Blog Posts by Michael Smith Jr.

  • The Southeast Asia Momentum continues

    From Open Hack Day to the acquisition of Koprol, there has been a lot of activity around Southeast Asia for startups and developers.

    As of late, Singapore has been the center of all the activity, so it comes as no surprise that Echelon 2010 had record crowds and tons of PR. Check out the Echelon 2010 photos (courtesy of Gen Kanai); here's one photo of the stunning Marina Bay Sands complex.

    Marina Bay Sands

    Across the two days of keynotes, panels, and seminars, about 700 people from all over the world descended on Singapore to discuss the state of startups, tech innovation, and the funding environment. The idea was to bring together people internationally to give the Singaporean startup scene a chance to learn and share from the best — at the same time, enlightening the rest of the world as to the state of the local scene.

    Discussions around product management, social gaming, global payment models, and the state of the emerging markets' mobile ecosystem were just some of the topics.

    Panels and

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  • Open Hack Day Southeast Asia, and more!

    On November 21, 2009 we kicked off Yahoo's! first ever Open Hack in Southeast Asia. We held this inaugural event in Jakarta, and since this event, I have had numerous trips to Jakarta and decided it was time to summarize some of this activity. For an event recap including the list of winners go here.

    YDN Indonesia

    One of the things we realized since Open Hack Day, was that we needed a way to stay in contact with Indonesian developers. Our Facebook page, for YDN Indonesia, will list all our events for the region. Please join and feel free to add any suggestions on the page. Two events we're planning now, are still tentative, but we'd love your feedback. We know we want to have an event as soon as the new IDC is opened. And, Barcamp Indonesia is coming up as well, but there is not a date set. We'll keep you posted on both events.

    If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about developer activities in Indonesia or Asia Pacific region please leave a comment on this

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