Sunday May 30, 2010

Tokyo BarCamp 2010: Photos

Here are my images from Tokyo BarCamp 2010 on Saturday. It was a long day — 18 hours door to door. But that’s BarCamp. And it was frustrating to miss so many great sessions since there was so much going on simultaneously. But that, too, is BarCamp. Aside from that, though, it was a really great day getting together with the international community in Tokyo.

This is the third BarCamp here in Japan in the last year where OpenSolaris community members have contributed in a significant way — either by presenting, organizing, or sponsoring. People from dozens of communities participated all day in sessions on software development, networking, security, content, hacking, science, ecology, politics, community building, activism, language learning tools, etc. Great to see so many guys from the Linux community participating again as well. Hope the images came out ok.

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I have thousands more general community images here. More BarCamp Japan stuff here: Fumi Yamazaki, Rick Martin, Johan Rooms, Yoshifumi Yamaguchi, BarCamp Tokyo tag on Flickr (tbarcamp).

Duke Goes to Tokyo BarCamp

May 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Shoji, Matthew, and I took Duke to Aoyama tonight to get ready for the BarCamp conference tomorrow. I guess Duke does not ride the Tokyo trains very much because we got some interesting looks. And some people took photos with their cell phones. Then we met up with the core organizing team for BarCamp to get things set for tomorrow.

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Tuesday May 25, 2010

BarCamp Tokyo 2010: 4 Days Away

For those attending BarCamp Tokyo 2010 this Saturday the 29th, I look forward to seeing you soon! If you've never been to a BarCamp, here are two examples of what these events look like from right here in Japan: BarCamp Tokyo 2009 | BarCamp Yokohama 2009. And there is some basic information about BarCamp here and here. BarCamp Tokyo 2010 is just four days away, and it should be a really great day. We'll have some nice donations from some sponsors (multiple servings of food, shirts, stickers, pens, software, and the building itself, of course).

But as Karamoon said in his opening speech last year, BarCamps are basically living human wikis. People make BarCamps. People sharing interesting content and experiences openly and actively in many-to-many relationships. It's all about direct participation. That's the key. There are no special speakers standing on elevated stages lecturing at people safely separated from passive and silent audiences. Everyone engages. Everyone contributes. Everyone teaches. Everyone learns. And everyone picks up the trash.

So, start thinking about what you will present. Or what conversation you'll lead. Or what idea you'll plant. Or what project you'll start and with who. Formal, informal, technical, non-technical, software, hardware, community, panel discussions, debates, photography, artwork, evangelism, marketing, hacking, leadership, activism, internationalization, science, innovation, development techniques, environmental issues, solutions to the world's most difficult problems, health and safety challenges, economics, etc. What ties all these things together is a spirit of doing and building and sharing and that's what community is all about.

We have plenty of time and space for everyone to present something. We have multiple rooms for short 15-minute talks, and a larger room for longer 1/2 hour sessions (or even longer events if needed since the schedule is made up on the spot and must remain flexible). And if you don't actually deliver a talk, that's ok, but please participate by engaging in discussions with speakers and others and in hallway conversations or over lunch or dinner or at the bar afterwards. You could very well find yourself directly involved in a new life changing experience just by showing up and discovering a new project to which you can contribute. Your input is valuable. Your voice matters. The world changes by people doing things at the grassroots level, not from the top down. This is where the ideas come from. This is where the real value is generated. Down here where people do things.

The facilities we'll have for the day are seriously beautiful. Bring your cameras. The views of Tokyo are great. Bring your laptops. We'll have free wireless. Bring your ideas and keep your mind wide open. Also, keep checking the wiki this week for more information and schedules.

NOTE: If your name is listed on the wiki that means you are committed to come. If you can't make it, please remove your name so you give someone else the opportunity to participate from the waiting list.

We are getting close ...

Thursday Nov 26, 2009

Tokyo's Biggest Tech Party Ever: December 17, 2009

A dozen international communities will be coming together in mid December for "Tokyo's Biggest Tech Party Ever" (info here, here). It's a charity event to benefit Room to Read. About 300 people are expected to gather in Roppongi, but I bet the number grows higher than that as the date approaches. I know a pile of OpenSolaris guys will be going, and I'll go for sure. I can imagine that thousands of very interesting photographs and videos will emerge from this gig, so I will shoot a set of photos myself. Here are some of the communities participating:

The international tech community in Tokyo is obviously a community of communities, and there is certainly some overlap in membership as well. But intentionally creating mega social events like this to bring multiple groups together has significant value because the more we mix as communities the more we learn from each other. To me, that's one of the core values of BarCamp as well. You build your own community locally, you then connect that community globally, and while you are doing that you intentionally mix with other communities so you remain flush with new ideas.

Wednesday Nov 25, 2009

BarCamp Yokohama: Fall 2009 Photos

Multiple international communities came together for another BarCamp here in Japan last weekend, this time at the Yokohama International School about a half hour south of Tokyo. Back in May we organized a BarCamp in Tokyo, and I think we`ll do more of these events after this Yokohama effort. This BarCamp model for conference organizing is interesting and extremely efficient because it`s a flat structure and distributes tasks widely: everyone organizes, everyone participates, and the schedule is built live on site. Some OpenSolaris guys were there, and we gave out OpenSolaris t-shirts and CDs and other items. The theme for the event was 21st Century Education. Special thanks to kurisuteen for leading. Great event.

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Sunday Nov 08, 2009

Make: Tokyo Meeting 04

I have never been to a Make Meeting. Just BarCamp and Hackerspace. May try Make.

Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

BarCamp Coming to Yokohama, Japan

Excellent to see BarCamp Yokohama being planned for late November. I will surely participate if I am in town. The event will be held at the Yokohama International School, so education will likely be top of mind (as it should be). We held a BarCamp in Tokyo back in May. This is what it looked like. Hugely successful conference -- organized by the community for the community. All BarCamps are slightly different, so it will be fascinating to see BarCamp Yokohama emerge its own way.

Sunday Sep 06, 2009

Tokyo Hackerspace Open House

I stopped by the Tokyo Hackerspace Open House today in Shirokanedai. Really nice day to welcome a new community of hackers, builders, and artists into existence. This space, which is a two story house in Tokyo with a backyard, is a welcome distinction to a virtual world filled with distributed digital networks. Tokyo Hackerspace is local and quite physical, and it grew out the community activities at Tokyo BarCamp in May. It`s very cool. Go to the site. Join the mailing list. Stop by the house. Get involved -- physically.

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See some videos from Masafumi Ohta here. He`s the OpenSolaris dude on the bike right above.

Monday Jun 29, 2009

Tokyo Hackerspace

I've been checking out the Tokyo Hackerspace gmail list for a few weeks. Looks very interesting. The project grew out of some discussions at BarCamp Tokyo a couple of months ago, and I spoke to Karamoon about it at the OpenSolaris community event this weekend. In a world of ever expanding global digital communities, it seems like a nice idea to have a very local a very physical space to hang out in and hack on things that need hacking. Global and digital are fine, but local and physical are needed too. For info, check it out on the wiki.

Tuesday May 26, 2009

My Most Popular BarCamp Photo: A Computer

Out of all the photos I took at BarCamp Tokyo last week, this is the most popular image by far -- Hiroshi Chonan`s computer.

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See Hiroshi`s OpenSolaris Live USB Creator (Windows/.NET)

BarCamp Tokyo: Fall 2009

The planning for BarCamp Tokyo Fall 2009 is starting now. I'll be on the organizing team again. We have more time. We're going bigger. And better. Should be cool. Check back often. And if you are in Tokyo you can get directly involved. What's cool about BarCamp is that, quite frankly, no one is special. Instead, everyone organizes and everyone presents. Everyone is special, actually. Everyone has something to contribute.

Sunday May 17, 2009

BarCamp Tokyo 051609: Photos

Amazing day at BarCamp Tokyo all day Saturday and well into the evening. I got home totally exhausted. This event was wonderful because it was organized by volunteers, the corporate sponsors were interested in supporting the community, everyone cooperated and participated, the talks were diverse and interesting, the venue was cool, and we filled the place with about 100 people from many international and Japanese communities in Tokyo. It`s all about the community. And the community led in every way. Over time we should continue moving in this direction and mixing among as many communities as possible. Tokyo is a very large hub in the global community, no question about it. More here on BarCamp Tokyo.

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Monday May 11, 2009

11 Sponsors for BarCamp Tokyo

Very cool to see 11 sponsors contributing to BarCamp Tokyo this Saturday ...


Sunday May 03, 2009

Photo Directions: Sun Yoga Office

If you come to Sun`s Yoga office in Tokyo for OpenSolaris or Linux meetings or the upcoming BarCamp event, it`s really hard to get lost now. I updated the directions with new text and photos.

Saturday May 02, 2009

Wanted: T-Shirt Sponsors for BarCamp Tokyo

The planning for BarCamp Tokyo is coming along nicely. I see over 100 people signed up to attend, and there is a lot of buzz about who will present during BarCamp on May 16th. The venue is all set, too. There are six sponsors so far: O'Reilly, Opera Software, Sun Microsystems, Tokyo2Point0, Sapphire Interactive, Fujimamas. All of us organizing BarCamp greatly appreciate the efforts and resources those sponsors are contributing to this community effort. However, there is one last item we need sponsorship for: T-Shirts. This is a big deal. We need a shirt to wear. And we are really looking forward to creating an original BarCamp Tokyo t-shirt that blows people away and makes sponsors proud to be involved. I'm not talking about some half-baked design just to have a shirt. I'm talking about something with some style. Something beautiful. Something everyone wants. Remember, we are building an multi-level international community in Tokyo -- a community of communities that calls Tokyo home but reaches right around the world into well-established and emerging markets and interesting new communities. In other words, it's big. Heck, Tokyo is big enough, but that's not big enough for us. Tokyo = Global.

So, there you have it. There are sponsorship opportunities open for companies to get directly involved in BarCamp Tokyo and contribute to some cool shirts. Interested? Check in with Karamoon (here, here, here). Or leave me a comment here. Or mail me at jimgris at sun dot com.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

Tokyo BarCamp 2009: Date and Venue

Tokyo BarCamp 2009 will be held on May 16 at Sun Microsystems in Yoga. This is very cool. We`ll be taking over the entire 27th floor of the building for an entire day, so we`ll have some stunning views from every conference room looking out over Tokyo. If you are in Tokyo and into open communities and want to make a difference, check out the wiki and come along. Bring your computer. Open your mind. Share your ideas. Participate. And bring a camera, too. Spread the word.

Friday Apr 10, 2009

BarCamp Tokyo 2009

There is a BarCamp being organized in Tokyo. Cool. I am looking forward to participating. If you are in Tokyo and will be around at the end of May, go to BarCamp Tokyo 2009 and jump in. I have never been to a BarCamp, but I think the Tokyo community will end up running an interesting conference locally that also extends internationally.
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