Barcamp Shanghai – rest and recovery

Saturday was the first Barcamp Shanghai of 2010, an event I helped organize.

The event was as a whole very successful, despite our shameful mistake of scheduling it on a Saturday that was magically a workday because of Dragon Boat Festival. I guess the Chinese Government gets uncomfortable with the idea of 3 days of vacation in a row.

interesting things:

  • 400 groupon clones that have launched in China (from Lucas Engelhardt)
  • ‘I’m going out for soy sauce’ is common Chinese web slang (it means ‘this is none of my business’)
  • Startup metrics have to make sense, and I finally heard a definition of Churn Rate that I understood (from Claude Ritter, see his presentation)
  • I got interviewed by two freelance journalists, which was a bit unexpected.  They were very nice.
  • I really should prepare before giving talks. My apologies to those who attended my session. I’ll do better next time.
  • When WKShanghai promise to throw you a party, you shoud get really, really excited, because they do it right.
  • As the guy who does all the shouting, I get an undue amount of credit for being an organizer — I did less for this Barcamp than any of the previous ones! All credit to the other organizers, Vivian, Scott and Calvin. (see more great photos here)
  • I met a bunch of people who I previously knew only through twitter, which I always thoroughly enjoy.
  • Weiden & Kennedy really did it up for the afterparty, which was tons of fun! Matt Love took some great pictures of the party

Thanks again to all our sponsors:

DragonBN

flyingTurtelCoffee

GregHarrison

VPNinja

HiShanghai

ShanghaiSolved

Party Sponsor

w+k

Location Sponsor

TheNetcircle

Friends of barcamp shanghai

kuukie

So, who wants to help organize the next barcamp? email the team (which includes me).

  • http://www.mattmayer.com/ Matt

    Hey Mark, here’s a blog post of my talk, I’ll forgive you for missing it 😀

    http://www.reigndesign.com/blog/html5s-missing-tag-sarcasm/

    • http://www.markenglehartevans.com/ Mark

      It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know if HTML 5 markup is going to solve the internet’s sarcasm problem. Maybe we can write some JS that will detect irony as it happens?

  • http://www.mattmayer.com/ Matt

    Hey Mark, here’s a blog post of my talk, I’ll forgive you for missing it 😀

    http://www.reigndesign.com/blog/html5s-missing-tag-sarcasm/

    • http://www.markenglehartevans.com/ Mark

      It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know if HTML 5 markup is going to solve the internet’s sarcasm problem. Maybe we can write some JS that will detect irony as it happens?