Geeks on a Plane and BarCamp Shanghai

June 16th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in event

This past week has been a really interesting for the startup scene in Shanghai.  The big catalyst was the Geeks on a Plane tour organized by Dave McClure of the FoundersFund and George Godula of Web2Asia.  This trip brought a number of entrepreneurs, bloggers, and venture capitalists from the US and Europe to Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai to learn about the tech scene in Asia.  The Geeks on a Plane tour also led into two other events:  TEDx Shanghai and BarCamp Shanghai.

Barcamp Shanghai was on Sunday, and about 120 people attended this un-conference for presentations and networking.  We even got a chance to do a short presentation about how we think connecting people over the internet is leading to major changes in language learning.  Many thanks to the organizers, which includes one of our team members (Toffler).  We had a great time and met a lot of interesting people.

On Monday, the Geeks tour was present at TEDx Shanghai, where there was a full day of presentations (you can catch the videos here).  We managed to meet a few of the Geeks after the presentations and also at the Geeks and Glamour after party.  Here are just a few of the people we wanted to give a mention to:

goapDave McClure
Mark Hendrickson
Benjamin Joffe
Dan Martell
Dug Song
Adriana Gasciogne
Larry Chiang
Marcus Nelson

Overall it was a really exciting time to be in Shanghai and in the technology space.  Hopefully, it won’t be another year before we see an event like this again!

The italki team

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  • http://www.web2asia.com/ George

    Good times! Some pics from Shanghai Barcamp here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/web2asia/sets/7215

  • Parker Hanson

    Wow!! May I know something more about this Shanghai barcamp……

  • Parker Hanson

    Wow!! May I know something more about this Shanghai barcamp……

  • http://twitter.com/davemcclure Dave McClure

    really enjoyed meeting you folks, and hope to catchup again to hear more about iTalki… best of luck!

  • italki

    George, it was really great to see you as well. Definitely keep us in the loop your upcoming events, and for what web2asia is up to.

  • italki

    Hi Dave — It was really great to meet you too. There's an odd rumor going around that you are a dancing fiend…
    We're definitely taking to heart the suggestions you made, and we're looking forward to talking again soon. It's an amazing time to be in this space.

  • http://www.sysax.com/ k1v71

    Hey!

    Great times. I really enjoyed meeting you folks, and hope to catchup again to hear more about iTalki.

    All the best….

    Ka
    —-

    FTP Software

  • Parker Hanson

    Nightlife of Shanghai is always active. Its beautiful.

  • Parker Hanson

    Nightlife of Shanghai is always active. Its beautiful.