November 08, 2010
Meet the 2010 PopTech Fellows
November 8, 2010 in America The Free, Europe, New England, On Africa, On Being Green, On China, On East Africa, On Education, On Health, On Innovation, On Science, On South Africa, On Technology, On the Future, On Women, Social Media, United Kingdom, WBTW, Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
October 26, 2010
US China Internet Summit
On November 15, 2010, San Francisco will host a US - China Internet Summit, opening up opportunities for companies looking at distribution of US Content and Technology to the China Broadband Market.
The thought leadership summit brings together Chinese and US business leaders, Internet companies, content publishers, and government officials, media to discuss business trends, challenges, and opportunities for distribution of US content in China.
They are seeking content owners or technology solution providers for games, content, video, entertainment, Internet portals, e-commerce, retail services, web services and applications, consumer brands, media, and mobile applications looking for distribution partners in China.
Tens of thousands of first-time users join each day and the Chinese favor of the internet grows stronger and more innovative each day. As a result, business and investment opportunities abound, and companies such as Tencent (creator of QQ), Sina and Alibaba are leading the charge and earning strong profitability in the process.
However, this promising market opportunity is also characterized by diverse dynamics and demographics, requiring a significant understanding of both the Chinese consumer and the Chinese internet space.
Topics will cover the major trends influencing the development of internet in China and the US, focusing on the resulting business and investment opportunities between the two nations.
October 18, 2010
A Recap of the 2010 Tudou Video Festival
Tudou.com (which means “couch potato” in Chinese) is China’s first, and now one of the country’s largest (aside from rival Youku.com), video sharing portals. Launched in 2005, Tudou follows a similar model to Google Inc.’s video Web site, YouTube.
Tudou also hosts videos that push the boundaries of sensitivity on the country’s censored Internet. It was the first portal, for example, to show the “War of Internet Addiction,” a 64-minute computer animation film on government Web controls, Tudou co-founder Gary Wang said. The film, produced by a network engineer who goes by the name “Sexy Corn,” won the top award at this year's festival.
Aspiring filmmakers, actresses and actors, animators and amateur videographers from around China (all mostly in their mid- to late-20s) showcased their work at the festival held at an art complex in Beijing, with aorund one thousand people in attendance.
Of the more than 5,000 entries, 94 made it to the final round of nominations.
“Two to three years ago, the works were really amateur,” Wang said. “Now people are taking it much more seriously.”
Now, traditional media along with advertisers are starting to take the content on Tudou much more seriously, too. Hung Huang, a blogge experiences working as a journalist in China won the “Golden Camera Award," and Hitch-hike Diary won the documentary category. The film, by a video blogger who goes by the name Tomato-Han Da Ka, is the story of a hiking trip on the border regions of Sichuan province and Tibet.
He is the producer of the “War of Internet Addiction,” an animated film shot entirely within the video game, World of Warcraft (it is a filming technique known as machinima, which involves making animated movies using real-time images recorded from video games). The movie won the top award at the Tudou festival.
The film centers on World of Warcraft gamers who are frustrated that a new version of the game was banned in China. However it also contains deeper themes about Internet freedom in the country. It has been viewed millions of times.
Video Link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/8w0z0Q_TAQI/
Cai Chen-Shu (Video Blogger Name: Love Vacation)
“It Seems to Rain” centers on a high school boy and his struggles to accept himself as a homosexual. “I have always wanted to make a movie about same sex relationships and how a teenager becomes comfortable with his own identity.
Cai said the film received a lot of criticism when it was first posted online in China because “the movie is from Taiwan and those kinds of things.” He now works for a film production company in Taipei. “I don’t consider myself a movie producer at all,” he said. “It was just an assignment.” However Cai says one day he does hope to become a famous director of a disaster film.
