Photo: Ryanne Lai
Like last year, this years’ Barcamp Hong Kong attracted some amazing people. The sponsors have clearly grown too with big names such as Yahoo!, Adobe and Microsoft added to the pot.
Next I sat in the Making iPhone Apps (English) session. Wasn’t too impressed with Objective-C, actually more disappointed by the many pitfalls and gotchas that William Taysom, co-founder of JadeTower was alluring to. Didn’t get much out of this one unfortunately.
Photo: Ryanne Lai
The Open Source and Microsoft talk by Gary Sweeting, Platform Strategy Lead at Microsoft was very interesting. Gary tries to implant the idea of good business sense. What I got was Open Source Software (OSS) only makes sense to a certain degree in order for M$ to make an annual turnover of $60+ billion and that OSS and Proprietary can work together as mixed source (corrected from comment by Gary — was “can work together and converge at a neutral point”). In a way I could understand his arguments. Who wants to earn less when they know they could earn more? But on thinking about the philosophy of OSS it is not about making money but rather knowledge sharing and collective intelligence — much like the scientific world.
Photo: Belle Liu
The Twitter – Visualising Conversations talk was a real eye opener. I always found tweets very noisy; most tweeters use it to satisfy their own egos — who wants to know you’re brushing your teeth or in your pyjams?!? Napoleon Biggs took us through a journey of meaningful aggregation of twitter conversations through analysing people’s emotions. The highlight of his talk was wefeelfine.org which is an artwork of human emotions using visualisation movements — the Madness movements look a lot like code_swarm. Napoleon finishes off with a challenge for someone to create a Chinese version of wefeelfine.org. Is anyone out there up to the challenge? I’m tempted but don’t have such time on my hands. If wefeelfine.org started aggregating conversations in Chinese their API would be very enticing [hint].
Edison Wong demonstrates Drupal theming. He gave us some useful tips on how to manage a single theme across version 5, 6 & 7. Hong Kong Drupallers have yearned for a meet-up and this talk is the catalyst! A Drupal meet-up will be happening sometime this month! Keep an eye on groups.drupal.org/hongkong and the Hong Kong Drupal User Group.
The highlight of the day must surely be the Start-up Lightening talks! Each person with a start-up idea had 4 minutes to pitch it to the audience. The winner gets an Xbox 360. I voted for no. 8 as it was similar to an idea that’s been brewing in my mind for months! I hope he manages to pull this off!
Now that Barcamp is finally over all we could do is reminisce the past and look forward to the next Barcamp.