In the past two months since we announced the OpenWeb.Asia Workgroup, our members together with many other entrepreneurs, thinkers and bloggers have been working very hard on our first event, as promised, the Open Web Asia Conference. Today, we are very happy to officially announce that Open Web Asia Conference ’08, the first pan-Asia web technology event bringing together executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from throughout Asia, will be held at 14th Oct 2008 in Seoul, Korea in association with the 9th World Knowledge Forum.

The one day conference will be divided into four sessions focusing on the following key areas: Insights and Best Practices, Innovations in Asia; Collaboration – An Introduction to Asia’s Social Web and East Meets West – The challenges of Internationalization To and From Asia. Some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people from the Asian Internet industry and a selection of business leaders and thinkers from outside the region will be there to share the insight of Asia web industry. The confirmed speakers include:

Kevin Day (CEO, Comsenz) (China)
Arthur Chang (VP of Global Sales, Alibaba) (China)
Yongjoon Hyoung (CEO of StoryBlender & Founder of Cyworld) (Korea)
Yongseok Jang (Senior Director, eBay Asia Pacific) (Korea)
Yozo Kaneko (Director and COO of ngi group, inc.) (Japan)
James W. Kim (CEO of Yahoo!’s Korea Region) (Korea)
Jimmy Kim (Executive Vice President, Nexon Corp.) (Korea)
Loic Le Meur (CEO, Seesmic) (USA)
Ram Lee (Head of Communities, NHN Corporation (Naver)) (Korea)
Kent Lindström (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Friendster) (USA)
Shusaku Maruko (General Manager, Corporate Strategy Department, Felica) (Japan)
Jean K. Min (Communications Director, Ohmynews) (Korea)
Akio Tanaka (Partner, Infinity Ventures) (Japan)
Bill Wang (VP of Overseas Business, Perfect World) (China)
Andreas Weigend (Consultant & Lecturer; Former Chief Scientist of Amazon) (USA)
Kwan Yoon (Partner, Bluerun Ventures) (USA)

The official web site has been set up on, and the latest news will be published on the conference blog. So please do check your schedule and come to meet the Asia web (see the Registration page). If your company and organization is interested in sponsoring or contributing to this event, please check the Sponsor page or just ping me. We are open to any suggestion and ideas.

Looking forwards to meeting you soon in Korea!

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.

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