Thoughts from WebCamp 七

Finally attended WebCamp KL‘s seventh event . I found out about this after the Red Dot Ruby Conf in April when I got to talking with the KL Rubyists (@Anonymouscow and @bryanritchie).

1st WebCamp KL. Thanks @anonymouscow n @bryanritchie for the invite some time back

Lucky Chin was able to make it for the event else I would prob get lost in KL’s public transport.

We got in a little late and they were just announcing that the first few minutes would be an ice breaker session. The photo probably doesn’t show it too well but there was a LOT of people. Managed to catch up with a few interesting folks (UX, mobile, etc). Definitely not a .Net crowd 😉

The sessions today was a new format for the guys (something I saw after Red Dot Ruby which is a Pencha Kucha presentation format (20×20 : 20 slides , 20 seconds each). It’s for the brave souls who can really cut straight to the point.

  • Chern Shue had a talk on Symbology and specifically on QR codes and his project
  • Ruben Tan @roguejs shared more about the benefits of Git Workflow which I enjoyed the most since we’re constantly looking to improve the deployment process. 40 square’s Git workflow.
  • @jerng followed the 20×20 slide format and gave us a rather interesting look at the state of the web and comparing to some interesting real world subjects
  • Wu Han @Ngeow also shared some insights from a recent diving trip and some app ideas. I quite liked the mechanic app.
  • Bazil from did a quick intro to the gaming industry in Malaysia which I found illuminating (recent drama in EVE online has me digging into gaming industry and thinking more about the parallels to portals)

They also experimented with Slideshow Karaoke .. which you really need to have the guts to stand in front of an audience and have zero idea what slides you need to present and just go with the flow. Awesome effort by the first speaker who had transformed the “art of powerpoint presentation” to “dating”. The Top 20 indian movies and lastly a M$ Enterprise Product slidedesk was pretty ironic considering the crowd.

All in all, a pretty good session. Something regular and not what I’ve seen much in Singapore (for such a large crowd). Looking forward to the next session!






Places I’ve worked in (and had a desk)

Walked past the old office in Chinatown yesterday and realised that over the years, I’ve had a desk in various parts of Singapore and tried to recall where they were. The list so far in chronological order

  • American Express – The Concourse, Beach Road
  • RBR Networks – KA Centre, 150 Kampong Ampat
  • JuzPC – Kallang Place and Circular Road
  • EdLabs – Chinatown (South Bridge Road)
  • Societe Generale – 80 Robinson Road
  • Asis-T Solutions – Choa Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio
  • Cornet Technologies – Purvis Street and Chinatown (New Bridge Road)
  • VISA – Caltex (Chevron) House, 30 Raffles Place (Highlight was the Aeron chair!)
  • IConnectE – Circular Road
  • SPH – 1000 Toa Payoh North News Centre
  • iProperty – United Square, Singapore and The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • bellabox Singapore – 26A Temple Street
  • bellabox Australia – Level 1, 289 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC & Unit 6, 83-87 Dover Street Cremorne VIC

Other places which I’ve had to frequent (almost felt like second office at one point!)

  • KC Dat – Lok Yang Way
  • Nippon Express – Alps Avenue and Toh Guan Road East

Offices I’ve visited and really liked the view/environment

  • NTUC and Microsoft – One Marina Boulevard (had the pleasure of being there when building was being built)
  • Google – Temasek Tower, 8 Shenton Way
  • Pivotal Labs Singapore – Tras Street