Barcamp Malaysia was a couple of wonderful days of geek-tech experience, the sort of which never really experienced in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. An estimated 200 people were crowded into relatively small training facilities near the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from 26th to 27th July 2008, many of which was their first experience of a Barcamp. Despite being the first Barcamp held in Malaysia, the organizers were spot on in coming up with the right mix of technical, entrepreneur and irreverent sessions, with lightning talks, werewolf games and seriously tech talks like multilingual web sites with Drupal and wireless network hacking.
While many of the sessions and attendees were from Malaysia, there was a sizable contingent from neighbouring Singapore, giving it more South-East Asian feel. Yahoo! was represented by Henry and myself from Engineering and Jeremy from the Communications team. I did a session on SearchMonkey, adapted from slides provided by the SearchMonkey team (thanks Paul Tarjan!) and we had pretty good response from the crowd, some of whom even blogged about it (http://amanz.my/2008/229/barcampmalaysia-yahoo-search-monkey/ and (http://www.rickysoo.com/index.php/2008/07/27/first-experience-in-barcamp-malaysia/). We also did a raffle for 2 iPods, for developers who submitted their details to us for future outreach activities.
All in all Barcamp Malaysia was a roaring success and I'm proud that Yahoo! is a part of that success.
Sau Sheong Chang
Engineering Director for Yahoo! South-East Asia