Monday, December 8, 2008 | 4:12 AM
Labels: SE Asia
It's tiring being out on the road constantly, but meeting all of these awesome people that just weeks ago we didn't even know existed made it all worth it. We met some really amazing people during the course of the DevFest tour, and neither Singapore nor Thailand were an exception.
The event in Singapore saw the MDA arm of the Singapore government subsidize all travel costs for fifty developers from Malaysia to come down and attend for the day. This was a really inspiring move, and allowed us to meet with a cool group of people from the developer community in Malaysia. And for those developers from Malaysia that made the long trek down for the day: thank you!! Clearly we're going to have to host a DevFest there in the (hopefully near) future. The folks from Singapore were just as great, taking all of us out for a crazy night of Karaoke after the event.
A few days later, we were en route to Thailand. That event was a lot of fun too, even though it kicked off to a rocky start with wifi issues. Once the wifi was resolved, we were able to push things back into gear with some nice presentations on OpenSocial, Maps, and Google App Engine. During any downtime he might of had, our very own Patrick Chanezon (Developer Advocate here at Google) was going through the ringer with five hours of interviews - needless to say, the guy was exhausted.
Lastly, both events saw some exciting company profiles and platform overviews from our partners who joined us on this leg of the tour. Our partners for the tour were eXo Platform, Globant, hi5, and friendster. A special thanks to them for helping to put this tour on, as well as to John Berns and the BarCamp Bangkok folks, plus Bjorn Lee, Daniel Cerventus, Justin Lee and the awesome e27 folks. Thank you!!
Pictures from the Singapore event can be found here. Pictures from the Thailand event are here. There are also additional materials that were covered during the course of the tour that can be found on our DevFest site: http://tinyurl.com/apacdevfest.
And be sure to check out the OpenSocial contest for Southeast Asia!
Jason Costa, Developer Relations, Asia Pacific