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News  9, May 2012

Geek’s guide to tech and startup events in Singapore

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Are you…..

An entrepreneur or entrepreneur-to-be?

Developer, designer, hacker or a startup-enthusiast?

New to Singapore?

Check out some of this cool events that happens monthly/ annually in Singapore!

Barcamp Singapore:

Barcamps are events where people come together to learn from each other in an informal setting. Barcamps feature discussions on various topics – from technology to travel, from science fiction to life-hacks. Barcamps are run all over the world by local volunteers. Usually, these meetups are run at shoe-string budgets at local universities, libraries or organizations. The main aim is to discover the creativity and talent in the community and learn from each other.

Event frequency: annually

BarcampSG8 will be held on 12 May at Tembusu College, University Town, NUS from 10am- 5.30pm. (more info)

Echelon:

Echelon is an annual tech conference organized by e27, a media organization focused on the Asian technology startup community. It is a two-day, double-track event with over 1,100 delegates, a demo pit of up to 50 regional startups per day and various workshops.

Echelon aims to be the frontier of the Internet and web technology landscape, where the main focus is to bring together the top brass of the web technology industry from various parts of the startup eco-system to facilitate discussion on the hot topics in the web startup scene.

Event frequency: annually, usually in the month of June.

Echelon 2012 is happening from 11 to 12 June 2012. (more info)

Founders Drinks:

Founder Drinks is a monthly evening event held in Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. Each month, a new speaker is invited to speak of a relevant  topic in the the tech and startup scene.

Event frequency: monthly.

Gamification Singapore:

Gamification Singapore is a newly setup community group that seeks to explore and share about the usage and application of game design or mechanics in non-game context. More importantly, we hope to approach this topic from a local perspective.

Event frequency: -

Geekcamp Singapore:

Geekcamp Singapore is a tech conference for technical people. The event features technical talks by people in the industry.

Event frequency: annually

Global Game Jam Singapore:

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event. A project of the International Game Developers Association(IGDA), it occurs annually in late January, and brings together thousands of game enthusiasts, participating in hundreds of local jamsaround the world. The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

Event frequency: annually in late January.

IXD Sessions:

IXD Sessions are a series of talks in Singapore with a focus on Interaction Design. These are curated by Navjot Pawera, for people who are eager to learn more about designing and creating better web, mobile & computer products.

Event frequency: bi-monthly, usually held at 9am, midweek at Pivotal Labs (new context) office

Mobile Monday:

MobileMonday Singapore is a local community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influential individuals. The mobile community fosters cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. With one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in Asia, the mobile industry in Singapore has managed to deepen its mobile intellectual property creation capabilities to create a vibrant mobile R&D and technology innovation hub, stimulating new market demands and connections with the rest of the world.

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momosingapore/

Event frequency: monthly

Open Coffee Club:

Open Coffee Club is a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet. The community was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow a better ecosystem.

Event frequency: Every last Thursday of the month between 10AM-12PM at the Pigeonhole.

SataySocial:

#SataySocial is a monthly gathering in Singapore where people with an interest in all things social and digital can meet up, get to know others who share similar interests, swap stories, and of course, have some delicious satay.

Event frequency: every fourth Thursday of the month

SoLoMo Thursday:

SoLoMo Thursday is a non-profit event created to bring awareness to online Social, Location-based and Mobile technologies to B2C businesses. We meet every last Thursday of the month so stay tuned here and www.solomothursday.com for the latest updates!

Event frequency: every last Thursday of the month.

Startup Weekend Singapore:

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Event frequency: annually

Web Wednesday:

Web Wednesday is an industry led, offline, social networking group for the Digital Media Industry in Singapore.  Our focus is to stimulate conversations on trends in our industry and to get everyone together physically in an informal setting once a month. Event sessions consist of a speaker who will share their insights (no sales pitch) on a relevant industry topic for about 10-15 minutes.

Event frequency: monthly. Usually on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30-9:00pm.


If you’re an organiser of tech and startup community events, do contact me at joanna[at]e27.sg or leave a comment below to be featured here.

Joanna Yeo

Joanna Yeo

Joanna comes from a unique background mix of Life Sciences and Technopreneurship at NUS. Having gone through more than half a year of internship with a local startup under NUS Overseas College's innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development (iLEAD) programme, she developed a keen interest in the tech scene. Joanna is also running N-House, an entrepreneurial residence at NUS. The geek girl at heart loves her dog, travelling and learning new things everyday!

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