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 keynotes were delivered by such folks as Gen Kanai, Dave McClure, Bret Terrill, and Noah Kagan. The global players were joined by the locals: Meng Wong, Mohan Belani, and Bernard Leong.

E27 organized the event and Yahoo! had the privilege of being the only platinum sponsor. Shanan Delp and myself also gave a presentation about emerging markets and web product innovation. The Web world is changing: the emerging markets have different product needs than North America and Europe.

The event peaked at almost 700 attendees over the two days and put Singapore on the startup map with developers, venture capitalists, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Next up is openWEBasia in Malaysia, of which Yahoo is also a sponsor. Register soon before the event fills up.

Apart from this event, Yahoo! is also planning University hack days in Indonesia and the Philippines. For more information, please join our Facebook pages.

Thanks for listening, and we hope to see you in the neighborhood soon! If you are interested in following the startup scene in Asia, be sure to check out the This Week in Asia podcast.