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What Happened at Open Everything Hong Kong

I’ve spent the last week decompressing my brain from organizing this year’s Open Everything Hong Kong, so I apologize for the delay in posting this recap story.

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First of all, the event was a huge success! Thank you all for your support and for making the day worthwhile. We had a great turnout, around 45 people came by with just over 30 in attendance at any given time. In the week leading up to the event the number of registered attendees almost tripled (to 62 registered attendees)! The speedy increase in numbers had me worried about space, but in the end the venue was just the right size.

I kicked off the event at 10AM with a short history of Open Everything and a quick look at the agenda (slides [PDF]). We then proceeded with short introductions by attendees and a talk by Haggen So from Creative Commons Hong Kong.

Session Board

The rest of the day was left in the hands of attendees who organized some great Open Sessions.

Open Sessions:
  • Creative Commons Hong Kong
  • Flickr
  • Guilt in Open Organizations
  • HK Drupal User Group
  • How to Encourage Open Organizations (and Society)
  • Open Feedback and Retrospectives
  • Open Government
  • Open Hardware (AKA - How We May Build Our Own Toys)
  • Open House: Internet Mediated Hospitality Exchange
  • Open Public Information
  • Openness and Mental Health
  • Peer2Peer University
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<em>Note: Audio & Video recordings along with summaries and reactions are available on the <a href="http://openeverything.hk/2008/wiki">Event Wiki</a>.</em>
John Bacon-Shone

We wrapped up the official event with an excellent presentation by John Bacon-Shone from Hong Kong University entitled

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<em>Open Access to Research Publications & Data</em>
followed by a video handover to Open Everything Berlin.

Whiskey Priest

After cleaning up the venue a number of us made our way to Lan Kwai Fong for some dinner and drinks at Whiskey Priest.