[OpenID board] OpenID Development in Asia - OpenID Asian Tour (Spring 2009)

Snorri snorri at snorri.eu
Mon Oct 27 21:13:41 UTC 2008

Not exactly, it depends on my ability to coordinate everything optimally. My initial idea was to conduct the tour around March-April-May of 2009.

(I am convinced that a large number of local businesses and organizations will provide a venue for our meetings to help us).


As you can imagine, it is not simple to organize, and we would like the trip to be a real success—not just a touristic trip! ;-)

(What I mean to say is that the trip will be different from the “small OpenID dinners” I used to organize in European capitals in 2007. For that matter, if things work well in Asia, it would be great to do the same in Europe—for I am not forgetting Europe!)


If the great globe trotter you are could participate to the more prominent of these Asian visits, it would be fantastic, and it would allow us to make better use of the media to publicize this OpenID Asian trip.




De : David Recordon [mailto:drecordon at sixapart.com] 

This sounds like a great idea!  Do you know when you're planning to go?




On Oct 27, 2008, at 8:13 AM, Snorri wrote:


Dear OpenID Asian Community Member, Dear Business Leader:


This email is addressed in priority to all people who are presently working in Asia.


I am planning a special, personal OpenID Asian trip in the spring 2009. The objective of this trip is to strongly empower OpenID in Asia and to move it forward in the whole Asian Continent.


As I write this, I note that the number of active Web users un China will surpass that of the users based in the United States in 2009 (280 million Chinese users, source: CNNIC).


I am planning to spend between 7 and 10 days in each country. Visits have already been prepared in 4 countries (China, Korea, Japan and the Indian subcontinent) to:


*Promote the Benefits of Company/Organizational Membership and convince Asian businesses, organizations and individuals to become members and to subscribe to the Foundation, as well as to support it financially


*Organize a Two-Day Event exclusively dedicated to OpenID, using the last OpenIDDevCamp as a model (http://openid.net/2008/01/14/the-first-openiddevcamp-was-a-success/). Venues will be procured by local organizations (Sponsors/Members).


*Deliver a Kit to the Local Chapters already in place; create official Local Chapters in the countries where they do not yet exist.


*Meet with local OpenID Communities and other organizations such as Open Source, Universities… We will use the Workshop format and brainstorming sessions.


*Put forward a Media Event to promote a large local Internet site (RP) who will just have implemented OpenID.


*Meet with decision-makers, CEO/CTO of businesses, start-up associations and government officials,


*Organize a Press Conference with the local media and influential bloggers in the country,


*Meet and interview a panel of end users (public venues, schools, residences…) to demonstrate how OpenID can be used every day (OPs-RPs).


*Any other project/action the OpenID Foundation would see appropriate and important to put in place…


To become a success, this complex trip needs intense preparations and coordination ahead of time. It can only happen with the help and assistance of Local Communities, Businesses and organizations to plan and prepare events and appointments.


I am convinced that such a Tour would have very favorable repercussions throughout the Asian Continent. My first thoughts and a first invitation are extended to OpenID Japan, who could play an instrumental role in kick-starting this event.


The www.OpenID.asia site will be dedicated to the Tour, as it unfolds from country to country.


If you work in Japan, China, Korea, Australia (and New Zealand) and India… or any other countries in Asia, your help will be valuable.


We are counting on your help!


Thank you very much







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