers, and Chinese hosts and Chinese web development shops," said Kris Krug of Bryght.

He added that a presence at the Beijing Games will also help Bryght and Raincity Studios prepare for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

"We have an interest in learning as much as we can [at the Beijing Games] so that we can find out what companies and teams and countries are looking to do online around the 2010 Olympics," Krug said."

Here's a cool link to an audio transcript of the Vancouver Sun article… neat!

Thanks to Megan Cole from Raincity on her help securing the interview and Petrina the Intern and the rest of the Bryght cew who have helped out with planning and logistics and support while I'm out and generally making this opportunity a reality. :)

May 18, 2006

Interview on Kootenay Co-op Radio with Jill Boland of Tech Village Comments Off

(cross-posted from my Bryght blog)

kk+Yesterday I had the opportunity to be on Kootenay Co-op Radio with Jill Boland, Executive Director of TechVillage and Jason Taylor of Selkirk college. Tech Village is a non-profit based in the Koots whose mission is to support and grow the new media and technology industry in the region. From their website…

"Our mission is to flourish as an enterprising non-profit that strives to be nimble and responsive to the needs of digital media, software and IT members in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia, Canada.

Tech Village provides suppport services to local businesses such as professional development, consulting, networking, and project opportunities to members.

Our organization shares the core values of integrity and transparency, collaboration, long term community building, commitment to quality, frugality and simplicity, an entrepreneurial attitude, sharing recognition, opportunities, and knowledge, and maintaining balanced lifestyle."

I talked about the basics of Web 2.0 and blogging and what's going on on the internet. You can download the half-hour show here… enjoy the Andrea Bocelli intro and outro. :P

May 17, 2006

Møtley Krüg Comments Off

Ha… thanks to Derek Miller and the Lip Gloss and Laptops grrls for the awesome geek present >> MotleyKrug.com.

Now I gotta think of something clever to do with it. Suggestions? Maybe I’ll start a clothing line? or a hair-band?

May 15, 2006

E3 Wrap-Up Comments Off

(cross-posted from my blog @ Bryght.com)

Scales Shoots the Magic: The Gathering TournamentI just returned from E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in LA and what a busy week it was! E3 is the premier trade show for the video and online gaming industry and Robert Scales from Raincity Studios and I went down on behalf of New Media BC and the Digital Media Association of Alberta to provide coverage of the show including recording podcasts with several companies from BC and Alberta who were exhibiting at E3. You can find the podcasts when they're uploaded on iTunes and lots of fun photos from the show over at Flickr. Some of the companies we met with are Jarhead Games, Buena Vista Group, Piranha Games, Next Level Games, and Hal Josephson of Media Sense.

Lynda Brown - New Media BCScales and I attended a great 'power breakfast' called "Gaming's Future and Cross Platform Design" with the leaders of the Canadian video game and electronic entertainment industry hosted by the Canadian Embassy Los Angeles and held at the prestigious Los Angeles Athletic Club… think members only, old money, dingy rooms full of polo trophies and pictures of body builders, Persian rugs in the washrooms, and a Rembrant hanging behind the speakers podium. It was beautiful. At the breakfast we heard a great talk by Mike Yuen, Senior Director of Gaming at Qualcomm on the future of the gaming industry and Lynda Brown of New Media BC spoke as well and gave an overview of Vidfest 2006 in Vancouver and invited everyone to come up for the event. I attended Vidfest last year and sat on the NMBC program committee that helped Kirsten Richter plan this years event and am excited to say that we've got quite the conference in store. Check it out and signup now.

In addition to our citizen journalism coverage of the event I was able to spend some time kicking off a substantial new project with Bryght client and partner, Cosmic Cubes as well as meet with a couple of current Bryght customers like the guys from AskANinja.com (currently the 6th most popular podcast/videoblog on the internet… go Ninjas!). Cosmic Cubes will be rolling out a community website product based on Drupal for clubs and associations (code-named Clubhouse) and Bryght will be doing the custom development as well as providing the support and infrastructure. We're really excited about this project and you'll be hearing more about it in the coming weeks as they get their site online and we begin development.

I also had some time to do some networking and brainstorming with the folks over at Participant Productions (yet another Drupal site!), a socially conscious film production and financing company founded by Jeff Skoll of eBay fame. Participant's mission says: "Participant believes in the power of media to create great social change. Our goal is to deliver compelling entertainment that will inspire audiences to get involved in the issues that affect us all.". Participant Productions has been working on Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth", about global warming and climate change that premiers this week in LA and will be in theatres later this summer (June 9th @ Tinseltown here in Vancouver). It was great to meet Ricky Strauss, President of Participant as well as to hang out with my peeps Daniel Hengeveld and Micki Krimmel who also doubled during the week as my entertainment coordinators. Awesome to see you guys and look forward to working with you more in the future.

