Come and learn/share/network/follow/celebrate!
Entrance fee: It’s FREE to join this Meetup group and to attend this event, but please feel free to order and pay for your own breakfast, or at least a cup of coffee (California Vintage will appreciate it). Please don't bring in outside food or beverages.
08:00 The venue opens.
08:30 Check-in with FourSquare, post a Facebook update, and use the twitter hashtag #HKSocial to let the world know you’re participating in one of the world’s coolest social media meetups. And be sure to thank our venue: @CVWinebar
Our MC will kick off #HKSocial. We'll then pass the microphone around and everyone gets to introduce themselves (very briefly!).
09:10 What's Happening on Sina Weibo?
Henry Williams and Jacky Wong, Google scholars at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (@jmschku) at The University of Hong Kong, will take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of WeiboTrends, a site they developed that opens a door to the ‘black box’ of Sina Weibo to enable English-speaking China watchers to see what Sina Weibo’s 500 million users are talking about (yes, even messages that have been deleted by the censors).
WeiboTrends, originally called WeiboSuite.com, is a prototype toolbox for journalists and digital citizens across the world interested in China. It provides English-language searching of primarily Chinese-language social media data, and tools for processing pictures posted to the site, along with the text within them.
The site was created by three data journalists: Henry Williams, Jacky Wong and Tony Yoo. All are veterans of long investment banking careers, and are Google scholars at The University of Hong Kong.
Henry Williams (@digitalhen) is a computer scientist by trade. He spent 10 years working in demanding roles at a variety of financial institutions. He began his career as a front-end developer at Lehman Brothers in 2002, and his last role was managing a high-performance trading platform with Morgan Stanley. He has extensive experience with programming and hardware.
Jacky Wong (@jackycwong) has extensive experience in derivatives trading and equity research in various financial institutions, including BNP Paribas, Maybank and Elliott Advisors. He has also had experience in policy consulting and media.
09:25 Tapping the Wisdom of the Crowd
Your chance to ask a burning question about social media - we'll invite audience-members to discuss and answer your question. Please post your question in the comments section below (or submit your question in writing when you arrive at the venue), and we'll pick 3 or 4 juicy questions for the crowd to handle.
Jay Oatway (@JayOatway), our favorite Media Geek, Digital Strategist, Social Trend Hunter, Tech Lover and Author, will share his wrap-up of the past month's most interesting social media events, trends, developments, gadgets, apps, issues, scandals, successes, failures...
10:00 Social chit-chat and networking (feel free to leave whenever you need to – we know you’re busy!)