On the road again

Sun and Cosoft are co-sponsoring an Software Parks OpenSource Tech Day in fifteen cities around China throughout July and August. I spoke at the events last week in Changsha and Wuhan (where the average temperature in July is around 95 Fahrenheit or 35 Celsius - don't ask me why we plan these roadshows for the summer...) about Sun's open source technologies. I introduced OpenSolaris, Glassfish, Netbeans, OpenJDK, Java DocWeb, OpenOffice and Sun's open source localizations. It was my first time to speak at this kind of event so it was a great learning experience for me. I even spoke a little bit in Chinese. I think speeches are most meaningful when the speaker adds some of their unique perspective, so I talked about the time my mom had a secret recipe for a cake and she never shared it with us until she started a blog and decided to publish the recipe. She didn't know it at the time but she was part of a revolution that's all about sharing, and I'm so proud that my mom and my company are leading the charge.

Other speakers at the event were Vincent Liu from Sun, Chen Xu from Intel and He Wei Jia from RedFlag Linux.

We had about 100 participants in each city, here are some pictures:
changsha 4
changsha 3
changsha 1
changsha 6
changsha 5

Comments:

Very cool you got to talk at this....were you the only lady in the room???

Posted by Barb on July 22, 2008 at 02:58 AM CST #

What kind of cake?

Posted by John D. Lilly on July 22, 2008 at 04:50 AM CST #

Your team is providing more and more support for the technology outreach efforts in China. Thank you so much!

I presented on the event in Guangzhou. Very nice event.

Posted by qyjohn on July 22, 2008 at 06:42 AM CST #

Strange idea to do it in Summer indeed, you'd get 5 to 10 times that audience during school year.
You might also want to review the links in your post. I think it's the wrong cosoft you pointed out (Chinese one is cosoft.org.cn) and the glassfish one renders incorrectly on the BLUG Planet.

Good luck and hope to see you soon.

Fred

Posted by Frederic Muller on July 22, 2008 at 08:18 AM CST #

The major audience for these events are commercial developers in software parks rather than students. So, the timing is not a problem.

Posted by qyjohn on July 22, 2008 at 06:14 PM CST #

Yes Barb I was just about the only woman in the room. Why are the Sisters letting the guys take the lead on the open source movement? We need to step up.

John Lilly it was technically a pie, Angel Pie, but I didn't know how to say that in Chinese so I altered the story to fit my vocabulary. :)

John Jiang it was my pleasure - thank you for giving me this opportunity! And you're right, since we weren't targeting students it was okay to do the event in the summer. However if we did them in the fall or winter the speakers would perspire much less!

Thanks for the tip Fred about the links! I fixed them both. Amazing what a difference one stupid space can make. Also amazing what a difference a little QA can make... :)

Posted by melanie gao on July 23, 2008 at 08:02 AM CST #

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