Open Web Asia '08 announced


The Open Web Asia Working Group (, of which Web2Asia is a member, today announced the first pan-Asia web technology event bringing together executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from throughout Asia.

The Open Web Asia '08 conference (  will be held on October 14 2008 at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill in Seoul, Korea in association with the 9th World Knowledge Forum (

Open Web Asia '08 marks the birth of new conference that will be the first truly pan-Asian web technology event. Top technology executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists from throughout Asia will gather for this premier event to be hosted in Seoul, Korea in its inaugural year.

The event is organized by the Open Web Asia Workgroup and other prominent entrepreneurs, thinkers, and bloggers within the Asian web industry. It was spurred by a desire to create a high quality, informative and practical technology conference focused on the Asian internet industry which to date has been lacking.

Open Web Asia will be held in association with the World Knowledge Forum (WKF). The WKF has established itself as one of the most prestigious conferences in Asia with speakers and attendees such as Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Alan Greenspan, Michael Dell, and Paul Wolfowitz.

The theme of the 2008 conference is 'the Social Web'. Social has been a game changing development of the internet industry and the social web is an area where Asia has its own strength and vibrancy. Asian countries have a distinct internet cultures and market players, so informative and educational crosscountry comparisons can be made.

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. The topics were to chosen to create a forum for education, debate and information sharing.

Confirmed speakers include 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 such as:

  • Kevin Dai (CEO, Comsenz, China)
  • Arthur Chang (VP Global Sales, Alibaba, China)
  • Yongseok Jang (VP, Ebay Asia, Korea)
  • Yozo Kaneko (COO, NGI Group, Japan)
  • Jimmy Kim (Nexon, Korea)
  • Loic Le Meur (CEO, Seesmic, USA)
  • Ram Lee (Head of Communities, Naver, Korea)
  • Kent Lindström (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Friendster, USA)
  • Shusaku Maruko (GM, Felica, Japan)
  • Jean K. Min (Director International, OhMyNews, Korea)
  • Akio Tanaka (Partner, Infinity Ventures, Japan)
  • Bill Wang (VP, Perfect World, China)
  • Andreas Weigend (Consultant; Former Chief Scientist of Amazon, USA)
  • Kim James Woo (CEO, Yahoo Korea)
  • Kwan Yoon (Partner, Bluerun Ventures, USA)


This premier conference will offer web professionals from inside Asia and those from outside with an eye on the Asian web market and opportunity to learn, network and create business connections that will benefit both the regional and global internet industry.

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