Over the past few weeks, I have highlighted exciting new Web 2.0 startups in Hong Kong, companies like editGrid, aNobii and bullpoo, that are creating quite a buzz for themselves in Web 2.0 circles as well as in business circles, such as the Wall Street Journal. These young entrepreneurs were so enthusiastic with what they are doing that they wanted to share their startup experiences with more people. So we've got together and created a short workshop on Web 2.0 and the startup experience in Hong Kong. The workshop is this Saturday (27 Jan) at the City University of Hong Kong; drop by if you are interested and in the neighborhood.
The workshop will be a half-day event. I'll give a brief introduction to Web 2.0. This will be followed by a talk by Greg Sung, founder of aNobii, on his approach to the Web 2.0 product development process. Simon Lee, co-founder of bullpoo, will talk about building a community and customer relationships for his social network software. David Lee, the "development abstraction layer" for editGrid, will talk about the startup process and how to get funding in Hong Kong. Then Simon Chan, co-founder and CEO of Wazhua.com, will also share his knowledge and experience in creating successful startups.
The workshop is jointly organized by iProA, the Internet Professional Association, a non-profit organizing dedicated to bridging the digital divide and advancing Internet technology. They are the folks behind the yearly Hong Kong e-Inclusion Campaign (formerly Web Care Campaign) to promote Web accessibility, and are reponsible for overseeing a few of the HKICT Awards (organized by Hong Kong's Office of the Government CIO), such as the eYouth Awards (to recognize outstanding student projects) and the Digital Inclusion Awards (to promote the creation of software for the disadvantaged).