Video Link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/O_GQhEIvCsA/
Zhou ended up pursuing his filmmaking dream. He is now studying at the Beijing Film Academy. And his 22-minute film, “Lost in Paradise,” was nominated for best drama at the Tudou awards ceremony. The film is about a driver who loses 10 patients he is taking to a mental institution when he stops to see a prostitute along the way.
Zhou says his next film will center on love between parents and their son in honor of the support his family eventually gave him to pursue his dream. “Crying is not weak,” he said. “”Crying is because we are moved by each other.”
Read more: 2010 Tudou Video Festival awards: The best of China's online films | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/none/chinese-video-portal-tudoucom-holds-annual-awards-beijing-706382#ixzz12mBMxeHL
October 18, 2010 in Entertainment/Media, Events, On Blogging, On Branding, On China, On Innovation, On People & Life, On Video, Photography, Social Media, Travel, WBTW, Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
Ai Weiwei Covers London's Tate Modern With 100m Sunflower Seeds
For an art exhibit at the Tate Modern in London, artist Ai Weiwei covered the Turbine Hall with 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds. Each of the seeds were made by 1,600 Chinese artisans.
October 03, 2010
What Would It Mean If Every Child Had a Tablet?Imagine if every child were issued a tablet computer? This is the next step beyond Nicholas Negroponte's "laptop for every child" initiative. Below he speaks with GigaOm's senior writer Matthew Ingram and Marvell's Co-Founder Weili Dai on the Mobilize stage in San Francisco this past week.
The idea behind creating a new platform opportunity for developers is that getting tablets in the hands of children can help to fix IT literacy problems around the world, particularly in developing nations.
October 3, 2010 in America The Free, Conference Highlights, Europe, Events, On Africa, On Australia, On China, On Education, On Technology, On the Future, Videos, WBTW, Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack
July 16, 2010
Asian Bloggers & Social Media ConferenceIn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 28-29, 2010, the Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference 2010 will bring together top prominent speakers from the Asia region to introduce and educate individuals and business on how to adopt and effectively take advantage of social media. The event will also introduce the concepts and tools of social media and how they can assists individuals and business to gain profit. Keynote address will be delivered by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
A few of the notable guest speakers include: Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes (CEO of Air Asia), Thomas Crampton (Asia Pacific Director, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide) and Paul Moss (General Manager of Alt Media). For a 10% discount, please use the code ABSM-MAS at registration.
May 20, 2010
Top Twitter CitiesAs an avid tweeter and someone who has lived in countless countries over the years, I found this chart incredibly fascinating....twitter usage and popularity around the world, starting with London in first place, LA in second place and Chicago in third (a surprise). The rest of the line-up through #70 below.
May 20, 2010 in America The Free, Europe, New York, On Australia, On Branding, On China, On East Africa, On France, On India, On Italy, On Japan, On South Africa, On Technology, San Francisco, Social Media | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack
April 07, 2010
Google vs China in CyberspaceDavid Strom writes about Cyberwars: China versus Google, what they mean, and the results.
He writes, "we just witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong."
You can read the full article by clicking on the Pearltree below.
February 16, 2010
Cloud Computing China CongressThe Cloud Computing China Congress (CCCC 2010), coming up on March 25, 2010 in Beijing, is specially designed for senior IT and line of business executives evaluating and making purchasing decisions in the areas of on-demand infrastructure and software services.
Attendees will learn which areas of the cloud are most widely adopted and which vendors are taking a leadership role. Case studies will focus on how cloud computing can increase capacity and extend IT's capabilities with minimal cost and significant flexibility and speed.
Using first hand experiences from analysts and end user case studies, the event will provide practical information, results from early adopters, and strategies to optimally blend on-premise to an on-demand business models.
January 30, 2010
Dr. Gino Yu Raps on American Integration 20+ Years AgoDr. Gino Yu from Playlab in Hong Kong does a short rap number he wrote twenty years ago in his college years. (about being Chinese and studying and working in the U.S.). It's endearing and amusing at the same time.