In China there are tonnes of tech events and often they can become very boring. People on stage speak for too long about things that can be said in less than half the time and consequentially the crowd zones out because they lose interest. To defend against boredom and encourage more audience driven interaction, a new style of event called BarCamp was created, and now spans more than 350 cities worldwide.

Originating from Silicon Valley in 2005, Shanghai will host the 9th BarCamp. This is an event for anyone in the tech community to unite. Famously dubbed “un-conference” where anyone, from a first year student to a renowned entrepreneur, with a deep passion for technology is given a stage to share their ideas with like-minded techies. It is an open platform for anyone to share and learn about brilliant and some bizarre ideas.

Hosted by TechYizu, a Shanghai-based volunteer group which helps support and organize events for China’s tech community. BarCamp Shanghai is open to anyone and free thanks to sponsors, including SingTel innov8, Google China, and People Squared. More than 300 people are expected to attend this time. Attendees will find new opportunities to network with fellow geeks, exchange ideas, or even host a session.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.