Drupal Camp Taipei 2013

It is an honour to be invited to Taipei Drupal Camp this year
I submitted a migrate content case study
and got in successfully http://2013.drupalcamp.tw/session/83
So booking air tickets, sleeping bed, prepare slideshow
join the second day's hackathon etc
Thanks TKY had been helping and inviting me
And this is the exact right time to "exchange" outside HK when I started my own business
Get some fame, seeking co-working opportunities with Taiwan

I got the impression that the developers in Taiwan is more eager to participate after working hours
I had think of numerous reasons, like population is 3 time more than HK
Tech sector in Taiwan is much larger, and Tech industry is a "higher graded" job in Taiwan
And HK only being seen as "poor geeks and nerds"
and many others factors
But there isnt still a single reason why tech communities in HK is so much smaller
Just in July, there are Drupal Camp Taipei, HITCON, COSCUP happening in Taiwan, hosted by comminuties themselves
And there are WIDS in HK, hosted by gov backgoruned isoc.hk
But HK are famous for holding exhibitions, world-wide scale...
(ok, there is barcamp(s) in HK)

Let's come back to the camp
Enthusiastic pretty much sum that up, every where during the camp
I was a volunteer during collage
and know a bit about the effort behind the scene
《Thousand meeting,spend in two days》is a very good summary
The Enthusiasm from the participant, from volunteers
even without any linkage with their own job
(HK's WIDS was held on Thur, Fri, during office hours XD)
「using Drupal two year ago, but not now again」
heard these conversation I am not sure I am happy becasue they still help Drupal community
or being sad because there is not enough Drupal jobs in Taiwan?

The second day's hackathon was a new experience for me
I havent tried coding on rounded tables like camp fire
and helping ubuntu TW, a NGO
There are a little pressure
For a casual programmer like me, limited time coding is not really my style
Lucky I started the development the night before
so I finished the job within time limit
But as my time is fully occupied in the development, there was not much chance to work and communicate with others
It will be nice if I can steal others secret tips XD

Last but not least, I guess the business part of the camp can be improved
There are sponsors only session in Drupalcon
May be the situation is not the same
but as a Drupal community, bridge developers and business is very important to the growth of community
Developers need to paid their bills, business need workforce to develop
that is the basic thing for an eternal health community

That is it. Thanks TKY at last
and those audience listening to my bad putonghua,
the photographer that take a very good pic of me,
enthusiastic Taiwan friends,
girls around 師大
and banana flavored beer

Last, see Taiwan again next month in COSCUP!!