So like I said, busy week and no rest for the weary on the horizon. This week I'm speaking on the "What Does Citizen Journalism Mean For Corporate Communications" panel with Darren Barefoot, Tod Maffin, and Roland Tanglao and and doing a radio interview about web 2.0, citizen journalism, and building online communities with Jill Boland, the Executive Director of Tech Village. Then it's off to China for a few weeks as part of the "Growth Economies/Growth Industries of the 21st Century: China Moves Higher" event with partner Raincity and customer China Access 2008. Phew! A rolling stone gathers no moss!

Special thanks to Lynda Brown, Duff Gardner, Robert Scales, Ken Bautista, Carlos Rodriguez, Stacy Yamato, David Peck, the Bryght crew, Micki, Daniel, Crystal, Zoe Ebb, Melissa, Megan, Verdell, William, the Midnight Ridazz and all my other peeps who made this trip so successful and so unforgettable. Much love you guys! And to Joshua Dunford and Donald Preston, sorry it didn't work out to get together this time around… you guys gotta represent! I'm sure LA has lots in store for me in the future and I hope to spend time with you soon.

The Emeralds Used My Photos on Their Website Comments Off

I got an email from Kazuya today letting me know that The Emeralds, an awesome Japanese rock band I hung out with at SXSW, had used some of my photos for the cover of their website. Awesome! :) Thx guys.

kk+ and Kazuya from The Emeralds

May 4, 2006

I’m Going to Beijing China! Comments Off

Kris Krug Dot ComOn May 26th I’m going to Beijing, China with Robert Scales of Raincity Studios to participate in the Growth Economies/Growth Industries of the 21st Century: China Moves Higher conference put on by our friends at China Access 2008. The post about the trip from the Bryght site is below. This week I’m getting vaccinations and visas and all that stuff together before I head off to LA next week for E3. On a kinda funny note, I looked up my Chinese name on Google yesterday and my name is Kong Kun Rong… making me Mr. Rong. :( I’m sure there are a lot of grrls out there who would agree.

“As part of a series of international seminars "Growth Economies/Growth Industries of the 21st Century: China Moves Higher", put on by Invest Beijing, Standard Chartered Bank and The Beijing Investment Bureau, Kris Krug from Bryght and Robert Scales from Raincity Studios will be heading to China from May 26th to June 13th. Raincity has partnered with China Access 2008 to help bring technology and economic sustainability to China in their preparations for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing and they have invited Kris to come present about web 2.0, open source software, and building online communities.

During their time in China they will be meeting with several Chinese and international companies, including the Centre for International Economics and Omnicom Asia-Pacific, as well as regional government bodies and Lu Hao, the Beijing Vice Mayor. Also present will be several international and Canadian businesses. Alan Carroll from Pacific Rim Forum will be speaking at the seminar, along with Mick Yates from Living Cell Technologies from Australia; all of whom are looking to explore new markets in China.

Prior to heading over for a 3-week stint in Southeast Asia, Kris and Robert will be attending the Access to China 2008 event on May 24th at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. The seminar asks the question "What is your China strategy?", with the emphasis placed on China's economic legacy plan in relation to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. ("What is your China strategy on Upcoming.org)

The morning session and luncheon will provide a good opportunity for local companies to congregate, develop and learn of the potential opportunities for growth and prosperity for B.C. businesses in China.”

May 1, 2006

Get Funded By Google to Work on Drupal With Bryght Comments Off

From the Bryght site

Google Summer of Code Badge

Vancouver students: Want to earn $US 4500 while working on Drupal Google Summer of Code projects? We've got free WiFi, desks for two students and Drupal culture that you can soak up in spades (as well as Bryght guy Adrian being a SOC mentor) from us here at the Vancouver Bryght offices at 525 Seymour.

What's the catch? Well you have to apply by May 8th. Don't got any ideas? No problem. The Drupal community has plenty of cool ideas for software development projects. Apply online today! More info here on the official Drupal Summer of Code 2006 page as well as some tips on getting accepted.

One last thing: we'd love to have a Summer of Code student or two with us for the summer who's working on projects related to our other two open source software passions: Jabber and Identity

FROM Google Summer of Code – now accepting student applications | drupal.org:

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Hey college students, want to spend your summer writing Drupal code while getting paid by Google? Sign up to participate in the Summer of Code 2006 program and that's exactly what you could be doing.

As of May 1, Google is now accepting applications from students. You've only got until May 8th to get them in, so you'd better get on it.

Make sure to check out the list of proposed Drupal projects for inspiration. Your personal project ideas are also very welcome, so don't hesitate to deviate from the published list.

The Drupal community is absolutely dedicated to your success, and each student accepted to work on a Drupal project will have two personal mentors to work with. There is also a team of people standing by to answer your questions or help you with your application.

Make sure to read the tips and guidelines for applying.

Good luck, and may your summer be filled with great Drupal coding!

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